Books We Love: If I Had a Gryphon

"If I Had a Gryphon" book coverOne new book that has recently caught my eye is “If I Had a Gryphon,” written by Vikki Vansickle and illustrated by Cale Atkinson. After reading just a few pages, I was already in love with both the text and the illustrations.

If I Had a Gryphon” is a story about a girl who wants an exciting pet instead of a boring old hamster, but taking care of magical beasts proves to be more challenging than she originally thought. The book is full of little bits of whimsy; for example, the title pages share that, “The artwork in this book was rendered in Photoshop, fairy dust and phoenix ash.” The illustrations are eye-catching and highly detailed, telling their own stories. This, combined with the humorous text that rhymes without being too obvious, makes the story a joy to read. I’m already on the hunt for a way to use this in a story time, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this team produces another book for me to love.

Are You Ready for a Picnic?

Spring is such a wonderful time of year for a picnic in the park. Here are some fun ideas to try on your next picnic adventure!

Start out your picnic with some rhymes:

Photograph of teddy bears on a picnicWe’re Going on a Picnic

We’re going on a picnic.
Gonna pack a lunch.
What should we get to munch munch munch?
(Ask kids to name some yummy foods for a picnic, and then chant the song again.)

Carrots, Peas and Broccoli

Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me

Next, make some picnic snacks:

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Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Since April also ushers in warm, wonderful weather, I’m going to highlight some poetry that focuses on nature in its many forms. Whether it is the fascinating change of seasons, the curious lives of animals or the endless possibilities of adventure, Mother Nature never fails to spark fascination, creativity and prose. Poetry is also a great learning tool. Word play, alliteration and rhyming are techniques that help children learn literacy skills at a young age.

Here are some children’s poetry books that celebrate the world around us.

"The book of Nature Poetry" book cover

 

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry” (J808.8193 NAT)

This lengthy book is filled to the brim with world play and professional level nature photography we have come to expect from National Geographic.

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Dear friends, colleagues and other amazing muggle peeps:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book cover“Nineteen years have passed…” well, for Harry Potter and the gang at least. In real life, fewer years have gone by, but we should feel fortunate to even get another Harry Potter story out of Ms. Rowling, right? Because didn’t she once say,“this is it”?

If you haven’t heard all the hype, let me fill you in. There is a new Harry Potter play script in book format coming out in 2016! Uh, what?  Book!  Wait — play? Yes, play (as in theater production). The new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” is coming the end of July, and so is the theatrical production in London’s West End. If you don’t have all the 411 about the play, hustle over to harrypottertheplay.com and find out all about it.  Continue reading

Spring Into Books

20160323_074514-01The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and books about spring are flying off the shelves! We’re excited that spring has finally rolled around, and to honor this beautiful season, we have created a book display at the Columbia Public Library specifically dedicated to all things spring.

Gigi the giraffe is excited for spring too, as you can probably tell by her new hairdo. Make sure you and your kids say hi to her on your next trip to the Columbia Public Library.

Another great way to celebrate this time of year is to sing songs with your kids. Singing can boost feelings of well-being and can teach new vocabulary and concepts. Here’s a great song to kick off your spring singing.
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