Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Reading With Your Family: School-Age

We are back again to share our favorite winter reading titles! This week we will highlight our favorite school-age fiction.  Whether you read a beginner book, a chapter book or decide to pick up some poetry, there is sure to be a winter themed title below to delight and warm you during these chilly winter months!

Beginner Level Books:

Poppleton in Winter by Cynthia Rylant  

It's Snowing! It's Snowing!: Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky

Snow by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman

 Snow Surprise  by Lisa Campbell Ernst

 Oliver & Amanda and the Big Snow by Jean Van Leeuwen

Max and Mo: Let's Make a Snowman!  by Patricia Lakin

Chapter Books: 

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Winter Knights by Paul Stewart

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Winter Danger by William O. Steele

Captain Awesome Saves the Winter Wonderland by Stan Kirby

The Winter of Red Snow: the Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart by Kristiana Gregory

A Kingdom Far and Clear: The Complete Swan Lake Trilogy 
  by Mark Helprin

The Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar

It’s Snow Joke by Nancy Krulik Burks

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays

The holidays are nearly upon us! December has went by oh so quickly and I am personally very excited to have some much needed time off to relax, spend time with friends and family, and to read of course.

To celebrate, I've listed some of my very top choices for family friendly holiday books, films and audiobooks. These are wonderful choices to share bundled up on the couch while you munch on cookies or even to share as last minute gifts!

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: A Safety Guide for Scaredies by Melanie Watt (Kids Can Press, 2012). Everyone's favorite, slightly neurotic squirrel is back for Christmas! Scaredy Squirrel must figure out what gifts to buy, how to decorate and what to wear for the special holiday. This book is full of silly laugh out loud moments that children and adults will be able to enjoy together.

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko           ( Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012). Sadie's family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, and readers will be able to get a peek into traditions from both holidays by reading this wonderfully illustrated picture book.   

Christmas Wombat by Jackie French; Illustrated by Bruce Whatley ( Clarion Books, 2012). A carrot-loving wombat accidentally stows away on Santa's sled after munching on the reindeer's vegetables! This humorous story will entertain toddlers and adults with comic antics and beautiful illustrations set against a stark white background. 

 Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson; Illustrated by Jan Chapman. (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008). Bear learns that giving is one of Christmas's best presents when his friends decide they are determined to keep him awake for Christmas! The rhyming text and enchanting illustrations are sure to be a hit for years to come. 

  The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). A must-watch for any Muppets fan. Enjoy the full Muppet cast and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge in this hilarious and heart-warming retelling of the Dickens classic. My family watches this film together every December!  

A Charlie Brown Christmas ( 1965). A classic that grandparents, parents and children can enjoy together about Charlie Brown attempting to wade through the rampant commercialism at Christmas to find the true meaning of the holiday.    

 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! And Other Gifts from Dr. Seuss by Dr. Seuss (Listening Library, 2008).  Gather the family, grab a cup of hot chocolate and listen to this lovely audiobook together this holiday. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the familiar story of one grouchy green creature and his attempt to ruin Christmas for the Whos of Whoville, takes on a wonderful character when read by the charismatic Walter Matthau. 

 What are some of your family's favorite holiday choices? Do you have any films that your family watches each year? If not, this can be the year that you start a new family tradition! All of us here at the gmplkids blog would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Reading With Your Family: Littles

We love to share our favorite titles here at the gmplkids blog and it just so happens that we also think that winter is the very best time for sharing books with your family and friends. What other season allows for steamy hot chocolate, cozy, wooly socks and warm couch snuggles to be enjoyed together while reading a book? 

This is also a golden opportunity to tell you about our newest reading program being piloted this upcoming January, called simply our "Winter Reading Program". From January 19th through February 28th you can read or listen to any book and fill out an entry form (available on our website at or at the library) to be entered into weekly gift card drawings. No registration is required and anyone five years or older can participate ! So this January, grab one of the wonderful titles we have suggested below or a favorite from your home bookshelf and get cozy. 

To celebrate winter reading, we will be sharing some titles that are personal favorites here in the Grafton-Midview Public Library Children's Department. Throughout the next couple weeks keep your eyes peeled for more winter reading recommendations as part of our "Winter Reading With Your Family" series. Today we will share great choices to read with the littlest ones in your family. Babies will enjoy the adorable board books below while preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy the many beautiful and entertaining picture books.  I'm sure that even older children and adults will agree to a fireside read-aloud of Extra Yarn or Let it Snow, though.  Happy reading!

Board Books: 
That’s Not My Polar Bear by Fiona Watt 
Three Little Kittens Illustrated by Tanya Linch

Winter Friends by Carl R. Same II and Jean Stoick

In My Den by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich 
Busy Penguins by John Schindel and Jonathan Chester

Snuggle Wuggle by Jonathan London

Picture Books: 

Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep by Maureen Wright

Flannel Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett  

The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo 

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan 

Little Fern's First Winter by Jane Simmons 

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen 
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Let it Snow by Holly Hobbie