Childrens

Book Hunters in Brief #122: Take Your Child to Work Day

Next Thursday is Take Your Child to Work Day, and Book Hunters encourages you, if at all possible, to participate. "But," you say, "my job isn't very exciting." Maybe not to you, but to your kid, it is. It takes up a big part of your day and it represents a big part of who you are, and your child will be excited to get to share it with you.

Faithful Paws@NChannel Branch!

 Do you like reading and dogs? Then join us and cuddle up with a good book and a friendly pooch in the Children's Area this Saturday, April 16 from 2-3pm. The North Channel Branch hosts the Faithful Paws program every third Saturday all year long.  Well trained, freshly bathed and groomed dogs will listen to beginning, struggling, or any interested readers to build their confidence or just have fun! Please call North Channel Branch at 281-457-1631 for more information.

Book Hunters in Brief #120: Children's Poetry for National Poetry Month

Not only is it a fairly inarguable fact that children and young adults write the best poetry, they are also--for many of the same reasons--the best readers of poetry. In both cases, their abilities have to do with an intuitive sense of possibilities: in language, in imagination, in life and the world around them. It is also a fairly inarguable fact that the world would be a better, or at least more interesting, place if more of us could carry a child's poetic sensibility into adulthood. We just don't, for many, probably valid, reasons. Heck, most kids who grow up to be poets can't even manage it.

Ready, Set, Grow!

So go ahead and get planting! Technically it is spring; all the stores are selling soil and seeds and baby plants. Here are just some of the books just for kids to help you get your garden started.

Book Hunters in Brief #118: Great Escapes!

There are lots of different kinds of escapes: dramatic escapes from burning buildings, weekend escapes to romantic hideaways, prison breaks, running away to join the circus, narrow escapes, Ford Escapes, to name just a few. Then, there is the kind of escape you get from a great book.

Book Hunters in Brief #117: The Little Prince

Book Hunters planned this post several weeks ago to coincide with the release of the movie adaptation of The Little Prince. Then, scarcely a week before it was due to hit the theaters, Paramount dropped it like it was something slimy. Evidently, Netflix is less queasy about such things because they picked it up and plan to release it...at some point.

Until then, try some of these specially selected reads.

Book Hunters in Brief #115: Even Better Read Aloud

Most parents will tell you that there are books that they love to read that their kids sniff at, and there are books their kids adore that they. themselves, have grown to groan at--I, myself, was forced to read Honey Bunny Funnybunny for something like one hundred seventy-three consecutive nights before my daughter finally decided it was time to move on.

Then there are the magical few books that parent and child love equally. This week, In celebration of Read Aloud Month, Book Hunters in Brief has selected some particularly fun reads to share with your young ones. We hope one of them strikes a chord with you and your child.

Read Aloud & Proud! Read Across America @ your Library

March is Read Aloud Month and what better way to kick it off than a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the NEA’s annual Read Across America. All 26 Harris County Public Library branches will be having special Seussian story times to encourage all children to celebrate the pleasures of reading all year long!

Read Aloud Month encourages parents to read to their children for at least fifteen minutes every day starting at birth. Why is this important? Because study after study has shown its lifelong benefits:

  • Reading aloud to your child spurs language-development (even before they talk);
  • it greatly increases your child’s working vocabulary;
  • it builds listening skills, curiosity and memory-development;
  • it helps children better cope with stress;
  • it gives children a positive association with reading which in turn makes it more likely that they will read for pleasure throughout their lives.
  • Children and teens who read for pleasure have a much better chance of success in school;
  • Adults who read for pleasure tend to have better paying jobs, and lead happier, more productive lives.

Pajama Storytime!

Please join us for stories, songs and fun for the whole family!

Pajamas and stuffed animals welcome!

Date: Monday, May 2

Time: 7-7:30 p.m.

For all ages

Space is limited.

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Book Hunters in Brief #88: Bookworms

As you might guess, the love of books and reading is what drives many librarians to do what they do (well...that and dreams of unimaginable wealth and power). This week, Book Hunters in Brief salutes the mighty bookworm in celebration of National Literacy Month. Here are some great books about readers and reading:

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