Kids Blog: Easy Picture Book

Affirming Books for Little Girls

Start Black History Month off right with this list of empowering books for African American girls. For a complete description of each of the books, check out For Harriet. They also have a list of 25 More Empowering Books for Black Girls.

Dawn's Top 5 of 2013

I had another year of reading and listening to so many great books.  Here are the five (well ok, six ) stories that I thought were the best of the best.

5. North of Norwhere by Liz Kessler- I could not put this book down; I was just as curious as Mia as she travels to a sleepy seaside village of Porthaven to help her grandmother when her granddad mysteriously vanishes.  The sitation becomes even more mystifing when Mia discovers a diary on an empty fishing boat and begins exchanging notes with a local girl who makes excuses for not meeting Mia in person.

4. Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black
This was a sweet story that I found this year to read at my holiday storytime.
“A king buys some soft, red cloth to make the perfect Christmas gift for his daughter. Little does he know that the left-over cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom's inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth which is made into a scarf just right for a mouse"

I have a tie for my 3rd favorite.  Both of these books are great to share to school groups.  The first one is a picture book for the K-1st grade.  The second title is a wonderful non-fiction book for 3rd-6th graders.

3a. Oh, No by Candace Fleming -This is great read a-loud book about a series of animals falling into a deep hole, only to be saved at last by a very large rescuer.

3b. ZooBorns : the newest, cutest animals from the world's zoos and aquariums by Andrew Bleiman & Chris Eastland. 
If you want to see the cutest animals ever, then you need to check out this book! Based on the popular blog of the same name, "ZooBorns" features the newest and cutest exotic animal babies from accredited zoos and aquariums around the world. It also includes a glossary with fun facts about each baby.

2. The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis- I enjoyed listening to this book of spunky twelve-year-old Deza and the Malone family during the Great Depression. Mr. Curtis gives a realistic view about this trying time period  but shows with love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family" -Deza, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents can endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan.

1. Tuesday at the Castle by Jessica Day George -I just loved this story about eleven-year-old Princess Celie who lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister in the magical Castle Glower.  The castle adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday.  When the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, it is up to Celie--the castle's favorite--with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.

What was your favorite story from the past year? Leave a comment.

Friends at the Country Day School

Another visit to a school for me! An community engagement at the Country Day School of Arlington, a Montessori school, where I visit pre-kindergarten and kindergartners. This month our theme was friends. We read stories about how we treat our friends and how important friends are. I have listed some of the books!  Happy Reading.



Kids Review Books!

In case you are wondering what to read next, here are some book reviews by some of our young patrons.

I like the book Cinderella. Cinderella is a hardworking girl. Because, she cleans the house for her stepmom and stepsisters. One day Cinderella's family got invited to the ball. But, Cinderella did not get to go because stepmom didn't let her go. I like reading the book because it is a great book.

My, 9 years old

Three Little Pigs is about three pigs, whose mother sent them off to live by themselves. The oldest made the house out of hay. The big Bad Wolf came and he "huffed and pupped and blew the house down." The piggy then ran to his younger brother, who's house is made of sticks. The wolf once again blew down the house. The two older piggies then ran to the youngest pig's house. He is the smartest pig, making his house out of bricks and all. The wolf failed to blow the house down and left. The pigs were saved!


I like Diary of a Wimpy Kid because the main character is funny. When it rains, Manny won't step a foot outside. When he's pooping people take his toilet paper. He ate 15 candies and he didn't stop eating candy. Uncle Gary had a weird dream. This book is interesting.


Happy Reading!

Dinosaurs Roar! at the River Legacy Living Science Center

Storytime at the River Legacy Living Science Center! Once a month,  I visit the center to conduct storytime, make a craft and have activities. This month the theme was dinosaurs. Now I am not sure that I am the best person to read about dinosaurs, since I cannot say half of their names. However, I went with that theme anyway! I read several books, sang a few songs, and then we did a craft. The science center staff bought out some fossils. I do not think any were dinosaurs, but they were still cool!

On the third Saturday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm, they offer a storytime at the center. The themes are based on a few things; what items I can bring about the topic and what they have in the way as an activity. Some ideas have come from a workshop that I attended several years ago. Growing Up Wild, a curriculum offered by Texas Parks and Wildlife. For more information, check out their website.

The River Legacy Living Science Center is a fun place to visit. They offer classes, family fun programs and nature hikes. Check out their website,

Monster Mash!

New books about monsters.  Monsters aren't always scary!


Children's Books with Hispanic Characters

Have you ever "borrowed" something for just a second and then lost it? The pictures in Too Many Tamales show Maria being all grown up and helping her mom make tamales. Any person that has made dough understands why Maria's mom took off her wedding ring. And every person that has wanted to play dress up and be a grown up will connect with Maria on her journey to find her mother's ring after she loses it.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 24% of all students in public schools are Hispanic. Kids need characters like Maria to relate to. And our library has plenty of books that show the diversity of Arlington and the United States. And of course we have Dora the Explorer who teaches so many little ones. ¡Vamanos!


More Picture Books With Hispanic Characters

Books from the New Cart

Check out one of these fresh new books today!

Being Green

Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22.  I do my very best to be kind to the planet- from drinking water out of a reuseable bottle to taking my own bags when I go shopping.   I am always looking for new practices to be even more green.  The library has so many books on conservation that I should definitely find more ways to recycle, reduce, and reuse (of course, borrowing books from the library is recycling at its best.)

Celebrate Earth Day by checking out some of this useful guides for bring green!  

Also there will be a couple of activities that you and your family can attend to celebrate the day.
Earth Day at River Legacy
 April 20, 10am-2pm

Earth Day Family Storytime at the Central Library - Children's Area
April 22, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm