Kids Blog: Kindergarten

First Grade Dropout

 What could you do that would be so embarrassing to make you never want to return to school again?

First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick is a must read.

This realistic fiction picture book captures the heart of the average elementary school student. The narrator is a likable everyday kid who makes a blooper but not without the witness, judge, and jury of his classmates.  They sentence him to desk slappin', foot stompin', finger pointin',  belly bellowin' laughter.  Instantly, he's shamed and convicted of crime he wished he had never committed especially in front of his friends.

What could go so terribly wrong that makes the author want to dropout, cast a spell, go back in a time machine, or change his identity? Every student, teacher and parent can relate to his blunder and his post-blunder feelings.  Read this book, laugh, and sympathize, but find out why this pupil almost became a First Grade Dropout.

Preview this book on GoodReads.

Great classroom read-aloud or parent pair and share book to discuss how to handle mistakes.

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Kinder Book Roundup: A Picture Book Guide to Kindergarten

Kickoff to Kindergarten with Arlington Public Library

Do you have a child going to kindergarten this fall? Kinder can be scary for both kids and their parents. To help families make the adjustment easier, many school districts try to host  "Kindergarten Roundups" or some type of pre-registration at elementary schools for children who will turn 5 years old on or before September 1.

The roundups give parents and children a chance to visit the school and learn about policies and the everyday routines for future students, usually in the spring before your little one enters kinder.  If you missed kindergarten roundup, no worries. Below are 20 random picture books of old and new that may help you and your child ease into the transition of kindergarten.

Join us for a special  Kindergarten Kickoff Storytime on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Southeast Branch Arlington Public Library. Bring a backpack!  Your child won't want to miss the Backpack Parade.

Kindergarten Book Roundup

20.  Countdown to kindergarten by McGhee, Alison, 1960-

19.  Kindergarten diaries  by Portis, Antoinette.

18.  Kindergarten countdown by Hays, Anna Jane.

17.  Mom, it's my first day of kindergarten! by Yum, Hyewon.

16.  Off to kindergarten by Johnston, Tony, 1942-

15.  My kindergarten  by Wells, Rosemary.

14.  Welcome to kindergarten  by Rockwell, Anne F.

13.  I'm telling you, Dex, kindergarten rocks!by Davis, Katie (Katie I.)

12.  Kindergarten cat  by Lewis, J. Patrick.

11.  Polka-dot fixes kindergarten  by Urdahl, Catherine.

10.  Kindergarten, here I come! by Steinberg, David, 1962-

9.    Eliza's kindergarten pet  by McGinty, Alice B.

8.    The last day of kindergarten by Loewen, Nancy, 1964-

7.    Planet Kindergarten  by Ganz-Schmitt, Sue.

6.    Kindergarten luck  by Borden, Louise.

5.    The night before kindergarten by Wing, Natasha.

4.    The twelve days of kindergarten : a counting book  by Rose, Deborah Lee

3.    The day my mom came to kindergarten  by Fergus, Maureen.

2.    Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten by Slate, Joseph.

1.    Ready for kindergarten, Stinky Face? by McCourt, Lisa.


SRC Final Celebration - Sunday Fun Day

Calling All Superheroes

Summer is almost over, but it's not over yet! Superheroes assemble - Sunday, August 9, 2-4 p.m. at Globe Life Park for Summer Reading Club Final Celebration. We will have Zumba, drumming sessions, face painting, snacks, arts & crafts, rock wall climbing, kids play area, and some good ol' wholesome fun! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon for all ages.

Summer Reading Club Final Celebration

We can hardly believe that Summer Reading Club is over! Now that the books have been read and the logs submitted, we want to celebrate!

Everyone is invited to our Final Celebration on Sunday, August 9, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Globe Life Park.The whole family is welcome to attend this free event in celebration of all our Summer Reading Club participants. We are so excited to announce that we will be in the Kid Zone this year, an indoor play space where children can jump, climb, and play to their hearts content! Our littlest participants will find plenty to enjoy in the Kids Corral, where we will have a baby play space, sensory activities, and coloring. Older children can take a turn on the gaming stations or get crafty with a SuperARTistic project. For those who enjoy music, percussionist Jerome Bailey will be on-site with his drums, and Superhero Zumba will take place on the patio for those who want to sing and dance!

And don't worry parents, we have a space for you, too! The Hyundai Club will be open for our adult Summer Reading Club celebration, so be sure to stop in to enjoy a stunning view of the ballpark! To top it off, we have some great door prizes, so be sure to join us!

Parking is free, and you can find us at the Center Field entrance. See you at the ballpark!:

Globe Life Park

1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Entrance at Center Field 


One Last Chance - July 31 is the last day to pick up prizes!

Yes, that's right. Another successful year of Summer Reading Club is drawing to an end. The time has come. Stories were read. Talents, discovered.  Heroes across the city of Arlington were recognized. Even in the sweltering heat, our days were full of music, dancing, laughter, and...more books than even The Hulk can carry.

What achievments did you or your family make this season? Did you learn new songs in storytime? Did your little one take her first steps? Say his first word? Read a first sentence without stumbling? Every week I have the privilege of working in the children's area at Southeast Branch. While there, I get to meet all sorts of wonderful patrons from Arlington. Many are children who pair up with tutors to work on their reading skills. This entire summer, those tutors patiently guided their students through the challenges of the written word. Once someone learns to read a word, it is theirs forever. And it happened every day this summer among the bookshelves at your local library.

Thank you for giving such a gift to your children. Thank you for reading to them, and taking them to our storytimes and events. We will be taking a short break in August, but keep a lookout on this blog for some snappy, behind-the-scenes videos of our Early Learning staff. When September hits, WATCH OUT! We have some incredible programs in store for you. But first, don't forget to celebrate all your hard work at Globe Life Park.  August 9, 2015,  2-4 p.m.

Storytime update with Albert the mouse

Goodbye, Goodbye See You Soon (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Goodbye Goodbye see you soon (wave hands)
But not until we sing this tune (point to mouth)
We must part and we must go (turn one hand over on "part"; then the other on "go)
But we'll be back to say Hello (big, exaggerated wave)
See you later alligator, (Shout) (Form arms to make gator's mouth)
After while crocodile!

July Activities

Do you have plans for July yet? If not, you should stop by any one of these fun and free library events we are hosting!

Kidsnotes- Symphony Arlington

Wednesday, July 1, 2-3 p.m. | Cliff Nelson

Friday, July 24, 2-3 p.m. | South East Branch

Drumming Around Town

Saturday, July 11, 2-3 p.m. | East Branch

Superhero Zumba Library Workouts

Saturday, July 11, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Woodland West Branch

Saturday, July 18, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Southwest Branch

Saturday, July 25, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Lake Arlington

Superhero Magician James Wand

Thursday, July 16, 10-11 a.m. | Hugh Smith Center

Thursday, July 16, 1-2 p.m. | Cliff Nelson Center


July really starts heating up, so I thought I'd share some cool activities to encourage learning and fun for children during the summer!

Click on the images below for more instruction:



Don't forget to be reading this summer! Summer Reading Club will continue until July 31st.




Read It Again Kits are Back!

Our new and improved Read It Again Kits (RIA kits) are making their way back to the branches for you to start checking out!

If you haven't heard, our RIA kits are a great resource for parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and any one else who works with children, to provide a fun and engaging reading experience.

Each of our themed kits include books, activites, and toys that enhance your child's enjoyment of learning.

Here are just few of our new kits:

If you are interested in looking at more of our themed kits, you can search here in our catalog.

You won't see RIA kits on the shelves so be sure to ask the Children's Service staff at your branch for assistance.

6/25/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Getting ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten can be a tough transition for parents, but there are a few easy, fun activities you can do with your preschoolers to help them have an awesome Kindergarten experience! We don't expect them to be reading by the time they enter Kindergarten, but these are things that will prepare them to start learning to read. This short list is based on an excellent post from the It's Always Autumn blog:

1. Recognize basic shapes

2. Count up to 20

3. Recognize all the letters in the alphabet

4. Be able to write their first name

5. Recognize rhyming words

6. Hold a pencil

7. Share with other children

8. Sit quietly and pay attention

Many of these activities can be done at home using very basic materials. If your child is struggling with sharing or sitting quietly, take advantage of the many storytimes we are offering during the week and on Saturdays for Summer Reading Club this summer. Our storytimes are intended to prepare preschoolers for the structure and literacy skills they will need in Kindergarten-but they are also silly, energetic, musical, and interactive!

Here are a few free, easy resources to use at home:




Obviously, I'm a fan of Pancake Manor (all videos free on Youtube).

Also-you can READ READ READ! Let your child choose a picture book based on their favorite themes or characters at the newly organized East Branch!


6/16/2015 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: PreK, Kindergarten

Summer Reading Club

Have you picked up your Summer Reading Club Logs yet? If you haven’t, be sure to stop by any of our branches and pick some up for the whole family (even adults!) or try our Online log at

Each age group has prizes to win for completeing the logs and any additional logs completed will be put in a drawing to win more prizes.  To get your prizes, bring the completed logs to the library or inform staff that you have filled out the log online.

You can start picking up your prizes on June 10th at any branch, and if you are lucky you might even spot a real superhero!

To participate in our Summer Reading Club you must have an Arlington Public Library Card or an AISD student ID number. If you don't already have a library card be sure to stop by and sign up for one!

Don't forget to check out our calendar for all the fun-filled activities we have going on during the summer.

(prizes while supplies last)