"A library book, I imagine, is a happy book." Cornelia Funke

"Everything puts me in mind of a story." Ben Franklin

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Books for a Winter's Storytime

Picture from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bubbo-tubbo/

Here are some titles that I'm considering for my Pajamarama Family Storytime:

  • Duck Skates by Lynne Berry, Illus. by Hiroe Nakata

  • Frozen Noses by Jan Carr, Illus. by Dorothy Donohue

  • Diamond in the Snow by Jonathan Emmett, Illus. by Vanessa Cabban

  • Is That You, Winter? by Stephen Gammel

  • Danny's First Snow by Leonid Gore

  • You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest, Illus. by Anita Jeram

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

  • Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

  • Don't Wake Up the Bear! by Marjorie Dennis Murray, Illus. by Patricia Wittmann

  • A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

  • Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle, Illus. by Matt Phelan

  • A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart, Illus. by Chris Riddell

  • Red Sled by Patricia Thomas, Illus. by Chris L. Demarest

  • Hello, Snow! by Hope Vestergaard, Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott

  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, Illus. by Jane Chapman

  • Dinos In the Snow! by Karma Wilson, Illus. by Laura Rader

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything...

If you're looking for a fun book for the teens in your life, give Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything. One Step at a Time. by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann a gander. I'm absolutely impressed by the variety of things to do that it provides. When I was a bored kid I would have loved it.

Targeted at young people ages 10-14, it offers 224 projects and activities categorized under Amaze, Investigate, Create, Explore, Cook, and Move. Every page is in color and each activity is broken down into simple steps. There truly is a wide scope here, from "fake a cheek piercing," "light up a lava lamp," and "cook campfire candy apples" to "read kitty's body language" and "skate a back crossover." Though at times the information seems a bit minimal, this book is a treasure for inspiration. I'm showing it to my Teen Advisory Group to see what they think of it.

As for me, I might try to "make a hive for mason bees," "make a compact disco ball" or "make a dessert aquarium"!