Archive for July, 2009

August Birthdays for Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Here is a list of authors and illustrators who have their birthdays this month.  Check out some books by them this month!

August 1: Gail Gibbons

August 2: James Howe

August 5: Ruth Sawyer

August 7: Betsy Byars

August 9: Jose Aruego, Patricia McKissack

August 11: Don Freeman

August 12: Walter Dean Myers

August 14: Alice Provensen

August 15; E. Nesbit, Brinton Turkle

August 16: Beatrice Schenk DeRegniers

August 18: Paula Danziger

August 19: Ogden Nash

August 21: X.J. Kennedy, Arthur Yorinks

August 27: Arlene Mosel

August 28: Roger Duvoisin, Tasha Tudor

August 29: Karen Hesse

August 30: Laurent de Brunhoff, Virginia Lee Burton, Donald Crews

The Curious Garden

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown tells the tale of a city without plants or flowers which is transformed by Liam, a boy who finds a struggling garden and helps it grow and expand.  Soon the entire city is involved in gardening and being outdoors.


Monday, July 27th, 2009

Years ago I came across Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley,  and absolutely loved it!  Earlier this year French and Whatley teamed up again for How to Scratch a Wombat: where to find it…what to feed it…why it sleeps all day, a non-fiction account of the author’s encounters with wombats over the years.  She tells tales of the wombats that have visited her house and those that became pets.  French also includes some facts about these unusual animals and how to protect the species.  You’ll come to know Mothball, the inspiration for Diary of a Wombat  and others like Smudge, Bad Bart the Biter, and more.  This title was a lot of fun to read with plenty of laughs.

For a fun project to do on the subject of wombats, try some origami.  Here is a link to instructions for wombat origami.  We’ve tried them here and they are very cute!

Fun Facts-July 24

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Did you know July 24, 2009…

is cousins day? (“a day to celebrate, honor and appreciate our cousins”)

is Amelia Earhart’s birthday? (Earhart was born July 24, 1897)

is National Tell An Old Joke Day?

is the anniversary of when Detroit was founded? (it was founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac)

Well, it is!  Find more fun facts about holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, and much more in Chase’s Calendar of Events: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks and MonthsChase’s can be found in both the children’s and adult departments of the library.  These are reference books, which means they can’t leave the library but will always be here when you are looking for them.

New Movies in August

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

We’ve just added some more Friday afternoon movies at the library for the month of August!  Join us August 7th and the 21st and watch with us!  For more information about tickets and times, check out the Kids’ Room program page.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,

“To talk of many things:

Of shoes-and ships-and sealing wax-

of cabbages-and kings-

and why the sea is boiling hot-

and whether pigs have wings.”

                           Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Higher! Higher!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Higher! Higher!by Leslie Patricelli tells of a young girl and her adventures on a swing.  Using only six different words, Patricelli brings the girl higher and higher with each push from her father until she is past planes and rocket ships and into outer space.  The story is simple and sweet. 

 Leslie Patricelli has done some other easy board books for children that we have at the Wheaton Public Library.

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

                                                                                                                        Maya Angelou

Some New Favorites

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Here are some new non-fiction titles that I enjoyed reading.  The new non-fiction books are found in their own section just before going down the stairs to enter into the non-fiction collection in the Children’s Department.  Hope you get a chance to check them out!

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins.  Jenkins has written some great non-fiction books that are visually interesting and pack a lot of information.  In Down, Down, Down, he introduces the creatures that dwell at the different levels of water that covers 2/3 of the surface of the world.  As in his book Actual Size, Jenkins shows the size comparison of these creatures to help readers relate to the information.   He also employs a “ruler” on every page to illustrate the depths of the water where these animals are found.  In the back of the book, more details can be found about the animals described in the book.

 The Wild West: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur allows the reader to choose the adventure they want to have while learning about the history of the West.  You can choose to follow the story of an outlaw, a lawman or a fortune seeker in Deadwood.  Lassieur includes other helpful resources including other books to read, internet sites, a glossary, and a bibliography.

  11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar is a great look into the make-up of our solar system.  Bright images and useful information make this book a great resource to find out more on our solar system.   Also included is a glossary and “The Solar System in a Grocery Bag,” a way to grasp the enormous size of outer space.   Aguilar has also written Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe.

Summer Reading Program- additional hours

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Everyone participating in the Read on the Wild Side summer reading program:  Keep on reading!  Even if you have finished 9 hours (if you are a Little Critter) or 15 hours (if you are a Page Trekker), you still have a chance of getting some great prizes.  For the Little Critters, every additional 3 hours read gets you a coloring packet to take home.  Page Trekkers read an additional 10 hours and get their name in for a prize drawing we do each week for movie tickets.  Every additional 10 hours gets you a slip to put in the prize drawing box. You can pick up the additional reading slips at the Read on the Wild Side table in the Children’s Department (just look for the wild animals and the monkey in the tree!). 

Haven’t started the reading program?  It’s not too late.  Read on the Wild Side goes until August 15.  Pick up the reading logs at the Read on the Wild Side table and start counting your hours for some fantastic prizes!

Need something to read?  Check out what is new to the library each month from the library’s homepage under New to the Collection.