Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pick of the Week: Back to Front and Upside Down!

Back to Front and Upside Down! by Claire Alexander (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2012)
It's the principal's birthday and the whole class is invited to his party! But, first, they must all make birthday cards for Principal Slippers. Oh, no! This causes Stan a lot of anxiety because like many children learning to write, his letters come out all wrong - backwards...upside down.... What is Stan going to do? With a little encouragement from a friend, the assistance of his kind teacher, and some practice, Stan's letters improve! This is an encouraging, sympathetic book that is sure to hit the right note with children at this stage.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Veggies On My Mind

There's something about a cool, autumn day that makes me crave homemade vegetable soup. It's that fall, cozy, nesting time again. I'm enjoying the season this afternoon with the following picture books:
Vegetable Garden by Douglas Florian
This is a good book for toddlers and preschoolers interested in gardening. Just a few words on each page describe the planting, caring, and harvesting of a vegetable garden and invites the child to enjoy the watercolor illustrations.

Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre
This is an upbeat celebration of vegetables! Cheerleader chants accompany photographs of a variety of vegetables - from broccoli to banana peppers to habanero peppers, fennel, and rutabagas. You'll surely be in the mood for some delicious vegetables after sharing this book!

Slop Goes the Soup: a Noisy Warthog Word Book by Pamela D. Edwards, illustrated by Henry Cole
Now this book is just plain fun! Have you ever imagined what it would be like if a warthog sneezes while carrying soup? Well, you'll find out in this book. This book about these clumsy warthogs is also a great way to introduce onomatopoeia (words that sound like their meaning). Another fun way to build a child's early literacy skills!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jan Brett - this Saturday at CHS!

Bestselling children's author and illustrator Jan Brett is coming to Corvallis on Saturday, October 20th, 2012! Jan will draw illustrations from her new book, Mossy. Book sales and autographing! Special appearance by Hedgie, too. You don't want to miss this!



Saturday, October 20th, 2012
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Corvallis High School
1400 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis, OR

Hosted by Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

For more information, call 541-766-6794.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pick of the Week: Bad Apple - A Tale of Friendship

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012)

Mac was a good apple. He was kind. He shared with his friends. He helped clean up after art class and he certainly knew how to have fun! One rainy day, Mac takes a nap and wakes up to find a new friend, Will the worm, tickling his head. The two have so much fun together! But when the other apples notice Will, they are not so nice. "Eww! Mac has worms!" Poor Mac, the bullying doesn't cease. So, one day Will leaves and things should be back to normal for Mac. But are things better without Will the worm?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall Early Literacy Newsletter is here!

The Fall Early Literacy Newsletter is out! It's full of the usual goodies - staff favorites, music and parenting picks, and early literacy tips. The newsletter also features articles about wordless picture books and Jan Brett. 

Adorable Hedgie!
Did you know that Jan Brett is visiting Corvallis on Saturday, October 20th? It's true! he Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is honored to host a special event with bestselling children's author and illustrator, Jan Brett, on Saturday, October 20th, 2012, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)  
Special appearance from Hedgie! Book sales and autographing. Fun for everyone! For more information, contact 541-766-6794 or click here for the event flyer.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mark Your Calendar: Local Fire Station Open House Oct. 13

Chief Rhino to the Rescue by Sam Lloyd (Henry Holt)

You're Invited!

Challenge CourseIf you're looking for something fun and interesting to do on the afternoon of Saturday, October 13, come to the Fire Department Open House!

Between noon and 4:00 p.m., stop by Fire Station 1 (400 NW Harrison) or Locke Station (544 NW Lewisburg Avenue) - or visit both of them.

You can tour the stations, take a close look at fire engines and other apparatus, meet the firefighters, and watch them demonstrate various aspects of their jobs.  There will be a number of events geared toward children, such as the opportunity to meet Sparky (the fire dog) and Pluggie (the electronic fire hydrant), spray water from a fire hose, go through the challenge course, slide the fire pole, and attend a puppet show.

Sliding the Fire Pole
Fire engine rides and REACH Air Ambulance will be available at Locke Station.  Those who visit Station 1 will be able to simulate entering a burning building and attacking a fire through Wii-based technology.
It will be a great time, and we hope to see you there!!

(Above news release from http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1065

Enjoy! Click this link for firefighter related books or visit the Library and ask a librarian!