Childrens

Squirrel Awareness Alert! – The Facts You Should Know

October is Squirrel Awareness Month

October is Squirrel Awareness Month. Honestly, it is. It’s also Spinach Lovers Month, and I mean no disrespect for spinach lovers, but you won’t see any of them hopping from tree to tree or gliding across your back yard at night.  So, I will do my best to make your aware of squirrels.  Because when you see one outside you know they are aware of you.

Uno, Dos, Tres Maracas!

Maracas

Shake, Shake, Shake!!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your kids by making some music with homemade maracas. With just a few simple supplies (most are common household products), you and your child can be shaking along with any song! Here are the steps to making maracas:

Fall Into Books!

It’s my favorite season of the year! Summer is over and fall has arrived! It is a wonderful season – full of warm colors, crisp weather, cute costumes, and giving thanks. Fall is a time to watch (and play) some football, wear homemade scarves, and eat yummy apple pies. One of my favorite fall activities is to sit outside on a perfect fall day – that would mean it is a sunny day, a slight crisp breeze blowing through the trees and about 55 degrees – with my knitted blanket keeping me warm and then read a good book. Here are some fall-tastic books to get you ready for season!

When Autumn Falls

Picture Books for Big Kids, part 2

I totally forgot to list two of my absolute favorite picture books (for big kids. Some of my favorite picture books *are* for little kids). Me and My Cat? is not very long, but its humor just won't be fully appreciated by little people.

Get Your Library Card!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! We encourage all of our customers to get their own library card so they can check out books, DVD’s, CD’s, audio books, laptops, and much more. Harris County Public Library’s library card policy can be found online. All we need is the completed form and proof of Texas residence. The kids can get their own library card too… no matter how old (or young)! The best part about having a library card: it’s free! So, come to your library today and get your library card!

Picture Books are for Big Kids, too

Once upon a time, a little girl, about 8 years old was walking down the picture book aisle, when her mother said, “get out of those baby books.” ACK! How's a kid supposed to learn to love reading if she can't read what she wants.
Picture books are not *baby* books. Picture books are basically stories with pictures. Some picture books are for babies. Some picture books are for preschoolers.  There are even lots of picture books which are for kids in elementary school, even 4th or 5th grade--even junior high--even high school!
Think of it this way--are ice cream cones *just* for little kids? No, of course not. But will little kids appreciate rum raisin ice cream, or coffee ice cream? No, those flavors are for bigger people. It is just the same with picture books--some are for little people and some are for big people.

Happy Birthday to Paul Fleischman

Birthdays are a time to celebrate. Since, Paul Fleischman's birthday was this month, I thought that it would be a great time to share a few of my favorite books by this author.

Paul Fleischman was awarded the Newbery Medal for his book: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices in 1989Undoubtedly, this is his most famous work. I admire this book, but it may surprise you that it is not one of my personal favorites. 

We Love You, Books!

Baby eating ToyA well loved book…. As a librarian, it is wonderful to see a returned book that has worn edges, broken binding, and, dare I say it… some added illustrations! To me, all of those images portray a book was used often, handled by kids, and just well loved.

Life in the Middle Ages

What would it be like to live in Europe sometime between five- and nine-hundred years ago? We now call that time the Middle Ages between the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome and our own modern age. It was a time of knights and castles of elegant ladies and traveling minstrels, but it was also a time of great poverty and warfare.  What would it be like to be alive then and there? Here are some aids for your imagination:

Knights & Castles Through Art    Knights & Castles: Exploring History Through Art by Alex Martin

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