Happy Mother’s Day!

Hello, to all my readers!  And to my mom readers, Happy Mother’s Day!

Today I’d like to share on three books that have been introduced to me recently. Two of the books, ISH and THE DOT, are  by author Peter H. Reynolds; the third is POLKA DOT PENGUIN POTTERY by Lenore Look with illustrations by Yumi Heo. 

All three of these books center on the theme of being a “reluctant artist”, stories of children who want to be creative and are “stuck”.  They are beautiful stories that are easy to relate to and impossible not to enjoy! 

As always, I would love to hear from you.  Until then, happy reading!

 

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Great books for spring reading!

Hello, everyone! 

It’s spring and while preparing for my classes, I’ve discovered books that are super delightful. 

The first book I would like to share with you if from a book, although not new, was new to me.  It’s called, A FRIEND FOR MINERVA LOUISE, by Janet Morgan Stoke.  Minerva Louise, the main character, is a hen who sees things not as they are, but you figure out quickly how she confuses things.  I have dubbed Minerva Louise to be the Amelia Bedelia of the chicken variety.  The 3 to 5 years whom I have read this book to found the humor and enjoyed the book as much as I did.  I am looking forward to reading another Minerva Louise adventure; I would LOVE to read some of your responses to this book, as well as any others that YOU discover to be similar.  After all, isn’t what the blog is all about???  So, please share! 

Another book that I found to be adorable is, THE PERFECT NEST, by Catherine Friend.  It’s about a very naughty cat who creates the perfect nest in hopes to enjoying a perfect egg omelette.  However, you should read this one and let me know what you think about your reaction to the cat’s antics and the turn of events.  This is a great read for children ages 5-8.

Lastly, the book, THE ODD EGG, by Emily Gravett is a wonderful read that talks about being different, and about others’ actions and reactions toward a different egg, in this situation.  It’s a beautifully told story, both in illustrations and in simple text.  Children of all ages will enjoy it, but particulary those aged 3 and older.  This write “chick”, who is now into the second century of her life, loves it!

Happy reading!  Please share your favorite reads this spring!  Thanks!

 

 

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More wonderful books to share!

I have four books that I think are super fun and enjoyable reads, for children and parents alike!  They are:

SILLY DOGGY1  by Adam Stower; A GOLD STAR FOR ZOG by Julia Donaldson; ON MY WAY TO THE BATH by Sarah Maizes (great for the super imaginative mind!); MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMP by Jack Lechner, which is for the slightly older reader (grades 3 and older); and last but not least, PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS by Eric Lewin, which is a must read for the PETE THE CAT series aficianados!

Happy reading through the rest of your warm and sunny summer days!

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Happy Summer!

Well, we are half way through the summer and I hope that everyone who follows this blog is enjoying the summer!  Hopefully, you have signed on to your local library’s Summer Reading Program!  At Crandall, we have a summer reading program for each of the following age groups:   birth to 3 years, where parents/caregivers complete 10 easy activities with their babie/toddler and receive a FREE BOARD BOOK; aged 4-12 year olds read books and earn prizes (including a bookmark, coupons for bowling and restaurants as well as a FREE BOOK), parents, bring in their reading youngsters and read also get to enter into a raffle to win great local prizes, and lastly our teen center has its summer reading program, for 13-19 year olds, to play a game and win prizes (including FREE BOOKS)!!! 

For Crandall Public Library patrons who read this blog, be sure to check out our website for more fun programs to participate in:  www.crandalllibrary.org

There are many summer activities and programs that our patrons can sign up for, including ASK THE VET ABOUT A PET coming up this Thursday, Aug. 9, and ANDY’S ADVENTURES ON BROADWAY. Tuesday, Aug. 28 with performances at both 1:30pm and 3:30pm. 

Be sure to check out YOUR local library for wonderful opportunities, such as our summer reading program, as well as other terrific and fun activities for children and teens to participate in!

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New book arrivals!

We received some really cute books this week in the Children’s Department of Crandall.  One of my favorites is, OWLET’S FIRST FLIGHT, by Mitra Modarressi, which tells of a young owl’s first flight, detailing his nocturnal adventure in verse.  It is very sweet.   MORE by I. C. Springman is also noteable, as well as MAGRITTE’S MARVELOUS HAT by D. B. Johnson, which is a great introductory story to art, told in a very fun way.  The illustrations are stunningly beautiful, artistic and perfect for this book!

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New favorite books!

These are a few of my favorite children’s books that are new arrivals to Crandall Public Library’s Children’s Department:

PLANT A KISS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham; PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS by Eric Litwin; THE OBSTINATE PEN by Frank Dormer; and MY DAD IS BIG AND STRONG BUT…A BEDTIME STORY by Coralie Saudo.

Please check these out and give me your comments on these books—I would love to hear your responses!

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Today’s Tidbit!

Musical rhythms encourage spontaneous movement that strengthens your child’s body and helps to develop sensory control.  Large movements, such as in those we use with knee bounces (“trot trot to Boston, trot trot to Lynn”, for example) are called GROSS MOTOR SKILLS.  Fine motor skills (like when a child learns to hold and use a crayon or pencil) are developed later.

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