Kids Blog: Easy Picture Book
Having just returned from a trip to London, my head is filled with the sights, sounds, and history of England. Something that’s almost impossible to miss as you tour the city is all the literary landmarks – especially ones from children’s literature! Peter Pan graces the beautiful grounds of Hyde Park, Paddington Bear greets travelers in Paddington Station, and Harry Potter’s luggage cart hangs halfway out of the wall under Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. So today I want to share a few of my favorite reads from our authors across the pond!
First up is Julia Donaldson. If you have not yet been charmed by the words of this delightful woman, drop everything and pick up a copy of one of her books. Start with The Gruffalo, a tale about a little mouse who makes up stories about a fearsome beast in order to scare away other creatures in the woods who want to eat him. The mouse is in for a surprise when the real Gruffalo shows up! The Gruffalo’s Child introduces a baby gruffalo who has heard stories of a Big Bad Mouse, and goes off to find him during a snowstorm. Donaldson uses rhyming language throughout her stories, and you’ll likely find yourself repeating phrases from the books long after you put them down. Also worth reading by Donaldson are The Snail and the Whale and Room on the Broom. Once you get your fill of the books, check out the animated versions of The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, both of which were nominated for Best Animated Short in previous Oscar seasons!
I’m not alone in saying that my introduction to Mary Poppins came from the Disney movie. I decided to remedy this by reading the books by P.L. Travers, and I highly recommend you do the same! Travers actually wrote about everyone’s favorite nanny in a series of short stories – perfect for bedtime reading with a little one. Start with Mary Poppins, and delight in scenes you saw in the movie, such as the tea party on the ceiling, and the visit to a carnival via a sidewalk drawing. Then, tuck the kiddos in for the night and watch Saving Mr. Banks to get some background on Ms. Travers and how her inspiration for the character developed.
Two other classics I would be remiss not to mention are Paddington by Michael Bond, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Again, you’ve likely encountered these characters on-screen, but consider meeting them on-page. Paddington’s adventures in London will delight young children, and the adventures of Peter Pan make for great family reading!
The Fall season is officially upon us. With temperatures dropping and leaves beginning to fall, what better way is there for you and your children to get into the spirit of the season than with some fun children's books about fall? This week at the Arlington Public Library, we will be reading some of our favorite books about fall, such as Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka. Follow along with the children in the story as they leap into a pile of leaves, pick their own apples, attend fall festivals, and go pumpkin hunting among many other fun fall activities. We will also read about The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri as he gets ready for winter and is too busy to enjoy the fall to nibble a pumpkin with mouse or play with his animal friends.
Of course fall fun wouldn't be complete without some fun crafts and activities to do with your children. Check out this homemade owl rubbing I found on The Educators' Spin On It blog or make a leaf crown thanks to instructions by The Imagination Tree.
Don't forget to check out these books about fall at your library!
I wanted to start off the semester with a book and library-themed storytime. For my first picture book, I chose Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. This is a fun and silly picture book about a group of farm animals who go into a public library. I used farm animal toys to help the students recognize the story patterns and to make it more interactive. This text goes over really well with PreK students!
I chose Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw for my second picture book. This is my favorite picture book about the library for PreK students. I especially like how the author points out that no one tells Lola to "Shh!" at the library and depicts her singing and playing- the library is fun, not quiet!
I also used some really fun book-themed songs. I did a variation on "If you're happy and you know it" so that, instead of clapping, we inserted library actions: "If you're happy and you know it...read a book, swipe your card, turn the page, check it out, etc."
I tweaked the classic "Herman the Worm" to "Herman the Bookworm" so that Herman could eat a word, a book, and an entire library (the students pointed out to me that this was absolutely ridiculous).
One of my new favorite action rhymes is "Let's Take a Look at this Book." Be prepared to do this one 2-3 times so the students can really learn it!
Here are a few other book-themed books that you can check out from the library:
What are some of your favorites?
Our Second Saturday Storytime is this Saturday!
Come join us at the Southeast Branch this Saturday for our Family storytime all about Animals.
This special storytime starts at 10:30 and is for especially for families. We will have fun music and crafts for all ages!
A visit to the Library is the perfect way to begin your Saturday!
I am so excited that after a month of planning, fall Storytime session started this week. It was great to hear enthusiastic exclaims of “Ms. Dawn, Ms. Dawn” as several of my returning storytime kiddo entered the room. I was also pleased to meet several new families that join us for the new storytime session. We all had a great time with this week’s theme, Wake Up and Get Dressed! I hope you can come to a Storytime very soon.
Here are the books and songs we enjoyed
A Child’s Good Morning Book by Margaret Wise Brown
As the sun rises, birds, horses, rabbits, flowers, bugs, and finally children get up to start their day.
Time to Get Dressed! By Elivia Savadier
While time flies by on a busy morning, Solomon is determined to dress himself, but his father intervenes and all goes smoothly--for a while.
We also sang "Dressed in the Morning" song to: "This is the way" tune (Original Author Unknown)
This is the way we get dressed in the morning, dressed in the morning, dressed in the morning
This is the way we dressed in the morning, so early in the morning!
This is the way we put on our shirt, put on our shirt, put on our shirt
This is the way we put on our shirt, so early in the morning!
(Act out each movement.....continue adding items of clothing depending on the
weather or season you want to discuss. (Socks, shoes, pants, rain coat, sweater, etc.)
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Ella Sarah’s parents make clothing suggestions but she knows the perfect outfit to wear for the day.
Miss Mouse's Day by Jan Ormerod
Miss Mouse's day includes getting dressed, having breakfast, drawing, having a picnic lunch, gardening, and other activities before she gets a goodnight kiss and a cuddle.
Time to get Up, Time to Go by David Migrim
From morning until night, a young boy stays busy by playing, doing chores, and eating.
"The Wake Up Song" by Lisa Loeb from her cd Camp Lisa
We listen to this lively tune that had us all clapping, jumping, and dancing. It was so much fun we listen to this song twice and I was energized for the rest of the day.
Everyone loves a good book! Books help us learn new words, phrases, and ideas. They introduce us to new characters, places, and concepts. We can travel the world and never leave our house, experience a new culture, or make new friends in between the lines of printed text.
Books make us laugh so hard we cry, tremble with fear, disgust us with anger or play along our emotions depending on the writing style of the author. Books document the stories that have been passed down from generations and capture the imaginations and thoughts of new ones. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure...nothing can take the place of a good book!!
Here are a few recommended readings to get your school year off to a great start!
The library's Early Childhood Literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!
Zachary enjoys participating in storytimes at the Central Public Library and the Woodland West Branch. Mrs. Gray, Zachary's mother, says, "His favorite song is the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and Zachary loves to read the How Do Dinosaurs series." Zachary will be having fun this summer with all the goodies in his Early Litearcy Basket!
We hope Zachary and his mother continue finding joy in literacy with their new stories, songs, and early learning toys!
Winning was simple:
Zachary and his mother picked up a frequent user card from their local library.
- Each time they attended a library storytime or checked out a book using Zachary's My First Library Card, they received a stamp from a library staff.
- Zachary entered his completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after he acquired 8 stamps.
- Zachary's card was drawn and he won a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!
This Father's Day, snuggle up and read a good book with someone special!
Here are some suggested titles that will honor him:
Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at MySRC.org
Experience free family programming all summer long!!
National Flag Day - June 14
On June 14th our nation honors one of its traditional symbols with the celebration of Flag Day. From the first national flag, chosen by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, to its current incarnation with 13 stripes and 50 stars, Americans have long treasured Old Glory, the American Flag. From Stars and Stripes to the Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance, we honor our flag and all it stands for on this national holiday. Read more
Celebrate our American Flag
Click on the books and links below to check-out materials and learn more about National Flag Day.
Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at MySRC.org
Experience free family programming all summer long!!
The library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!
Liam and his mom regularly visit the Southwest branch library and enjoy Bouncing Babies, which Ms.Tamera holds at this location. Ms. Haczynski says Liam " loves to sing Row Row Your Boat," which he learned from Ms. Tamera. Liam's favorite book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, now he can enjoy Dr. Seuss's ABC at home.
We hope Liam and his mom will love the puzzle, the bus toy, and the other goodies that were in this month's basket!
You too can enter your child (ages 0 to 24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!
Winning Is simple:
- Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.
- Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff.
- Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 stamps.
- Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!
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