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Hey Kids,

Because of my superior location near the New Book shelves, I get firstcrack at the new items that come in, including the chapter books, the picturebooks, even nonfiction and biographies. Did you know that a biography is a bookabout a real person? Today I snuck a new biography about Peter Roget, theperson who made Roget’s Thesaurus. Guess what? A thesaurus is not a dinosaur.It’s a list of words, and the ones that mean the same thing are all groupedtogether. Peter Roget always made lists of things, from when he was a verylittle boy, and one day those lists became his first thesaurus. 

You can even browse a version of Roget’s Thesaurus online.

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator

Find other fascinating stories about real people in the J Biography sectionat the back of the Children’s Department, or ask a Children's Librarian.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and love Dr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

2014 Award Recipients and Honor Books:


The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli

Ball by word and pictures by Mary Sullivan

At Home Story Fun

Are you looking for something to do this summer to earn your badges for CYS? For a fun activity, have an at home storytime! Here are some great books and songs that will be fun and festive:

Twist and Shout by the Beatles
Rock and Roll Freeze Dance by Hap Palmer

Go back to bed! by Ginger Foglesong Guy ; illustrations by James Bernardin

Open very carefully by Nicola O'Byrne ; with words by Nick Bromley

The day Louis got eaten by John Fardell

Have fun!

Picture Books About Outer Space

Star seeker: a journey to outer space by Theresa Heine, Victor Tavares

Stars! Stars! Stars! by written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Full Moon and star by Lee Bennett Hopkins ; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and ; [illustrated by] Marla Frazee

Dinosaur Picture Books

Enjoy these great picture books filled with dinosaur tales:

Dinosaur thunder by Marion Dane Bauer ; [illustrated by] Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Dinosoaring by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine

The Berenstain Bears dinosaur dig by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Dancing with the Dinosaurs by [written by Jane Clarke ; illustrated by Lee Wildish]

Three little dinosaurs by [text and illustrations by] Charles Fuge

Back to School Picture Books

Every year, at this time, kids are preparing to go back to school. Here is a list of some great stories to help everyone get ready for that fun first day!

It's my school by Sally Grindley; illustrations by Margaret Chamberlain

Mr. Ouchy's first day by B.G. Hennessy; illustrated by Paul Meisel

Miss Mingo and the first day of school by Jamie Harper

First grade, here I come! by Nancy Carlson

Marco goes to school by Roz Chast

Picture Books Celebrating American Independence

Enjoy some wonderful picture books that celebrate America and our independence!

Apple pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas ; illustrated by Raul Colon

Cranberry summer by Wende and Harry Devlin

A Fourth of July on the plains by Jean Van Leeuwen ; pictures by Henri Sorensen

Grandma drove the garbage truck by written by Katie Clark ; illustrated by Amy Huntington

Picture Books about Summer

Memorial Day kicked off summer celebrations all over Michigan. As the days get warmer, enjoy some of these picture books filled with great ways to spend those summer days.

Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee

Now it is summer by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

Kitten's summer by Eugenie Fernandes

Mama, is it summer yet? by Nikki McClure

It's vacation time by Lerryn Korda

Picture Books about Helping Others

Good helpers, everyone needs one sometime. Here are some picture books to read with the kids, to show them how to be great helpers at home, in school, or in your community.

Arthur helps out by Marc Brown

The Berenstain Bears lend a helping hand by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Boswell wide awake by Alexandra Day

Can I help? by Marilyn Janovitz

Franklin helps out by Bourgeois, Paulette

Giddy up, Cowgirl by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Puppet Kits

Did you know we have puppets at the library? Did you know that we have created Puppet Kits for you to enjoy? The puppet kits contain a picture book and puppet to help bring the story to life. You can have an adventure with Curious George, get lost with Max and the Wild Things, or fight off the Big Bad Wolf with the 3 Little Pigs. Your adventures begin along the purple wall near the DVD's in the Children's Department.

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