Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Great Book Sites for Kids and Their Parents!

There is an almost limitless number of websites and blogs about children's books and literature. Most are geared to parents while a few are aimed directly at children. Some of the best for parents include Booklights, sponsored by PBS Parents, in which children's literature experts review books and offer recommendations for readers of every variety.
Capitol Choices is a group of librarians, booksellers, teachers, children's literature specialists and magazine editors who live or work in the greater Metro region and share a passion for children's and young adult literature. Every year they produce a list of one hundred Noteworthy Books for Children and Young Adults divided by age groups. You can see what they are reading this year and also access their archives going back to 1996. They include reviews of the best audio books, too.
Guys Read, started by author and the first Ambassador of Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka, encourages boys to become life-long motivated readers. His site offers lots of suggestions with great guy appeal.
Another useful blog is Planet Esme, which supports the Planet Esme website of author and "readiologist" Esme Raji Codell. A fun and interactive site for kids who love to read is the aptly named Kidsread.com. Kid-friendly reviews, book club guides, author bios, trivia games, word scrambles and series descriptions are just a taste of what you'll find. And National Geographic Kids hosts the DogEared Book Blog where kids themselves review the books.
These are a just a few of my favorites. What sites do you go to for ideas, suggestions and reviews for children's books? We'd love to hear from you!

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Looking for Something New for Your Child to Read?

Each month, the librarians responsible for ordering all the wonderful materials in our collections compile annotated lists of new picture books and new chapter books for children. In addition, our youth services librarians create special monthly lists of featured titles, generally in conjunction with a seasonal or celebratory theme. This month's featured titles list celebrates African-American heritage.

You can have these BookLetters delivered to your desktop via email or through an RSS feed. It's easy and your kids will be excited to see all the new books you bring home!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Librarians on a Mission

Did you know? Aside from all the preschool, elementary, and teen programs at Central and the branches, the Arlington Public Library youth services team reaches hundreds and hundreds of children in the community who, for a variety of reasons, have little or no access to the public library. Among our many partnerships are Arlington Public Schools, Parks & Rec, Arlington Housing Corporation, Head Start and Early Head Start.

We introduce early literacy techniques in a storytime format, provide library tours to children and their parents, offer training to day care providers, work with at-risk youth and, above all, seek to instill the joy of reading among all of Arlington youth--not just those lucky enough to get to the library regularly.

So the next time you stop by your branch and don't see your children's librarian, there is a good chance she's out in the community sharing the magic of books!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Library is Open, But No Storytimes Today

All Arlington Public Libraries are open today, Wednesday, Feb. 3, but there will be no storytime programs for children. When Arlington Public Schools are closed, the Library storytimes for children will be cancelled.

If you're looking for some good snow books to cuddle up with, here are a few suggestions:

Hooray for Snow! by Kazuo Iwamura
Snow Day! by Lester L. Laminack
Snow is My Favorite and My Best by Lauren Child
In the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow
First Snow by Bernette G. Ford
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Really Good Snowman by Daniel J. Mahoney
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Have a really fun snow day!