Kids Blog: Easy Picture Book
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.
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.
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. http://www.projectwild.org/growingupwild/Texas.htm
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, www.riverlegacy.org
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
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
Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share several picture books that are just the sweetest. As you read them, these stories will pull on your heart strings and encourage you to cuddle up close with your little one.
I read different types of children’s books throughout this year from picture books that are great read-alouds to books about exciting real life experiences. Here are my favorites from the past year.
5. If Waffles were Like Boys by Charise Mericle Harper- This book is silly fun about imagining how ordinary things, such as waffles, socks, and toothbrushes, would become exciting if they were more like fun, adventurous boys.
4. Oh! What a surprise! by Suzanne Bloom- Bear and Goose are back for another sweet tale with a new friend, Fox. When Fox finds his friends making surprise gifts, he decides to make them each a gift. If you have not had a chance to read the whole series, start with A Splendid Friend, Indeed.
3. Snow in Summer : fairest of them all by Jane Yolen- Jane Yolen is one of my favorite authors and she wrote my favorite type of stories-fairy tale retellings! She recasts the story of Snow White and set it in West Virginia in the 1940s with a stepmother who is a snake-handler.
2. Chicken Big by Keith Graves- This story about a giant chicken that hatches from an enormous egg, but the other chickens cannot accept that he is one of them. It is a laugh out loud tale when the chickens think this huge animal could not be a chicken but proclaims he is one ridiculous object after the other.
1. Trapped : how the world rescued 33 miners from 2,000 feet below the Chilean desert by Marc Aronson- A great non-fiction book for 5th & 6th graders about thirty-three miners trapped in a copper-gold mine in San Jose, Chile. It told the amazing account of these brave mine workers as they survive underground while experts from around the world--from drillers to astronauts to submarine specialists--came together to make their remarkable rescue possible. This is my favorite book from 2012.
Tell us what books you read over the past year and loved. Leave a comment.
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