Frogs, Frogs, Frogs! Check out the library for a few hoppy good reads! We have so many frog books to choose from! Ones that have frogs in the pond, tired frogs, singing frogs, strong frogs, hungry frogs and more!
Frog is settling in for a relaxing day at the pond. (AAHH.) But wait--there are other creatures at the pond as well. Some of them are out to get Frog. Not to worry, Frog gets the last laugh!
Wake up--it's springtime in the swamp! As 999 young frogs awaken, they panic to find that all of the other animals are still asleep. They start to wake up their friends but they must not wake up the snake!
It's Bertha's day to try out for the prestigious frog choir, but when she sings...the other frogs cover their ears! Bertha's best friend Lucy is too little to try out but wants to. What will they do? The two of them cook up an idea that might make both of their dreams come true. Read More
Okay, I’m just going to say it. I…like reading picture books. And not just for my job. I really like reading them! And, I think if you’re a parent or you work with kids, enjoying these kinds of books can be integral to enjoying story time almost as much as your kids do! So, I am recommending some picture books that are enjoyable for both kids and adults. Some of these will be for the writing, some for the illustrations, and some will be because they’re just a fun story for all! I hope amongst these you find some picture books that you can really love as much as your kids do!
I’ve always been a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, but recently my love for them has grown exponentially. This year alone I’ve read far more graphic novels than text-based books – and I have a feeling that trend is only going to continue! Graphic novels are a great way to encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book, as the amount of pictures to text is often a little more appealing. The illustrations are also a great way to engage a child’s – or anyone’s – imagination!
I recently had the chance to read the first book in the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. Emily, her brother, and her mother have just moved into a house that has been passed down her mother’s family for generations. Soon a series of events leads Emily to an amulet that possesses an enormous amount of power and brings them all into the land of Alledia, a world similar to Earth, but teeming with magic, robots, and adventure!
The series starts with The Stonekeeper and is currently made up of seven volumes, which, if you’re at all like me, you’ll read quickly through in the span of a week. The eighth volume is due to release September 25th of this year, so now is the perfect time to pick up the series! Not to mention, this fall we’ll be launching the Tween Graphic Novel Book Club, for ages 8-12, and September’s book is the first in the Amulet series!
Harry Potter drips with nostalgia for me. I started reading them in the 10th grade and the last book came out when I was well into college. As such, there wasn’t much of a next for me in juvenile sci-fi, but these are the books I would have read if I had finished Harry Potter in middle school instead of in between chem labs and final exams.
Explore and learn in your own backyard. These fun, educational kits will encourage children to view the wondrous world of nature through new eyes. Both kids include a National Geographic Field Guide and magnifying glass. The insect kit includes a bug catcher with built in magnification, 2 butterfly nets and a set of 3D bug identification cards.
The bird kit includes child sized binoculars, a compass, a bird call and a deck of bird identification cards. Also included in this kit is instructions from Cornell Lab of Ornithology Celebrate Urban Birds program. This program is aimed at creating “Citizen Scientists” who gather and share information about the habitats in their own backyards. The instructions are easy, but do need to be followed in order to not invalidate the data. The website for sharing your results is included in the packet. Creating an account is required. If you would rather not do so, but still want your numbers counted, you can let the staff at the children’s desk know and we will add your results under the library’s account. Read More