Monday, August 28, 2017

Books To Sing

Singing is one of the 5 early literacy practices, along with reading, talking, writing, and playing. These early literacy practices help to build the skills children need to be ready to learn how to read. There are many reasons that singing to young children is important. Children learn new sounds and new vocabulary through songs. Singing can be soothing and attention grabbing. So, reading stories that can be sung is a great way to get your little one interested in books!

Jane Cabrera is a storytime favorite! She has many great books based on classic songs like Ten in the Bed and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that are great sharing in a group or one on one.

We end Movers & Makers every Friday dancing to We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner. A book based on this song just came out a few months ago. The artwork is bright and you'll enjoy singing (and marching!) along as you read.

Pete the Cat by James Dean and Eric Litwin is another fun story to sing along. You can even download the songs from the books online!

10 Little Puppies / Diez Perritos by Ala Flor Ada is a bilingual book adapted from a traditional Spanish nursery rhyme. The text is accompanied by adorable puppies illustrated by Isabel Campoy.

5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming is a fun read aloud. There are many variations of the "5 little somethings" rhymes and songs that help children learn about numbers and counting. This rendition of 5 little ducks is one of my favorite because of it's lovely illustrations and the inclusion of both Mama & Papa Duck.

Hush Little Digger by Ellen Olson-Brown is a fun take on the classic lullaby "Hush Little Baby". In this book a dad lulls his son to sleep through verses about different construction vehicles. It's adorable.

Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr. is based on the classic playground clapping song "Down Down Baby". The rhythm is undeniable and kids will love chanting and dancing along.

You can read more about the 5 early literacy practices including singing on this great website from Colorado Libraries for Early Litercy

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Memoirs of the Year (so far)

"A memoir (from the French, meaning memory or reminiscence) is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life," according to Wikipedia.  These writings can make for wonderfully rich books that let you enter another person's memory while you read. This year has seen several great memoirs come out so far. Here's a list of a few notable ones:

Chronicling his journey from Saturday Night Live to the U.S. Senate, Al Franken reflects on what he's learned about our country and our culture. Released May 30, 2017.

The author/artist tells the story of growing up in war-torn Vietnam and moving to the United States. The illustrations add another level of emotion to the memories shared in this book. Released March 7, 2017.

Riggs, the granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, shares her story of being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and the impact on her life in all of her roles as a wife, mother, friend, and daughter. Released June 6, 2017.

There's no surprise that you'll find some science mixed in with Nye's personal memories. Released July 11, 2017.

The best selling author of Bad Feminist tells of her experiences with food, body image, and weight and how these issues intersect with our culture. Released June 13, 2017.

This well known author shares his favorite entries from the diary he kept for over forty years. The outrageous, the mundane, and everything in between told in his humorous style. Released May 30, 2017.

Sherman Alexie is a National Book Award Winning author for his work The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. In his memoir he shares the heart-wrenching complexity of his relationship with his mother growing up, in adulthood, and in the period following her death. Released June 13, 2017.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Coding for Kids

This month we hosted a Coding Camp for kids in grades K-5 as a part of our Summer Library Club activities. We talked about computer science, tried out some games using coding principles, and thought about careers that use coding. We also used an app on our mini iPads called Kodable where kids programmed their way through mazes.

More and more we're hearing about coding and computer science. If you have a kid in your life who is curious about this stuff (or if you're looking to find out more yourself!) here are some great books to get you started.

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley
Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, The World's First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
Computers by Christine Taylor-Butler
Computer Math by James Fisher
Computer Science in the Real World by Lisa Idzikowski
How Things Work: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercrafts, Robotics, and Everything In Between by T.J. Resler
The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed: A Book About Computers by Joanna Cole
A World of Programming by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Celebrate Sisters Day!

Did you know that the first Sunday in August is the annual celebration of Sisters Day? You may never have heard of this holiday, but why not celebrate with a great book about sisters and sisterhood.

If you favor the classics, try one of Jane Austen's works. Dive into 19th century England in Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Or try a modern retelling of Jane Austen's work. Check out our booklist from March for some suggestions.

For younger readers try one of these great books.

Contemporary adult fiction is full of stories about sisters.

Lastly, a book list about sisters would not be complete without Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. Join the March family in this coming of age tale. There are movie adaptations, sequels, and spin-offs for fans of the book to enjoy.

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