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Children's Books from Across the Pond!

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!

Happy reading!

10/9/2014 by Abby Dozier Add a Comment Share this:

Fall in love with fall children's books!

Owl Craft image by The Educators' Spin On It

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.

Leaf crown image by The Imagination Tree

Don't forget to check out these books about fall at your library!



Second Saturday Storytime

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!

School's Back in Session

 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!

 

Final Celebration

If you have participated in our Summer Reading Club 2014

You are Invited to the Final Celebration!

Saturday, August 2nd, 3-5:30 p.m.

Globe Life Park Texas Rangers Hall of Fame

Do not miss out on:

Face Painting

Activities

Crafts

Games

storytime

playtime

giveaways

prizes

Photo booth

A special presentation by children's author Vuthy Kuan!

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club is in full swing, folks.

Be sure to participate this year.  The only requirement is a Library card and a love of Reading!

Go to mysrc.org to log in the hours you have read this summer, then stop by your local library to receive your prizes.

Prizes you will receive (while supplies last)

A Certificate!

A Free Book!

A voucher for a Ticket to the Ranger's game!

A T-shirt!

A Swim Pass!

Coupons too!

Don't hesitate.  The Summer Reading Club ends on the last day of July.

All participates in the Summer Reading Club are eligable to come to our Final Celebration from 3-5:30 on August 2nd at Globe Life Park Texas Rangers Hall of Fame!

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:

     

Remember:

Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at MySRC.org

Experience free family programming all summer long!!

Visit Summer Reading Club - HotSpots!!

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

Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at MySRC.org

Experience free family programming all summer long!!

Visit Summer Reading Club - HotSpots!!

Summer Reading Club -Texas Rangers Style

Take Me Out to the Ball Game....

Hit a homerun and read these baseball books during our summer reading frenzy!!

  

 

Tuesday, June 10, Catcher Geovany Soto kicked off the Texas Rangers Summer Reading Club tour at the Arlington Public Library. He led a bi-lingual storytime with the reading of Alex Rodriguez's ¡Jonron! (Out of the Ballpark!) to a small group. 

 If you weren't there, you missed a treat!

Click on the links below to learn more about this event:

Dallas News - Geovany Soto

Star-Telegram - Geovany Soto

 

Read books and earn incentives.  Sign-up at MySRC.org

Experience more free family programming all summer long!!

Visit Summer Reading Club - HotSpots!! 

 

Summer Reading Club Kick-off

Let's get excited about Reading at our Summer Reading Club Kick-Off

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

AISD Professional Development Center

1111 West Arbrook Blvd

Arlington, Texas 76015

 

We will have fun free activities and give-a-ways for the whole family.  Please join us for this Kick-off to a GREAT summer!

This year we have a new online component to our Summer Reading Club.  Check it out at MySRC.org