What would you do if a member of your family disappeared, and then robbers burst into your home and took everything, including all your money? All this happens to Early Pearl in the new book, Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett.
Early and her family end up in a homeless shelter while they try to figure out what happened to Early’s father, who suddenly disappeared while he was on the way home from the grocery store. Can Early solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance?
Blue Balliett has a great website, where you can find out more about the author and her other great books.
There is also a link to her blog on the website. Check it out!
Do you have kids who love to read? Then Young Readers’ Fun club is the place for them! The Lakewood Library has a discussion group just for kids.
The club meets once a month to discuss a great kid’s book, have refreshments and make a craft that’s related to the book.
This month’s book is,
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett
You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, read it, then come and let us know if you liked it or not and if you would recommend it to other kids. Hang out and enjoy the activities, games and fun!
The group is “drop-in” which means, just come on in and join us.
There are lots of book discussion groups at the library for kids and adults.
See the book schedule for all the upcoming books and discussion groups at the JCPL libraries!
The Arvada Library is honored to display the work of young artists on the walls of our storytime room each month. This month we are displaying kites made by students in Grades 1 through 3 at the Mountain Phoenix Community school.
Stop by and see some soaring examples of excellent art work! Kites will be on display through the end of May.
Conifer Public Library's summer LEGO club starts June 6th at 3:00pm.
These interlocking blocks have captivated kids for decades. They are fun, imaginative toys that provide hours of amusement.
Did you know that building with LEGOS helps with child development? LEGO club encourages literacy through play. Using imagination and creativity in play can lead to better reading skills. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) takes play very seriously. Constructive play teaches children about their world, which creates understanding and concepts recognizable in books. Play is one of the 5 practices of the Every Child Ready to Read program, and building with blocks stimulates creativity and storytelling. Ask a child what they built and I'm sure you will hear some sound reasoning on the who, what, where, when and why of how it came to be.
I'm very excited to see the creations from these sessions, and all of the kids I've talked to are brimming with energy to come to the library to play.
Dan Yaccarino is an author, illustrator, artist, animator, and producer who was born on May 20, 1965 in Montclair, New Jersey. He attended Parsons School of Design in New York and currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children. Yaccarino has contributed to several shows on Nickelodeon; he creates and produces Oswald and is a character designer for the Backyardigans. His art has also been used in advertising for companies like AT&T, Gardenburger, and Sony. Check out some of our favorite Dan Yaccarino storybooks!
In this story, a girl named Cynthia wishes for a pony every birthday and at Christmas but never gets one. One birthday she gets a goldfish instead and is very upset. She starts to dump him down the drain but the goldfish convinces her that he is magical. Read this to find out what happens next.
Lion, the king of the jungle, is used to the other animals obeying his every command. One day the lion meets a man who wants to take him to the city so he can perform in a circus. At first, the lion is thrilled with the idea of being famous but soon enough he realizes he may have made a big mistake.
A young boy loves Fridays because he gets to have breakfast with his father in a local diner. On the walk to the restaurant, they see a number of things, like buildings being built and people walking their dogs.
This is a non-fiction book with some fun and interesting facts about each of the 50 states. For example, did you know that, in Connecticut, it is illegal to cross the street while walking on your hands? Or that more rubber chickens are made in Utah than anywhere else in the country? Read this to discover more interesting state facts!
Sammy, a boy who hates lima beans, decides it is a good idea to bury them in a hole in a vacant lot down the street from his house to hide from his mother the fact that he hasn’t been eating them. Soon, this dirt mound develops into a lima bean monster that terrorizes the town.
Alfred is a little pug who needs a boost of self-confidence. The cat, goldfish and parrot he lives with all tell him he is unlovable so he spends most of his time in the backyard. One day a new dog friend, Rex, moves in next door and neither he nor Alfred can see the other over the fence so Alfred decides to tell Rex he is a golden retriever. Read this to see what happens when Alfred fibs!
Fans of fairy tales, and fans of poetry are in for a double helping of fun with Marilyn Singer’s beautiful new book: Follow, Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems.
What is a “reverso poem”? It is a form of poetry where the poem is presented forward, and then backward, where the last line is read first. Changing nothing but the punctuation, the sentences still make sense, but often tell a very different story!
All kinds of poets have used this style, including Dr. Seuss.
Marilyn Singer shares the first reverso she ever wrote, about her cat August:
A cat Incomplete:
without A chair
a chair: without
Incomplete. a cat.
Follow, Follow is Singer’s SECOND collections of fairy tale poems. It includes stories from Aladdin, the Little Mermaid, The Three Little Pigs, and Puss in Boots, among others.
Her first book in this style came out in 2010, and it titled Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. You’ll find that each poem in this book is also a fairy tale. Read one way, it tells one side of the story (Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks), and then read backwards it tells the other side of the story (The Wicked Step Mother, The Big Bad Wolf, The Prince, The Three Bears).
Singer’s words are wonderful, and placed beside charming illustrations by Josee Masse, the stories they tell are truly magical.
Even readers who don’t generally like poetry will be enchanted by these books. They may even inspire you to write your OWN reverse poem! Enjoy, Enjoy!
See Monsters Inc.
Sunday, May 19th
Come to the library to see this movie on the big screen in the meeting room. Bring a pillow or a blanket and some snacks and enjoy watching it with other fans!
Do dogs enjoy classical music? Do you take good care of your canine friend? Learn about life from a dog's perspective.
Waggit is lost and nameless. . . until a team of dogs find him and teach him how to survive the dangers of the city park. Waggit's Tale is the first book in a series by Peter Howe. He got the idea for the book years ago after finding a cold and starving puppy in New York City's Central Park.
Listen to the author talk about Waggit's Tale, and meet his lovable therapy dog Rocco.
Did you know May is National Hamburger Month?
I love a good hamburger and I love a good hamburger story!
One of my favorite authors, Alexander McCall Smith writes books for adults and children.
Grownups know him as the author of a series called The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. He has a new book for kids starring the main character in the adult series, Precious Ramotswe. It's called The Great Cake Mystery. Precious Ramotswe, is a young girl solving her first case. Someone has been stealing treats from her friends at school, and suspicion swirls around a boy named Poloko. Encouraged by her father, who has noted Precious’ powers of deduction, the sleuth decides to follow her instincts and prove Poloko innocent. This is a great first book in a surefire new series.
Are you asking yourself, what in the world does this have to do with hamburgers?
Alexander McCall Smith also wrote a great book about the best hamburgers called, The Perfect Hamburger and other Delicious Stories. In three separate stories, children help adults solve problems related to food, first by saving a restaurant from being shut down by serving the perfect hamburger, second by untangling a mess in a spaghetti factory, and finally by selling donuts to raise funds for a stolen car.
Mmmm, I'm getting hungry, might head out for a burger...
JCPL is hosting two special author visits/storytimes with internationally acclaimed children’s author David Shannon:
Saturday, May 11
1:30 p.m. at Arvada Library
These special storytimes are being held in conjunction with One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide initiative to support early literacy by distributing a new book to every four-year-old child in Colorado. Shannon’s book, Duck on a Bike, was selected for distribution in 2013 through a state-wide voting process earlier in the year!
Shannon is the creator of more than 30 children’s books, including No David! that was recognized as a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Shannon’s other bestsellers include Duck on a Bike, Too Many Toys, A Bad Case of Stripes and Good Boy, Fergus!
Registration is required for the Columbine Library storytime event and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at jeffcolibrary.org/events, by phone at 303-235-5275, or in-person at the Columbine Library. No registration is required for the Arvada Library event.