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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Did you laugh so hard your sides hurt while reading Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos? Well, get ready to laugh some more. Jack is coming back in From Norvelt to Nowhere. Be ahead of the crowd and put it on hold today!

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Mary, Outreach

A little more than a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending an event where Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy announced the titles of 25 picture books from the last 25 years that stand as high-quality examples of books that support early literacy learning in young children. The selection was based on the criteria that will be used to select the first-ever CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards later this year. 5 titles were chosen in each of 5 categories: READ, WRITE, SING, TALK and PLAY, which are all activities parents are encouraged to engage in with their children in order to build early literacy skills. When the CLEL Bell Award winners for 2013 are announced, in February of 2014, there will be 5 winners - one in each category.

The selection committee also created an activity sheet to accompany each title, which includes information about the book and how it supports early literacy learning as well as offering suggestions for activities parents and children can do after reading the book to extend learning. To check them out, and learn why each book was selected, click on the category link below! Click on a title to request the book from JCPL!

I'm personally familiar with all of these books and have shared many of them with preschool classes. They are truly wonderful and you and your children will enjoy each of them - even more so if you try out some of the extension activities created by CLEL!

SILVER BELL TITLES for READ:

Backseat A, B, See by Maria Van Lieshout

The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn (also available in Spanish: Lola en la biblioteca)

Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie Harris

Wolf! by Becky Bloom

SILVER BELL TITLES for TALK:

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora

Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb

SILVER BELLS TITLES for SING:

Baby Dance by Ann Taylor

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler

Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb

SILVER BELL TITLES for WRITE:

Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom (also available in Spanish: Un amigo de veras maravilloso)

The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer

SILVER BELL TITLES for PLAY:

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun (also available in Spanish: Miau y la caja grande)

Pete's a Pizza by William Steig

Press Here by Herve Tullet (also available in Spanish: Presiona aquí)

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Hobbit Day is celebrated every year on September 22nd, which is also the birthday of  Bilbo Baggins.  Remember the opening chapter in The Lord of the Rings in which he celebrates in grand style? There are many ways you could celebrate. You could play Pin the Ring on Bilbo or go on a Riddles in the Dark Scavenger Hunt . Why not check out The Hobbit book or the movie from the library? Did you know that you can also check out The Hobbit as an E-Book from the library? How will you celebrate Hobbit Day this year?

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Joanna, Digital Library

Today we shine our author spotlight on Sherry Jacobs! She is the author of many children’s books, including The Miracle of the People of the Sea, Ezra's Incredible Race, Bobby the Bully, Thane the Wanna Be Warrior, Tommy Tooley's Tears, and Ollie and the Firefly. She says she puts her heart and soul into each and every story, and that many contain messages for children.  She lives in Bailey, Colorado, with her husband of 46 years, her dog Murphy and various other mountain critters.

Meet Sherry at the Books and Bites event at the Arvada Library TOMORROW from 6 - 8:30 pm!

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Joanna, Digital Library

Today's Books and Bites author spotlight shines on Patricia Ann Reid, the author of Sean's Secret Room. In this story, eleven-year-old Sean discovers a secret room in a 100-year-old house in Trinidad, Colorado.  Adventure ensues when he meets a ghost, travels through time, searches for a lost teddy bear, and saves an Aztec Emperor!  Pat calls her book “an illustrated mix of history, mystery, magic, and fantasy! " Wow! doesn't that make you want to read it?

Meet Patricia at the Arvada Library Books and Bites event on September 20th from 6:30 to 8pm!

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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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