Children's News, Reviews & Information
Mon, 12/02/2013 - 3:59pm
Did you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? All the big balloons made me think of one of my favorite picture books: Balloons over Broadway, written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet (E SWE). It tells the true story of Tony Sarg, who first created the huge, tethered helium puppets for the parade.
I also remembered a classic Christmas movie we have, called Miracle on 34th Street (DVD M), which begins on Thanksgiving Day and tells a story of a Macy’s employee who hires Santa Claus for the parade, and her little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa.
Did you see Toothless in the parade? What a big black dragon, floating just above the crowds! Did you know that How to Train Your Dragon (J COW) is a popular book series by Cressida Cowell?
Finally, did you catch The Elf flying overhead in the parade? It reminded me that the Children’s Library is expecting a long visit in December from OLAF, our library elf friend. Come see us during the 12 Days of Elf on the Shelf, which begins on Thursday!
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 2:44pmDrop by each day after 2 pm to find where Olaf, the Library Elf, is hiding!
Olaf will be hiding in the Children's Dept. from December 5 - 20.
Each day after 2 pm you can come to the Children's Desk to find the clue to where Olaf is hiding. The child that finds him receives a Christmas treat!
Once Olaf has been found for that day, a sign will be posted letting everyone know.
You are welcome to come back the next day after 2 pm and look for Olaf in his NEW HIDING PLACE!
Thu, 10/24/2013 - 2:35pm
We love reading the new books that come in. Here's a sampling of the last order, which includes both picture books and nonfiction books. Enjoy!
Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives, by Gene Barretta (J621.3)
Timeless Thomas compares present day technology with how things were done in Edison’s time. Read this nonfiction picture book, if for no other reason, to find out what tattoo needles and photocopiers have in common!
Squirrels on Skis, by J. Hamilton Ray (E RAY)
"Nobody knew how the mania grew. First there was one, and then there were two. Three more came gliding from under the trees.” How will the town solve their skiing-squirrel infestation? This is a great little read-aloud.
Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History, by Lois Miner Huey (J973 HUE)
Warning!!! This well-researched book will make you ITCH for hours.
Mo’s Mustache, by Ben Clanton (E CLA)
Mo’s new mustache is so stylish that all his friends want one now. How can Mo stand out if everybody’s COPYING him?!!
Locomotive, by Brian Floca (J385 FLO)
This book, about a trip on the transcontinental railroad in 1869, is so rich in sensory detail that you feel like you’re there.
Little Naomi, Little Chick, by Avirama Golan (E GOL)
Avirama Golan has written a gentle book about Naomi’s day at preschool, and Chick, who stays at home with the other farm animals.
The Tree Lady, by H. Joseph Hopkins (E HOP)
The Tree Lady is Kate Sessions, a passionate naturalist and college-educated scientist born in the 1860s, when that was an unusual path for girls to take.