Posted On: Jan 30, 2014 In: Kids Room, Staff Picks
This fall, in a sudden windstorm, one of our trees lost a limb. As it happens, it was pretty much our favorite limb, since it was the one from which my son’s swing hung.
Luckily, just a few weeks before, he had been obsessed with a great children’s book, Our Tree Named Steve, by Alan Zweibel. Zweibel, a multiple award-winning writer for television (he was a co-creator of the character Roseanne Roseannadanna on the original Saturday Night Live staff) and print (his comic novel The Other Schulman won the Thurber Award in 2006), frames this picture book as a letter to his grown kids on the occasion of the death of a beloved tree in a storm similar to the one we had just experienced. Read More..
Posted On: Jan 27, 2014 In: Beyond Books, Kids Room
Now that we’ve survived the polar vortexes of winter, it’s time to celebrate with a dance party! Some of the video games available in the library’s catalog incorporate motion capture technology that are leaps and bounds more interactive than the Dance Dance Revolution-esque four-way step pads of the past. As usual, each game is ESRB rated E for Everyone, meaning even the youngest dancers can join the groove! In fact, a few of the games are catered specifically to younger age groups with Disney and Nickelodeon characters. More information on the ESRB is available here. Remember, the games listed need the Xbox Kinect or Playstation Move to function properly.
Posted On: Jan 23, 2014 In: Kids Room
Every child is growing up in a smaller and smaller world. It wasn’t that long ago, in the greater scheme of things, that Africa was the Dark Continent, and China was inscrutable. Now, we can hear about almost every country in the world as if it were across the street, and in a way it is. You don’t have to go far in Lawrence to meet Read More..
Posted On: Jan 20, 2014 In: Kids Room, Staff Picks
Victor is like most eleven year old boys in 1959. He loves baseball and friends. He has one handicap, however: he stutters. Then he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July. This is the beginning of Paperboy by Vince Vawter, a book worthy of a Newbery Award, in my opinion. For Victor, the people he meets on his route challenge his speaking ability, but Read More..
Posted On: Jan 16, 2014 In: Book Lists, Kids Room, Staff Picks
Toddlers sometimes can’t sit still to read a book. So choose a book that takes advantage of that energy instead of working against it. These books will get you and your little one moving together. Read More..
Posted On: Jan 13, 2014 In: Kids Room, Staff Picks
Stuart Horten is ten years old and short for his age. That would be okay if people didn’t keep reminding him of it – like patting him on the head as if he were a small pet, or combining his first initial and his last name to create the nickname “Shorten.” But Stuart had friends, a bike, and a tree house – all in all, life was pretty good and he was looking forward to summer vacation. But Read More..
Posted On: Jan 9, 2014 In: Kids Room, Staff Picks
No one comes home.
That is what they told me.
Once you go to the white man’s land,
that is where you stay. Read More..
Posted On: Jan 6, 2014 In: Kids Room, Staff Picks
Here are three excellent new purchases that can be found on the LPL Children’s Area “New Books” shelf.
A new addition to Patrick George’s five senses series has arrived this month. I hear… is a colorful way to introduce the idea of sound and listening to babies, toddlers, or those with special needs. Surprising translucent pages add extra fun while you explore the sounds of birds singing, bees Read More..
Posted On: Jan 2, 2014 In: Kids Room
This time we’re exploring the king of sound – MUSIC. March around, make some sound!
BOM! Went the Bear by Nicki Greenberg
Bring in the music, bring in the noise! With this brightly colored book you and your child will sing high like giraffes and low like turtles, crash cymbals with squirrels and Read More..
Posted On: Dec 30, 2013 In: Book Lists, Kids Room
A variety of animals have had their fifteen minutes of fame over the last few years. Owls, foxes, deer, and sloths have all basked in the glow of popular adulation. And cats! Cats never seem to go out of style. But I’d like to bring some attention to an overlooked animal, the cutest, sweetest, funniest, cuddliest, bestest animal in the world: the wombat. Read More..