While I was browsing the new children’s book shelves the other day, I came across a super cute new book called “Explorers of the Wild,” which is written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson.
I am probably not the first library employee to admit that often it’s a book’s cute illustrations that grab my attention. And the adorable cover of “Explorers of the Wild” did just that! Atkinson uses wonderful, bright colors to tell the tale of a young boy off on an adventure in the wild. With the turn of each page, he goes deeper and deeper into the forest. He crosses streams and explores all there is to see under tree stumps and rocks until he comes across another explorer…a BEAR! Continue reading →
For many of us, summer vacation is drawing to an end, and the new school year is just around the corner. Before you start packing those backpacks, there is one last major event to celebrate this summer – the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro! Here are some fun facts to share with your children about the Summer Olympics.
1. The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Olympics than any other country.
2. The five Olympics rings represent the the five major regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
3. Summer Olympic sports include basketball, volleyball, boxing, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, track and field and many more.
If you and your young Olympian want to learn even more about the Summer Olympics before the festivities start, below are some library books you can check out.
One aspect of our Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” concerns eating good food that will fuel your engine. Sometimes families decide to change their eating habits, especially if a child is diagnosed with food allergies. Changing diets can be a hard task to accomplish for both kids and adults. While every situation is different, the library provides many books that may help ease that transition. Here are a couple books that I recommend.
“Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipes & Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids” by the Paleo Parents is a great resource to use when introducing a gluten-free diet to your kids. This cookbook starts with a story that you can read to your kids about why this family changed their lifestyle. The narrator tells the reader that while change is hard, the benefits outweigh the struggles. In every recipe there are pictures and detailed directions that show what steps children can help with. Allowing children to have a hands-on approach may help the food transition go more smoothly. Every recipe is free of grains, dairy and legumes. Continue reading →
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 →
It is a sad day indeed when a favorite author ends a very popular series. Mo Willems published the first Elephant and Piggie book in 2007. In nine years he has created 25 books with favorites such as “There is a Bird on Your Head” and “Are You Ready to Play Outside?“, both of which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Even though Piggie and Elephant will no longer star in their own books, their faces will still be around in a new series called Elephant & Piggie like Reading! While these books will not be related to the Elephant and Piggie series, Gerald and Piggie will give them their stamp of approval!
On May 3, 2016, the 25th book in the series, “The Thank You Book,” was released. In “The Thank You Book,” Piggie wants to thank everyone who has made their books possible, but Gerald the Elephant is afraid Piggie will miss someone. Find out if Piggie forgets to thank anyone by checking out “The Thank You Book” from any of our branches.