Kids

Biographies for First Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward first graders.

Summer birds: the butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle: illustrations by Julie Paschkis —  Look
for more information about butterflies on the nonfiction shelves at J595.789.


Malcolm Little: the boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz ; illustrated by AG Ford — About the young Malcolm X, who grew up in and around Lansing, MI.

Thorndyke Thoughts: Paddington on the Big Screen

Hey Kids,

I’m so excited to announce a dear friend of mine is coming to the big screen in January. On my birthday. Some of you may be familiar with my marmalade-loving buddy, Paddington, but if not, be sure to check him out here before seeing him in theaters. I’ve made some handy lists below of bear stories, some that are also available as movies. What are some of your favorite bear stories? You can tell me in the comments or stop by to chat the next time you’re in the library.
 

“Classic” Bears

A bear called Paddington by Michael Bond ; with drawings by Peggy Fortnum

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne ; with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Realistic Fiction for First Grade

Want stories about regular people like you? Try these suggestions.

Lulu and the rabbit next door by Hilary McKay — Lulu is an animal lover. Other Lulu books are available in the fiction shelves at JFICTION MCKAY.

Big bug surprise by Julia Gran —  Features a young lady with a
serious interest in bugs. For factual books about bugs, look in the nonfiction
shelves at J595.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst —  A classic story about a terrible day. Look for more stories about Alexander in the Picture Book collection under VIO.

Building, Construction, Demolition, etc.

Beginning in January 2015, the library will embark on phase two of a renovation project to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership. Phase II will include a complete renovation of the public restrooms located in the lobby with new tile and fixtures, making them ADA compliant. During this phase of the construction, patrons will be asked to use the restrooms located in the Children's Library. The Cafe will be inaccessible, as well as the main doors of the Community Room. While adults might be interested in the details of the project, kids will also have questions, and we've compiled a list of recommendations of some construction themed books.

b1547133.jpgDemolition by Sally Sutton ; illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Sometimes you have to get rid of the old to make way for the new, and that is shown here through the use of numerous sound effects. Don't forget the last page, where the machines and their jobs are identified.

Dress for December

Froggy%20Gets%20Dressed%20London.jpgFroggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is the ultimate of cold weather checklists. Excited Froggy repeatedly gets called out of the snow and back into his house by his mother because he forgot to put on an important article of warm weather gear. But there are plenty more picture books highlighting all those extra layers you need to stay warm. Here's your own checklist of corresponding books.

Hat%20by%20Brett.jpgThe Hat by Jan Brett

While Jan Brett’s The Mitten is more well-known, don’t miss this equally entertaining story. Brett’s signature illustrations relay the trouble Hedgie the hedgehog faces when he gets stuck in a discovered hat.

Mitten by Aylesworth.jpgThe Mitten by Jim Aylesworth

Jim Aylesworth’s rhyming retelling of the tale is complemented by Barbara McClintock’s expressive characters.

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

2015 LEGO Dream Vehicle Awards Reception

This year our LEGO competition is open to a much wider age range than years past. We are sure that our patrons will produce some amazing works. Public viewing of the contest entries take place on Saturday, January 10 from 9:00-5:00 PM and Sunday, January 11 from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM.  Join us on Sunday at 4:00 PM as our contest culminates into our LEGO Dream Vehicle Award Reception. Decided by our esteemed panel of judges, we will finally see which entries roared to the front of the race.  

[Ferrari F40 by LEGO Bro is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

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