October 10, 2020 | Thorndyke
Ever wondered whether a mosquito could take on a great white shark? Me neither. But now that you're thinking about it, how do a mosquito and a great white match up? If you're curious about this and other animal matchups, check out some of the books below.
This title has lots of different matchups, if you just can't make a choice.
September 1, 2020 | strande
When you combine a love of animals with an appreciation for good humor, what do you get? A lot of great things to read! For readers who love Elephant and Piggie and Pig the Pug, here is a selection of fiction and nonfiction to keep you laughing.
Eating too much pie causes Llama to rip his dancing pants, opening a black hole and threatening the entire universe. Check out more books by Jonathan Stutzman.
I'm Trying to Love Spiders will help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! Bethany Barton also tackles bees in a humorous and welcoming way.
December 3, 2019 | Thorndyke
I have a friend who created a guideline of cute animals, from most cute to least. Bears aren't on it, but I'd like to think we are somewhere between owl and elephant. So for those looking to read about adorable animals, look no further. Here are some suggested titles, beginning with the cutest.
November 8, 2018 | Thorndyke
There's two fun new series about animals that I'd like to share with you. Each book combines simple clues with photographs, and then you guess the animal. Some of the animals are familiar, but others are strange, and some are easier to guess from the photographs. I would recommend them to anyone who likes guessing games, or who is just beginning to read. You can look up the books under the series titles: Guess What or Zoo Clues 2. If you check them out, don't forget to tell me which ones you guessed.
November 5, 2018 | strande
Did you miss our Hippopotamus Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a hippopotastic storytime at home!
A basic nonfiction introduction to the amazing hippopotamus.
September 25, 2017 | strande
In case you missed our giraffe storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras for sharing your own very tall and fast storytime at home.
Bertie the giraffe oversleeps and becomes separated from his herd, but a new friend helps him get home and gives him a new perspective in the process.
April 21, 2017 | Thorndyke
You may have seen or heard the news that we have new eggs in our library nest. Mother ducks were spotted laying eggs in our Children's Department courtyard again, and if all goes well we look forward to welcoming baby ducks. While we wait for further action, might I suggest looking for a few ducky stories? Some recommendations - both fiction and nonfiction - are below. If you find one you especially enjoy, I bet the ducks in the courtyard (or me, the big friendly bear right next to them) might enjoy listening to you read it.
Introduces wood ducks, describing their life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and behaviors.
October 1, 2016 | strande
If you missed our Lion-themed Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a roaring good storytime that you can do at home.
Young children are natural problem solvers and always looking for answers, especially when it involves animals. Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. Clearly written facts give readers a deeper understanding of how the animal lives. More in this fun series can be found in the nonfiction collection.