Reviews and Blog Posts: children's books

The true story of the three little pigs

by Jon Scieszka

Reviewer Rating:
5

The wolf finally gets to tell his side of the story…after all there are two sides to every story! In this awesome, fast-paced, amusing tale the wolf shares his outlandish version of what “really” happened when he squared off with the three little pigs. The abstract illustrations compliment this fractured...

Can Your Kids Talk Like a Pirate?

Bubble Bath Pirates Book Cover

Avast ye landlubbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is approaching as fast a clipper ship on a clear day. Want to teach your kids some pirate lingo, but afraid your inner pirate is as rusty as an old cutlass? Brush up with one of these books.

Here at the Central Children's Library we're getting into the spirit of the day by reading some pirate books (see below). And some of us are even planning to dress, as well as talk, like pirates! So stop by the Children's Library on Friday and give us your best, "Arrrrgh!"

Picture Books

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Park and Recreation Month 2014

Go outside and have some fun!

Colorado has loads of parks for you to visit this summer and Denver Public Library has great resources for supplementing your trip.

Denver Public Library has books on specific parks like Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National or read about a variety in National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.

Summertime Daydreaming

What If You Had Animal Hair!?

Lots of daydreaming and imagining happens in the summer. It's a perfect time to wonder about all sorts of things like What If You Had Animal Hair!? or What If You Had Animal Teeth!? Or when you visit other places, do you ever wonder what it might be like to live there? If You Lived Here: Houses of the World gives you an idea of what it might be like to live in houses around the world.

Want to know what Thomas Edison, Beatrix Potter, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller had in common?

Helen Keller

They all loved to read! 

In the late 1920's Mrs. Katherine Watson, a creative Children's Librarian at the Denver Public Library, had a great idea to get the children of Denver excited about reading by highlighting the books famous people of the time enjoyed reading as children. She wrote letters to 140 well-known men and women, ranging from authors to politicians to adventurers, asking what their favorite books were as kids. She sent a typed list of popular children's books, so the recipients could easily place a check next to their favorites and return the list.

Winter Fun With Froggy

Froggy Gets Dressed

It's about to get cold in Denver! If you're looking for some indoor fun for your little one try brainstorming creative activities after reading a favorite picture book.

I love Jonathan London's Froggy books, and one of my favorites is Froggy Gets Dressed. Froggy doesn't care that frogs are supposed to hibernate in winter. He's ready to play in the snow. He is so excited to go outside that, despite his mother's reminders, he forgets to put on the appropriate winter garb.

Here are a few fun things you can do after reading this book:

Reading to Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Children

Image: woman and child reading, ASL (Gallaudet University image)

Reading to deaf and hard-of-hearing children is just as important as reading to hearing children; in fact, the same things are important: creating a literacy-rich environment, building vocabulary, engaging children's brains, building confidence and more. There are, however, some different considerations. The Belmar Library (Jefferson County Libraries) will host a workshop called:

Gateway to Reading: Book Sharing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children based on effective book sharing techniques as outlined in The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children. The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Please email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org no later than Friday, November 29.

 

It's Banned Books Week! (Sept 22-28)

Green Eggs and Ham Book Cover

Have you read a banned or challenged book? My guess is you probably have and didn't even know it! Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to read, seek, and express ideas of all kinds.

So what does it mean for a book to be challenged or banned? "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials" (BBW Press Kit).

Some challenged and/or banned children's books include:

Picture Books

News Flash! New Picture Book Award In Colorado

Lola at the Library

Reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing are all easy activities you can do with your children to help get them ready to read and ready for school. You're probably already doing these things, but if you need some new inspiration or are looking for a great picture book, look no further.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has a new children's book award that recognizes wonderful picture books that support early literacy. Every year on February 5th the selection committee will announce one winner for each category; read, write, sing, talk, play. This year, to get everyone excited about the new award, the committee chose to honor 25 excellent books from the past 25 years that embody the spirit of the award.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

from The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Dan Santat

Now that we are halfway through summer, are you looking for some great new books to read?  Here are some new favorites from staff across the Denver Public Library system that you can use to fill up your Summer of Reading folder!

Younger Readers:

Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson. When Jasper's beloved Nan leaves for a week-long cruise, he has no idea what he will do to fill the long days until she returns. Every day she is gone, another adventure appears, until Jasper has many stories he can tell Nan when she comes home. This is the second book in the Jasper John Dooley series. Recommended by Carol, Children's and Family Manager.

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