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Welcome Spring!

April 21, 2016

Wabracadabra it's spring coverith fun vocabulary and richly-colored illustrations, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! is an absolute delight to read aloud, and perfect for preschoolers.

Stylized, colored text focuses attention on the magical words that herald a change, and gate-fold pages add an element of surprise.

A little green shoot comes into focus. Alakazam!  [Open the fold out page]  Now it’s a crocus!  Buds on trees become leaves; sticks and strings become a nest; and cocoons become colorful butterflies.  The rhyme is spot-on and the repetition leads to the invitation to look at every bright new thing! Abracadabra! Now it’s spring.

Enjoy this book’s energetic, joyful ode to the magical changes that the spring season brings.

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The Wheels on the Bus: Indian Style!

March 15, 2016

tuk tukThe Wheels on the Tuk Tuk takes the familiar song “The Wheels on the Bus,” and sets it in India.  Instead of a bus, there’s a tuk tuk.  The “rupees on the tuk tuk go ching ching ching,” and the riders say “namaste-ji.”  Along the journey through the colorful Indian streets, the tuk tuk stops for a cow; the driver sips chai; the riders eat poppa-doms; and the elephant’s trunk sprays…with the ride finally ending in a colorful Diwali fireworks display: “Diwali fireworks go pop pop pop!”

With colorful full-page spreads illustrating the busy roads that the tuk tuk travels, this twist on the classic song is not only a fun book to sing, but an enjoyable cultural experience.   An authors’ note describes riding in a real tuk tuk, and provides a glossary for some of the key words and their meaning in Indian culture.

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Grace’s Letter to Lincoln

March 2, 2016

grace's letter to lincolnGrace’s Letter to Lincoln

This is a wonderful historical fiction story for all ages.  It tells the story of Grace Bedell’s letter she wrote to then-candidate Abraham Lincoln.  She encouraged him to grow whiskers and wished him success in winning the election.

Not only is it a great story, but at the end of the book are copies of the actual letters in both Grace’s and Mr. Lincoln’s handwriting.

This book is a treat to young and old alike.

Read this to your child. Have your child read it to you; or just read it for yourself.

grace's letterFIVE STARS!!

-Doug F. (Haggard Library)

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Snowy Sunday

February 12, 2016

snowy sundayjpgIt’s a Snowy Sunday at Bonnie Bumble’s farm and all the animals are shivering. It’s good that Bonnie knows how to knit! She gets to work knitting boots, shawls, beak-warmers, and horn-warmers but “still everyone looked shivery and cold.” So Bonnie knits a hat for the sun, who “beamed and beamed and warmed up the farm.”
This appealing picture book, with animal sounds and a simple text and pattern, is perfect to share with your young preschooler.  Read more books featuring Bonnie Bumble and days of the week, in One Windy Wednesday or Soggy Saturday.

Other recommended preschool books with a knitting theme:
penguin in lovePenguin in Love by Salina Yoon
Knitty Kitty by David Elliottknitty kitty

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Process Art

January 20, 2016

art start collageThere’s a new program at Haggard called Art Start!  Each week, children engage in a simple art activity such as ice cube painting, sand art, leaf rubbings, or paper cutting.  The focus of the program is on process art as opposed to product art.  This is a chance for your little one to experience the process of making art, playing with textures and materials to create their own unique masterpiece.

For each session, we encourage parents to allow their child to create, explore and play by making their own choices using the materials provided.

For ages 3-6, the program is offered each Friday at 11:00am at Haggard library.  Group size is limited to 40 so arrive early to get a ticket.

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Movin’ & Groovin’ Music (and Books!)

December 16, 2015

dance partyAt our Dance Party program, geared for ages 2-6, we enjoy a variety of music that encourages body movement, call and response, singing and playing with sounds, and generally just movin’ and groovin’ to the beat!  Music helps children develop listening skills and it exposes them to rhythmn and rhyme.  It also plays a part in helping prepare children for reading.  Below is the playlist for the most recent dance party at Haggard Library.  Search for these titles on our catalog using keyword search, and it will find the CD that includes the song.  Check some out and have your own dance party!

“Can’t Wait to Celebrate” by Jim Gill (fun action song)

“Matilda the Gorilla” by Jon Lewis (act like a gorilla in this call and response song)

“Habanera La La La” by Jim Gill (get ready to say “la”!)

“I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner  (great to use with an egg shaker)

“Can You Shake It?” by Laura Freeman

“Hush Now Baby” by Jon Lewis (a calming song)

“Song in my Tummy” by Laurie Berkner

“L-l-lemons” by Jennifer Gasoi (great for practicing letter sounds)

Great books to accompany the music:

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler

Chicken, Chicken, Duck! By Nadia Krilanovich

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Thanksgiving Closing

November 24, 2015

thanksgivingThe Plano Libraries will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  Please note that all libraries will close early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 25.  Bookdrops will also be closed, but no items will have a due date during the closing timeframe.  Stay home, enjoy food, family and friends…and READ!

May I recommend these titles that we enjoyed during storytime this week?

run turkey runRun, Turkey Run by Diane Mayr

Turkey is on the run from the farmer, but will he be successful in escaping him?  Run, turkey, run!

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz (don’t let the title fool you into thinking it’s a Halloween book!)

ugly pumpkinHe’s an odd shape and size and he’s never picked for Halloween.  When October turns into November, will he figure out where he fits?

lady pieI Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

This lady loves her food and she eats so much, she floats!






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How Big? So Big!!

October 13, 2015

how bigHow Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

For a pre-Halloween treat, try this picture book featuring enormous, gigantic, jumbo, immense, stupendous pumpkins. What would YOU do with a monster pumpkin?  Would you carve the top off and float it as a boat?  Could it be a jack-0-lantern as big as a lighthouse or as tall as an oil rig?

Author/illustrator Wendell Minor’s full-page spreads highlight the large size of these orange pumpkins in settings around the United States…from the U.S. Capitol to Yosemite National Park.

This book is not only a fun way to learn synonyms for “large,” but it provides a mini tour of monuments around the U.S.A.  Back pages feature brief facts describing the location of each of the giant pumpkins featured on the preceding pages.

Be on the lookout:  “Giant Pumpkins Could Be Anywhere!”

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September 15, 2015

waitingWaiting by Kevin Henkes

Five figurines sitting on a windowsill are waiting for different things.  The owl waits for the moon; the pig with the umbrella waits for the rain; and the puppy on a sled waits for snow.  Each in their turn is rewarded except for the rabbit:  “He just liked to look out the window and wait.”  Sometimes, the figurines receive gifts (such as an acorn or shell); sometimes they see interesting things (such as rainbows, icicles or lightning).

One day a cat with patches joins the group and they wonder if she’s waiting for something, too.  The reader will be as pleasantly surprised as the five figurine friends by the surprise

With its wonderfully gentle tone, cleanly-drawn illustrations with a pastel palette against an expansive cream background, Kevin Henkes has created another gem of a picture book.


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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

July 16, 2015

calpurniaI do love Calpurnia Tate!  She is a bright and inquisitive young woman living in a small Texas town in 1899.  At a time when girls are expected to be interested in needlework, Calpurnia’s interests lie in the natural world, much to the consternation of her mother. 

In this second book about the character, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, Callie Vee’s interest in the natural sciences, encouraged by the influence of her grandfather, continues as the pair dissect various creatures. The relationship between Callie and her grandfather, however, takes a back seat to the story of Callie and her younger brother, Travis. The majority of the book tells of the various escapades and adventures resulting from Travis’s unlikely animal adoptions and Callie helping to care for (and hide) the creatures. The author leaves the book open-ended enough that I suspect (and hope!) there will be another about this strong female character.

calpurnia 1You may also wish to read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, the book that introduces the character, although this title can stand alone. 

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy.


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