Kids Blog: Easy Picture Book

June's Early Childhood Literacy Winner!


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:

  1. Zachary and his mother picked up a frequent user card from their local library.

  2. 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.
  3. Zachary entered his completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after he acquired 8 stamps.
  4. Zachary's card was drawn and he won a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!

A Father's Day Tribute

This Father's Day, snuggle up and read a good book with someone special!

Here are some suggested titles that will honor him:


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Honoring Old Glory

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.


Flag Day Activities

Fun Flag Facts

 All About Flags

Honoring the Flag

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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!