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Books We Love: This Is NOT a Cat

"This is NOT a Cat" book coverI recently glanced through a new book that I instantly fell in love with: “This Is NOT a Cat!” by David LaRochelle. LaRochelle has written 15 different titles for young children (and several others for young adults), including  “Moo,”  “It’s a Tiger” and “The End.”  His newest title is a great story with marvelous illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka. However, the best thing about the book is that LaRochelle uses only the five words from the title for the text. Very creative if you ask me.

The story is about three mice at mouse school, learning what is dangerous (cats) and what is not (cheese, bunnies, chickens, etc). But what lesson ever follows the plan? Even after reading it several times, I still find new surprises in the illustrations.This book would be wonderful to share with a group or one-on-one. (My dog was a big fan.) It is especially good for little ones who like to repeat phrases or kiddos who are starting to recognize sight words.

New School Year Book List

Photo of boy coloring with markersMany families are now facing the sometimes daunting task of starting a new school year. Older children have picked out school supplies, are looking over class schedules and are getting reconnected with peers. Many young children are starting kindergarten, preschool or daycare for the first time.

For those little ones who haven’t experienced big transitions before, this can be both a thrilling and scary time. Kids might be excited to get a new lunch box, new shoes or a fresh box of crayons. However, they might dread changes to their routine. It can be hard to adjust to new places, people and rules.

I’ve gathered a list of children’s books about starting a new year at school. Many have characters who aren’t sure about the transition to school, but all of the stories have a happy ending. These books are great conversation starters, and they help show children that they are not alone in their fears. Encourage your kids to start new friendships and try new experiences even if they are scary. Good luck to everyone this fall!

Baby Doll Hair Salon

Elsa doll with hair in untangling liquidOver the summer I came across an Elsa doll at a garage sale. I have many young cousins who would love an Elsa doll, so I adopted her. There was only one problem — Elsa had badly tangled hair. Elbow grease and a good brushing alone weren’t going to be enough to free her knotted locks. So I searched online and found several suggestions on how to get the tangles out. Below, I’ve complied the best methods for restoring doll hair to a tangle free state. Feel free to try it out! It may save you some time and money and give you the opportunity to play with your child. You can have a blast running a baby doll hair salon together!

First, I brushed out what tangles I could from Elsa’s hair with a good stiff bristled brush. Then I mixed 1/4 cup of fabric softener with very hot water and put it into a shallow baking dish. I let Elsa’s hair soak for about 15 minutes in the mixture, then I rinsed the hair thoroughly with hot water. I avoided getting water down the neck of the doll, since it can get caught in the body cavity. If your doll still has massive tangles, you can add leave-in-conditioner to the doll’s wet hair. Add conditioner a few drops at a time and work it in thoroughly to prevent oily hair. I combed Elsa’s hair while wet with a wide tooth comb and let it dry. And voila! Elsa was restored to her original beauty.

Does your child also have a Disney princess doll or just love Disney princesses? If so, you can all read Disney princess library books together!

Banishing Boredom

Photograph of bored childNow that summer has arrived, many children will find themselves with more free time on their hands. If you are worried about hearing “I’m bored!” we have a solution: create your own Boredom Busting Jar! When your kids say they are bored or have nothing to do, send them to the jar, and soon they will have an activity to keep them occupied. It is a genius idea in its simplicity. Children will have a stockpile of activities, freeing caregivers from being put on the spot to think of the perfect afternoon project.

Start with a jar with an opening large enough for a hand to reach in and pull out a piece of paper. If you don’t have a jar, you can use a box, coffee can or other container. Create a list of activities children can do on their own, together or with the family. Cut the individual activities out, and place them into the container. You can label or decorate it as desired. When someone utters the phrase “I’m bored!” send them to the jar for an activity.

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2016 Book Champions!

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With the changing of the seasons we have a new group of award nominees in the children’s sections of our libraries, all with shiny new orange stickers and ready for Summer Reading! This might leave you wondering about the 2015-16 award nominees with the purple stickers. Where did they go? Which books won? Have no fear! We have several copies of each title; they just been moved to their permanent homes in the regular stacks. If you are interested in which 2015-16 nominees won, read on!

Missouri Building Block: Naked!” written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
This a hilarious story is about a youngster who discovers the only thing more fun than running around wearing nothing is running around wearing nothing but a cape.

Show Me Readers Award: Trouper” by Meg Kearney, illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
A three-legged dog remembers his time as a stray before he was adopted. Continue reading