Discover Magazines!

Stack of MagazinesMagazines are great ways to pass time while waiting for appointments, airplanes, or grocery lines. As an adult, I love bringing magazines with me everywhere. You can read quick articles, look at fun pictures, and maybe even do a crossword puzzle. But, don’t forget that children’s magazines offer all of the same distractions! Children love the glossy pages and fun (and usually informational) articles presented in different magazines. With the holidays quickly coming, parents might be looking for great ways to entertain their children during hectic travel schedules. Check out a magazine!

Native American Heritage Month

Since the early 1990s November has been proclaimed a month to celebrate the history and contributions of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States.

Happy Birthday Neil Gaiman

Today is critically acclaimed author and Dream King, Neil Gaiman's birthday. He is a literary "Jack of all Trades" with works in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic novels, Horror, children's literature, and so on.  Listed below are some picks from "the most accomplished and influential figure in modern comics as well as one of the most gifted of contemporary fantasists." Click here to see all Gaiman's work in our catalog.

Many of his works are adapted from novels to illustrated books and to movies so look out for extra links for other adaptations.

Graphic Novels

Spotlight on Bill Martin, Jr.

Bill Martin, Jr.Bill Martin, Jr. is one my favorite children’s authors. People are most familiar with his well loved book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? But, Bill Martin, Jr. has many other great reads that kids just love. One thing that makes the author perfect for children’s literature is his emphasis on basic children’s concepts: colors, letters and numbers. He has also teamed up with many innovative illustrators such as Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert. With his rhyming text and vivid illustrations, many of Bill Martin, Jr. books have quickly become children’s classics. Check out some Bill Martin, Jr. books today!

Bluebonnet List Announced

 2010 - 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award Books

This weekend, the 2010 - 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award list was announced.  I have already requested several of the items, and you can too.  Remember, if you don't know how to place a item on hold, you can ask any library staff member for help.  We will walk you through the process, or place the hold for you.  Enjoy!

October/November Kids Newsletter

The October/November issue of the Kids Newsletter is available and features interviews with Miss Jen of the Stratford Branch Library and Mrs. V of the CyFair College Branch library.  There is also an article about the Coretta Scott King Award and a list of some of the new Children's books and audio we have added to our collection. 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Choo! Choo!


Everyone loves a good book about transportation. It's a favorite theme among toddlers and preschoolers (especially boys) and it's no wonder why: the things move fast on the ground, in the sky, through the water and even into outer space. Planes, trains, automobiles, ships, and rockets have fantastic sound effects too. Can't you just hear your toddler screaming Vroom!, Beep!, Chugga-Chugga, Chugga-Chugga, Choo, Choo!, Whoosh!, Zoom! They crash, clank, honk their way to their desired destination. Here are some good picture books for your own collection:

Down by the Station

More to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid

well, okay, you've already tried the books Miss Mary suggested in her blog for you to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid #4 to come, so here are even more to try while you're waiting (yay!). A couple of these are so new they still say "on order" in the catalog.

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