Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Zoo

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home? Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhyme are all fun suggestions for a "zoo" themed storytime. 

Dear zoo by Rod Campbell

Zoo ah-choooo by Peter Mandel ; illustrated by Elwood Smith

The Underpants Zoo by written and illustrated by Brian Sendelbach

Six little ducks [sound recording] by Al Dana... [et al.] — Dance to the track "Going To The Zoo."

Babymouse Book Group

BabymouseHey, kids in the third and fourth grades! Come to the library during your winter break to enjoy a lively discussion on Babymouse, Vol. 10: The Musical. We'll talk about the book, do some Babymouse activities, and even enjoy a snack or two.

Register online beginning November 25, then come to the Children's Help Desk to pick up a copy of the book. The book discussion will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2:00 PM.

Barbara Park, 1947-2013

Barbara Park, author of the best-selling Junie B. Jones series, has died at the age of 66.  Park was also the author of several stand-alone novels for middle grade-readers, including Skinnybones and The Kid In the Red Jacket, and picture books, such as Ma! There's Nothing To Do Here! Fans of Park's books will long remember her funny and realistic writing style.

Cookbooks for Kids

Kids, earn your Chow Down badge this summer by checking out a cookbook from the children's nonfiction collection. Here are some fun titles to consider:

Terrific veggies on the side by Kari Cornell ; photographs by Brie Cohen

Cook it

Kids' baking: 60 delicious recipes for children to make by Sara Lewis

Let's cook with cheese!: delicious & fun cheese dishes kids can make by Nancy Tuminelly

Midwestern recipes by Mary Boone

Chow Down Chapter Books

Check out some of these foodie chapter books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Madeline the cookie fairy by Daisy Meadows

Icing on the cake by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

My chocolate year by Charlotte Herman ; [illustrations by LeUyen Pham]

Katie and the cupcake cure by Coco Simon

The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Chow Down Picture Books

Check out one of these fun foodie picture books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Monster chefs by Brian & Liam Anderson

Albert the muffin-maker by Eleanor May ; illustrated by Deborah Melmon

The good-pie party by written by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Tiny pie by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman ; illustrated by Edward Hemingway ; recipe by Alice Waters

Pete's a pizza by William Steig

Chow Down Easy Readers

Check out some of these easy-to-read books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Pancakes, crackers, and pizza: a book about shapes by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler ; illustrations by Steven Hayes ; prepared under the direction of Robert Hillerich

Good food by written by DeMar Reggier ; illustrated by David Austin Clar

The greedy python by Richard Buckley ; illustrated by Eric Carle

Custard Surprise by Bernard Lodge ; pictures by Tim Bowers

Pete the cat: Pete's big lunch by created by James Dean

2013 Caldecott Honor Books

Along with the 2013 Caldecott Medal Winner, the 2013 Caldecott Honor books have also been announced. This year five picture books were selected to receive the Caldecott Honor. Those five recipients are:

Creepy carrots! by words, Aaron Reynolds ; pictures, Peter Brown

Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

One cool friend by story by Toni Buzzeo ; pictures by David Small

Sleep like a tiger by written by Mary Logue ; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

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