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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Alex Rider fans, your wish has come true! This fall be on the lookout for a new Alex Rider book. "Kill Alex Rider" is the "deadly prequel" to the popular spy kid series. Check out the Alex Rider series from the library to get started or to refresh your memory before the new book is released. Which Alex Rider book is your favorite?

What challenges will Alex face in this story? Only Anthony Horowitz knows...for now!

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Mary, Outreach

Count the Monkeys, a new picture book by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Kevin Cornell, is right up my alley. Right up my goofy, silly-sense-of-humor alley, that is. Right from the title page we're invited to count the monkeys in the book. However, upon turning to the first page, we find NO MONKEYS. 1 king cobra has scared them off. When we quietly (so as not to draw the cobra's attention) turn the page to see if the monkeys are there, we are confronted with 2 mongooses (or is it mongeese?) who have chased away the cobra. The story continues in a similar fashion, with various non-primate animals scaring each other away. We have to zig zag our hands, roar, and shout "SCRAM!" in order to be able to turn the page and cross our fingers that we will FINALLY get to count the monkeys.  But will the monkeys ever appear?

This is a silly, engaging, active story that'll be great to share with your preschool-aged children. They can participate in the story by doing the motions described, and helping to count the animals. It will also be fun to anticipate what will happen on the next page - will the monkeys be there, or will another creature have scared them off? After reading, you might try inventing your own cumulative counting story. Ask your child to draw 1 item, then two, then three, etc., while you add the words that they tell you to the page. Telling stories is an important pre-reading skill to develop and helps grow a child's imagination, while drawing is a good way to start building the muscles needed for writing!

Happy reading!

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Do you love the movie Mary Poppins? Did you know that it is based on the book by P.L. Travers? Are you curious how the classic book became a classic movie? Check out this trailer for the new Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks in theaters this December. What is your favorite song from the 1964 classic movie?

 

 

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Joanna, Digital Library

Curious about what King Arthur was like as a kid? How about Guinevere? Cheryl Carpinello re-introduces us to the characters we love in all the Arthurian Legends - but as children - in her books Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend and Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom. Come on out and talk all things medieval with Cheryl at Books and Bites on September 20th from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Arvada Library!

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Joanna, Digital Library

Ever play marbles? No? Ever heard of it? It's a great game of skill and fun that kids played "back in the day." While the game was mostly played by boys, there have been some pretty good girl players, too! Read about the life and marble-playing adventures of Freedom in the Marble Queen, Stephanie Blake's debut novel and a Colorado Book Award Finalist!

Come meet Stephanie Blake at Books and Bites on September 20th, 6 to 8:30 pm, at the Arvada Library.

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Connie, Lakewood Library

We do lots of Baby Times here at the library and I always have parents asking what are the "best books" for babies.  This could be a very long list, but I found a list from Parents Magazine that shows the 25 must-have books for babies that I agree is a pretty good one! 

Check-out the list to see how many you recognize! 

A good baby book can become a classic instantly and the classics stand the test of time.  If you find some you would like to try out with your baby, look for them in our catalog and place a hold to pick-up at your local library! 

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Mary, Traveling Children's Library

Learn some new songs and rhymes to share with your young child and help them build their early literacy skills too!  StoryBlocks, a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, has just added some new videos for you to check out.  There are songs and rhymes appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, and some in Spanish, too! If you watch closely, you might even see a few JCPL staff members in some of the videos!

What are your favorite songs and rhymes to share with your young child? Let us know - your favorite may show up as a StoryBlocks video in the future!

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Caroline, Columbine Children's

Pop in a toddler music CD for a smoother car ride.  Try Today I Was a Cat, by Mary Kaye.  The kids will love the story-like lyrics and the grownups will like the indie-folk rock sound! 

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Rachel, Evergreen Library

Children’s book author Audrey Wood was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 12th, 1948.  When she was a toddler, she would watch her father repaint murals for the Ringling Brothers Circus in Florida.  In fact, many of the circus performers grew to be her friends.  She can remember being rocked in the arms of the fat lady and sitting in the lap of the world’s tallest man when she was a kid!

Both Audrey Wood’s father and grandfather were artists and by first grade she decided to become one too!  By fourth grade she wanted to become a children’s book author.  Audrey Wood painted, danced, acted, and played music as a child.  She and her sisters put on plays for their neighbors and friends in their basement and charged 25 cents for each person who came to the show!  Dr. Seuss is her favorite author.  She once got into trouble in school for crossing out his name on a book and putting her own in its place!

In 1969, Audrey Wood married Don Wood. He is also a children’s book author and illustrator.  They have written many books together; you will see some of these below.  It wasn’t until her son, Bruce, was born that Wood decided to pursue her goal to become a children’s author.  Since then she has become quite a successful one!  Check out some of her books below, all of which are available from the library.

Bright and Early Thursday Evening: A Tangled Tale

The Flying Dragon Room

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Napping House

Silly Sally

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Percy Jackson is back - on film that is!

The newest Percy Jackson movie, Sea of Monsters, based on book #2 of the series, starts on August 7th.

The movies are based on the popular series Percy Jackson and the Olympians
by Rick Riordan.

Check-out the movie trailer and then come check-out the book at the library!

Read all the books in this exciting series!
Lightning Thief
The Titans Curse
Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian
The Demigod Files

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