Go through the alphabet with a little girl, a hot, freshly made apple pie, and the puppy that just wants a taste. Great fun for ages 2 and up.
This week we have kicked off our summer storytimes with Dinosaurs! The activity room has been full of stomping dino feet and loud dino roars. If you know some children who love dinosaurs, and let's face it most of them do, then this is a great summer to live in Columbus! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Dinosaur Island is happening all summer long and I was fortunate to get to visit last week and check it out. Wow! My family had a great time and we have since been checking out a lot of dinosaur books. If you plan to visit the dinosaurs at the zoo this summer you may want to check out some of these great non-fiction titles for younger dinosaur readers.
A bored girl and a bored potato make a fun romp that is sure to relieve boredom for all ages, but particularly ages 3-8.
It is now the little girl's turn to help get Mommy to bed. She needs to make sure Mommy brushes her teeth, puts on her jammies, and does all of the other things people do before bedtime. A twist on the classic bedtime routine for ages 3 and up.
Are you a fan of the cover art for Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series?
Then discover the illustrator, John Rocco, who has also written several books of his own, including Blackout, a 2012 Caldecott Honor book.
This past Saturday I had the opportunity to hear John Rocco give a presentation at the Mazza Weekend Conference. He was such an entertaining speaker, and some of his more memorable stories involved a shellfishing boat, Whoopi Goldberg, the movie Shrek, and his childhood with a lot of curly hair.
To learn more about this talented author/illustrator, visit his website or check out some of his books below:
What could be more fun than rhyming robots playing in the snow on a winter's day? Kidbots ages 4 and up come join the snow fun in Snowbots by Aaron Reynolds!
With the new Heart of Africa exhibit opening this week at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium it might be time to do a little research into the animals and country from that exotic land. Whether it's some fun fiction or interesting facts, reading up on the subject could enhance your next trip to the zoo or at least get your little ones excited for the amazing animals they are about to see. Below you will find some selections that are sure to please even the youngest patrons!
For more information about the new Heart of Africa exhibit visit http:// heartofafrica.columbuszoo.org
Introducing Africa by Chris Oxlade
African Animals ABC by Beverley Joubert
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs
Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill
African Critters by Robert Haas
Adventures of Riley: Safari in South Africa by Amanda Lumry
From the author of Secret Pizza Party and Dragons Love Tacos is the story of a grumpy old man and some hungry squirrels. Mr. Fookwire just wants to feed the birds and paint them, the squirrels just want to eat the bird food. In this contest, who is the winner? Seasonal fun for ages 5 and up.
The Lane Road Library recently held a Construction Party for preschoolers to celebrate the “ Dig into Reading” Summer Reading theme. If you missed the party, below are some books and activities you might enjoy.
Hammering Activity: Not only is this fun, but it is great for hand-eye coordination.
- Blocks of styrofoam
- Golf tees
- Toy hammer
Just put the golf tees in the styrofoam and hammer away!
Also, what preschooler doesn't love digging with trucks? All you need is a plastic tub, rice, beans, or seeds, and shovels and construction vehicles. Instant fun!
Finally, check out the books below to share with your construction-loving preschooler. Happy Building!