Childrens

Wimpy Kid Online Egg Hunt

I know that there are tons of readers who love Jeff Kinney's books. If you are one of them, I would like to tell you about a fun online Egg Hunt that I found on the Wimpy Kid website. 

"Have you noticed that there are TONS of hidden eggs scattered thoughout Hard Luck? Here's your chance to find them all and win a Wimpified portrait drawn by Jeff Kenney! To enter, play this game by clicking on all the hidden eggs, and count them up as you go. At the end, tell us how many you've found by entering your guess (here).

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Are you Ready for the Eclipse?

 

"If you live in North America, the overnight hours of April 14-15 will be ones to gape at the sky. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of our planet, making its closest approach to us since January 2007, and North America will have a ringside seat to see a total lunar eclipse. The total eclipse begins at 3:07 a.m. EDT and will last seventy-eight minutes."  Joe Rao, Natural History, April 2014.

Would you like to extend your learning experience?  Checkout these titles. Enjoy!

 

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Books celebrate 50th birthday!

2014 is the year for three classic children's books' birthdays.

     

Bouncy Bunny Books

While I anxiously await my yearly delivery of sugary treats, my thoughts hop over to bunnies.  I do love a good bunny book. You may know the rabbits from Goodnight Moon, Peter Rabbit and the

Springtime Stories

Well, it looks like it is finally Spring with no more cold snaps headed our way. Warm up after our cold (for Houston) winter with some of these springtime tales.

and then its spring  fletcher and the springtime blossoms

*Sam* and *Benny* books author wins prize!

Swedish author Barbro Lindgren has won the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest award for children’s literature with a prize of five million Swedish crowns. (This is about $774,000.) 

   

The Summer Book is now online!

Hey parents! Are you looking for things to keep your child busy this summer?  In addition to our Summer Reading Program and activities, there are lots of great things to do in Houston.  In past years, many of these activities were compiled in The Summer Book, which was available in our branches. Now it's even easier since The Summer Book has gone online.  Whether your kids are interested in robotics, dance, or anything in between you can find it in this searchable database of over 200 day camps and activities for kids in the Houston area.

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Book Hunters in Brief: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Book Hunters Graphic: Diary of a Wimpy KidIf you’re a fan of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Harris County Public Library’s Book Hunters recommend:

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce.
Why? This is also a hybrid of text and comics featuring a middle school student.
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Picture books are for big kids, too

In case you haven't heard, Ten Rules You must absolutely not break if you want to survive the school bus by John Grandits is the newest winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award. 

Some school librarians around Texas, for some reason, were not too happy with this. Apparently, they thought one of the chapter books should have won. Of course, they weren't voting, were they? I am thinking that maybe those disgruntled librarians are a member of that group of grown-ups who think that picture books are only for little kids.  

I say "phooey"! Some of my favorite books are picture books, and I am a grown-up.

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The Real Pot O' Gold

 jamie o'rourke and the big potatoWe’re getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by getting the green out and baking some yummy Irish Soda Bread.  But the best way to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day is to search for Ireland’s real pot o’ gold-its stories.  The Irish love to spin a yarn or two, so come take a look through some of these treasures.

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