Reviews and Blog Posts: Children

Play & Stress Reduction

Since no two individuals experience stress in the same way, people disagree on a good definition.

In our fast-paced, hurried society it is difficult to avoid having stress in our lives. Some stress helps us aim high and reach our potential. Too much stress can cause us to become depressed and even sick.

Play is often thought as frivolous and only for children, but The National Institute for Play founded by Stuart Brown, M.D. recognizes that it is important for the productivity and health of all humans. There are thousands of ways to play both individually and with others.

Below find a few resources on play and stress reduction.

National American Heart Month

Health Heart for Life

February is National American Heart Month.

 Did you know the following facts:

  • The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime.
  • The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose.
  • Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.*

The following books can help you maintain a healthy heart:

Staged Reading from I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Sunday, January 27

I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Staged Readings by Our Youth
Sunday, January 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

High Tea at the Denver Public Library

Tea Party Today

You are cordially invited to high tea at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. We’ll get dressed up and have some tea. Oh what fun this party will be! Join us for delicious tea, cookies, a story, and a craft.

January is National Hot Tea month and you are invited to celebrate with the Children's Library at the Central Library. We'll serve a variety of hot and iced teas, juice and cookies. There will be music, a tea related read-aloud and a craft. The party will be fun and educational with an opportunity to sneak in a lesson about table manners. We'll also use some unique vocabulary words your child might not hear very often, like doily, pitcher, and etiquette.

Apps for Kids Class

iPad

Did you get a shiny new handheld device for the holidays? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in kids’ apps out there? This class will help you choose high quality, educational, and entertaining apps for iPad, Android tablets, Kindle Fire, and Nook HD.

When: Sunday, January 13, 3 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Children's Library Pavilion

There are an enormous amount of apps out there, all competing for your children's attention, and it can be challenging to figure out which apps are of high quality, a good value, and safe for your children to use. Fortunately, the staff of the Children's Library and the Community Technology Center have joined forces to bring you the latest and greatest information on the best apps for kids, across multiple platforms.

Book Friends Forever Book Club for Early Readers

Frindle

Join the Book Friends Forever early readers book club (K-2nd grade) for lively discussion, snacks, and crafts every month.

The Book Friends Forever meet one Wednesday a month in the Children's Pavilion at the Central Library. Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at 3:45 p.m. We will discuss Frindle by Andrew Clements. This funny story is about a boy who renames a pen "frindle" to spite his teacher and has to face the havoc that ensues. Frindle was unanimously voted in by all the kids in the group. 

Kittens and Cats!

Cat's Colors

As the nights get longer and the days get shorter kids will be inside for longer periods of time. It is time to cuddle up and read some good stories.

Some of my favorite books to read aloud are about cats and kittens. Jane Cabrera author of the book Cat’s Colors has been writing and illustrating books for over 12 years. Cat’s Colors and Kitty’s Cuddles are two of the 40 books that Jane Cabrera has written which are about Cats.

Learning About Stranger Danger

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

The tragic abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway while walking to school in her Westminster neighborhood has struck fear into the heart of parents all over the country, and particularly in the Denver metro area. Short of barring our children from going out of doors, what can we do to keep them safe and healthy when they are out of our immediate sight?

Sharing books on topics like personal safety, stranger danger, and street smarts is a gentle but effective way of educating and informing children about these essential facts. Authors of these books are especially careful to impart information in a matter-of-fact manner that does not frighten children, but rather gives them the necessary tools they need to keep themselves safe and protected from harm.

First Day of School Books

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Behold, the first day of school...a time that fills the hearts of parents and children with excitement and dread, often in equal measure.

Particularly for brand new preschoolers and kindergartners, as well as for other children who have never been to school, the first day can be a time of wondering and worry as much as anticipation and excitement. A great way to soothe fears as well as celebrate this new experience is to share a picture book about beginning school, the first day of school, and other school-related experiences.

For first-day fears, try these titles to help reassure children:

Great Audio Books for Family Road Trips

A Year Down Yonder

A recent New York Times Book Review article sings the praises of audio books and recommends several gems for family road trips. With summer right around the corner, it’s a nice reminder that audio books are the perfect way to keep the whole family happy on long car drives.

I have three children, and when we take a road trip, we always have several audio books on hand. I find they are far superior to DVDs for making a road trip a fun family experience. Unlike videos, which only the kids can watch, audio books are something the whole family (including the driver of the car!) can enjoy. In addition, we can listen to the audio books while also looking out the window. And – really – what’s the point of a road trip if you aren’t taking in the majestic scenery rolling past?

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