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A Young Girl Remembered, Anne Frank

 

 

June 12, 1942, Anne Frank turned 13 years old, and it was on that day that she received her diary which she named Kitty. Over the next two years, it became not only a reflection of her life, but of the world at that time. On August 1, 1944 she wrote her last entry.  Shortly thereafter, on August 4th, her family was discovered. She died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Feb. or March of 1945.

Note: The books listed below would be appropriate for mature readers.

 

Five Little Cookies Fingerplay

Storytime is a great place for children to learn basic concepts including math.  In a few weeks, I will be introducing  Five Little Cookies fingerplay to the children who attend my Family Storytime.  I've included the words below incase you wanted to learn it as well. 

Five Little Cookies

Five little cookie in the bakery shop.

Shinning bright with sugar on top.

Along comes (child's name) with a nickle to pay.

He/she buys a cookie and takes it away.

How many do we have now?

Four!

(Continue with four, three, two and one).

Books dealing with Basic Math Concepts

Dig into a Good Book - Dinosaurs Books

 

All kids love dinosaur books, and that is why I was so excited about this years theme, "Dig up a Good Book.”  Our Summer Reading Club starts on June 3rd. You can pre-register here. 

Children don't need to follow any type of reading list; rather, it's more important to let children choose items that like. This will help children develop a life long love of reading.  

Discover a Prehistoric World @ Your Library

It's time to pre-register online for the Texas Summer Reading program Starting this Friday, June 3rd, you can start reading and loging your books.

Children of all ages (infants - 12 years old) will have the opportunity to earn a free book for their personal collection! To earn your book you will need you read or listen to 10 books, or 500 pages or 500 minutes. I know that for a lot of you, those numbers can be somewhat intimidating.  So, I wanted to suggest a few things before you get started to help you achieve your goal.  

How does Your Garden Grow?

 

Gardening is a great activity for children.  Not only is it fun, but it can also be educational when children create a garden journal.   So, go have fun and get those hands dirty!

Planting the Seed: a Guide to Gardening  Suzanne Winckler.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Children love to get their hands dirty and April is a perfect month to start a garden. After a long day in the sun I like to relax by sitting down in my favorite chair and read a few books.  Below are the books I picked this week to celebrate Spring. Enjoy.

Non-fiction

Mary Dodson Wade. Flowers bloom!

Happy Birthday Katie DiCamillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Versatile, award-winning American author Kate DiCamillo writes well-crafted, often multilayered realistic fiction and fantasy stories for children. With both beautiful language and characters full of personality, her books are infused with a sweet tone and threads of humor; while not shying away from substantive themes. However, no matter what the story, DiCamillo weaves gentle humor throughout. 

Do You Know what's for Dinner?

It’s hard enough trying to find food that the entire family will enjoy, but with the increased cost groceries, getting what you need at the store is a lot harder.  Luckily, your family doesn’t have to live off of frozen foods or “boxed” meals, because the right cookbook can help whip that food budget back into shape.   Below are a few of my recommendations for busy parents that want to serve real food to their family. 

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