March 2014 Early Literacy Calendar

Friday, February 28, 2014

Read, sing, talk, listen, make, and play along... click on the calendar below to download our March Early Literacy calendar!

This Week @ Story Time

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sorry it's a bit late! Last week we read:

Little Listeners:
The Puzzled Penguin written and illustrated by Keith Faulkner
Puffins Climb, Penguins Rhyme by Bruce McMillan
Story Time:
Additionally we read...
A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis
Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez

This Week @ Story Time

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What we read:
Night Owls:

During Night Owls, we took a trip back to our Doctor theme! We read Bark, George, as well as...

The "Get Well Soon" Book: Good Wishes for Bad Times written by Kes Grey and illustrated by Mary McQuillan 
Doctor Ted written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by Pascal Lamaitre

Little Listeners:
Love and Kisses written by Sarah Wilson
and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
My Heart is Like A Zoo written and illustrated by Michael Hall

Story Time:
In addition to the titles read in Little Listeners, we read...

Never Too Little to Love written by Jeanne Willis 
and illustrated by Jan Fearnley
I Love My Mommy by  Giles Andreae and illustrated by Emma Dodd

February App of the Month

Monday, February 10, 2014 Jr.
By Pearson Education
Updated: November 7, 2013
Version: 1.0

Funbrain Jr. is a collection of 5 educational games for preschoolers and kindergarteners. The app is recommended for ages 2-6, but is probably most useful to children 3 and 4 years old. The games in Funbrain Jr. help kids with basic early literacy and math skills. "Balloon Blowup," allow kids to practice their number skills by popping the balloon with the largest number set.  Other games have them practicing alphabetical order and shape and pattern recognition.  If you’re looking for educational games that are big on kid appeal and easy to use and navigate, this app is worth downloading. 

Book Buzz, February 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Billy Miller has a problem. A week before 2nd grade he fell and hit his head. The doctors say he is just fine, but his mother worries that he will start forgetting things. So now Billy thinks that he will start forgetting things. According to his father, this is the year of Billy Miller. Follow Billy through typical 2nd grade fun like dioramas, meeting new teachers, and the year of the rabbit. Kevin Henkes proves that he can write not only great picture books, but fun novels as well! Jacquie (J Fiction)
Will in Scarlett by Matthew Cody
Do you think you know the story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men? Well forget everything you know! Will in Scarlett is a whole new take on the legendary hero. Will Shackley is the son of a lord and heir to Shackley House. Rob is a bandit and a drunk - the laughingstock of the Merry Men. When Will is forced to flee the only home he has ever known for the dangerous Sherwood Forest, he becomes a captive of the Merry Men. Stuck sharing a tent with the slovenly Rob, Will begins to devise a plan. Can he help Rob become the Robin Hood of lore? Historical fiction buffs will love this thoughtful retelling of a famous
legend. Alia (J Fiction)

The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
Ben is sent to live with his Grandpa Abe for the summer in Buttonville, and it doesn’t seem that there is much to do, especially compared to Los Angeles where he lives with his parents. The town is old and most of the businesses are closed. Things start to turn around when he meets Pearl Petal and they see something in the sky that no one would believe—it looks a lot like a dragon. This is just the beginning of their adventure, you must read this to find out what other things they encounter. Kristin (J Fiction)

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Llama Llama Home with Mama written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
Bark, George written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Story Time:
We also read Llama Llama Home with Mama as well as

A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead
One Cow Coughs written by Christine Loomis and illustrated by Pat Dypold

February Early Literacy Calendar

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Help your child develop early reading skills.  Do one activity a day from our February Early Literacy Calendar!

Snow Day! (Again)

Monday, February 3, 2014

We hope everyone is enjoying their snow day.  The library will be closing at 1p.m. today which means our Night Owls program will be cancelled.  From the view from the children's floor it looks like today is a great day to have some hot chocolate and curl up with a good book.  A family read-along of a children's classic like Winnie the Pooh or The Wizard of Oz sounds so nice on a day like today. Stay warm!
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