Reviews and Blog Posts: children's books

Spend Your Saturday with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Beekeeping

Need to make some weekend plans? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program on Saturday, July 21 and Grow Your Mind!

Do you have a little horse lover in your life? Join us for a family-friendly author talk by Peg Sundberg, author of the Cowgirl Peg series at Schlessman at 10 a.m. Her series uses horses and dogs to deliver character building messages to young readers. Dress in your best Western wear!

LISTEN UP! GREAT AUDIOBOOKS FOR KIDS!

With summer in full swing, many folks are taking family road trips and vacations, or looking for new ways to keep out-of-school children occupied and engaged at home. One great solution is to check out some awesome audiobooks from your local DPL branch!

This alternative format is a big hit for keeping kids occupied during long trips or on hot summer days, as well as helping kids who may not be completely comfortable with reading independently to enjoy the experience of books. While it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, audiobooks actually promote children’s  literacy. They do this by modeling correct pronunciation and fluent reading, expanding vocabulary, offering children with differing abilities and learning styles the opportunity to get engaged with books, and, most importantly, improving children’s listening skills.

Yoga With Kids

You Are a Lion!

Add a little yoga to your child's morning routine or help your little one wind down before bed with some deep breathing and restful poses. Practicing yoga with kids is a fun and gentle way to exercise. Plus, yoga provides a chance to bond with your child while introducing new vocabulary words. Moo and meow in cat-cow pose or sing your favorite nursery rhymes as you hold a balance pose.

In addition to physical benefits like improved balance and coordination and mental benefits like better concentration, yoga offers an opportunity to spend quality time with your child while improving her vocabulary. Having a large vocabulary and understanding the meaning behind words leads to reading success and achievement later in school.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

from Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. With summer vacation just around the corner, here are some great new titles to keep you reading all summer long.

Younger Readers:

Letters to Leo by Amy Hest. Annie's dad has finally given in and let her get a dog, so now Annie writes letters to her new pet during the school day so he can keep up with all of the exciting things that happen to her while she is away from him. Annie is not exactly a "model citizen" and there are lots of funny stories and drawings throughout the book. Recommended by Gigi from the Children's Library.

Author Jean Craighead George Dies at Age 92

Julie

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.

Mother's Day Fun

My Monster Mama Loves Me So

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.

Children’s Poetry: Beyond “Where the Sidewalk Ends”

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.

Planting Seeds and Pulling Weeds: Gardening with Kids

Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots

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:

2011 Author/Illustrator Visit with Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe

The Children's and Family Services department hosted renowned author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe in November for a week-long visit to schools and libraries.

Javaka has illustrated 11 books and won the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall and Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow. His most recent work as an illustrator can be seen in What's Special About Me, Mama?

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

From Red Sled by Lita Judge

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.

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