Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Star Spangled Books and Activities for Kids!

School's out and that means it's almost time to celebrate Independence Day! If you're looking for fun books to share with your young children, here are a few suggestions:

For your newly independent reader, try Let's Go, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert in which a boy and his pet dragon celebrate the 4th of July.

In Saving Strawberry Farm by Deborah Hopkinson, neighbors rally during the "mean, hot summer of 1933" to save a farm.

Four mice enjoy a parade and other holiday festivities in Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts.

Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet Wong tells the story of a young Chinese-American girl who frets that no one will buy the food at her parents' Chinese restaurant that is open on July 4th.

Harriet Ziefert captures the ambiance of a small town July 4th parade in simple rhyming text and rich illustrations in Hats Off for the Fourth of July!

Another celebration of small town and family life is Happy Birthday, America! by Marsha Wilson Chall. And even her brothers' teasing can't dampen the spirits of a young girl in Phoebe's Parade.

And here are a few websites with coloring pages, craft ideas, songs, and child-friendly information for your young patriots. Check them out and have some fun!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Dunderheads!

Here's Nico booktalking one of her favorites this year ! A great book for kids in 2nd through 4th grade!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

To Make Origami Yoda, Come to the Library You Should!

In case you haven't heard by now, Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is coming to Central Library Friday, June 25 at 4pm to talk about his hilarious book and do some cool origami folding. He did a blog post about his upcoming visit to Arlington and we are so excited that he is coming!
If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, take a look at Nico's video booktalk and excited you may also get!

Friday, June 18, 2010

8 Great Children's Books for Father's Day

Here is just a small sampling of wonderful books celebrating dads! You can find many more by checking our catalog!

In Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, a young girl and her father trek into the cold night under a full moon in search of a Great Horned Owl.

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr describes a variety of loving fathers, including those with lots of hair and those with little hair.

The father in My Dad by Anthony Browne can do many wonderful things, including "swim like a fish" and "jump over the moon!"

By an interesting coincidence, all the activities that 4-year-old Susie has planned for her dad are her favorite things to do to! Read A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Susan Meddaugh.

Dad shows lot of love and patience when things don't go quite as planned at the beach in Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements, illustrated by R.W. Alley.

A young Masai boy in Africa learns about his father's unconditional love for him in Papa Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joose with illustrations by Barbara Lavallee.

A young bear recounts his daily activities, which mirror his father's activities, in Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch.

In Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney with illustrations by Anita Jeram, Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown play a bedtime guessing game involving

Do you have a favorite book about dads? Please share them with us!

Photo from Microsoft Office Online

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Meet Your Youth Services Librarians!

Please say "hi" to Nico, one of APL's newest youth services librarians!

1. How long have you been a librarian?
I have been a librarian since September of last year. I just finished library school at Catholic University and am loving my time at Arlington Public Library so far.

2. What is your favorite part of the job?
I love working with teenagers. I get to talk books with our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at Gunston Middle School and at our High School TAB group.

I love hearing what teens are reading, what they think about the best sellers, and what they hate! They are funny and interesting and have lots of great insights about the world of books. Going to TAB gives me great ideas about what to read next and about what we can be doing to better serve out teen patrons.

3. What are some of your favorite books?
I'm a YA (young adult) addict, but some of my favorite books for younger readers include:
A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Matilda by Roald Dahl
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman

4. Do you have a favorite online resource or website?
http://www.guysread.com--I love everything Jon Scieszka touches.

5. If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be?
The ability to remember the color of every book--that way I would be all set when kids come to the desk and ask me, "do you know the blue book about..."

And now you can listen to one of Nico's booktalks!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Books for Kids: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

In honor of Stephen Strasburg's exciting and auspicious debut for the Washington Nationals, we thought we'd share a few excellent books for children featuring other great players from baseball history.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter with illustrations by Andre Carrilho is a striking (no pun intended) book about arguably the greatest left-handed pitcher in baseball history.

Henry Aaron's Dream by Matt Tavares is a stunningly illustrated picture book that addresses both the strength of Hank Aaron's dreams to succeed, as well as the obstacles that he had to overcome to realize those dreams.

Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates also by Jonah Winter with illustrations by Raul Colon describes in spare language and beautiful illustrations one of baseball's greatest players and humanitarians.

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer written by by Bill Wise and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth chronicles the life of Louis Sockalexis, who pursued his childhood love of baseball and eventually joined the Major Leagues, where he faced racism and discrimination with humility and courage as the first Native American to play professional baseball.

All-Star: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen describes how Honus Wagner rose from poor beginnings in the coal mining area of Pennsylvania to become one of the greatest shortstops in baseball history, as well as the story of how the Honus Wagner baseball card became the most valuable of all time!

No one has hit above .400 since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941! Read all about it in No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season by Fred Bowen.

And lest anyone think baseball history is only about men, read about the first woman professional pitcher, Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen by Marissa Moss with illustrations by C.F. Payne. Seventeen year-old Jackie Mitchell pitched against both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game!

For more suggestions, here's our list of
sports books for children. Check them out!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Booktalking at Long Branch Elementary School!

Rachel and Nico headed out to Long Branch Elementary School on Monday morning to talk about summer reading and share some of their favorite books with students from kindergarten through 5th grade at Long Branch.

Over the next couple of weeks, children's librarians from every Arlington library are going to every public elementary school in the county to emphasize the fun of summer reading.

Sure, the kids receive a small prize (a squirty fish, this year) for reading a certain number of books, but we tend to promote reading as its own pleasure. We "booktalk" a wide range of books that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Our hope is that your child will rush home from school declaring that he must go to the library to sign up for the summer reading program and to get a copy of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda or Inside-Outside Dinosaurs.