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.
Did you know that you can grow celery, radishes and even pineapple in your own kitchen? As we wrap up spring and dive into summer, you might be looking for fun and educational activities to keep those young minds engaged. As the old adage goes “Make hay while the sun shines!” Or, in our case, make celery!
Worried about your green thumb? Don’t be. Gardening can be as simple as planting the tops or bottoms of plants in a small container and watching the magic happen. Gardening is a great way for children and adults to come together and learn something new. Here are some simple ways you can get the plants rolling.
One 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.
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:
We’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:
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.
“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.