I picked up the book, Maybelle Goes to Teaby Katie Speck, to read to my daughter for RAFT. It looked like a cute book about some creature with a large pink bow on its head. As I started to read this book aloud to my daughter, I discovered that Maybelle was a cockroach. I nearly gave up on reading this book.
Many of you know the popular author, Karen Kingsbury. She writes life-changing Christian adult fiction books that are constantly being swiped off our shelves to be devoured by many women! Because of the popularity of Kingsbury’s books, I decided to try to read one about a year ago. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it, and I wrote her writing off in my own mind as slow action, sad, and depressing. Maybe it was just the one I picked up, or maybe I should have kept going and finished it, but I just couldn’t get into it.
Magnets, what fun they are to play with. I have a magnetic game in my living room. It has a magnetic base and is covered with metal diamond shaped pieces. It’s fun to see how high you can pile them or what designs you can make.
I also have a tool I can use to pick up pins and needles or stray paper clips. It has a magnet on the end, and it extends so I can reach things that have gotten away in corners or have fallen under furniture. Another magnetic tool I’ve used was helpful in picking up the nails in our yard left behind when a new roof was put on our house.
"We can’t find anything my elementary age son likes to read!" I hear parents say again and again. "We’ve tried books with pictures, funny books, scary books; you name it. Can you help him find something?"
The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa shows how each time a story gets told, it gets changed just a little bit. Duck hears a noise under her bed, but is afraid to look and see what it is. Each of her animal friends offer a suggestion on what to do about the terrifying thing under Duck’s bed.
Press Here by Herve Tullet is a Building Block nominee for 2012. Without so much as a single tab to pull or flap to lift, this might be the most interactive picture book of the year. The concept is so simple, yet creates magic power for a young child’s mind.
The first page asks you to press here and turn the page. As you press on the yellow dot in the center of the page, two dots appear on the page. The book progresses on with more dots and colors are added to the magic.
Share the Holidays with Your Family’s Favorite Character
Start a wonderful tradtion with your family this holiday season. Working in Youth Services has me around wonderful children’s books every day, and I wanted to share with you some of my holiday favorites. MCPL has a lot of great books highlighting the joy and tradition of this time of year. I will be choosing a few of these titles to read with my niece and nephew on Christmas Eve.
I found a cute story about winter today. It’s called Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara. It is about a little boy whose friends are all hibernating. He sees Jack Frost through the window and goes out to play with him.
They ice skate, sled, throw snowballs, and build snowmen all winter until spring arrives. Jack must leave, but he assures the boy he will return next winter.