Monday, June 2, 2014

What's in your library bag?

End-of-school year craziness is almost over and hopefully you are just about to sink into a more flexible summer schedule complete with sunscreen, a beach towel and a few good books. If you are looking for ways to get out of the heat, check out your library's event calendar. There are usually several events each week. 

Here is a list of some of the events my library is hosting: Donuts with Dad Storytime, Discovering Dinosaurs, Saturday Morning Composers, Summer Reading Kickoff Party and Babysitter Bootcamp. What types of events does your library host? 

*Library Tip: Schedule your next library visit around a class, story time, or puppet show to complete your outing.

Here are a few favorites from my library bag this month. See the end of this post for a library card to make checking them out really simple. 

Moo, Baa, La La La  This book has been a favorite from the time my children crawl. Of course you have to make all the sounds, only silliness allowed. My 3 year old is now reading this (from memorization) to our almost 1 year old.
The Day the Crayons Quit The crayons are all writing to Duncan to explain their gripes of how difficult life can be as a crayon - based on their color and his use of them. It is so fun!!
Thumbelina This Hans Christen Anderson tale is a wonderful classic. Sylvia longs watercolor illustrations are unique and interesting. I haven't checked out other versions yet to say which has the most beautiful illustrations. Let me know if you have a favorite version. 
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia It is baseball season. If you have children that are learning the sport, this will entertain in the usual Amelia Bedelia style.
Those Darn Squirrels Old Man Fookwire builds some birdfeeders and fills them with yummy seeds and berries. Then he has some unexpected visitors, the squirrels, that have their own fun plans.
Harry by the Sea This can be found as a standalone book or in a trilogy* called "Harry the Dirty Dog." Harry's owners spend a day at the beach and Harry has quite an adventure as a wave covers him with seaweed and he is mistaken for a "bushy backed sea slug."    *All three books in the trilogy are excellent.
Truckery Rhymes If you have little boys that love all things wheels, this will be a new go to book. Warning: you may forget how the actual nursery rhymes go for a few months. This book is packed with nursery rhymes adapted to characters such as Monster Max (a monster truck) or Wrecker Rosie (a wrecking crane).
This "I Spy" style book is great, because it has a side bar with pictures of what the kids need to find. It is so age appropriate. I love having activity oriented books in the mix. It would also be great for road trips.
Pinwheel This book has a nice rhythm to is AND is visually interesting AND interactive. You spin these little wheels to see the images come alive. Great board book that is also interesting to preschoolers.
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb "One thumb, one thumb, drumming on a drum. Hum, ditty, hum, ditty, dum dum dum." The cadence of this book will practically have you singing the moment you start. It is fun to read and you will also happen to memorize it:)
What are some of your favorite library books this month? 

Happy reading, 


Karen said...

Cute ideas for summer reading with the little ones. These books look so fun!

Melissa said...

Can't wait to bring home some of these books! Great summaries.

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