Friday, May 30, 2014

Memorial Day Children's Children's Books

Memorial Day  What are we Reading?

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. 

I am the children's librarian at the East Liberty Carnegie Library today and found several books for Memorial Day that you might want to read for next year.

Here are some books to keep in mind:

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Dr. Jill Biden and Illustrated by Raul Colon
Proud. Brave. Waiting.
FOR FIVE-YEAR OLD NATALIE, the year hear father has been at war feels like forever. Natalie misses her dad in her heart, and that feeling isn't going away. It helps to pray for him, and Natalie loves to send him her artwork and packages of treats that she makes with Mom and Nana. Natalie knows she must try to be strong for her little brother, Hunter. But more than anything, Natalie wishes and waits and prays for Daddy to come home... You will have to read this delightful story to learn more...


Holidays, Festivals, & Celebrations: Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit and Illustrated by Ronnie Ronney

Row after row of small U.S. flags stretch across a cemetary. Each one stands next to the grave of an American soldier. People walk quietly among the flags. Some stop to lay flowers on the gravestones. 
Today is the last Monday in May. It is Memorial Day in the United States.

Memorial Day was created to honor the brave people who were killed fighting in U.S. wars. it is the nation's promise that those who died in the line of duty will never be forgotten.


Star Spangled Crafts by Kathy Ross and Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm


 A Wall of Names: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Judy Donnelly and Illustrated with Photographs

H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian and Illlustrated by Victor Juhasz


Soldier Mom by Alice Mead

There Came a Soldier by Peggy Mercer and Illustrated by Ron Mazellan

During the last years of World War II a young paratrooper—lost and scared in the Belgian forest—has little to rely on but his memories . . . memories of his boyhood growing up poor in the cotton fields of Georgia, surrounded by the warmth and love of family and friends. Working hard, playing hard, watching out for five brothers and sisters and a girl named Ruthie, it is clear that the boy who becomes a soldier has learned to listen to his heart.

What a wonderful story! A must read!


Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 A Children's Book a Day, Keeps the Scary Monster Away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, aunts, teachers, care givers... anyone who takes care of children.

There are two books that I am including in this blog on Mother's Day:

Mother's Day Mess by Karen Gray Ruelle

Harry and Emily are ready for Mother's Day. 
They plan some great surprises.
But whoops!
Emily's flower seeds didn't grow.
Plus, the pancake batter looks funny.
What a mess!
Harry and Emily still have 
a Mother's Day
to remember
in this heart warming easy reader.

Lots of Moms by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

There are LOTS of moms!
Each mom is different and special-but moms are alike in many ways too. They teach you ... take care of  you... play with you ... and they always love you. With tender, joyful photos and simple text, this enchanting book captures what motherhood is all about as it celebrates moms everywhere.

Let us know if you have any recommendations!

Until the next time!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

If It's Snowy and You Know It. Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman and Illustrated by Liza Woodruff

If It's Snowy and You Know It. Clap Your Paws!

by Kim Norman and Illustrated by Liza Woodruff

"On a wintry day, some spirited pals have a ton of frosty fun while 
slipping, sliding, and tumbling. But can they go with the flow when their wild adventure drifts in a surprising direction?"

This book is a funny wintery take on the song "If You're Happy and You Know It!"
The animals start of with lots of exciting and energizing wintery activities but then later in the book they slow down and "go inside.."

If it's wintry and you're weary, go inside.
Paint a picture of the icy sports you tried.
If it's wintry and you're weary,
read a book that's warm and cheery.
If it's wintry and you're weary...
go inside.

 The animals prepare for bed...

"If it's sleeting and you're sleepy, climb in bed.
Tuck your tails and paws and fins beneath the spread.
If it's sleeting and you're sleepy.
snuggle up with something sheepy.
There's a world of wild adventures..."

You'll have to read the book for the rest of the sentence...

Check out how beautifully the illustrator depicts the shadows for the animals...

I absolutely loved this delightfully written book! I have recommended it to several family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and library patrons. 

This book makes you jump for joy. I find myself humming the rhyming words all day long. Children and their adults will LOVE this book and want to read it over and over again.

The pictures, words, and colors are so happy, friendly and well done!

The animals have so much fun that you wish that you were there too.

This is one of the most beautifully creatively done children's books that I have seen in a long time. The animals all have realistic faces.

"If it's snow and you know, clap your paws.
You can tumble on the tundra, just because.
If it's snowy and you know it,
roll a snowball and throw it.
If it's snowy and you know it...
 ... clap your paws!"

I love the rhymes followed by the activity to do... such as... 
clap your paws, taste a flake, grab your skis, sculpt a friend, build a fort, blow a kiss, share a meal, soak your toes, go inside... You will have to read the book for the rest...

I highly recommend this book for children of all ages. All public, home, school libraries... day care centers... any where there are children wanting to see and hear a wonderful happy story with animals..::))

If you read this book, drop us a line! Check out the hats on the animal friends...::))

Until the next time!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!