Monday, February 16, 2015

Fresh Picks! February

In addition to some great programs coming up (check out our upcoming programs here:, we've added some great new books this month:

Guys Read: True Stories. Edited by Jon Scieszka. Walden Pond Press, 2014.

Jon Scieszka's anthology aimed at reluctant boy readers takes a nonfiction turn! From award-winning nonfiction writers and journalists comes ten different stories all guaranteed to show just how exciting true stories can be. There's something for all kinds of readers, and are all aligned with Common Core Standards. If your guy has difficulty finding something he likes reading, we highly recommend giving this series a try! For more information on Guys Read books, and information on helping your guy read, click here!

Book Level: 6.4
AR Points: 7.0

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. By Rick Riordan. Illustrated by John Rocco. Disney Hyperion Books, 2014. 

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In this big, exciting collection of the origin stories of the gods of Olympus, Percy Jackson gives his own insider's point of view. A great book for fans of the Percy Jackson series who are interested in learning more about the mythology. Another read that proves non-fiction doesn't equal boring!

Book Level: 5.6
AR Points: 17.0

Before After. By Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui

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This is a special one! Ramstein and Arégui have created a wordless concept picture book that children and adults can both enjoy. From acorn to tree, egg to baby robin, and yarn to hat. Each two-page spread is a delightfully illustrated surprise showing the passage of time!

If You Hold a Seed. By Elly McKay. Running Press, 2013. 

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 A picture book that will give you goosebumps, and maybe even a tear at the end, in a good way! McKay's book is dreamy and heartwarming, as it follows what can happen from something as small as a seed.

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winne-the-Pooh. By Sally M. Walker. Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss. Henry Holt and Company, 2015. 

A must-read for all Winne-the-Pooh lovers, and everyone else. It will make you wish you had a bear cub to hug! A beautifully told and illustrated story sure to pull on your heartstrings.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Lovin'

Telling the people you care about that you love them doesn't require a holiday. But, if you're looking to do something a little extra to show your little one how much they mean to you, there are tons of fun ways to do it! We've gathered some fun ideas to show how much you care:

1. Bake cupcakes together.
2. Make secret message valentines. For a how-to, check out Learn, Create, Love.

3. Cut hearts of out paper in different colors and sizes.Write all of the things you love about your little one on hearts, and put them on their bedroom door.
4. Make Valentine's Day morning special, by making breakfast full of love. Try some heart-shaped pancakes, or surprise them with their favorite breakfast.
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5. A coupon book for all your child's favorite things. Click on the picture below for a free download. Just print, and staple!
6. Make a craft together. These beautiful sun catchers are a great way to brighten up your February. Click on the photo for instructions.

7. Read a book together, of course! This month we tried to bulk up on our holiday selections, Valentine's Day especially. Come in and check out some of our newest books. Nothing says love more than quality time together, and a good book!