Children's writer Jean Craighead George, author of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books, has died at the age of 92.
One of my favorite childhood books, one that I read over and over, was her classic book of a young boy's survival in the Catskill mountains, My Side of the Mountain. I remember with vivid detail how Sam Gribley ran away from the city to survive on his own in the wilderness--how he made his own clothes, hunted food (and eventually caught and trained a falcon to do some hunting for him), and carved out a tree to make a comfortable home.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. Impress the mom in your life by teaching her about the history of Mother’s Day. Then give her a day to remember by taking part in some of the following fun activities in and around the city or plan a relaxing day at home.
In the United States the first known suggestion for Mother’s Day came in 1872 from Julia Ward Howard, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Howard envisioned a day of peace, but her idea didn’t catch on. Finally, in 1907 on the anniversary of her mother's death Anna Jarvis arranged a church service in Philadelphia to honor all mothers. She then began a letter writing campaign to congress and news outlets.
Not to cast any aspersions on America’s most beloved children’s poet, but there is much more to poetry for young people than the great Shel Silverstein. April is National Poetry Month, and thus a perfect opportunity to explore the wide world of children’s poetry.
From anthologies of works by modern children’s poets to poem picture books to novels in verse, children’s poetry is a wide open and growing genre full of humorous, touching, and imaginative writing that is sure to inspire and delight any child who is exposed to it.
Research shows that over summer break thoughts of swimming and lemonade push out recently learned reading and math skills. Combat summer learning loss with gardening, not flash cards! Gardening is fun, educational, good exercise, and a great way to connect with your child.
Spring is here and it's time to start planning your garden. If you don't have a yard, get creative and plant your seeds in a window box like the little girl in Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. You can also use a large pot or go green and reuse a cardboard box or a basket.
Spend some time with your child as scientists observing your garden this spring and summer. Things to notice:
It's that time of year when two great book events converge - best books lists come out and it's gift giving season. Specialists from across the Denver Public Library have put together our list of the best books to share with your kids this year. Great stuff from baby books to the zombie apocalypse, pop-ups to poetry, it's all here. Enjoy!
Books for the Very Youngest:
Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight by Caspar Babypants and Kate Endle.
Some of baby's favorite animals are illuminated by different light sources, like a raccoon snacking by the campfire, in this beautiful and creative board book.
Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some new books, both sweet and creepy, that we are excited to share with you for fall.
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider. James is a very, very picky eater. His dad has tried everything to get him to eat, but then he starts telling really weird stories about their meals to try to convince James to eat. Did you know that there is a troll who cooks for us and if you don't like his food he'll have to go back to working at the rat circus? This funny book will tickle picky and adventurous readers alike. Recommended by Lisa from the Westwood branch.
Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. If you're looking for some new titles to keep you reading until school begins, here are some that we recommend.
World Refugee Day is Monday, June 20 and we are reminded of the estimated 15.6 million (2010 according to UNHCR Global Trends Report) refugees worldwide. Who is a refugee? A refugee is essentially a person who has had to flee his/her home country out of fear of persecution. Refugees from many countries are resettled in Colorado every year, from Burma (Myanmar), Somalia, and Sudan, among others.
Learn more about refugees by reading these personal stories for children:
Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about this spring!
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg tells the story of what happens when 8-year-old Eleanor's favorite babysitter moves away. Everybody in the family misses her. Could the new babysitter ever be okay? This sweet story isn't as funny as the title sounds, but it is a terrific and realistic book. Recommended by Anna from the Eugene Field branch.