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Rachel, Golden Library

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!

The Birthday Fish

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.

Deep in the Jungle

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.

Every Friday

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.

Go, Go America

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!

The Lima Bean Monster

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. 

Unlovable

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!

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Trish, Belmar Library

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!

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Sheryl, Columbine Library

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.

 

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Connie, Lakewood Library

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?
Good question!

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...

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Carol, Evergreen Library

Are you ready to show how grateful you are to your current (or former) teacher?  It’s not too late!  This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and these hard working, caring and creative people will love being remembered by you all week long.

The library has many children’s biographies on famous teachers – Annie Sullivan, Christa McAuliffe, Colorado’s own Emily Griffith, and Booker T. Washington to name just a few.

There are also many titles about becoming a teacher in our education section, the 371’s and 372’s.

Visit Pinterest or some nifty gift ideas for your favorite teachers.

And, visit the National Education Association's website for more ways to celebrate and support teachers!

Can you name your favorite teacher ever?  Mine was Mr. Beal, my 6th grade teacher who started me reading many wonderful biographies.  Add your favorite to this blog.

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Rachel, Golden Library

The Hindenburg was the world’s largest airship, built in Germany in 1931. The airship as a type of travel and transport came to be used earlier, around 1900. Airships were also used throughout World War II to carry heavy loads long distances and to spy on enemy armies and navies.  In Germany, some airships dropped bombs on London and other locations. Their main purpose was to carry goods and passengers across the Atlantic Ocean, however.

Many airships had light, metal, oval skeletons that made up their interior structures. Airships were filled with gases like helium or hydrogen which are lighter than air, making it possible for them to fly. The Hindenburg was filled with hydrogen and was 804 feet long-longer than two-and-a- half football fields! It would be taller than the Washington Monument if stood on its end!

It was important to keep weight carried on an airship to a minimum, since they needed to float easily. For this reason, furniture for passengers was made of aluminum and sinks were made of plastic. On most flights, passengers could play an aluminum piano, though there wasn’t one on the Hindenburg’s flight.

On the evening of May 6, 1937 the Hindenburg was getting ready to land in Lakehurst, New Jersey. It had taken off from Frankfurt, Germany. This journey took two-and-a-half days. As it descended, a fire began in the back of the airship and soon flames engulfed the whole thing. Thirty-six people died in the crash and 62 survived.

The cause of the Hindenburg explosion is still not known. Some speculate that the fire fueled by the paint used on the outside of the ship. This paint was made of the same type of material that is used to power rockets. Others say some kind of spark made the hydrogen gas catch fire. Another explanation is that lightning struck the ship, though no witnesses saw any lightning.

The Hindenburg crash marked the end of airship travel, though it did not keep people from wanting to fly. Soon airplanes became the preferred method of travel through the air. Airships are used for little more than advertising and filming at sporting events these days and are called blimps. These blimps are filled with helium, because it is much less flammable than hydrogen. They don’t have a metal skeleton like the Hindenburg did either.

Read more about this fascinating event in history in one of the books we have about the Hindenburg disaster.

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Rachel, Golden Library

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd in the United States. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin first proposed Earth Day. He wanted to encourage respect for all life on Earth and to stress his concern about pollution of soil, air, and water.

The first Earth Day was celebrated in San Francisco, California on April 22, 1970 and 20 million people took part in helping to raise awareness about caring for the planet. Since its creation, Earth Day has helped to inspire the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Check out these fun Earth Day facts!
-You can light one 100-watt bulb for four hours with the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one glass bottle!
-Over 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States every year.
-Some office supply stores have begun selling office paper made entirely without trees.
-Tin pop cans are made of steel. Every year, Americans throw away enough steel to build all of the new cars in the United States.
-The Chinese made the first piece of recycled paper out of old, used fishing nets in 200 B.C.

Check out some books about Earth Day and ecology for kids! 

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Kristin, Columbine Library

Have you heard of Amy Krouse Rosenthal?  If you haven't- you should read all of her books today!  She is one of my favorite authors and has written many fun, creative books for kids.  Amy's imagination is unlimited and it shows in everything she does.  If you have a few minutes, check out her blog which includes ideas for books, cool videos and lots of other fun stuff.    

Amy's most recent book is titled Exclamation Mark and it is every bit as clever and fun to read as her other books.  

Exclamation Mark just doesn't fit in.  He tries everything to be more like the other puncuations, but his enthusiam just makes him stand out.  Once he meets Question Mark, he discovers maybe it's not so bad to be different?   Maybe it's okay to be enthusiastic?!  A perfect book about celebrating individuality-- and kids might learn a little about punctuation, too!

 

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Caroline, Columbine Library

Who doesn’t love a good dog book? Curl up with your pup and try one of these:

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert
Ralph the dog can talk! --appropriately saying words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf."

Three Stories You Can Read To Your Dog by Sarah Swan Miller
Share stories for  dogs and written from a dog's point of view, featuring such topics as a burglar, bones, and running free!

Chihuawolf: a Tail of Mystery And Horror by Charlee Ganny
Tired of being a member of the smallest dog breed and hoping to impress a silky Afghan hound, Paco the chihuahua decides to transform into a werewolf.

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Susan, Belmar Library

Pigeon STILL Wants to Drive the Bus!

On April 1, Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus turned 10, no fooling. This picture book continues to delight readers young and old with its quirky illustrations and charming dialogue.

About his Caldecott Honor book, Willems says, "I've been asked on occasion if I ever dreamed that the Pigeon would eventually spawn multiple books, activity books, games, toys, apps, animiated films, and fabrics. The answer is, of course I dreamed that. I also dreamed that I would get a flying pony that always had convenient parking spots.  I just never expected it."

Check the book out and see if Pigeon can convince YOU to let it drive your bus. While you're at it, take home some other terrific books Mo has created over the years, such as Knuffle Bunny books, the Elephant and Piggie series, or other stories starring Pigeon.

Join the party on Pigeon's web site, where you'll find games, activities, and more to delight and entertain, just like Pigeon's books.

Also, Mo's web site is a place for tapping in to books, games, and even videos featuring Mo's many friends .
Want to know what Mo Willems is up to today? Peruse his blog .

And, look for Mo's newest creation, That is NOT a Good Idea! coming at the end of April!

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