Thursday, December 23, 2010

Coming Soon: Arlington Students Choose Their Caldecott Winners

We'll be taking a brief break from posting on the Tots to Tweens blog.

But be sure to check back soon as we'll be highlighting the results of "mock" Caldecott committees comprised of students from several Arlington elementary schools. We'll stack them up against the actual winners which will be announced at the American Library Association's mid-winter conference on Monday morning, Jan. 10.

What picture book do you think deserves the Caldecott?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Video: 13 Words

What happens when you team the delightfully quirky artist Maira Kalman with writer Daniel Handler (much better known as Lemony Snicket, author of the popular Series of Unfortunate Events)?

The result, 13 Words, is a word book for children unlike any other. While word #1, bird, is one you might expect to find in a book for young children, word #2 is despondent, word #9 is haberdashery and word
#12 is panache. Not your typical entries in a typical word book for kids.

But somehow the author weaves these 13 words together to make a story (perhaps an unusual story, but still...) and Kalman's illustrations brilliantly extend the meaning and it all comes together.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Video: Shark vs. Train...Who Will Win?

Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld is turning up on several "best of" lists for children (K-grade 2) this year. Given the subject matter--pure kid-friendly--it's easy to see why. You can share the video with your kids and check out this website, too. In voting as of today, shark is ahead of train, 54% to 45%!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Video: José-Luis Orozco Packed the House

We had a full house last Saturday for a bilingual children's concert by José-Luis Orozco. If you missed the concert, we have plenty of his CDs and books that you can check out. Stop by our desk and a youth services librarian will be happy to help you!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kids' Book Suggestions from Real Kids

Today we turn over gift suggestions to a couple of our favorite young library customers (and avid readers), Roark and Pierce.

Roark is a 5th grader at Jamestown Elementary School and his brother Pierce is a 3rd grader. Both Roark and Pierce recommend The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce (which they both say is hilarious).

Roark also recommends:
H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous-Education by Mark Walden

e Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey

Young Bond
series (SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die) by Charlie Higson

Pierce rounds out his list with:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (start with The Lightning Thief) by Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid also by Rick Riordan

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

So there you have it--kid-approved suggestions for the young readers in your life. We'd love to hear what books your kids are asking for!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Give Books Kids Will Love, Part 5

Thank you to Lisa, young adult specialist at Central Library, for this wonderful list of books which make will great gifts this year:

Some of her favorite picture books:
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead
The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez
A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Some of her favorite non-fiction titles are:

Some of her favorite mid-grade titles are:
On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells
Justin Case by Rachel Vail
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
It's a Book by Lane Smith

Check out the previous four posts on our blog for more book suggestions!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Give Books Kids Will Love, Part 4

Looking for last minute gift ideas? Earlier this week we shared suggestions of books to give to children from birth to age 8. Today we will share books that children ages 9-13 will love.

Ages 9-12:
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
Max Cassidy by Paul Adam
Hide & Seek by Katy Grant
Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka

Ages 12-13:
Countdown by Debbie Wiles
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg

Thank you to Pat, tween specialist at Central Library, and Anne, youth services librarian at Shirlington Library for these great suggestions!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter/Spring Storytime Schedule (and 50 Literacy Activities for Babies!)

Our preschool storytimes start back up the week of Jan. 10. You can read a bit more about our different offerings or just check out the complete schedule on one page.

In the meantime, here is a great list of 50 literacy activities that you can do with your baby. As the article notes, introducing new activities and experiences for your baby creates and encourages brain connections that will potentially help your child throughout their life.

Stay warm and we'll see you soon back at storytime!

Give Books Kids Will Love, Part 3

We've already shared lists of the best books published this year for children. Now we want to show you some of the books we think would make great gifts. Today we will give you some suggestions of picture books, early chapter books and graphic novels which we think will please any young reader. In our next post we will tell you about some books for older readers. Check out the TATAL blog to see which books teens are interested in this year.

Here are a few suggestions for picture books from Anne, our youth services librarian at Shirlington:

Don't Read This Book by Jill Lewis

Chick 'n' Pug by Jeniffer Sattler

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner

Here's a selection of favorites from Katherine, youth services librarian at Westover:

Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke

Dotty by Erica S. Perl

Gabby & Gator by James Burks

And here are some chapter book suggestions from Anne and Pat, youth services librarian at Central Library.

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

George Brown Class Clown by Nancy Krulik

The Adventures of Ook & Gluk by Dav Pilkey

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Give Books Kids Will Love, Part 2

We recently shared some suggestions for great books that make great gifts. We're going to continue by leading you to websites that can also help.

Capitol Choices is a group of local librarians, book-sellers, children's literature specialists, writers, and illustrators who produce an annual list of 100 Noteworthy Books for Children and Young Adults, divided by age groups.

The most recently published list includes book cover images, a description of the contents, and price information. 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.

MotherReader offers a wonderful list of picture books matched with gifts. For example, she pairs Art and Max by David Weisener or Bridget's Beret by Tom Lichtenstein with a paint set.

And what if you don't know the child very well? No problem! Just take a look at Lisa Von Drasek's Annual Best Books to Give Kids When You Have No Idea What to Get Them because you don't know them very well or they've read everything.

The New York Times recently published their list of the best illustrated children's books of 2010. Compare that to the list of best picture books of the year from School Library Journal. SLJ also produces a list of the best fiction books and best nonfiction books for children and teens.

The Bank Street College of Education's Children's Book Committee offers a list of outstanding books published in 2010, also divided by age. Publisher's Weekly released its list of Best Children's Books of 2010. The annotated list is divided into picture books and fiction, with a few nonfiction titles included.

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be listing some of our personal favorites. And how about you? What books did your children absolutely love this year? What would you recommend to other adults and parents to buy for the children in their lives?