Kids Book Lists

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Many books that hold poetry live on the nonfiction shelves between J808.81J811 and J821, but don't forget that poems live all over the library. Below are a few illustrated poems that require a little more exploration to find. While all are located within the Children's Department, they may have a wider appeal. Click on each title for location and availability information.

 

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to join two fireflies as they try to find each other among the many flashing firefly lights on a summer evening.

The land of nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

A young boy explores the magical dreamworld he goes to when he falls asleep.

If- by Rudyard Kipling

The famously inspirational poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895, which first appeared in a 1910 collection of short stories and poems, is here accompanied by illustrations.

Have you always wanted to read more African Folklore, but you weren't sure where to start? Enjoy these titles from the Kids Folktales and Fairytales section at the library!

A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.

A folk explanation for the guinea fowl's protective coloration that enables it to hide from its natural predator, the lion.

A collection of traditional stories from different parts of Africa, featuring varied characters and themes-- some familiar, some newer.

There are so many great tales in the J398 collection, including ones from China and Japan! Be sure to check out these titles to become more familiar with these cultural tales.

An illustrated retelling of nineteen fables and tales from China, each of which features a nugget of ancient folk wisdom and introduces aspects of traditional Chinese culture and lore.

A poor farmer's youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father's life.

Ah Fu finds a white pony wandering the grassland, that develops a strange pattern on its back after jumping in the Yellow river.

Explore India's cultural tales with these finds in the Children's Department collection!

Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them.

Brahma dreaming by John Jackson

Draws eight stories from well-known collections of Indian folktales--Hitopadesha tales, Jataka tales, and Panchantra tales--and presents them with cartoon-like illustrations.

There are many different types of cultures in the world, including our own Native American Tribal cultures here in America. Here are some titles to get you started on delving into their cultural tales and heritage.

During a hard winter, Rainbow Crow sets out to find the sun and bring warmth to the other animals, but during his journey he is changed in dramatic ways.

Hiawatha and the great peace by Virginia Schomp

"A Native American legend based in part on the true story of the founding of the Iroquois League by the hero Deganawidah and his companion Hiawatha"--Provided by publisher.

NPM Poster

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month and pick up an activity sheet at one of our reference desks during the month of April. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with favorite poets or introduce yourself to something new. Don't limit yourself to just April, though. Use our poetry suggestions below to enjoy poetry all year long.

Most poetry books can be found in the nonfiction shelves in the 800s - in the Children's, Teen, or Adult Collection. Other suggestions for exploring poetry are included below. 

 

 

Everyone has a To Read list, but what do we do with the scads of titles we finished? How do we keep track of them for ourselves, our kids, and to make recommendations to friends? Here are apps that can help you keep track of your titles in fun and accessible ways.

 

Goodreads

Available for free for both the iPhone and Google Android devices, Goodreads can be used as an app and on the computer as well, all with the same login information. Goodreads lets you track both titles you have read and titles you want to read, along with the ability to see what your friends are reading and to be a part of their yearly reading challenge, where you set a goal and try to meet it by the end of each calendar year. 

Google Android App--https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodreads&hl=en

Apple Store--https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreads-book-recommendations-and-revie...

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

March is Music in our Schools Month. Music makers come from all cultures and backgrounds, and sometimes the music we enjoy the most comes from surprising sources. Check out some of the musicians and composers featured below. When possible, links to their music are also listed. 

A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Listen: The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra

Describes how Juan García Esquivel, a Mexican composer popular in the 1950s and 1960s, developed his experimental style of music, based on mariachi and other Mexican music, jazz, the human voice, and the use of unusual instruments.

Listen: Nuevo (featuring Jean Garcia Esquivel)

Tells the story of Arthel "Doc" Watson, a blind country boy who found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar, eventually becoming a Grammy-winning musician.

Thorndyke Bear with Winter Clothes

Hey Kids,

In the winter months I like to dress in cozy clothes to keep warm. My favorite kind of warm weather clothes are the ones handmade by a favorite person, and some of my favorite stories to snuggle up with are about that cozy kind of creation. Read on for a list of a few knitting stories to share with a loved one. Don’t forget the fireplace and hot tea. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

The surprise by Sylvia van Ommen

In this wordless picture book, Sheep goes to great lengths to surprise Giraffe with a lovely red sweater.

Cat knit by Jacob Grant

Cat struggles to adjust and find a way to overcome his disappointment when his best friend, Yarn, is transformed into an itchy, stuffy sweater that Cat initially despises.

If you missed our Hibernation storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own cozy storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Although Squirrel's friends warn him that bears eat squirrels, and Bear's friends remind him that squirrels make a good midnight snack, their friendship remains strong.

SLEEPY BEAR (Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)

     Where is brown bear? Where is brown bear?

     Here I am. Here I am.

     How are you this winter?

     Very tired, thank you.

     Go to sleep. Go to sleep. [repeat with other hibernating animals: bat, groundhog, frog, dormouse]

     From Preschool Education & Music

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