Did you know that June 24th is International Fairy Day? It's true! Celebrate by reading some books about your favorite fairies. We have the Rainbow Magic series , as well as other books about fairies in both the fiction and nonfiction sections of the Children's Department. Check some out and enjoy the magic and sparkles that fairies bring to you.
Richard Scarry, beloved children's book author, was born June 5th, 1919. Famous for many of his works, including those featuring the Busytown characters, Scarry began publishing children's books in 1948. One of his most-loved titles, Best Word Book Ever, made its debut in 1963 and has remained popular ever since. You'll find many of Richard Scarry's books in the Children's Department in both the picture books and Readers sections. Check them out!
Is it possible to be green and raise a baby at the same time? According to The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-To-Earth Ways For Parents To Save Money and the Planet, it is! This book will provide you with tips on shopping green, using cloth diapers, making homemade baby food, and determining how much baby gear you really need. Check this book out and discover that babies can be easier on your wallet (and planet) than you think.
We now have a new magazine available in the Children's Department! Chandamama is an Indian children's magazine with stories on mythology, culture, and tradition. Our subscription to Chandamama is in English, but you can also view content online at Chandamama's website in a variety of languages including Hindi and Tamil. Check it out!
The fish tank located in our Children's Department is often the first place many kids go to on a library visit. In order to keep our fish happy, they need a peaceful environment, including keeping the glass free from scratches so that everyone can enjoy viewing our aquatic friends. Please remember to use gentle hands around the tank, so that we can continue to enjoy our "library pets." Thank you!
Why is it important to read to your baby? You may think your baby is too young to truly benefit from being read to, but in reality, it's never too early to start. This article, Reading Books to Babies, outlines why every parent should make books a priority with their babies, and offers suggestions for how, when, and what to read. By starting a love of books at a young age, you will help pave the way for your child to become a reader for life.
In honor of Earth Day, read a book about recycling. Here are a few easy-to-read choices:
Everyone hopes their child will grow up loving books. In these busy times, though, it can be difficult to find time to share your love of books with your kids and help them become better readers. A Busy Mom's Guide: 100 Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Reading has tips for busy moms (and dads!) to get their kids reading and enjoying it, starting right from babyhood. Check it out from the Parenting section today.
Now that spring is right around the corner (the first day of spring is March 20th!), it's time to think about spring cleaning. I know, cleaning is never that much fun, but you can make it a little better by reading about some of your favorite characters doing the exact same thing! Read Clifford's Spring Clean-Up or Lionel in the Spring for some spring cleaning inspiration. Before you know it you'll have helped your parents get the whole house in top shape!
This week, from February 14-20, happens to be National Pancake Week! I don't know about you, but pancakes are one of my all-time favorites. If you're a pancake lover too, celebrate this week by reading some pancake books, trying out some pancake recipes, and of course, eating pancakes. Maybe one night this week you can have pancakes for dinner - that's always a fun thing to do! Enjoy those flapjacks this week, everyone!
Ever find yourself searching online for facts from a reliable source? Do you wish there was a great website that you could go to for help with your homework? Well, there is one! Just go to Fact Monster and take a look around! Whether you need almanacs and atlases or tips for math, science, and your other school subjects, Fact Monster is the place to go. They also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers and information. Check it out today!
Chocolate is so delicious... you can use it to make so many tasty things, like cookies, candy, and cake. But do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Read The Story of Chocolate to find out how chocolate begins its journey from cocoa bean to candy bar. Filled with lots of fun facts, this book is also easy enough to read on your own. Be warned - this book along with its yummy pictures might make you hungry! You just might get inspired to whip up a batch of brownies or chocolate chip cookies!
As economic times cause us all to tighten our belts and close up our wallets, many families are turning to the idea of a "staycation" rather than a traditional vacation. But how do you make sure you have a fun, relaxing and fulfilling staycation at home? The Great American Staycation will show you how staying at home can be one of the best vacations of all. Whether it's a romantic staycation for a couple or one for a family with kids, this book will help you out with plenty of top tips.
Today, January 21st, is National Hugging Day. It's the perfect day to give someone you love - mom, dad, sibling, dog, your stuffed animal — a big hug! And while you're at it, why not read some books about hugs? I like A Book of Hugs by Dave Ross. It talks about all kinds of hugs and even has some cool facts about them. Happy hugging!
Today, January 14th, is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. It's a pretty good time of the year for that, I think, because it's cold outside and some pets might need to dress up in coats to keep warm! Just for fun, I put a warm scarf on my doggie... see him over there in that picture? If you don't have a pet of your own, or your pet doesn't like to wear clothes (because some of them don't enjoy it!), read some books about pets that get dressed up instead — like Blue from Blue's Clue's, or Annie and her pet rabbit Snowball, who are friends with the famous Henry and Mudge. Happy reading!