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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

Book Sightings!

Hey Kids,
How well do you really know your book characters, like Flat Stanley or Amelia Bedelia? One way to find out is to take some book quizzes given on the HarperCollins Children's Book Site. Lots of great books have quizzes you can take to test your knowledge, or there are also fun games to play. Look for secrets in the Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman object game or help Bernie feed the beast in The Rotten School Game. The more you read, the better you will do!

Soup Day

Do you like to have soup in the winter, when it's really cold? I do, and so does this special little girl in Soup Day. On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together — step by step — to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy's home and the family sits down to enjoy a homemade dinner. Check out some other soup stories that will warm you up on these long, cold days!

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight & Treasure Hunts by Jane Brocket is bursting with nostalgia and inspiration for parents and kids. This delightful book presents recipes and activities from classic children's books. Learn about different kinds of treasure hunting, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's, Treasure Island. Make some Raspberry Jam Cakes like Mary Poppins and Bert enjoyed at an afternoon tea. Or make snow pictures and enjoy Ma's pancake men from Little House in the Big Woods. There are many fun activities and delicious recipes to enjoy in this book celebrating timeless children's classics.

Looking for Accelerated Reader?

You're at the library. Looking for a book to read for school. The books you planned to get are all checked out. After looking for what seems like forever, you finally find something that's caught your eye. But then the fear strikes. What if there isn't an Accelerated Reading Quiz for this? Never Fear! In the Children's Reference section, we have a few Accelerated Reader lists from local schools. If we don't have your particular school, you can look up books on AR BookFinder. You can type in titles of books and find out if an AR quiz exists. This won't tell you if your school owns the particular quiz, but you'll be able to rest easy and enjoy your book!

Great Fall books for Children

Looking for great Fall stories to read to your little ones? If so, these books,

Pumpkins : a story for a field by written by Mary Lyn Ray ; illustrated by Barry Root

Apples and pumpkins by Anne Rockwell ; pictures by Lizzy Rockwell

Too many pumpkins by Linda White ; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

could be just what you're looking for. My granddaughter sure loved them.

Based on the Book

Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Inkheart, Spiderwick Chronicles.  Most people know that these recent movies are based on books.  But Children's novels have been providing sources for movies for many years.