Do you know anything about the Vietnam War? I had a vague idea of what happened during that complex time period, and learned more about it in this easy-to-read and comprehensive book:
Vietnam War: Living Through The Vietnam War, by Cath Senker
One of the more famous events at the end of this war was the airlift of Vietnamese orphans out of the capital of Saigon. This fascinating story of one baby’s journey was written after the author interviewed the now-grown girl and pieced together amazing details about her young life in Vietnam. Read her story in Last Airlift: a Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, by Marsha Skrypuch.
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy, by Andrew Warren, tells the story of a young Amerasian boy who is rescued during the same airlift, though he is a much older boy and remembers more.
Great fiction has also been written about Vietnam and the war:
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam, by award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata, chronicles the journey of Cracker, a bomb-sniffing dog, and Rick, a hard-headed, difficult-to-get-along-with young man, as they learn to rely on each other for their lives.
Inside Out and Back Again, winner of a Newbery Honor Award, by Thanhha Lai, chronicles a family’s journey to America during the uncertain last days before the Vietcong take over Saigon.
Dogtag Summer, by Elizabeth Partridge, is the story of a young Vietnamese girl whose adopted American father fought in Vietnam and has secrets he is not ready to share.
Does your toddler like to sing and dance? Do you?
Come and join our dance party for exercise, learning, and most of all, fun through music!
This is geared toward 2-4 year olds, but all ages are welcome. This party will take place at the Wheat Ridge Library before the library opens for regular business, so please come to the staff entrance located to the west and back from the main door
Did you know that "a giant squid's eyeball can be as big as a human head"?
Or that "the most overdue library book was 288 years late"?
Or how about "if you counted all the hours Angry Birds fans have spent playing the game, it would add up to more than 200,000 years"?
Weird, right? But true!
Here are some more questions for you:
Do you know what Barbie's full name is?
How much an elephant's tooth weighs?
How fast lightning is moving when you see it?
You can find answers to these questions and more in this great series from National Geographic: Weird but True!
The books in this series are full of fascinating and weird facts! Find them at your local library today!
Can't get enough? You can also visit nationalgeographic.com/kids for more fun facts, games, crafts, weird & wacky videos and more!
Deborah Ellis is the author of the Breadwinner Trilogy. This is a very tense and emotional series about a family in Afghanistan before and after Taliban rule.
In the first three books you are introduced to Parvana and her family and are a witness to the harsh reality that is their lives.
This is a story as real as today's headlines: Just a few months ago, Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old Pakistani girl, was shot by the Taliban for the crime of going to school!
Deborah Ellis is telling the further story of Parvana in her latest book, My Name is Parvana.
If you have read the trilogy, you should read this follow-up, set five years later. Parvana is now 15 years old and living in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
If you haven't read the previous three books and you are interested in what life is like in Afghanistan, this is a great series. I loved them all.
Here are the other three in the series:
The Breadwinner- Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban. The family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan.
Parvana's Journey- In this sequel to "The Breadwinner," the Taliban still control Afghanistan and Kabul is in ruins.
Mud City- This final book in the trilogy paints a devastating portrait of life in refugee camps and shows the resourcefulness of children who endure great suffering there.
Deborah Ellis has also written a non-fiction book called Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-ending War. Ellis went to Kabul and interviewed children who spoke about their lives since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Have things changed for children, and particularly for girls? Read this book and find out!
Check out these true animal stories with amazing photographs.
A Friend For Einstein: The Smallest Stallion by Charlie Cantrell and Rachel Wagner - This is the story of a mini miniature horse named Einstein who weighed no more than a cat and stood about as tall as a cereal box when he was born. Too little to play with the rest of the herd, Einstein is lonely until he meets a dog named Lilly and the two become great friends.
Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh - Check out this book to see some amazing and unusual animal friends. Would you ever think that a dog and leopard would be pals? How about a frog and a mouse or a pig and a camel? Each photograph has a story that goes along with it, explaining how the unlikely animal pairs became buddies.
Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story by Martin Springett - This is the story of how a Great Dane named Kate becomes a mother to a little lost fawn called Pippin. Pippin is found in the woods abandoned by her mother. After three days of being unclaimed by her real mother, Kate’s owner takes her in and Kate begins to care for her like her own puppy.
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery - Nubs was a wild dog in Iraq before he befriended a Marine named Brian Dennis. Brian is not allowed to keep Nubs so he raises money to send him to the U.S. to live a safer life in Brian’s home in San Diego. Read this story to find out what happens!
Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu - In this true tale, a baby hippo named Owen becomes separated from his mother in a flood. He is brought into shore and taken to an animal sanctuary called Haller Park and is placed in a habitat with a tortoise names Mzee, who isn’t too happy about it at first. Soon, however, the two become very close friends and can even be seen snuggling up against one another at night.
Tarra and Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley - This is the story of a retired circus elephant named Tarra and her life in an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. Here she prefers to stay away from the other elephants and generally likes to be alone. A stray dog named Bella comes to the sanctuary and the two are soon inseparable. They eat together and sleep together and when Bella suffers a spinal injury her elephant companion watches over her until she is nursed back to health.
Who are you? Why are you here? What are you looking for? Does this have anything to do with Lemony Snicket? THESE ARE ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS!
If this new series is anything like the Series of Unfortunate Events, it should be exciting and fun to find out.
What was your favorite "Series of Unfortunate Events" book?
Mine is "The Reptile Room" (so creepy when their guardian, Uncle Monty, gets poisoned by his own snakes).
I just finished Joan Bauer’s latest book, Almost Home, and found it to be one of the best stories I read this past year.
Middle schooler Sugar Rae Cole, her rescue dog Shush, and her mother Reba find themselves homeless, and on the move. Through poems, letters, memories and grit, Sugar holds onto her dream of someday having a real home again.
In all of her eleven novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult modern issues with humor and hope. She has won many awards, and has often spoken to school and civic groups about the power of resiliency. Her main characters are teenagers, but her stories will appeal to strong 5th and 6th grade readers as well as teens, and any adult who admires people who face their troubles with courage and humor. Her philosophy is that "stories connect us," and humor gives us hope.
Looking for more by Joan Bauer, or other hopeful stories? Visit the Children's desk at your library.
Cuenta cuentos interactive bilingüe para toda la familia -- especialmente para niños de 2-6 años.
Do your children speak Spanish? Or would they like to learn some Spanish?
Belmar Library has a bilingual storytime on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
This storytime is presented in a dual-language format with some activities in Spanish and some in English. Books are chosen especialy for 2-6 year olds, but the whole family is welcome!
Snakes are fascinating animals. There's lots to learn about them, and you can even keep some of them as pets!
One book about snakes that's fun to read is 100 Things You Should Know about Snakes.
If you have ever wanted to own a pet snake, you might like to read a story about a boy who wants to get a snake. In the chapter book Hiss-s-s-s! by Eric A. Kimmel, Omar gets a corn snake for a pet, but his mother is deathly afraid of snakes. Find out what happens when his new pet snake gets lost in the house.
To check out other great books about snakes at your library, just ask a librarian.
"Even if you get nothing else accomplished today, you have done something wonderful for your baby by being here!"
This is how I often start Baby Time. It's 20 minutes of early literacy skills cleverly disguised as play for the 0-2 year-old crowd. Songs, rhymes, stories, scarves and bells are just part of the fun. We also learn how to share, put our toys away and communicate. Parents and caregivers not only bond with their children but get to share experiences and talk to other grown-ups!
Baby Time is my favorite time of day. Visit your Jeffco library for Baby Time and make it your favorite time as well! We hope to see you soon!