Adele and her brother Simon are coming to America from France to visit their Aunt Cecile, who takes them on a train trip to see the United States! Simon is more interested in seeing all of the sights than in keeping track of his belongings, which become lost from New York City to San Francisco. See if you can find what Simon lost in each picture. The detailed drawings and sweet story will delight readers of all ages, but particularly those ages 4-8.
It is late at night and everyone is sleeping. Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go outside into the darkness, where they are greeted by the shadows of flowers, and by nocturnal animals who want them to explore the night world. Perfect bedtime reading for ages 3 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.
March 22nd was National Puppy Day! What a great way to bring in Springtime with a loveable, joyous, bouncing, full-of-life puppy! We have a lot of great books that celebrate all the wonderful things that puppies and dogs bring into our lives. A recent book called Naptime with Theo and Beau celebrates the bond between a young child and his puppy. Check out the video for the book for a sneak peek at all the interesting and endearing ways these too share sleeptime, playtime, and each other.
A few other great books that really depict all things dog and puppy are Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka, Ball by Mary Sullivan, Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar, What Puppies Do Best by Laura Numeroff, Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell, Ping Wants to Play by Adam Gudeon, Bogart and Vinnie by Audrey Vernick, The Way I Love You by David Bedford, and Kate and Pippin by Martin Springett.
Duck is very excited about his jack-o-lantern and cannot wait to show his friends. Duck, unfortunately, has a little pumpkin trouble and ends up scaring his friends. In a colorful and simple style, Jan Thomas has made a funny book for pumpkin lovers of all ages.
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:
Sophie has a best friend in Bernice who just happens to be a butternut squash. They go everywhere together, even story time at the library! What happens when Bernice starts to get a little spotty and squishy?
FInd the sleepyheads snuggled in their beds in trees, caves, weeds, and on waves. There is one sleepyhead still not in a cuddle spot. Where can that sleepyhead be? A drowsy, sweet story for ages 3 and up.
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