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Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera

February 17, 2015

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes by Juan Felipe Herrera and paintings by Raúl Colón.

Beautifully illustrated, this compilation of Hispanic American heroes is a gem begging to be shared with your favorite child.  Children will be inspired by the brief biographies of twenty men and women who have been part of creating a wonderfully diverse America.

And speaking of diversity, have you seen the Cultural Connections page in the library’s Engage brochure?  Page three highlights diverse programs that may interest you and your children.  On March 7, Davis Library will celebrate Holi, and on April 18, Harrington Library will celebrate El día de los niños/Day of the Child. These are just two of the many opportunities, so check out the events brochure on the library website for more!

Visit the library and enrich your life!

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The Goodnight Book by Lori Joy Smith

February 4, 2015

The Goodnight Book by Lori Joy Smith

As young children develop their sense of humor, a quirky little book like this one just might hit the spot.

The first few pages display children and how they say good night in English, French, and Spanish.  Then the story moves on to other far off places, where they say things like “kissy, kissy,” or “gloobit.”  This type of word play is new to their ears, and it may cause them to laugh.  Becoming aware of the sound of language is an important part of early literacy, and laughing together makes it even more fun.

Maybe your family has its own special way to say goodnight.  If not, pick up this book at the library and maybe you’ll find a new favorite word.

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

January 15, 2015

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian & Ann James

This is an eye-catching book!  The title letters are in bright primary colored capitals on a white background, with the exception of the brown, finger-written word, “dirty.”

The text is a storyteller’s dream, with short refrains that rhyme, and repetitive choruses that beg for the listener to act them out.  This may become your child’s pre-bathtime favorite.  And of course, dinosaur lovers will be thrilled with a new book to read.

First published in Australia, I’m very glad that American readers will have a chance to enjoy I’m a Dirty Dinosaur.

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre II at Harrington Library

January 7, 2015

This Saturday, January 10 at 3pm, Harrington Library will host the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II. These fabulous dancers will showcase modern, jazz, African, lyrical and spiritual dances. What a wonderful enrichment opportunity for the whole family!

And if you want to enhance your experience with a great book or two try:

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela DePrince.

 

 

 

 

 

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison. 

 

Rupert can Dance by Jules Feiffer. 

See you at the library!

 

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Picnic

December 11, 2014

Picnic by John Burningham

John Burningham’s books are some of my favorites.  Simply written and simply illustrated, they are perfect for young children.

Picnic is a quiet story about a boy and girl who go out one day and meet their animal friends.  Along the way they have a small adventure, as they are chased by Bull and the wind blows Sheep’s hat away.  In the end, they all go home to bed. Children will love reading along and answering the questions in the text like, “Can you find Sheep’s hat?”

Reading with children every day is essential to their early literacy development, and talking about the story as you read is equally important.  This particular book makes life easy for the parent because the story already includes interactive questions.

I hope you’ll share Picnic with your children, and that John Burningham’s books become some of your favorites too!

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Mine! by Sue Heap

December 2, 2014

Mine! by Sue Heap

What parent has not heard the word “mine” from their young one? Amy is a typical young child who loves her blankie, her bear, her bird and her bunny, and is possessive of them all.

Sue Heap’s illustrations, set against white backgrounds, are colorful, expressive and full of energy.  The font is large and the story nicely follows a child’s emotions.  Luckily for all, the resolution is satisfactory and Amy shares her bird, now saying, “Mine AND yours.”

For another book about sharing for the preschool set, check out the November 21 post about Naoko Stoop’s Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree.

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Lulu’s Mysterious Mission

November 20, 2014

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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Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

November 4, 2014

Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

I love the cover of this book!  The reader knows right away that the story will be humorous, judging by the expression on the little boy’s face.

The boy is looking for Lion, and Lion says he’s looking for lunch.  The boy makes some helpful suggestions, to which the Lion declines.  But readers are in for a twist, and in  the end they will get a good laugh.  The illustrations by Larry Day are on white background spreads,  making the body language and expressions of the characters really stand out.

I highly recommend this new book, which will spark your child’s imagination, make them laugh, and create lots of opportunities for talking together.

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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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