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Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

October 24, 2014

Bear Sees Colors

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

The Bear books by Wilson and Chapman are favorites, and this new title by the team is a great concept book.

Bear and Mouse are taking a walk, meeting friends, and along the way they discover colors. The text rhymes and there is a repetitive questioning refrain that you can ask children to chime in on.  The colors that are introduced are true, and there is no mistaking what color the child sees.

I hope you and your child will enjoy reading this book and talking about the colors you find here and everywhere.

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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

October 23, 2014

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker dreams of being a cowboy, but he needs a horse. He receives sage advice about choosing the right horse, by checking its teeth and hooves. I laughed out loud, and I think you will too, when you see the picture of Leroy meeting Maybelline for the first time. Each character in this story is larger than life and made me chuckle.  You’ll love the illustrations by Chris Van Dusen!

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up is the first title in a new series for early chapter readers called Tales from Deckawoo Drive.  If you have read the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, you might remember Leroy Ninker.  Mercy Watson books are for beginning readers and the Leroy Ninker books are a step up from those.

This book is a new favorite!  I’m looking forward to sharing it with friends.

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Dance Party!

October 7, 2014

This Saturday, October 11, Harrington Library will host its third preschool Dance Party. Designed for the whole family, this energetic program starts at 11am, and lasts for about 40 minutes.  Everyone moves to the music (no dancing lessons required!), and we read a couple of books which have great rhythm.  The children also get a chance to use rhythm sticks, shakers and scarves.

I Got the Rhythm

 

One of the books we will read, I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison, is very vibrant.  It features a young girl and her mother going to the park as she discovers rhythm in all of her senses.

I’m really looking forward to the Dance Party, because it’s so much fun, and I love the smiles on everyone’s faces!  Here is a picture from one of the previous programs.

Preschool Dance Party at Harrington

Music and early literacy are intertwined.  Language has rhythm, and moving to music helps young children hear it.  So, join us for a Dance Party at the library!

 

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Read, Build, Play!

September 25, 2014

Join us at Harrington Library this Saturday, September 27, for Read, Build, Play!  The program begins at 10:30 am, and features a book, building with LEGO Duplo bricks, and music.  Young ones, up to age 5, love this chance to build with a caregiver!

Choose the Flickr icon from this link to see pictures from previous events.

Read! Build! Play! @ Harrington Library

Read! Build! Play! @ Harrington Library

Read! Build! Play! @ Harrington Library

Read, Build, Play! encourages the development of early literacy skills through reading and play.  Building with LEGO Duplo expands your young child’s engineering and problem-solving skills.  Plus, it’s free and fun!

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Read a Bluebonnet Award list eBook!

September 18, 2014

Texas Bluebonnet Award

Are you trying to read at least five Bluebonnet Award list nominees this year?  I noticed the Bluebonnet shelves at the library are suddenly empty.  Luckily, the library has most of the nominees available in ebook format on Overdrive, which can be found under the library’s Digital Library page.

 

 

So, why wait on the hold list for a book copy of Pickle by Kimberly Baker, if  it’s currently available as an ebook on Overdrive?

Pickle

Today is also the debut of International “Read an eBook” Day.  OverDrive is celebrating and if you’d like more information, please visit:  www.readanebookday.com

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Two Speckled Eggs

August 22, 2014

 

Two Speckled Eggs

Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann

Ginger is excited about her birthday party.  Her mother insists she cannot exclude anyone from the invitations, but Ginger thinks Lyla Browning is weird.

This is a great story about friendship.  During the party games and the cake, Ginger begins to get a new perspective on Lyla, and when she opens Lyla’s present she discovers a tiny handmade bird’s nest with two chocolate malted-milk eggs.  Lyla’s gift is unique, as is Lyla.

Jennifer K. Mann’s author notes on the flap of the book say that she came up with the idea for the story from two photographs from her seventh birthday party.  Do you remember your seventh birthday?  This book may stir some memories!

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What are YOU reading this summer?

July 17, 2014

I hope you’ve already signed up for Suburban Dare and summer reading, but it’s not too late if you have not.  Summer is the time for leisure reading, but sometimes kids need a little extra encouragement and practice when they are new readers.  That’s what Read2gether at Harrington Library is all about!

We decided to offer two hours each week this summer, when kids entering first through fifth grades can come to the cool of the library, choose a book, and read together with a non-tutoring teen volunteer.  The books read together count toward the reading goal!  We started in June and we’ll continue the program through August 16.  Join us for Read2gether Friday at 2pm or Read2gether Saturday at 11am at Harrington Library.  And remember that when you finish your summer reading goal, prize books will be handed out July 28 through August 24.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer and your summer reading!  Here are some of the books kids here really love!books

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Singing at Storytime

July 11, 2014

We had a blast at Harrington’s Preschool Storytime this week reading and singing about fish.  This video shows us singing “Octopus” by Charlotte Diamond.  Commonly known as “Slippery Fish,” it’s found on her album, 10 Carrot Diamond.  Remembering what comes next in a song is a great way to build your child’s narrative skills, which will help them be better readers when the time comes.

 

We hope you’ll join us at our next storytime where we’ll share some more fun songs for you to sing at home with your child.

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Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman

May 21, 2014

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Illustrated by Chris Case

Jacob likes to play dress-up. He also likes wearing dresses. Some of his friends accept it, but Christopher likes to bully Jacob and make fun of him. Jacob’s teacher, his mother, and his father are all supportive of him, telling him he should wear whatever he is comfortable in. When his dad sees him in a new dress he says “it’s not what I would wear, but you look great.”

Read this touching story to find out what challenges everyone faces when children don’t identify with traditional gender roles.

The back page talks about gender non-conformity and how we can support and affirm children to help them come into themselves. It’s hard to be different, but it shouldn’t have to be.  Everyone should be as lucky as Jacob to have supportive, non-judgmental adults around to help them.

Guest review by Karen (Harrington)

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Star in the Forest by Laura Resau

April 18, 2014

 

Star in the Forest

Star in the Forest by Laura Resau

Zitlally’s father has been deported, and she feels alone.  She hides in the junkyard of rusted car parts near her trailer park, where she finds a dog which has been chained and abandoned.  Eventually she begins to trust the dog, and with the help of her next-door neighbor and new friend, Crystal, she finds the courage to rescue Star.

As Zitlally withdraws from her friends at school, she develops empathy for Crystal, a girl who is considered a liar and an outsider. Star in the Forest is an important story for children, because it opens the door to several good discussion points, like the meaning of friendship, and immigration. Immigration, a topic not normally discussed with children, does affect them.  Why not begin the discussion around a book?  Laura Resau’s website, www.lauraresau.com, has two discussion guides that might be useful, plus you’ll learn how to pronounce the author’s name.  There are also pronunciation guides in the back of the book for Spanish and Nahuatl words.

Best for grades 3 to 6, I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Zitlally, Crystal and Star.

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