Archive for the ‘Non-Fiction’ Category

Read This: Zoo Borns!

Monday, December 20th, 2010

ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

Well, this is just about the cutest book you’ll ever pick up.  Each two-page spread features a beautiful photograph of a baby animal born in a zoo, along with a brief introduction.  My favorites are Radar Ears, the fennec fox (who looks a lot like SkippyJon Jones!); Hoover, the tawny frogmouth; Monifa the pygmy hippo; and of course Beco, the Asian Elephant from our very own Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

The limited text and short sentences make this a great book for sharing, or for kids starting to read on their own.

If you still can’t get enough mini paws, claws, scales and tails, check out these other baby animal books!

Summer Reading is Upon Us!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

It’s finally summer!  Yippee!  Time for lazy days at the pool, family vacations, and non-school-required reading! 

Need help getting started?  Check out our suggested books for: reading aloudbabies, toddlers and preschoolers; very beginning readers (kindergarteners); readers who are moving up (first grade); second graders; third graders; fourth graders; fifth graders; middle schoolers; and teens.

And don’t forget to come to our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party this Thursday, June 10th from 9:00 — 5:30.  We’ll have balloon animals, face painting and jugglers! 

Don’t worry, even if you miss the party, you can still sign up for the SRP anytime starting Thursday.  With programs and prizes for pre-readers, kids, teens, and adults, we’ve got something for everyone!

Save the drama for your mama…

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

So last week’s circus post got your creative juices flowing, and now you’re looking for the next big adventure?   Why not give puppetry a try?  It’s easy to make your own puppets from materials you’ve probably got lying around the house, and making up stories is a great way for the kiddies to work on narrative skills.  So break out the craft glue and googly eyes and get cracking!  Then come to our Winter Puppet Show to see how the librarians do it!

More books about puppets and puppetry!

Why? Why? Why?

Monday, December 14th, 2009

What are clouds made of?  Why is the sky blue?  Why do cats purr?  Why does soap make bubbles?  Why do stars twinkle?  Answer these unaswerable questions, and keep the kids entertained during the holiday break, with books about children’s questions and answers.

Biographies Kids Will Want to Read!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Seems like every year one teacher or another gives a biography assignment.  If you’re looking for a great kid-friendly biography, look no further.

Reserve it!

More biographies for kids! Or, if you need to write a report on a person of interest, check out our Biographies explore guide to get started on your research!

Cloudy with a chance of weird weather

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

We know you loved the movie, now use it to introduce the kids to weird weather facts and fun experiments.  Check out these books to get you started:


Find more meteorology books for kids!

Best Books for Boys

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Check out our full list of Suggested Books for Boys or browse Adventure Stories, Funny Stories, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction & Sports Stories.

Wheels on the Bus

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

There are going to be a lot of first-time bus riders this year! To help your child prepare, we’ve gathered up a few suggestions for you!

Singing Raffi’s version of The Wheels on the Bus song in the car makes time on the highway fly by!

For older children, try out the Magic School Bus series.

What should we read?

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Looking for something fun and age appropriate to read this summer?  Check out our staff suggestions!

More books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!

More books to read aloud!

More books for kindergarteners and first graders!

More books for second graders!

More books for third graders!

More books for fourth graders!

More books for fifth graders!

Be Creative @ Your Library!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Summer is here!  Time to hit the pool, spend time with the family, and earn some cool prizes for reading!  If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our summer reading program, Be Creative @ Your Library.  (Big kids can win prizes by signing up for our adult program, Master the Art of Reading.)  Stop in at the SRP desk in the youth department, or sign up online.  

And while you’re at it, check out some great SRP themed books like:


These aren’t your cup of tea?  Find more suggestions!