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May 17, 2015 by

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Alphabetics

May 15, 2015 by

alphabeticsAlphabetics: an aesthetically awesome alliterated alphabet anthology

Written by Patrick and Traci Concepcion; Illustrated by Dawid Ryski

Alphabetics is not your average alphabet book. A is for Atticus, the altruistic astronaut and D is for Daisy, the dauntless diver. Reading this book with your child is a great way to learn new vocabulary. Stop at new words with your child. Help them pronounce the word and then talk about what it means.  I even learned a few new words, myself! Ask your child if they can think of any other words that begin with a letter. This book will definitely encourage them to get creative. Alphabetics reminded me a lot of Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers.

Other great, unique alphabet titles:

Take Away the A: an alphabeast of a book by Michael Escoffier

Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz; illustrated by Miriam

The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier

A is for Art by Stephen Johnson

Here’s one of my favorite pages: Nn

“Neville the nautical nomad with a Norwegian neckbeard navigates nonstop on a native narwhal.” -excerpt from the book

narwhale

 

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Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings

May 14, 2015 by

 1423950404206Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings

by Kris Di Giacomo

There once was a boy with a big imagination who loved to play tag, climb trees, and gaze out of his window. Inspired by the world around him, he expressed his excitement in pictures and poems. Before he could even write, he played with words and said poems aloud. And when he got older, he filled page after page with poems.

Fall in love with the wonder of words with this brilliantly illustrated story of the life of E.E. Cummings, including a chronology and numerous examples of his playful poetry. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to try writing some poems of your own!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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The World in a Second

May 13, 2015 by

The World in a Second

By Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo Carvalho

This engaging book, inspired by the question “What are they doing on the other side of the world right now?”, depicts snapshots of everyday life from around the world.  The twenty-three different scenes range from a cargo ship in a storm, people stuck in an elevator, a boy learning to ride a bike, a volcanic eruption, and more.

Though the premise is simple, this book is a beautiful way to introduce concepts like time and the connectedness of humanity to children.  With large pages and a straightforward, yet unique style of illustration, The World in a Second shows both humanity’s diversity and similarities.  Recommended for preschool – 3rd grade.

Reviewed by Alyssa (Davis Library)

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Little Bird Takes a Bath

May 12, 2015 by

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By Marisabina Russo

Little Bird goes to sleep on a rainy night in the city thinking how much he doesn’t like rain.  But morning arrives, the sun is shining and Little Bird’s spirit is soaring as he sings “Rain, rain, gone away!  What a perfect day for a bath.”  Of course, the day after a rainstorm is a perfect day for a bird to bathe.  There are glorious puddles everywhere!  So, Little Bird sets off across the city to find the perfect one.  At last he finds one but unfortunately it comes with some obstacles. Bouncing balls, running feet and barking dogs all chase him from his chosen puddle.  To make matters worse, his puddle becomes smaller and smaller as the water is all splashed away.  Where will little bird go to bathe?  Will he have to wait for yet another miserable rainy night to provide him with the perfect puddle again?

Big bright gouache and colored-pencil illustrations easily transport the reader to a city in the summer complete with parks, historic buildings, busy traffic and a diverse population. The sounds and sights of the city as they interconnect with nature help to create a very pleasant story that begs to be read again and again.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

 

 

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

May 11, 2015 by

If your child asks you a question about something and you don’t know the answer, you can discover the answer together in a book!

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May 10, 2015 by

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App Time Session 17: Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats and Todo Math

May 9, 2015 by

This week at App Time we had a STEAM theme. Check out the video to see which apps we looked at yesterday.

This was the last week of App Time for our Spring session. Please join us for App Time in the Summer starting June 12th. The program will still be held in Haggard Library on Fridays at 11am.

See you there!

 

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In

May 8, 2015 by

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By: Nikki McClure

Nikki McClure is well known for her books with simple illustrations and sparse text. In this new book, a boy discovers that he is just as happy to stay indoors until it is time to be in the rain outside. This book explores the idiomatic meanings behind in and out while looking at childhood imagination.

The boy proclaims, “I only want to stay in. Inside. Indoors. In. In. In…” until he says a few pages later, “Now I only want to stay out. Outside. Outdoors. Out. Out. Out.”

Share this book with younger children; it is recommended for toddlers and up.

For extra fun, check out this video about McClure’s paper-cutting illustration style:

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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New Shoes

May 7, 2015 by

index (1)New Shoes

by Susan Lynn Meyer

illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Ella Mae always got hand-me-down shoes from family. She looked into the shop windows of the local shoe shop with longing, wishing she could have her very own pair of new shoes. As she got close to the next year of school, the traditional hand-me-down phase of shoes got her a pair that just don’t fit. For the first time, she went to the shoe store and pick out a new pair of shoes. Instead of getting to try on the new shoes like the white girl in the shop ahead of her, Ella Mae had to trace around her feet on a piece of paper so the shop owner could guess at her size. Embarrassed, Ella Mae doesn’t even enjoy her new shoes. In response, Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte decide to make a shoe store all their own where ANYONE can try on their shoes before they buy them.

Set in the 1960s when segregation was still going strong in the south, New Shoes is a great way to learn about the history of our country. Ella Mae and Charlotte’s creative and determined approach to overcoming discrimination is inspiring for any reader.

Recommended for grades 1-3.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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