Posts Tagged ‘book suggestions’

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!

Is there a librarian in the house?

Monday, April 11th, 2011

This week is National Library Week! Do you have  a favorite library memory or did a librarian change your life? We’d love to hear about it!  Here are a few of our favorite books about libraries and librarians:

The story of RoseAleta Laurell who arrived in Lockheart, Texas to be the head of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. The library was outdated so she spent a week on the library roof to raise money and interest in the library.
A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian’s efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might change her mind.
Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything–including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.
The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video games, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides back-up.
When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.
A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

When Lola’s favorite book is not on the library’s shelf, her older brother, Charlie, tries to find another book she will enjoy.

Can you hear that?

Friday, April 8th, 2011


April is National Poetry Month! Poetry is fun to read and fun to write, but to really enjoy poetry many feel it must be HEARD. Listening to poems can help kids develop important literacy skills like phonological awareness, the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words, and vocabulary, or knowing the names of things. Here are a few books that are not only beautiful to look at, but also come with CDs so that the poems come alive at home, in the car–anywhere you are!

Mudluscious and Puddle Wonderful

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

You probably have already heard that the Westerville area is in for some MORE RAIN! Looking for some ways to pass the rainy days inside? The Westerville Public Library is your rainy day survival tools head quarters.

Need good stories about the rain instead of actually getting in the rain?

Maybe you need to answer questions about WHY the weather does what it does?

Are your kids bouncing off the walls and need fun indoor activities? We have you covered…

I’ve been bloggin’ on the railroad…

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

All aboard! Choo-choo,  we love trains. How about you?

Those of you who have been to our fantastic kids’ programs like Move With Music may recognize the “Train Song.”  We love to sing the train song when we are in circle time. The best part is that it’s easy to do!


First, rub your hands together to mimic the choo, choo, choo, choo rhythm of the train. Then sing:

“Choo-choo, choo-choo, choo-choo, choo, Up the Railroad tracks! Choo-Choo, Choo-choo, choo-choo, choo-choo, then we come right back!

First we go to (child’s name)’s house and then we go to (another child’s name)’s house and then we go to (another’s house)’s and then we come right back!

Try working in fun “destinations” for your child. You can “stop the train” at friend’s houses or grandparents’ houses or at the grocery store or post office! You can speed up your train or slow it down by speeding up or slowing down the swoosh movement of your hands.

Can’t get enough of trains? Check out these picture books!

And if you haven’t been to Move With Music or any of our kids’ programs, you should give it a try! Spring II Registration starts today!

Trees Please!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Trees are everywhere and we love them! Get ready to watch the trees around your neighborhood slowly bud, flower and grow beautiful green leaves! While you are waiting, enjoy books,  songs and finger-plays about our green friends.

Read stories about trees!

Learn facts about trees with books from our new Non-Fiction Readers section!

Here is a fun song about the parts of a tree sung to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Leaves (wiggle fingers above head), Branches (hold arms out to the sides),
Trunk (touch belly) and Roots (touch toes). Trunk and Roots.
Squirrels (hold up hands like paws) and Birds (flap arms) and Nests (cup hands together) and Fruits (pantomime picking apples)
Leaves, Branches, Trunk and Roots! Trunk and Roots!

Talk to your child about what animals live in trees. In Ohio, we see LOTS of squirrels! Here is a fun fingerplay about these  ubiquitous critters:

Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel, (hold hands up like paws)
Shake your bushy tail! (shake bottom)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tale!

Wrinkle up your little nose! (wrinkle nose)
Put a nut between your toes! (tap paws together)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail!

Looking for more? Stop by the Arbor Day Society’s “Teaching Youth about Trees” page for more games, printables and fun!

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!

Have we talked about the Geisel Awards yet?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

So, I think I’ve managed to neglect mentioning the Geisel Awards up to this point.  What a grievous oversight.  Anyone with a new reader needs to know about this award “given annually the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.”

The days of Dick and Jane are gone my friends.  As this article says, boring beginning reader books are so yesterday.  Today’s readers are funny and engaging.  Kids actually want to read them!

Toon books are in a graphic novel (read: comic book) format and are great place to start for boys and reluctant readers.

Many parents are already familiar with Mo Willems and his fantastic picture books like the Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny series.  But those same parents are often unfamiliar with Mo’s hilarious beginning reader Elephant and Piggie series.  Mo also has a new series about Cat the Cat.  Don’t be fooled by the traditional picture book look of these books, they’re intended for beginning readers as well.

And if you haven’t introduced your new reader to the Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold, you’re both missing out!  When a fly on the hunt for something tasty and slimy to eat crosses paths with a boy named Buzz who’s looking for a smart pet for The Amazing Pet Show, a beautiful friendship is born.  And of course, hilarity ensues.

Also worth a mention are the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series, Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same, and the Annie and Snowball series.  And check out our list of Geisel Award winners and honor books.

Read This: Higher! Higher!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Higher!  Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

A little girl being pushed on a swing has just one request:  Higher!  Higher! 

Her grown up pal happily complies, pushing the girl so high that she makes friends with a giraffe, some kids playing board games on the roof of an apartment building, a mountain climber, travelers on a plane, and many others.

Kids will delight in this fantastical story.  And with only a handful of words in the entire book, many will be able to read it on their own!  Or you can sharpen your child’s vocabulary and narrative skills by having her tell you the story or describe what’s happening in the pictures.

If Higher!  Higher! isn’t in and you can’t stand the wait, check out some of Leslie Patricelli’s other books.  She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!

Read This! The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Homer P. Figg and his big brother Harold are alone in this world.  Homer’s father died before he was born.  His mother passed away when he was just a young sapling of a boy leaving Homer and Harold at the mercy of their uncle Squinton Leach, the meanest man in Maine.  (Ooooh, Squinton Leach.  Just writing down his name gives me the shivers. )

Squint’s meanness reaches a new level when he sells Harold to the Union Army in place of a rich man’s son.  When Homer finds that the enlistment isn’t legally binding because Harold is underage, he knows he has to rescue his brother.  His journey includes (but is not limited to) getting swindled, being kidnapped once or twice, starring in a traveling show as a vicious pig boy, a balloon ride, and a final stop at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Don’t let the goofy cover of this Newbery Honor Book fool you — this humorous book doesn’t gloss over the ugliness of war.  Homer sees the front lines, and he doesn’t like it one bit.  Still, Homer’s ability to spin a yarn will entertain just about every reader.