Did you know that Dr. Seuss's birthday is fast approaching? Born Theodore Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss was born on March 2nd, 1904. On the evening of March 2nd, this year, Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) want you to participate in the second annual Read Across America event and read to a child.
Dr. Seuss' funny rhymes do more than just entertain. They help kids develop a skill called Phonological Awareness; which means that kids learn to recognize and play with the sounds contained in words. Rhymes are lots of fun, but they also develop language and reading skills!
With winter in full swing—and Read Across America just around the corner—, now is a great time to take advantage of those moments just begging for snuggling up together to share books everyone will love.
What makes a great read-aloud? Elements of a good family read include action, pacing, compelling characters, timeless themes, but most of all, a story or topic that captivates you.
Here's an imaginary story of a kid who lives in the White House. His name is Archie Roosevelt, and his dad is President Teddy Roosevelt. He and his siblings find a treasure map that takes them on an adventure through the White House to a treasure they will never forget!
This is a short book (only 96 pages) where the two sons of Abraham Lincoln (Willie and Tad) tell stories of their experiences with their dad. Well, really, Rosemary Wells is the author, who pretends that she is those boys telling their stories, with some history thrown in.
Here is another short one, but this has an interesting twist. Lindsey goes on a trip with her family to a Civil War reenactment. She is bored and starts to talk to a kid dressed up in the clothes they would have worn back then. she doesn't know that she is talking to the ghost of Willie Lincoln, who takes her on a trip back in time to when he lived.
Oh, no, it's another ghost story! This one is about KayKay Granger, who finds out that there are ghosts in the White House. She plays a trick on her mother, the president of the United States! And that means big trouble!
The Time Warp Trio are whisked away from home on Christmas Eve and end up with the future President of the United States - George Washington. It is the night before the famous crossing of the Delaware River. If it weren't for Fred, Joe, and Samantha (and her cat), George Washington and his men might never have crossed the river and history would not be the same. If you haven't read any of the Time Warp Trio, try this short, illustrated and funny "fractured" history book!
Eleven years after she washed ashore in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Miss Moses LoBeau (or Mo for short) is a rising sixth-grader. She helps out in the town's quirky cafe and is a founding member of the Desparado Detectives. Her summer is looking good . . . that is until Mr. Jesse is murdered, Miss Lana and the Colonel are kidnapped, and Hurricane Amy arrives. It's a good thing Mo has always been lucky!
Visit author Sheila Turnage's website to find out more about this lively book and how she decided to become a writer.
I love to read magazines when I'm relaxing. Sitting in a cozy corner with a new issue is a treat! I am always looking for inspiration- whether it's for exercise or crafting or sports, there is something for everyone in a magazine. It's great that the library gives me access to so many magazines without having to subscribe to them. You save a ton of money and don't have to deal with the clutter!
Did you know that the back issues of all our magazines check-out on your library card?
We have a wide variety for children (and grown-ups) of all ages. Here are just some of the magazines we have available.
Mom's and Dad's, did you know that magazines are great for reluctant readers?
With their colorful illustrations and photographs they are immediately engaging. Each magazine focuses on a particular subject, so the reader can concentrate on what they are most interested in. The articles are short and to the point and this can help children who might be overwhelmed with reading an entire book. There are so many different magazine subjects, it's easy to find one that is fun. When reading is enjoyed and no longer viewed as a chore or an assignment, children begin to become life-long readers.
So, next time you're at the library, try a magazine!
You know the saying about how “it takes a village to raise a child”? Well, that is exactly this story. When a large baby in a large basket is left on the steps of the St. Valentine village hall, the villagers decide that she will belong to all of them and they name her Valentine.
Jane Yolen turns 74 today! She was born in New York City on February 11, 1939. She says her writing began at an early age. In elementary school she wrote the music and lyrics for a school musical about vegetables, where she played a carrot and all the characters ended up in a salad for the grand finale!
Jane Yolen has three children-two sons and a daughter, Heidi, who is the little girl in Owl Moon. In this same book, the character Pa was based on Yolen’s late husband David.
Pirates and Petticoats was Jane Yolen’s first book. She got it published when she was only 21 years old! She has written over 300 books for children, teens, and adults. Aside from being an author, she is also a poet and a children’s book reviewer. To find out more about Jane and her books, check out her website www.janeyolen.com.
If you have a youngster in your home, and any kind of digital reading device, have we got a site for you!
The Jefferson County Public Library Kid’s Page contains a link to a Database known as BookFlix. This is a multimedia literacy resource featuring dozens of video versions of classic children's books. The videos are paired with nonfiction e-books about topics related to the video. Each pair also includes additional resources such as author profiles, games, and links to web resources on relevant topics.
There are nine subject categories to choose from, with many books and activities in each category. Each book gives viewers the option to read along with the book by following highlighted text. This is a fun and interesting way to help children develop reading skills, whether they are already reading on their own, or just beginning to recognize letters and words. Most titles would be of interest to preschoolers through early elementary readers.
You can ask any Children’s Librarian to direct you to the awesome sight, or get to it from the link above. If you're using it from home, you'll need your library card handy to get into the site. However you get there, we know you’ll find lots of fun stories to entertain you and your emergent reader! Happy e-reading!
February is Black History Month and a great time to learn about and recognize the contributions and history of African Americans. Here are just some of the great books you can read that are about Black History or are written by African American authors.
I just finished reading Christopher Paul Curtis' new book, The Mighty Miss Malone and it is great. Deza Malone is a fourth grade whiz and she tells the story of a most important time in her life.
Sometimes I think history can seem a bit boring or dull, but these books are winners! Try one and let me know what you think.
Check out Reading Rockets' website for Black History Month and watch Reading Rockets' interviews with celebrated African American children's book authors and illustrators. If your favorite author is here, you can see what they look like! You will also find lots to see and do to celebrate this month.