Picture Book Apps

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This season the hot gift on many a child's list (and many a grown-up's too!) will be a new tablet. But once you have that shiny new tablet you'll need to start downloading apps.  Apps also make great last minute holiday gifts. No going to the mall required! And how will know you which apps to look for?  That's where we come in!  Here is a list of Picture Book apps to share together (or to just entertain the kids for a while.)

iPad Apps:
GREEN EGGS & HAM  By Dr. Seuss (Author), Oceanhouse Media (Developer)
Age Range: 2 - 8
Read the review HERE.
by Crocket Johnson (Author), Trilogy Studios (Developer)
Read the review HERE.
MOO, BAA, LA LA LA!  from the "Boynton Moo Media" series, volume 2                   

Coming soon to Broadway...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tuck Everlasting as a musical? We think it could be awesome.  Here's the early buzz from the New York Times.  Also, Because of Winn-Dixie is slated to become a musical. Read all about it here.

SLJ's Best Picture Books 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

School Library Journal has put out their list of the Best Books of 2011. You can check out the list here.
We were so happy to see that Deborah Underwood's The Loud Book (the follow up to The Quiet Book)made it on to the list! We would love to hear what would be on your "Best Of" list!  Let us know what you think!

This Week @ Story Time

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What we read:
Little Listeners:
Polar Bear, Polar bear, What Do You Hear? written by Bill Martin Jr and illustrated by Eric Carle
I Spy with My Little Eye written and illustrated by Edward Gibbs

Story Time:
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

Book Buzz December, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Bad Kitty Christmas
by Nick Bruel        
Bad Kitty is a bad kitty.  A very bad bad Kitty.  So why not read about Bad Kitty and how she celebrates Christmas?  Nick Bruel’s newest kitty adventure had me laughing out loud.  When Bad Kitty wakes up on Christmas Eve, to find nothing good under the Christmas tree, she decides to take matters into her own paws.  Someone needs to teach Bad Kitty the true meaning of Christmas. Will she feel the holiday spirit?  This is a holiday must read.  Jacquie (J Fiction)

Magical Mischief by Anna Dale
When Arthur Goodenough steps into inside Hardbattle Books he expects to find an ordinary bookshop.   Books are not all the shop contains; it also houses magic, and not the nice fairy dust and happily-ever-after kind of magic.  This magic has brought disarray to Hardbattle Books and driven away most of Mr. Hardbattle’s customers.  It’s time for Mr. Hardbattle to take action. A new home must be found and young Arthur can help. But what sorts of chaos will the magic cause in the meantime? 
Alia (J Fiction)

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
by Uma Krishnaswami
Twelve year old Dini is NOT excited about moving to India for two years and leaving her best friend, Maddie, behind.  However, Dini’s spirits lift considerably when she realizes her Bollywood idol, Dolly Singh, is staying in the very same village!  Dini and Maddie have memorized every bit of Dolly’s movies and Dini is thrilled at the prospect of sending her friend an autographed photo of the star. This book is a fun exploration of friendship and fate that reads like a fast-paced film. Meghan (J Fiction)

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
by Brenda Woods
Saint is an eleven year old boy living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf and changes the lives of the residents forever. He is a normal kid going about his business, the music business, playing to earn money for a new clarinet. Like other kids, he has his friends, his Mama and Pops, and his dog Shadow. This takes place a few days leading up to and a few days after the storm, and is a good introduction to the devastation of Katrina, without being too heavy. Kristin (J Fiction)

13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
Leo, Amanda, and Rory are back for another fun story.  Part of the Willow Falls series, 13 Gifts, introduces us to Tara, a sit on the sidelines type of girl.  Tara never wants to make waves or break the rules, but somehow she ended up breaking into school and stealing a goat.  Her punishment is spending an entire summer with her aunt and uncle in a small sleepy town. Tara meets a very unusual woman who turns her world upside down.  In order to make things right, Tara will need to find 13 gifts for the woman. With the help of some brand new friends, Tara learns that life is better when it is played on the field and not on the sidelines. Jacquie (J Fiction)

This Week @ Story Time:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What we read:

Little Listeners:
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly illustrated by Stephen Gulbis
In the Tall, Tall Grass written and illustrated by Denise Fleming

Story Time:
Ginger Bear written and illustrated by Mini Grey
Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? illustrated by David A. Carter
The Cow Loves Cookies written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Marcellus Hall

Children's VHS for Sale

Thursday, November 17, 2011

We are selling Children's VHS at the Children's Desk for $1.50. All profits will fund our growing DVD collection so come on by!

NYT 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books for 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The New York Times Book Review has announced its list of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011. The list has been released early and the artwork from the winning books will be shown in the Children’s Book section of the Book Review’s Nov. 13 issue. You can check out the list of winners here.

We particularly enjoyed I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen and Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell.  Feel free to share your thoughts on the list with us.

This Week @ Story Time

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Rattle and Rap written and illustrated by Susan Steggall
Freight Train written and illustrated by Donald Crews

Story Time:
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Big Frog Can't Fit In by Mo Willems
Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan
The Croaky Pokey! by Ethan Long
Frogs in Clogs by Sheila White Samton

Amazon's Top 10 of 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The gift giving season is upon us and Amazon's Best Books of  2011 list is out.  Check out their picture book list here. The new Eric Carle tops the list!

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean
Frogs in Clogs written and illustrated by Sheila White Samton

Story Time:
"I'm Not Cute!" by Jonathan Allen
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Two Websites to Check Out!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Whitney Museum Of American Art just launched For Kids, a new section of its site devoted to children ages 8 to 12. This interactive site provide biographies and overviews of each featured artist's work; current featured artists include Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Glenn Ligon, Claes Oldenberg and Cindy Sherman. Visit For Kids here.

Who doesn't love free? Cannon's Creative Park is filled with free print materials, including flashcards and kid's projects.  Try printing out these educational cards to help children to learn about the different houses that animals live in here. Picture matching word cards are grouped under 'fruits & vegetables' and are available in 6 languages - Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, and Chinese. You can study the language of your choice here. And then try these flashcards of everyday items here.

El Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Today is El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration to remember  those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.

It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2. In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

Check out a recipe for calaveras (sugar skulls) here.

Make a Day of the Dead skeleton puppet here.

The Smithsonian has a fabulous and kid-friendly site for more information on El Dia de los Muertos. Check it out here.

Looking for books on this holiday?  You might want to try these:

Clatter Bash: A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Clemenson Keep (P KEE)

Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead by Kathleen Krull (P KRU)

Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead by George Ancona (J 393.9 ANC)

Books make the best gifts!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween is over and the stores are putting up the holiday merchandise. If you want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping check out our 2009 list on how to give a book as a gift.  Or take a peek at our 2010 list of great book pairs.

Not ready to start shopping yet? Don't worry. We'll be back later with a 2011 gift list!

Book Buzz November, 2011

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
This is a fascinating book, telling the story of Amelia’s life growing up and how her fascination with flying began. The biography is intermixed with accounts of the last few days of her life, and her attempts to contact people for help. The author does an amazing job of keeping the reader on the edge of  their seat, even though you know the outcome of her tragic last flight.  Kristin (J Non-Fiction)

The Wedding Planner’s Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Who would not want to have a wedding planner as a mother?  How fun and romantic does that sound?  Well, when your mother no longer believes in love and moves you from state to state to avoid finding a new husband and new father, it kind of takes the fun out of the job.  Coleen Murtagh Paratore writes a sweet story about a young girl who really wants nothing more in life than to have a father and to have her mother be truly happy.  Can Willa, our main character, and her mother ever find their own happily ever after? Jacquie (J Fiction)

No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko
The three Tomkins kids should have realized that they were in trouble a lot sooner. India, Finn and Mouse-thought that they were just flying to their Uncle Red's in Colorado. But instead they’ve landed in a very strange place – a place that doesn’t seem to be on any map.  A place that doesn’t want them to leave.  Can the three siblings figure out how to stick together and find their way home before time runs out?  Alia (J Fiction)  

Red Blazer Girls: The Mistaken Masterpiece by Michael Beil
Those red blazer girls are back.  I really don’t know how they find the time.  They go to school, are in a band, have families to attend to, mysteries to solve, swim meets to compete in, and they STILL have time to meet Nate Etan, the most popular young actor out there! This new addition to the great series has our main characters on the hunt to authenticate a real painting.  When two paintings appear that look almost identical, the girls need to figure out which is the original.  While doing so, the girls also realize how much “art imitates life”.  Jacquie (J Fiction)

The Trouble With May Amelia by
Jennifer L. Holm
Our beloved heroine is back, in this follow-up to the Newbery Honor Book- Our Only May Amelia. The year is 1900 and May Amelia is still as irritating as a grain of sand.  “My brother Wilbert tells me that I’m like the grain of sand in an oyster. Someday I will be a Pearl, but I will nag and irritate the poor oyster and everyone else up until then.” She always has the best of intentions but somehow May Amelia ends up falling into the Nasal River, letting the hog loose, and (in her father’s eyes) leading the family to financial ruin. May Amelia makes life during the early 20th Century in the Pacific Northwest come alive. Meghan (J Fiction)

This Week @ Story Time:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Leaves written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Lunch written and illustrated by Denise Fleming

Story Time:
The Not So Itsy-Bitsy Spider by David Bentley, illustrated by Yumi Heo
Big Bugs! by Kieth Faulkner, illustrated by Stephen Holmes
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Family Fun Monster Mash:
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emerley
Frank was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Children's Books According To Children

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Children Review Their Favorite Fall Books.

Does your child have a new favorite book? Let us know what it is.  And don't forget to check out the New Book sections at library for our most recent children's books!

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Baseball Hour written by Carol Nevius and illustrated by Bill Thomson
Dino-Baseball written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Barry Gott
Bounce written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Scott Menchin

Story Time:
Airport by Byron Barton
Dinotrux by Chris Gall
Truck Jam by Paul Stickland
Mini Racer by Kirsty Dempsey

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What We Read...

Little Listeners:

The Bunnies are not in their Beds written and illustrated by Marisabina Russo
How do Dinosaurs say Good Night?  written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague

Story Time:
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Fall Leaves, Fall by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Sari Halpern
Leaf Man written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Book Buzz October 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Powerless by Matthew Cody
As Daniel adjusts to life in a new town, he notices something very odd about the kids his age. After befriending a few of the kids, he discovers that they actually have super powers! Eric and Molly can fly, Rose can make herself invisible, and Rowan has amazing hearing. However, when each kid turns thirteen, his or her powers disappear, along with the child’s memory of them. As a powerless kid, Daniel is in a unique position to help these Supers solve the mystery of their super powers and find a way to hold on to them.  This is a great mystery, packed with action! Meghan (J Fiction)

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
This fabulous audio book is told from the perspective of three children—Hibernia, Willie and Otis, each with their own distinct voice.  The story is set in upstate New York when the two boys, due to unfortunate circumstances, meet at an orphanage and then meet Hibernia at a local church concert.  All the characters are tied together through the hope and promise of the fighter Joe Louis and what he means to the African American community.  They all listen to his fights on the radio and their dreams soar and fall with every punch thrown.  Kristin (J Fiction)

The Medusa Plot, The 39 Clues : Cahills vs. Vespers #1 by Gordan Korman
If you have read all of the other 39 clues, then proceed with this series with NO hesitation!!!  I really thought this series could not get better, but it continues to grow, change, and shock you!  Dan and Amy are on the run again when a few family members near and dear to them are kidnapped and held hostage.  In order to get the family members back, they must steal the famous Medusa painting from a secure museum in Italy.  If they do not follow these instructions, one of the hostages will be killed.  Will Dan, Amy, and the rest of the 5 branches of Cahills be able to come together to do what the dreaded Vespers want?
Jacquie (J Fiction)

Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich
Mister Bud was a dog who had it good. He had his own bed, his own toys, his own dish, and his own schedule.  Until, one day, Zorro appears and messes up everything.  Will grumpy old Mister Bud and Zorro ever learn to coexist peacefully? This is a great picture book for kids learning to share or in anticipation of a new sibling! Alia (Picture Book)

The Summer Before Boys
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
When Julia’s mom is deployed to Iraq, Julia and her dad have to make the best of it for a whole year.  During the summer, Julia’s dad has to work, so Julia will be spending two whole months with her best friend (and niece…don’t ask).  Having a best friend is great.  Someone to do everything with!  Living near a summer resort, the two girls go on daily hikes to see what the resort has to offer.  There is swimming, hiking, tennis, and boys...  Will the two best friends be able to keep their friendship and not get on each other’s nerves?  Will a first crush ruin the summer?  Will Julia be able to get through her crush without her mom’s advice?  Read this fresh and fun book about growing up. Jacquie (J Fiction)

Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak
A generation after Max and the Wild Things, get ready for a new book from picture book master, Maurice Sendak. Poor Bumble-Ardy, a pig who has never had a birthday party. That all changes when Bumble-Ardy throws a party for himself and invites all his friends, leading to a wild masquerade that quickly gets out of hand.
Alia (Picture Book)

Bumble-Ardy originally appeared in a Sesame Street animated short created by Sendak and his friend Jim Henson. You can see the short here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2TVYdQU3-I

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What we read:

Little Listeners:

Perfect Square written and illustrated by Michael Hall
What Color is Your Underwear? written and illustrated by Sam Lloyd

Story Time:
I Stink! by Kate McMullan, illustrated by Jim McMullan
Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis by Dav Pilkey
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman, David Clemesha, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall

This Week @ Story Time

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What we read:

Little Listeners:

Maisy Goes To The Library written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
Rainy Day! written by Patricia Lakin and illustrated by Scott Nash

Story Time:

Lila Pirate by Georgie Birkett
Roger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist
I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck
Don't Mention Pirates by Sarah McConnell

What's for lunch?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Now that school's starting, it's time to talk about the most important subject of the day...LUNCH! Here are some great websites to help with planning school lunches:

Family Education School Lunch Ideas
Lunch Box Ideas on BlogHer
Lunch Ideas from Parenting.com
Laptop Lunches

The library also has some resources for school lunch ideas and recipes! Check out these books:

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? : The Story of Food by Christine Butterworth - J 641.3 BUT

Paula Deen's Cookbook for the Lunch-Box Set by Paula Deen - J 641.5123 DEE

Lunch Box: Creative Recipes for Every Day Lunches by Marie Breton - 641.534 BRE

CHPL End of Summer Carnival 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Book Buzz September 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thumb Love by Elise Primavera
Elise Primavera wrote and illustrated a sweet tale about a young girl and her need, want, and desire to stop sucking her thumb. In Thumb Love, Lulu opens up the story as if she is in a thumb suckers anonymous group.  Lulu begins her tale by telling the reader all the ways that she loves her thumb.  Then she recounts all of the ways that she is made fun of for sucking her thumb.  Our main character seems as though she wants the reader to learn from her mistakes and therefore writes a 10-step program.  This hilarious story will appeal to kids and parents alike! Jacquie (J Fiction)

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
In Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick, author of the Caldecott winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret, expertly weaves together the stories of two children.  The first story, told in text, is about Ben, a young man in 1977, whose mother recently passed away.  Lonely and isolated by hearing loss, Ben heads to New York City in search of the father he never knew.  The other story, set 50 years earlier, is told through Selznick’s amazing illustrations. It follows Rose, a young deaf girl who dreams of New York City from her room across the Hudson River. Can both Ben and Rose find what they’re looking for in New York?  You won’t want to miss this stunning book, coming out September 13th! 
Alia (J Fiction)

The Genius Files:  Mission Unstoppable
by Dan Gutman
Meet twin twelve-year olds, Coke and Pepsi.  You have to read the book to find out why those are their names! One day, on their way home from school they realize someone is following them.  Things get strange from there and they end up jumping off a cliff. Luckily, a woman they’ve never met gives them wingsuits to be able to survive the jump.  They soon leave on a cross country journey in an RV, visiting the most unique attractions along the way.  During the trip people are still trying to kill them, can they survive this cross country trip? Kristin (J Fiction)

How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day by Ann Hodgman
Ann is not a kid anymore, but she once was, and she definitely understands how embarrassing life can be as a child. This book is filled with very short stories from her own childhood and include some wonderful gems such as her desire for the nickname “Twink,” her wonderfully horrible attempts at poetry, and a great chapter on birthday parties. This is a good book for reading all the way through or picking out the sections that interest you. How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day doesn’t have to be read from start to finish, but you may want to! It’s very funny. Meghan (J Fiction)

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
by Julie Sternberg
Those of you who are big fans of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will appreciate the woes of our heroine in Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. Does the title not say it all???  The author hits the nail on the head when she discusses Eleanor and her dilemma.  Eleanor is having a bad day.  A bad month.  As bad as the black stuff on a banana.  As bad as a spider web on your legs.  She just found out that her babysitter, her only babysitter, Bibi, is moving to Florida to be with her father.  There is nothing Ellie can do about it, but everywhere she turns, something reminds her of Bibi.  When Ellie’s parents hire a new babysitter, Natalie, will Ellie give her a try?  Will things ever be happy again?  Jacquie (J Fiction)

The End of Summer Carnival Is STILL ON!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Due to the weather forecast we're moving the FUN inside!
Join us in the Conference Center, Multicultural Room, and Story & Craft Room for:
Spin Art
Sand Art
Basketball Shot
Sumo Wrestling
Inflatable Catapiller Crawl
Face Painting
Photo Fun
Carnival Games
Don’t Miss Our Musical Guest:
Mr. Ray performs at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center
Free and open to the public. Carnival sponsored by the Friends of the Cherry Hill Library and Stylist Touch Salon & Spa.

All Shook Up at the Library!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Evidence that we did indeed have an earthquake in New Jersey this afternoon!

Lego Club Creations

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Check out the wild creations our Lego Club kids made yesterday at our Lego Freestyle program! 

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