Kids Book Lists

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Dance the Bunny Hop

Spring into action this weekend with the Bunny Hop. Don't know what the Bunny Hop is? Check out some of these fun cd's and put on your dancing paws, I mean shoes.

Disney's more dancin' tunes [sound recording]

Family fun songs [sound recording]

A very veggie Easter [sound recording]

Animal groove [sound recording] words & music by James Coffey

Animal walks [sound recording] by Georgiana Stewart

Diaper gym [sound recording]: fun activities for babies on the move presented by Playful Parenting

Titanic

On April 15th, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Curious about the history of Titanic? Check out some nonfiction titles like the following:

882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter

Story of the Titanic by Steve Noon; illustrated by Eric Kentley

The Titanic: an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple

If it's fiction about Titanic that you seek, you'll find picture books, readers, and chapter books. Here are a few fiction choices to peruse.

Pig on the Titanic: a true story! by Gary Crew; pictures by Bruce Whatley

Trouble with Chickens

Are you in the mood for a pun-a-page mystery featuring adorable chickens, a feather-brained hen (their mom), and a daring, deadpan-humored dog? Then get on the wait list for The Trouble with Chickens — a J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog that is trying to enjoy his retirement years, when two puffy chicks (Dirt and Sugar) and their mom (Moosh) appear peeping for his help. Poppy and Sweetie are missing! Tully won't work for chicken feed, but he will take the case for a cheeseburger. Snooping for clues along twisting trails, under sagging couches, and down slippery hallways, Tully wonders if he is on a wild chick chase. Suddenly he catches the scent of Vince the Funnel and realizes that it won't be easy to crack the shell of this chicken case. This easy fiction mystery will be enjoyed by readers of all ages with its endearing animal characters, punny pages, humor, and action. Let's hope for more J.J. Tully mysteries!

Comic Book Fans Unite!

Marvel Universe Fans take note! While waiting for the newest movie to come out, be sure to check out our new Marvel Comics Encyclopedia. If that's checked out, be sure to browse through our awesome graphic novel collection for all your favorite Marvel heroes and heroines! Get your capes and boots on folks — we're going to need them.

Tooth Fairies

Hey kids, have you lost a tooth recently? Ever wondered how the tooth fairy came to visit you? Now you can go on an adventure with April and Esme Tooth Fairies to find out. April and Esme get a special request from Daniel's Grandma to make their first ever "tooth visit" on the title page of this book. Discover what it takes to be a tooth fairy and what they do if the child begins to wake up. If you liked April and Esme, you may enjoy our other tooth fairy adventures.

Plain Kate

One of my esteemed colleagues, whose opinion I value very highly, once gave a presentation illustrating that you can tell a book by its cover. So, when I picked up Plain Kate by Erin Bow to read, I looked at its cover and thought I was in for a fanciful tale about an orphan girl and her cat, probably set in 18th century London; a simple, sweet story about a chimney sweep lass — along the lines of Mary Poppins and Bert. Forget it! Witchcraft, mysteriously sinister magic, gyspies, bigotry, superstition, loss of loved ones, hunger, plagues, death… those are but some of the dark elements behind this light dreamy-looking cover. However, one also encounters friendship, courage, love, forgiveness, development of a gifted, lonely soul, and a human-animal bond that surpasses all evil in the world. In short, Plain Kate is a great read, with twists and turns that you simply never expect. Check it out and let others know what YOU think! (There is a very poignant dedication at end, page 314, that you won't want to miss.)

Dogs

Reading to a friendly dog has become a popular program here at CPL. But you don't have to save your dog reading for that program alone. I bet your own dog would love for you to read to them, especially a book about dogs. The kids department has lots of fiction and non-fiction books on dogs. To keep it short and simple, check out some fun poems in It's About Dogs, Little Dogs Poems, or I Didn't Do it, which offers a irresistible glimpse into your puppy's mind.

Rain

Now that it's Spring, we can expect a few rain showers here and there. It's easy to grumble about those rainy days, but rain is all part of the water cycle that helps grow plants and trees. Rain is one of the sources for freshwater in our homes, and in factories to make paper for library books. Check out a book on rain like, One Big Rain, or Who Likes Rain, and go ahead and jump in a puddle (sshh)! And remember, those May flowers are coming!

International Children's Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:

Global babies

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

Say hello! by Rachel Isadora

Saving Zasha

Are you in the mood for a simple, sweet dog story? Then Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow is just for you. It takes place in the Soviet Union right after World War II and is based on the real situation of canines in Russia at this time. Two brothers are determined to save a beautiful German Shepherd from certain death, since anything 'German' should be destroyed. Service in the military, starvation, abandonment, illness, and injury had all but eliminated the entire dog population in the Soviet Union. Finally realizing the value of dogs the Soviet government decided to create a new breed of dog — a "superdog" — to be used for work and military purposes. What few dogs remained were being kidnapped and sold for large sums of money. Will Mikhail and Nikolai be able to hide Zasha, especially once they learn from their mother that Zasha is pregnant? Will their nosy neighbor, Katia, who suspects they have the dog, ruin everything? Will their father, who is still officially missing in action, ever return? Told from the perspective of a young teen, this tender dog adventure tale is sure to please.

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