May 042013
 

“I think ideas are one of the things I do well,” says Susan Anderson-Newham, 2013 Mover & Shaker, block-play advocate, actor, writer, storyteller and, most importantly, the Pierce County Library System’s (WA) early learning supervising librarian. In this interview, Anderson-Newman talks about the importance of collaboration and a good sense of humor, why hands-on play is key to kids’ learning, her inspirations and passions, and her top picture books of all time.

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Apr 252013
 

Berenstain Bears Biggest Pet Show - app

The Bear family loves their pets and they take very good care of them. When the Bear Town Festival hosts a pet show, the Bear family makes sure their pets – Little Lady, Grace, Swish and their new bird, Keats – look and feel their best for the big day. Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, bunnies, snakes and even skunks are all entered in the show. With such a diverse group, who will receive prize ribbons from Mayor Honeypot? => http://bit.ly/XZyEvW

Apr 222013
 

The Saurus Street series

The Saurus Street Series

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
When Jack wishes for his own Tyrannosaurus, he doesn’t expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch.

A Pterodatyl Stole My Homework
What bad luck! Just when Sam’s finished his homework a pterodactyl flies through the window and steals it.
 
The Very Naughty Velociraptor
Tom and Tam are horrified when they find out Great Aunt Gertrude is coming to stay. She’s got bad breath, smelly feet and her false teeth like to bite.

An Allosaurus ate my Uncle
When Susie won’t hand over her pocket money to her mean cousin Walter, he locks her in the attic.

(Includes a video of the author, Nick Falk discussing the books and a video of the illustrator, Tony Flowers, drawing dinosaurs) => http://bit.ly/ZB8qhO

Apr 192013
 

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices Book 3)

Cassandra Clare

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. http://bit.ly/10mFeOO

Mar 192013
 

The Dark

Lemony Snicket

The Dark

With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again.

Lemony Snicket

With emotional insight and poetic economy, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again. => http://ind.pn/ZCbyYh

Mar 162013
 

Pushy parents who spend a small fortune lavishing books on their young children in the hope of giving them a head start before primary school may be wasting their time and money, according to experts.

In reality, as every child knows, the business of helping pre-school children learn their first words is surprisingly simple – repetition and familiarity. A favourite book read over and over again trumps the mini-library of children’s books found in some British households. As the saying goes, less is more. => http://ind.pn/ZCbyYh

Mar 102013
 

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler. Snicket is the author of several children’s books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best-known work) and appearing as a character within the series.

Even reluctant readers find all of the books fun to read. They are told with such an offbeat sense of humour. The stories are mysterious, but they are soothing in that the plot is predictable, the writing is informal and the characters are very simple. Lemony Snicket has very cleverly titled his books using alliteration: There is a wonderful use of language, and the books are a pleasure to read aloud.

Incorporate the books into your classroom curriculum with these discussion questions, vocabulary activities, writing activities, character studies, and cross-curricular activities to supplement and enhance your teaching.  => http://bit.ly/14iVsUE

Mar 072013
 

One Gorilla

One Gorilla: A Counting Book

Anthony Browne

Count from one to 10 with apes and primates. One gorilla, two orangutans, and three chimpanzees. Explore the family of primates and learn to count with former Children’s Laureate and primate artist Browne in this exquisite picture book for the youngest of children. Full color. => http://bit.ly/13zqko3

Mar 042013
 

Seven Wonders.  The Colossus rises

Seven Wonders. One – The Colossus rises
Peter Lerangis

Jack McKinley is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die. Jack needs to find seven magic orbs that, when combined, have the power to cure him. The orbs are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years… because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The thrills begin in THE COLOSSUS RISES, the first book in the epic Seven Wonders Series. => http://bit.ly/13zoCCX

Jan 312013
 


King Derwin of Didd demands “hats off to the King” when he passes by his citizens. But poor young Bartholomew Cubbins has a problem. Every time he removes his hat, another hat appears atop his head! Come along for the ride, as Bartholomew is whisked off to the royal throne room, summoned to the wise men, brought before the King’s magicians and even shot at by bow and arrow. As the number of hats reaches 200…300…400, what will happen to Bartholomew at hat number 500?
=> http://bit.ly/WTtqwD