For busy families on the go, it can be difficult to find time to share a meal together. Pull your chair up to the dinner table during the month of October, also known as Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Want to find out more about the benefits of family dinners? Check out The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein and learn just how much of a positive impact eating together has on the family.
Need some ideas for cooking that family meal? Get everyone involved in the process by picking up a cookbook like Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes To Make With Kids. Bon appetit!
Everything for fall : a complete activity book for teachers of young children : activities for September, October, and November by edited by Kathy Charner ; illustrations by Joan Waites — can help both teachers and parents plan fun, educational, autumn-based activities for young children. Covering the months of September, October and November, this book offers ideas for language, science and math activities, arts and crafts, snacks, and more. Check this book out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.
The arrival of fall also means the arrival of apples! Whether they're baked into a pie, dipped in caramel, pressed into cider, or simply enjoyed plain, apples are always a wonderful autumn treat. Why not read some stories about apples, too? Listed below are some easy books all about this fabulous fruit. You can find them in the Readers section in the Children's Department.
Ten apples up on top! by Theo. leSieg; illustrated by Roy McKie
Big red apple by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Judith Hoffman Corwin
Many parents teach signs to their young children before they are able to speak. If you'd like to try signing with your baby, we have materials that can help you get started. Below are some suggested books and DVDs that can be found in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.
Baby signing: how to talk with your baby in American sign language by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford
Enjoy some easy-to-read stories to get yourself ready to go back to school. Listed below are some of our newer arrivals. You can read them to yourself, or share with a school buddy. Happy reading!
Katie and the class pet by Fran Manushkin; illustrated by Tammie Lyon
The Smurfs: off to school! by Peyo
Class picture day by written by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by Mike Gordon
Keep your eyes on the New Book Shelf in the Children's Department for new readers. We have new easy-to-read arrivals for all tastes! Whether it's Elephant and Piggie, Martha Speaks, Superman, or Little Critter, you're sure to find something you love. Check out some of the new reader selections listed below.
Martha camps out by adaptation by Karen Barss; based on a TV series teleplay written by Melissa Stephenson and Raye Lankford
A green, green garden by Mercer Mayer
Program Date: Thursday, July 28, 10:00-10:45AM
[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]
It's hot outside! Kids, enjoy some books about how others beat the heat. If you want to cool off, chill out and read a book at the library — we have air conditioning! Here are some hot summery picture books and easy reader books. Keep cool, and don't forget your sunscreen!
Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen; pictures by Ann Schweninger
Hot dog by Molly Coxe
Clifford keeps cool by Norman Bridwell
Don't want to be cooped up in the house this summer? Play some cool outdoor games and keep boredom at bay. Need ideas to get you started? Check out the list of books below. You'll find new ideas for games along with some old familiar favorites.
Run, jump, hide, slide, splash: the 200 best outdoor games ever by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb
Get out!: outdoor activities kids can enjoy anywhere (except indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller; photography by Julie Brown
The month of May just happens to be National Bike Month. Now that the weather's finally improving, take some time to get outside and ride your bike. Check out some bike books, too! Listed below are a few fun choices. Happy reading (and bike riding!).
Little Lizard's new bike by Melinda Melton Crow; illustrated by Andrew Rowland
Curious George rides a bike by H. A. Rey