Archive for the ‘Picture Books’ Category

Round in a Circle

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

How much fun can you have with circles? More than you might think! This week’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Storytime explored circles (and other round things!) We read Maggie’s Ball by Lindsey Barrett George and What is Round? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

Other great choices are Round like a Ball by Lisa Campbell Ernst and Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong, which is also available as a Tumblebook.

We also made a great big circle and sang “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” “Ring around the Rosy” and “the Hokey Pokey” and went on a circle hunt through the children’s area. There are lots of circles and round things in our library! Just look at the red wall:


Finally, we made a circle mural on a big, mostly blank – except for circles of various sizes – piece of paper and children created whatever they wanted with these circles.


I spy a magnifying glass, numbers (using the circle as the zero), and  . . .


A circle becomes a face, with circles added for the eyes and for the dress. And look at those hearts for the cheeks and hair!

So much creativity! An open-ended art and math related activity that puts the “A” into STEM . . . to get STEAM!

Happy Birthday Clifford!

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Clifford the Big Red Dog is celebrating his 50th birthday! Celebrate by reading a Clifford book together or by watching a Clifford video

Looking for new ways to interact with Clifford? Try his new ipad app or visit his PBS Kids web site where you can sign his birthday card, go on a scavenger hunt or color a picture of Clifford’s best friend, Emily Elizabeth.

Emily Elizabeth’s love may have made Clifford grow, but Clifford’s fans’ love made his birthday card grow–how big? Check out this video of his birthday card being unveiled on the side of Scholastic Publishing’s New York office building!


So You Want to Be President?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

It’s impossible to escape from election fever with candidates campaigning regularly in Ohio. Here are some fun books to answer kids questions and curiosity in a non-partisan way!

Cover of Grace for President

Enjoy the irresistible energy of Grace in Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. When Grace learns that a woman has never been president of the United States, she sets out to change that, running for class president. Even the Electoral College is explained in a very straightforward way.

Cover of Bad Kitty for President

Not to be left out, Kitty runs for President of the Neighborhood Cat Club in Bad Kitty for President.  Is she the purrrfect candidate!? Along the way terms like caucus, primary, endorsement and others are explained, along with kissing babies, grassroots campaigning, the role of money and the media, and the perils of mudslinging.

 Cover of So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George presents an entertaining glimpse into the president’s lives. “The President never has to take out the garbage.” And “You probably weren’t born in a log cabin. That’s too bad. People are crazy about log-cabin Presidents. They elected eight.” David Small’s cartoon style illustrations (think caricatures!) are a highlight of this Caldecott Award winning title.

Cover of Vote!

A brief history of voting rights is presented in Eileen Christelow’s Vote!  Who has the right to vote? Who decides?

Cover of Those Rebels, John & Tom

Can two people who seem to be polar opposites get along? Find out in Those Rebels, John & Tom  by Barbara Kerley. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson could not have been more different. One short, the other tall; one who loved to debate and could speak for hours on end, the other quiet, preferring to write out his arguments. But united by a common cause, these rebels were instrumental to the formation of our country.

Enjoy learning about history, presidents, and don’t forget to exercise your right to vote this November!


Lemonade Literacy: Books and Sensory Activities with Summer’s Favorite Drink

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Does anything taste better on a hot, summer day than the sour sweet taste of lemonade?

Mix up a batch of lemonade with your kiddos and enjoy some picture books all about this yummy treat!

Old-Fashioned Lemonade


  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Sensory Exploration with Lemonade

As you are making the lemonade, talk to your child about what you are doing and why. Let him play with the lemons and taste them–Oh, that’s sour! Smell the lemons too–is the smell different than the taste?  Lemons are really yellow! What else is yellow? What kinds of things can you find in your house that are yellow?

Even the smallest child can help measure the sugar…where does the sugar go when it is mixed in? Talk about how the sugar dissolves into the water and makes it sweet. Finally, taste the finished product. Is it still sour like a lemon? Is it sweet like sugar?

Now take your hard earned treat, find a cozy spot and read more about lemonade fun…


Imagine YOURSELF in a Book! The Top Ten Picture Books for Stimulating your Child’s Imagination

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Stretch your imagination muscles with our favorite picture books all about pretending! These librarian-picked books are fun and funny and perfect for a family read aloud…

#10 Mitchell’s License by Hallie Durand
Mitchell never wants to go to bed until, at the age of three years, nine months, and five days he gets his license so that he can drive there–at least until he and “the car” have a disagreement about what fuel goes in the tank.

#9 Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of “let’s pretend.”

#8 Space Boy by Leo Landry
Having decided not to go to bed because his home is too noisy, Nicholas flies his spaceship to the Moon, where he enjoys a snack, takes a moonwalk, and enjoys the quiet–until he realizes what he is missing at home.

#7 Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold
When her tiny purple socks start to expand, Sally turns them into a scarf and then curtains, but things soon get out of hand.

#6 Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler
When Peke, a pekingese puppy breaks his leg, he fantasizes that he is a pirate in search of buried treasure.

#5 Alexander’s Pretending Day by Bunny Crumpacker
When Alexander asks his mother questions, they use their imaginations to play together

#4 My Garden by Kevin Henkes
After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

#3 Lets Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Frankie and Sal have run out of things to do: “We’ve played every sport ever invented” and “baked enough cookies to feed a small country–” Then Sal hits upon a solution: “Let’s do nothing!” How hard could that be?

#2 Chalk by Bill Thomson
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.

#1 Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

Imaginative play is not only fun, it is crucial to your child’s development and it supports early literacy. Pretending encourages extended vocabulary use, narrative skills and gives children a way to problem-solve and explore new interests in a safe environment. For more reasons why an imagination is your child’s greatest tool, read this article from the Scholastic web site.

Not sure how to encourage imaginative play in your kids? Check out these tips from the Frugal-Mama site.

What is your favorite imagination book?




Friday Fairy Tales with a Twist – Story Time to GO!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Read and play along with us in this to-go version of our Preschool story time!

Fairy tales are wonderful stories to read and often are available in beautiful picture book form…
Start with this classic–with a twist! In Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson, she and the bears end up making muffins together and the recipe is included!

Add an action rhyme:

Castle Capers Action Rhyme –

I am the king of running,
I run and run and run.
My subjects all run with me,
And we have so much fun!

I am the queen of jumping,
I jump and jump and jump.
My subjects all run with me
And fall down with a bump!

I am the prince of turning,
I turn and turn and turn
My subjects all turn with me,
It’s an easy thing to learn!

I am the princess of dancing,
I dance and dance and dance,
My subjects all dance with me
And sit when they get the chance!

Then read another new take on a classic tale in Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox. A prince tries to get Rapunzel to throw down her hair so he can rescue her, but she mishears him and throws down random objects from her room instead:

Sing and old song with a new twist! Don’t stop at twisting books, in this fairy tale version of “Pop Goes the Weasel.” Use the same tune, but instead of the regular lyrics use these:

All around the castle the knight chased the dragon,
The dragon thought twas all in fun,
went the dragon!

Prince chased, king chased, baby chased, “Ooh, you scared me” went the dragon!

Magic Wand Game:
For a twisted take on “Simon Says” visit this web site to make your own magic wand and then have fun “commanding” your children to do as the magic wand says. Start by saying:

“I brought my magic wand today and when I wave it you must do what I say”

You can suggest things like:

Jump, clap hands, cluck like a chicken, touch your toes, blink your eyes, spin around, hop on one foot, rub tummy, etc.

Finish it up with a wordless book–wordless books are great for developing vocabulary and narrative skills. Point out pictures and talk about the words for the things your child is seeing. Encourage the narrative by asking leading questions about the story–why did he do that? What is happening here?A great example of a wordless book is The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney



Rhyme Time Loves You!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Have you been to Rhyme Time? Rhyme Time is our open story time for children 18 months to 3yrs and their favorite grownups. In this program parents and kids actively learn rhymes, songs and fingerplays all designed to enhance early literacy and encourage fun!

Here is what we did in Rhyme Time this week so you can follow along at home!

Read it!

Our theme was all about love….read three love stories about babies in the book More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera Williams. We made sure to snuggle every time a baby said more!

What kind of hugs do baby animals get? Find out with lift-up flaps in Hugaboo, I Love You! by Hans Wilhelm

Sing it!

Action Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

 Repeat with: Stomp your feet, rub your tummy, pat your knees

Read it!

How much can you love someone? Little Nut Brown Hare wants to find out in Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.

How many kisses does it take to turn a crying baby into a sleeping baby? Find out in Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Sing it!

Everybody Know I Love My Toes

Everybody knows I love my toes,
Everybody knows I love my toes,
I love my eyes, ears, mouth and nose
Everybody knows I love my toes.

Repeat with:

I love my knees, chin, belly and nose
I love my hair, cheeks, back and nose
I love my fingers, shoulders, ankles and nose
I love my neck, tongue, eyebrows and nose
I love my arms, legs, head and nose

Clap it!

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands together.
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands together.

Jump, jump, jump up high . . .
Spin, spin, spin around . . .
Wave, wave, wave good-bye . . .

Want more Rhyme Time? Join us next Tuesday at 10:30 or Wednesday at 9:30 for more fun!

November Is National Picture Book Month

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Come celebrate picture books with us!

Picture Book Month is an international initiative to designate November as Picture Book Month, encouraging everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books. Every day in November, there will be a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important (from

Print off a Picture Book Month calender and use every day of November to explore a topic with your child–do you like jungles? That is 11/17 or who doesn’t love great fairy tales? Share a few of your favorites on 11/20.

As you explore National Picture Book Month with your child, you’ll be reinforcing print motivation, or the love of books, discovering fun activities and you’ll be talking about numbers and days of the week – all while spending time together as a family!

Do you have a favorite picture book? Come in and put it out on our display to help us celebrate literacy, everyday!

A is for Apples: Books, Songs & Activities for Fall

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This time of year we usually get many requests for books about fall favorites like apples. Are you ready for fall? We sure are!

Check out our collection of books about apples and pair one with the rhyme below.

Apple Song (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O)

There is a fruit
that’s good to eat
and apple is it’s name-oh!
And apple is it’s name-oh!

And why not try one of these apple activities while you’re at it?

  • Read about Apples: Visit the library and check out some books or a puzzle about apples.
  • Pick Apples: Find a “pick-your-own” apple farm and spend a few hours picking and counting apples. Talk about the different colors of the apples, the sounds in the orchard and about what you may do with all the apples you are picking!
  • Sort Apples: When you take your apples home put them all out on the table and sort them into piles by color, by size, etc. Count how many of each type you have.
  • Make an Apple Print: Cut an apple in half and dip the exposed side in craft paint. Make prints on craft paper and let dry. When the paint is dry you can color in seeds or a stem or even a friendly green worm!
  • Cook Applesauce: Take 4 peeled, cored and chopped apples and add 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar or honey and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Simmer on the stove until soft and mushy.

Last, but not least, sing along with Raffi.

Good Dog: Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch Gets Immortalized on a Stamp

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Do you remember Owney, the Mail Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby?

Owney the Dog, immortalized in a stamp. Photo courtesy of the National Postal Museum

In 1888, Owney, a stray terrier puppy, finds a home in the Albany, New York post office and becomes its official mascot. He criss-crossed the United States on the mail train, through the Adirondacks, into Canada and Mexico, and eventually traveled the world by mail boat in 132 days. TRUE STORY!

Go, Owney, Go!

This summer, Owney is being honored with his very own postage stamp! There will also be smart phone apps, ebooks that use Owney to teach geography and a new exhibit at the U.S. Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

Go, Owney, go!