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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. 

Smörgåsbord Booklist

Most people, even children, know exactly what type of books they like.  Some adore series, while others will follow specific themes, genres or authors.  That being said, there are times in one’s life that you have a desire for something out of the ordinary…Something unfamiliar and fresh.

Unveil the Ocean's Deepest Secrets

Susan Casey is an author that you may not know, and that is why I want to tell you about her books. This author has a journalistic wrting style that pulls you into her travels, and the world that she has observed.  Her writting makes you feel like you are actually there with her,  seeing objects in vivid color. Thus far, Casey has two books published and I hope to see more of her work in the future.  

Tsunami

 

 

 

 

News images of the recent tsunami may leave children with more questions than answers. Some children will be courious, while others may be dealing with fear. Luckily, in both cases sharing information is the key that will support their needs. 

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