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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas (and yes, I'm coming back - soon!)

This fall and Christmas season has been a tad bit busy but this blog shall rise again - immediately after the first of the year.

I'm sure you are all just waiting for it! =D

No doubt all of you have been scouring your library bookshelves like good little library patrons. I've kinda missed it - but morning sickness, little children and holiday plans got the better of me here recently. However, I anticipate some good library usage here in the next few months and I'm excited to get going again with this challenge.

In the meantime, I hope that you all have a fantastically wonderful and very Merry Christmas!

I'll see you again on the other side of it!

Monday, October 4, 2010

V is for von Trapp

As some of you are aware, I have a separate book blog for my own non-library reading (and reviewing.) One title that I received in the mail this past week I am particularly excited about it and am eager to introduce people to. It's a new release from Sleeping Bear Press and you've just GOT to know about it so that you can check in with your local library about possibly nabbing a copy! (Or, you may just want to add this one to your home library, depending on your love of this family.) I'm re-posting part of my review from Reading to Know here below (with my own permission, of course - ha!) Check this one out!

This afternoon my door bell rang and I was delivered a package which came from Sleeping Bear Press. I stood on the porch and opened it up to discover this beautiful gem of a book and I just had to tell you about it right away!

V is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet is the latest and greatest in Sleeping Bear Press's line up and it is amazing in every single way. I immediately walked back inside the house and devoured the book (in a healthy way, of course.)

. . . follow the link to read the rest of the review of V is for von Trapp over at Reading to Know! And then go find a copy. Seriously.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Progress Report - October 2010

My last Progress Report was in June so I guess it's a bit time for an update!

Goal set for reading all of the children's picture books in our library:

Monday, September 28, 2009. I'm officially a year in now, and am much further behind than I EVER anticipated being! I somehow didn't factor in the following things:

  1. We added a second child to our family. There was a period of adjustment which did not involve going to the library for awhile.
  2. Summer. My husband and I are also wedding photographers and are therefore somewhat-to-extremely busy between June and August! The library doesn't factor in very well then.
  3. We are now expecting our third child and morning sickness refuses to let me go anywhere - least of all to the library!

Over the course of the past year I've learned to make this more of a fun challenge than my originally intention of a challenge challenge. This has to fit into life. I cannot force life into it. It's good to realize that and I'm happy (now) plugging along at a slower pace than I had originally set for myself.

Progress as of today's date:

I've read (according to the last name of the author) through the "A" section and am into the "Br" section.

Total number of picture books read:

By my count, 763.

Average number of times I go to the library during the week:


Average number of books checked out per visit:

I lost count of how many actual visits I've made to the library to collect books. However, I typically walk away with anywhere from 25-27 titles. (That's how many comfortably fit into the bag and allow me to juggle two toddlers at the same time without breaking my back.)

Favorite New-to-Me author I've discovered so far:

I think my latest would be Paulette Bourgeois, who penned the Franklin the Turtle books which we really have enjoyed.

Total amount of fines due so far:

$4.60 (Up $0.65 from the last time!)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday - Jan Brett edition

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordRead Aloud Thursday time over at Hope is in the Word!

Well, as you know, we had a library bag full of Jan Brett titles these past few weeks and so guess what we've spent a lot of time reading? Yeah, you guessed it. (What a smart cookie you are!)

I'm feeling a little lazy today when it comes to typing up descriptions of each title so I've linked it to Amazon and if you are unfamiliar with any particular book, hop on over and read the description. (Cheating, yes. Morning sickness again? Yes!)

Here were some of our favorite titles, and why:

The Umbrella - a story set in Costa Rica. Amazon describes this book as a tropical twist on The Mitten title and that's absolutely correct. Animals gather on the umbrella until a tiny little hummingbird knocks the whole crew into the water. We read this book before reading The Mitten and so I thought this was a pretty cute story. After we read The Mitten I was less impressed with it because it's the same story - a pile up of animals where a little creature causes the whole scheme to fall apart. Other than the artwork, the story lost its unique appeal. (Yes, that's a Jan Brett complaint from me!) Bookworm1, on the other hand, didn't really notice the difference and loved looking at all the animals in the rain forest.

Gingerbread Baby was a favorite of both of ours. We had never read this book before (or any of the titles in this particular post) and so it was a fun treat to discover. Bookworm1 liked it well enough to suggest we add it to our collection. Last week I found a hardback copy of the book for $1.99 which is a steal so I'm glad to have it for us to read again this upcoming holiday season.

The Hat was very clever and we particularly enjoyed looking at the illustrations surrounding the story as we saw clothes disappearing from the wash line. Extremely cute and this title received many a requested re-read. I'm thinking that we'll have to add this one to our home library as well.

Now, the next two titles I was a little surprised to find Bookworm1 enjoying so much. But enjoy them he did! We've never read about trolls and I wasn't sure what he'd think of the illustrations. He was not phased at all and enjoyed the silly little trolls. So apparently I worried for nothing and we enjoyed both Trouble with Trolls and Christmas Trolls.

It should be noted that before bedtime Daddy asked Bookworm1 if he would like to play or read a book and the Christmas Trolls was selected for a reading. IT BEAT OUT PLAYTIME BEFORE BED, FOLKS! I don't think a book can receive a higher recommendation now! =D (I was really rather surprised!)

I did run into some Brett titles that I honestly didn't like but all of the above were enjoyed by us all and so I'm happy to recommend them. But then - guffaw! - it's Jan Brett. She's a talented lady, a really fun story teller and there are plenty of delightful stories to read. So glad that we've had a chance to become better acquainted with her!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meeting Jan Brett

No, I haven't met Jan Brett. But I know someone who has!

Amy at Hope is in the Word followed the Brett bus and met this author and illustrator when she was on tour for her latest title, The Easter Egg. (Thankfully, this was one of the titles on our library's shelf so I was finally able to read it!)

Amy and her family made a day out of meeting Brett and Hedgie and she shares her story (and a lot of pictures) over at Hope is the Word! It's a really fun post to read and I highly recommend it.

CLICK HERE to read about the Hope is in the Word household experience!

Here is a Penguin Storytime Special in which Jan Brett shares how she drew Hoppy in The Easter Egg:

I love how she kind of talks to her drawing as she explains what she's doing!

Enjoy hearing Amy's story and watching this video today!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Jan Brett

I hardly feel like this author and illustrator needs an introduction around here. Jan Brett is rather widely known for her charming stories and illustrations. She has a style that is uniquely her own and is delightful to both the adult reader and the curious youngster. No doubt you are very familiar with who she is.

Our library had 28 of her titles in stock and so I swooped them up on my last visit. We have spent the last few weeks reading old-to-us Brett titles and reveling in some new discoveries. One thing I have been impressed with is the wide variety of stories she tells and subject matters that she covers. Sure, she hits on the holidays (leaning heavily towards the winter months), but she takes us around the world in story and also tells some timeless fairy tales as well. It's been a lot of fun becoming more familiar with her work across the board.

I'll share our favorite titles later in the week but in the meantime, here are a few good Brett resources if you are looking for something fun to do in conjunction with any number of her books:

Jan Brett's website (listing all of her books)
Jan Brett Coloring Pages (to accompany her stories)
Send an e-postcard with Jan Brett illustrations (just for fun!)
Here are some online Brett Book Character computer games
Download and make your own Brett bookmark
Create a coloring alphabet (Traditional, Cursive and Modern Manuscript all available)
Print your own Christmas Advent Calendar
Create character masks for your children to color and wear as you read Brett books!
Create Town Mouse, Country Mouse finger puppets
Learn How to Draw a Hedgehog
. . . there are hundreds of Jan Brett book activities on her site so browse the list and I'm certain you'll find some way to interact more with the stories and your young readers!
You might also want to check out her collection of How to Draw Videos

There are a plethora of things to do involving Jan Brett books! I'm blown away with how much she has offered up to her young readers online. It's really very impressive!

Enjoy browsing her site and finding a few activities to keep you and yours entertained this fall and winter season!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Playing by the Book Takes a Tour

(Morning sickness has definitely gotten the better of me these past few weeks and I'm moving a little slow around here. I do have a stack of library books that I need to talk about soon because they are just about due so stay tuned. I'm typing stuff up! =)

In the meantime, do go visit Playing by the Book!!! Why!?

Zoe has pieced together an amazing tour of children's literature in the UK and created a couple of posts to help you navigate your way through the UK by way of story.

Here is A Children's Literature Tour of the UK, Part I and A Children's Literature Tour of the UK, Part II. She even created a google map of the tour! This is an incredible amount of work and is completely fascinating!

I'm just dreaming and drooling, folks! She also references a Story Museum that is due to open in Oxford in 2014. I'm making plans! =D

Who wants to go!?

Thanks, Zoe, for your hard work and efforts. I hope to take advantage of the time you've poured into this some day!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordTime again for another Read Aloud Thursday post over at Hope is in the Word and we're feeling random again!

Here are a couple of books we've found to read aloud out of our last library stack:

I don't like worms and bugs, as I've said before, but I did find Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer, by Carol Brendler to be quite a clever introduction to these (admittedly) necessary creatures.

Winnie Finn likes worms. She's crazy about them. But the trouble is that no one else seems to be!

The Quincy County Fair is coming up and Winnie really wants to enter her worms into a competition but there really isn't a prize she can win with her worms. Or is there?

The rest of the story explains how Winnie offers some of her worms to Mr. Abernathy who is raising corn to enter into the fair. His corn, with such excellent fertilizer, ends up winning first place! She also offers some worms to Mrs. Yamasaki-O'Sheridcan who is raising hens. Some worms end up helping to provide shiny coats for some puppies that Mr. Peasley is raising.

As the story explains - worms are useful! Maybe they can't win a prize at the fair all on their own, but first prize ribbons start - with worms! Here is a picture of the inside illustrations, done by Ard Hoyt, to give you a feel for the artwork.

Not all of the pages look like this. Most are traditional full page spread illustrations but this one page just helps you picture the style of artwork.

Next up we read Mr. Tall and Mr. Small, by Barbara Brenner. The cover art you see here is from the 1966 edition - I'm guessing. Our library has a 1994 edition with illustrations by Mike Shenon and the pictures look a little different. The edition that we read is a bit more cartoonish. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a picture of it online to show you the difference.

At any rate, this is a story of an unlikely friendship between a giraffe and a mouse - each of whom think that they are better than the other. They argue back and forth as to who is best until the end of the story when an emergency causes them to realize the beauty and benefits that each of them are in possession of, thanks to their individual sizes. You could definitely read this as a political statement, if you are focused on the 1994 new edition. However, I kinda think it's just a cute story of two animals realizing that each of them have been created uniquely beautiful.

I'd be very curious to see a copy of the 1966 edition but we did enjoy the book that we found.

Lastly, given the fact that we enjoyed Franklin the Turtle so much, I checked out the library's copy of Franklin and the Baby (different from Franklin's Baby Sister) which is "based on the characters created by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark." This story has more to do with the television series and the illustrations definitely look like a cartoon. However, it's still Franklin and it's still a subject matter that is rather near and dear to our hearts at the moment! Bookworm1 enjoyed it thoroughly and I gave up counting how many times we read it. I'm definitely looking to add some Franklin stories to our home library because they go over so well with Bookworm1 and, I confess, I rather enjoy them myself!

So that's what we read this week. What about you? I hope you'll consider sharing as part of the Read Aloud Thursday challenge over at Hope is in the Word!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Celebrating the Seasons

I thought these two books were unique and definitely worth a mention! Written by Linda Crotta Brennan and illustrated by Mari Takabayashi, each one focuses on the warm comfort of family during various seasons.

Each one is told in short sentence rhymes - which isn't typically a favorite form of story telling for me, I do confess. However, I like the sentiment of each book enough to roll with it.

Marshmallow Kisses talks about life in the summer time.

"Sun sings.
Wings fan.
Swing on porch
with toast and jam."

Each illustration focuses on some part of summer - from lazy days at the beach to picnics under large trees. You just feel lazy and warm all over as you flip through this book. It concludes with:

"Neighbors visit
into the night.
Marshmallow kisses
by firefly light."
Flannel Kisses takes place during - you guessed it! - the winter months.

"Flannel sheets,
Cold floor,
Hot oatmeal,
Out the door!"

Whereupon the children dash out into the snow in snowsuits and sticky snow. There are snowball fights and they build snowmen. They come inside and eat warm soup.

"Fireside story,
Say good night,
Flannel kisses
By pale starlight."

As I said, I think these books are both sentimental and capture the feelings you have as you celebrate the various seasons. I cannot find any evidence online of their being any additional titles in this series so I am supposing it was concluded with these two books. I'm sorry not to see a book for Spring and Fall but I'm delighted we were able to read the two books mentioned above.

If you are looking for something short, sweet and perfectly cozy to read while discussing seasons - add these to your list!

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Perfect Pony, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I feel it a certain duty to mention any horse books that I come across that are particularly cute or interesting. As I've mentioned before, I seem to be surrounded by horse-lovin' friends and family.

I never know if I'm mentioning a book that they already know about but sometimes I can surprise them! =) I don't know if The Perfect Pony is a surprise, but it certainly is a treat for any girl who dreams of owning her own pony.

The book opens with the following sentence, which is one that I know my friends could identify with:

"Mom says that pony was my first word."

This young girl's brother has a pony and she grew up learning how to ride on it. However, she has always dreamed of owning her very own pony - literally. She dreamed "He would be sleek and shiny,the color of toffee apples. Or he might be white, with sooty eyes and a delicate nose." Finally, her mother told her that the time had come for them to find a perfect pony for her. Oh what joy! What rapturous bliss! (Ok, I'll try not to overdo it here.)

Naturally, in the end, she does find the perfect pony for her. And so another young girl's horse dreams are fulfilled.

So on second thought - maybe you wouldn't want to encourage your daughter with this book? Unless, of course, you intend to back it up with an actual pony!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordTime again for another Read Aloud Thursday post over at Hope is in the Word! And, well, I'm just BEHIND, that's what!

I went to the library last week and have had a whole stack of books to go through this week, but haven't managed to type anything up yet! That's mostly because of a little something called morning sickness, and my desire to move as little as possible (no small fete with two toddler boys running around!) So I may move around a bit slower here but I'm still checking out books from the library. Here are a couple that we read this week:

Little Pig Figwort Can't Get to Sleep, by Henrietta Branford was an instant hit with Bookworm1. We read it several times straight through upon cracking the book open. This is a fun book about Little Pig Figwort (a fun name to say, really!) who, well, can't go to sleep. He tries to fall asleep along with the rest of his brothers and sisters, but the problem is that he just has too much energy for some new adventures. So he takes a trip in a submarine down to the bottom of the ocean. He goes on a trip to the North Pole and travels in a space ship and visits the moon! Of course, he is taking trips courtesy of his imagination but the lines in the book are blurred a little as to what is fact or fiction which is why, I think, Bookworm1 enjoyed this book so much. In his mind, I'm pretty sure Little Pig Figwort actually went on all of these adventures and so we read about them again and again!

Cute book. Love the title, the story and the crazy fun illustrations by Claudio Munoz.

Bookworm2 requested several readings of Meeow and the little chairs, by Sebastien Braun. This book is a winner in my one year old's eyes for the following reasons:

a.) Bold colors, simplistic drawings; and
b.) Simple sentences.

(Bookworm2 might be into books now, but if we can keep things short and sweet they are all that much better!)

Meeow and the little chairs is helpful in learning colors. Meeow has several animal friends who are each carrying a different color chair. The animals line their chairs up all together. What are they building? A "Choo choo!" We like saying, "choo! choo!" around here so that might be the very reason for our love of this book.

At any rate - it is simplistic, cute and it holds our attention well. I hadn't ever heard of Meeow before and I only found this one title at our library. A quick glance on Amazon proves that there are more in the series, but for now, this is the one we have been able to enjoy.

Hopefully I'll get my act together and will be able to sit up and talk about some of these other books that I have sitting here. I had a fun stack and I'm eager to get through them because I'm excited about the author coming up next!

Any guesses as to who it might be? I'll give you a hint: I'm in the Br's.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Franklin the Turtle (Read Aloud Thursday)

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordTime again for another Read Aloud Thursday post over at Hope is in the Word!

I had never looked into Franklin the Turtle prior to this week and so I was delighted to find us up to the Bou's in our library section so that we could test drive this little turtle. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I found myself perfectly delighted! I like Franklin Turtle. Oh yes, yes, I do! Furthermore, so does Bookworm1 so it's a mutual thing.

I like Franklin for a number of reasons:

1. It is a longer picture book than we're used to reading, but short enough to still keep Bookworm1's attention. There is a solid story involved in each of the Franklin books and so I find myself being entertained right alongside Bookworm1.

2. The illustrations by Brenda Clark are bright and cheerful.

3. Franklin is part of a solid family with good moral values. When he is disobedient, I thought that his parents dealt with him reasonably. (I can't stand book characters who get away with murder and their parents accept their foul behavior as a fact of life, a.k.a., Cailou.) Franklin's parents hit the mark more times than not and so this mommy is satisfied.

4. The Franklin books deal with subject matters that are familiar to kids. For example, Franklin tells lies (and deals with the consequences), has a baby sister (that he is excited about), celebrates Christmas, and has a messy room (that he has to clean up.) Bookworm1 was able to connect and identify with Franklin very well.

In fact, even if we weren't familiar with the topic of choice for a particular title - take Franklin Goes to the Hospital for example - there was a message in the book that we could take hold of and talk about. For instance, in Franklin Goes to the Hospital, the doctor tells him that being brave doesn't mean you aren't scared. Being brave means doing something even though you are scared. We've talked a lot about that subject matter in this house and I like how clearly this particular Franklin title spelled out bravery in a manner that my three year old could grasp. This title turned out to be particularly handy in light of the fact that the day we read the book, we landed in the doctor's office thanks to a food allergy and Bookworm1 was called on to be very brave himself! I referenced the book the same day we read it and it settled him down because we had talked about bravery! You can't beat an experience like that with a book!

Bookworm1 likes Franklin because:

1. He's a turtle.

2. He's cute.

3. I don't know why, really. But I do know that he liked Franklin because many of the titles we brought home have been requested re-reads.

We've been reading a lot of Franklin the past few weeks. In fact, I've been delaying taking them back to the library so that we could enjoy them for a longer period of time!

Fun books with quality stories and no objectionable messages. I can't see any reason why we shouldn't go crazy over Franklin. And so I kinda have . . .

(I know he is a television show now but no, we haven't seen it. To learn more about it, you can visit the Franklin the Turtle website.)

In the meantime? Well, you might just find me picking up Franklin books from time to time to add to our growing home library.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lovin' on the Little Ones

I like books that affirm love to children. I've labeled such books "Love and Kisses" on this site so if you go to the side bar and look under that label, you'll find books that share this theme.

Reminding our children that we love them is an important job, a big job, and sometimes a very overwhelming one! Books that help aid us in doing so are worth a mention in my book (pardon the pun) so here are a few I was delighted to find in my library bag this past week:

I Loved You Before You Were Born, by Anne Bowen is told from the grandmother's perspective. It's a book that will make perfect sense to any grandmother out there who is fit to burst with pride over her little grandbabies. It affirms to the grandchild that the grandmother was happy to hear the news of the new person's birth and expresses eager anticipation to meet the grandchild.

"Even before you were born,
I was your grandma
and I loved you."

When Bookworm1 was born I asked both of his grandmother's to write a letter to him that I could put in his scrapbook. They both expressed the same sentiment to him. (Given the fact that my mother-in-law died a few months after his birth - having a letter around to assure him that he was oh-so-very-loved is extremely special and important!)

Heart in the Pocket, by Laurence Bourguignon tells the story of a baby kangaroo who never wants to leave his mother but wants to stay close to her pocket and her heart. She tempts him with adventures beyond the pocket but he won't go. Finally she explains that no matter where he goes, he will always be in her heart which is not, by the way, in her pocket.

It's a story of exploration and affirmation of love from the parent. No matter what the child does or where they go - their parents are not going to forget them and there is an unconditional love for the child.

Definitely a winner of a book if you're looking for a special way to say "I Love You" to your young reader - especially the one who is a bit tentative about leaving your side. (I have one of those but I can't say that I mind it! I like having my kids close to me!)

For what they are worth (which, I think, is a great deal) here are some fun books for you to enjoy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

For The List Makers in Your Life

Some books are almost better suited for adults. Know what I mean? Some picture books are better understood and appreciated by the adult reader than the kid. I'm not talking about inappropriateness here. I'm talking about good, clean fun that strike a chord with the more mature reader of the book who has some additional life experience under their belts.

Take Wallace's Lists, by Barbara Bottner and Gerald Kruglik for example. This book was made for my husband and myself. Truly.

Wallace is a shy mouse who lives on lists. He makes lists for everything. The "to do" list, a list of funny words, a list of things he hates, etc. Life is a set of lists.

Albert on the other hand doesn't do lists. At all. He just lives by the seat of his pants and enjoys thrills and adventures. Furthermore, he frequently changes his mind about what he might like to do in any given moment.

Wallace thinks he might like to go on an adventure but, of course, some kind(s) of a list will be necessary in order to do so. Albert would rather not make lists. Albert sets out to take Wallace on an adventure that does not involve a list.

"I changed my mind," Albert boasted.
Wallace was dumbfounded.
"Changing my mind is an adventure," Albert explained.
"I don't like adventures," said Wallace.
"An adventure can be anything. Anything that isn't planned for."
"You mean anything that isn't on a list?" asked Wallace.
"Exactly!" said Albert.
"Do you ever use a map?" Wallace continued. "I have lots of maps!"
"I don't need maps," said Albert, "because wherever I go, there I am."

Seriously!?!? This book should have been included in our pre-marital counseling sessions! This book is so US! One of us grew up on lists. One of us might have, but doesn't really remember. One us likes to know exactly where we're headed. The other is content to drive about "aimlessly" with a cup of coffee later in the evening, just to relax and listen to music in the car.

Can you guess which is which!?

This book is AWESOME! Polar opposites meet up and become friends and ultimately realize that they need each other to balance one another out! One needs to explore and have fun, just for the sake of doing it. The other could stand to be a little more organized about life in general.

I don't think Jonathan or I are the extremes of Albert and Wallace from this book - but it definitely casts a humorous light on our basic tendencies.

I didn't even bother reading this one to the Bookworms. I just enjoyed it for myself. Some picture books are made just for this purpose - and Wallace's Lists is one of them!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday - Oceans Alive

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordTime again for another Read Aloud Thursday post over at Hope is in the Word!

This particular post is almost self explanatory. As I mentioned earlier this week, we went to our library's Under the Sea party. Following that party we moseyed on over to the non-fiction section in the children's area and picked up the following books which I loved for their simplicity.

The photographs are excellent. Each page spread offers a perfect amount of information for a three year old (just enough but not too much!) and were based on his favorite topic of choice. What's to complain about? If you are looking for some good informational books for young readers on ocean animals, see if your library has the Oceans Alive series. There are quite a few titles in the series and we picked up several. And this, my friends, is what we were reading aloud this past week. :) Enjoy!

(We also brought home the Shrimp title but I couldn't find that image online.) At any rate, great non-fiction series!

What are you reading aloud with your kids these days? Hop on over to Hope is in the Word and share in the fun of these meme!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DVDs at the Library

I've decided that this particular website is just going to breathe in and out and track with our lives. Every time I think I've got it under control, life explodes in some way and this blog falls by the wayside. I am still making it to the library about once a week (and, in fact, have more to share) but this past week was lived a little differently. Bookworm1 came down with some kind of nasty food allergic reaction and got a cold on top of that! That brought things to a standstill to some degree around here but that's when our local library came through for us once again! How so? DVD's!!!

We've been watching Reading Rainbow (which I've written about before - click on the link if you'd like!)

Recently, Bookworm1 has developed a fascination with bugs and insects and so we found a few videos on that topic. (I confess to not watching those with him. I don't really do bugs. I did LISTEN to the videos though and we talked about creation vs. evolution as he watched. (We're creationists. It's hard to find a good video that supports that view. It sure would be nice if they would carry some creation videos alongside the ones that promote evolution!) That said, we did learn about bugs! So woo hoo (I think?)!

Our library has quite a collection of DVDs and videos, and what they don't have is easy to request through interlibrary loan.

Sometimes we find the library useful for things other than books. Especially weeks in which we're spending a lot of time on the couch!

What are some of your favorite videos or movies to get from the library? Do you have a title to suggest to us that I could tuck away for future use?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Activities at Your Local Library

Every year our library hosts their annual summer time Teddy Bear Picnic. We've made it the last two years. This year the weather was absolutely stunning and perfect.

Here we are enjoying the entertainment provided by Greta Pedersen. I checked out Pedersen's blog and found her post about the Teddy Bear Picnic if you want to see more pictures (and the boy with the stuffed snake!)

Per usual, our local children's librarians pulled together an entertaining program. I think I enjoyed this year more than last (although we did forget to bring our favorite animal friends along with us!) It's so fun seeing so many moms and children flood Central Park. We sat amongst day care groups, moms with babies and lots and lots of stuffed, furry creatures.

Then, just this past week, Bookworm1 and I attended the Under the Sea Party hosted by our friendly librarians. They picked out ocean-themed reading materials and songs. The room was filled with various craft stations and a fishing game. The theme alone was enough to send Bookworm1 to the moon and back but the librarian also picked one of our FAVORITE shark books:

Smiley Shark, by Ruth Galloway. We quoted the book while the librarian read it aloud. I have the thing almost 100% memorized now because we have read it so many, many times!

As an aside, Playing by the Book featured this particular shark title (and a few others) in a Fantastic Fiction for Kids - Sharks! post. (BTW, Happy One Year Anniversary to Playing by the Book! ;) If you haven't yet checked out her site, you may very well want to do so as she comes up with fantastic activities to go along with the books she and her children are reading! Amazing stuff!

We were also introduced to a new (to us) book entitled I'm The Biggest Thing in the Ocean.

This was a huge hit and we're going to have to check that one out to read again on our own time.

Following the books and singing, we made ourselves a jellyfish and an octopus at the various craft stations and we brought home a treasure chest to share with Bookworm2.

We had a ton of fun!

We really do have a marvelous local library that plan and organize some great reading times and activities for kids. We appreciate their efforts.

Does your library do anything like this and, if so, what activities and events have you taken advantage of? Have any links to share? Stick them in the comment section below!