Kid Picks

November 23, 2014 by

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Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree

November 21, 2014 by

 Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop

This is the third adventure for Red Knit Cap Girl who lives in an enchanted forest with White Bunny and other animal friends. One hot day Red Knit Cap Girl is reading under a shady tree when squirrel insists she that follow him to see something exciting. Squirrel has found a tree with an enormous hollow in it.

 

That’s what I wanted to show you all,” Squirrel says. “it’s called a nook.”

 

“What is it for? says Bear.

 

After listening to the rustling leaves for a moment Red Knit Cap Girl has an idea. She puts her book inside the nook where it will stay safe and dry. Then one by one, in a chain of events reminiscent of Stone Soup, the little circle of friends creates a special place for all to enjoy – a library! This is a delightful tale of friendship and sharing.

 

Stoop’s beautiful illustrations are worked in acrylic, ink and pencil on plywood. The simple lines of her characters perfectly convey curiosity, delight and friendship.

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Lulu’s Mysterious Mission

November 20, 2014 by

Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

If you are looking for a laugh, look no more!  This third book about Lulu had me laughing out loud.  I had not read any of the books about Lulu, so there is good news for those who haven’t read the other two titles; it really made no difference to start with the third!  On a side note, the third book is illustrated by Kevin Cornell, rather than Lane Smith, who illustrated the first two.

Lulu’s parents have gone on vacation, but Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky is no ordinary babysitter.  Lulu does her best to get rid of her, until Triple S reveals her secret code name, and promises to train Lulu as a spy.  Of course, Lulu hopes her parents will take many more vacations in the future.

I highly recommend Viorst’s chapter book.  It has lots of white space, great illustrations by Cornell, and humor which will motivate any reader.

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Baby Sign Language – Car

November 19, 2014 by

Babies develop motor skills before they develop the ability to speak. Teaching your baby sign language opens the door to communication, leading to more fun and less frustration!

Please join us for Babes in Arms – rhymes, books, music, and sign language for children aged 0-9 months.

Davis Library: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Haggard Library: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

We will be on hiatus December 8th – January 12th.

See you at storytime!

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Zeraffa Giraffa

November 18, 2014 by

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By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Jane Ray

Zeraffa the giraffe was caught in Africa. No taller than the tallest hunter, she was just a baby. When she was presented to the Pasha, he was delighted. He decided that she would be the perfect gift for his friend, the king of France. Zeraffa was given to a boy named Atir, who would care for her on the long journey. They first took a small boat up the Nile River, then a bigger boat across the Mediterranean Sea, and then Atir and Zeraffa walked the great distance to the beautiful city of Paris!

Through the whole journey, Zeraffa keeps growing, and growing, and growing! By the time they reach the King, she’s taller than any animal the French have ever seen. They loved her right away! Soon, French ladies were styling their wigs to be as tall as they could and they decorated their homes with the pattern on Zeraffa’s fur. The French people made cookies in the shape of giraffes and trimmed their bushes to look like her. But the one who loved her most of all was the King’s granddaughter.

Zeraffa Giraffa is a beautiful book about a giraffe’s great journey. The soft illustrations will capture the reader’s imagination and transport them to a time long ago when no one had ever seen a giraffe in Paris.

Recommended for ages: 6-10

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

November 17, 2014 by

Give your child choices, when possible. “Would you like an apple or banana for snack?”, “Which book would you like to read tonight before bed?” This will build your child’s confidence that he can make good choices.

 

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Kid Picks: Afternoon Edition

November 16, 2014 by

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Kid Picks

November 16, 2014 by

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Spotlight on OverDrive Kids eReading Room

November 15, 2014 by

You may have noticed a new image on our Kids’ Brain page.  econtentKidsClicking on this takes you to a special “reading room” that features items for juvenile and young teen readers.  When kids search this collection, the results are mostly limited to eBooks and eAudiobooks that are published for readers through sixth grade- similar to being in the children’s area of the physical library.

All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level and interest level to help in selecting the title that is best for each reader.  For example, using the refine level search option, you can limit the search to reading level -grade 4 and interest level -middle grades (MG 4-8) and get a list of junior fiction titles.

You can also browse by subject, collections and levels as well as use the advance search mode to narrow your specific search. Both fiction and nonfiction are included in our digital collection.

As with all eBooks in our full collection, titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.

overdrive for kidsiconClicking on the OverDrive Kids icon from our digital materials page, will also take you to the Kids eReading room.  When you click on it you get to the main page with recently added eBooks for kids shown below.

 

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Download books with a Plano Public Library card whenever you want to read- even when the library is closed! And since the titles are automatically returned on the due date- you won’t have any late fees!

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I Wanna Go Home

November 14, 2014 by

Karen Kaufman Orloff

When I read this new book, I Wanna Go Home, I had a flash back to a familiar song called Camp Grenada.  If you are not familiar with the song it is about a young boy who is sent to summer camp and sends home humorous messages about his miserable life at camp.  “I Wanna Go Home” is very similar since Boy Scout Alex and two of his siblings are sent to his grandparents retirement community for two weeks while his parents are on vacation.  Reluctantly he goes and when he contacts his parents about his adventures you just have to smile.  He is amazed to discover his grandfather doesn’t have real teeth and when he takes them out they look like jellyfish.  He didn’t know that grandma and grandpa still had to go to school; square dancing school.  They don’t even have a TV set, what will he do.  Through all his escapades not only does he learn to enjoy his grandparents but he wants to stay an extra week.

This was a fun book to read all by myself!  I think any parent or grandparent would enjoy sharing this with their children or grandchildren especially ages 5 – 9.

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