Posts Tagged ‘Picture Books’

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!

Picture Book Biographies for Kids Make History Fun!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Biographies aren’t just for adults! Picture book biographies are not the dry, stuffy side of history; they are great even for the earliest reader.

By reading fascinating stories of historical people, children make a connection with the past that helps them understand their present and also stokes their natural curiosity about the world around them. Just like any great story, biographies have interesting characters facing daunting challenges and are often full of exciting action.

Use a picture book biography as a springboard for discussion about how kids live today and how kids lived in the past.  Is your child curious about that guy on the five dollar bill? Read a picture book biography about young Abraham Lincoln and then expand the activity by reading other books about Victorian children. Try Victorian kids’ games or bake old-fashioned Johnny Bread like a Civil War Soldier.

When history is told in stories with bright pictures and kid-friendly language there is nothing stuffy about it! Here are some of our favorite picture book biographies to get you started. Happy Exploring!

What do a caterpillar, a busy spider and a couple of bears have in common?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Have you ever wondered what picture books are the most checked out picture books at the Westerville Public Library?

Based on our statistics, these are the top five most checked out picture books by title. Have you read them? What are your top five picture books? 

Number 5:

Number 4:

Number 3:

Number 2:

Number 1:

Bedtime, already!?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Now that the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, it is harder to get the kids to go to bed! How about heading to bed 20 minutes before bedtime for talking, snuggling and some transition time between play and sleep. Once you get them there, then you can sweeten the deal with some fun and funny bedtime stories!

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.

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…

Did you miss the zoo?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Did you miss our special Preschool Storytime about going to the zoo? Never fear; you can recreate the fun at home!

Read These Books!

Check out more great books about the zoo!

Try These Activities!

  • Talk with your child about the animals in a box of animal crackers. What sounds do those animals make? What do those animals eat?
  • Play “Monkey See, Monkey Do” with your child and copy his/her silly actions. Then have your child take a turn copying your silly actions.
  • After reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle, take a walk around your neighborhood to see what you can hear. Are there birds chirping? Do you live near a busy street? Ask your child to be still and use his/her “animal ears” (made by cupping your palms around your ears) to listen for sounds.
  • For more ideas on how to take zoo fun home, visit Kid Territory, hosted by The Zoological Society of San Diego.
Sing This Song!
Here’s a trick: while you sing this song with your child, have fun pretending to be the animals mentioned!
We Are Going To The Zoo
(to the tune of: London bridges)

We are going to zoo,
To the zoo, to the zoo.
We are going to the zoo,
Won’t you join us too?

We’ll see lions, tigers too,
Tigers too, tigers too.
We’ll see lions, tigers too,
All at the zoo.

We will find some chimpanzees,
Chimpanzees, chimpanzees.
we will find some chimpanzees,
Swinging from the trees.

We will look for kangaroos,
Kangaroos, kangaroos.
We will look for kangaroos,
Hopping at the zoo.

And be sure to keep checking back to the Westerville Public Library’s events calendar for more Preschool Specials!

Is it Spring Cleaning time yet?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Spring is getting closer everyday and with spring comes SPRING CLEANING! Share the fun with your child with these books about keeping it clean.

Arthur Helps Out by Marc Brown

Arthur has a lot of chores, but he wants to go out and play–will he be able to get his work done in time?

How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps by Jennifer Huget

A young girl provides humorous advice on how to tidy a bedroom-in 10 easy steps. The first step is the easiest–mess up the room!

Mrs McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks

Not many of us hang our wash on a line like Mrs. McNosh, but even fewer of us hang up everything around the house like Mrs. McNosh! Bats and newspapers and even the phone, Mrs. McNosh is on a spree. This silly rhyming book is a perennial favorite.

Check out more books about cleaning!

For silly cleaning fun, try dancing to the tune “I took a bath in a washing machine” by Jim Gill

Or sing this camp song with your child for even more silly clean fun!

Wishy Washy Washerwoman
Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman washin’ her clothes
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman dryin’ her clothes
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman foldin’ her clothes
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes

…pickin’ her nose…
…eatin’ oreos…
…paintin’ her toes…
…puttin’ on pantyhose…
…sayin’ goodbye…

Just one more bite!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

“One more bite for mommy!”  “You can’t eat only white food!”  “Potato chips are NOT lunch!”  If these phrases are in your daily repertoire, chances are you’re dealing with the dreaded picky eater.  (Insert scary movie sound clip here.)

As always, your friendly librarians have your back.  Check out some of these fun kid’s books and just maybe your little food critic will be inspired to be a bit more…adventurous.  If your problem runs deeper than picture books alone can solve, these books for grown ups might be right up your alley.

Now…where’d I put those goldfish crackers?

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!