Archive for August, 2009

Mo Willems

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Do you love Pigeon?  How about Elephant & Piggie, the Duckling, Edwina, Knuffle Bunny, Leonardo, and the Naked Mole Rat?  Well, I’ve got something for you!  Anyone who likes Mo Willems’ books will love his website  Play games featuring the Naked Mole Rat and the Pigeon (the Elephant & Piggie dance game is my favorite), check out coloring pages you can print of your favorite character, find out what’s new in the works of Mo Willems on his blog, and much, much more!

Also check out all of the Mo Willems books here at the Wheaton Public Library!

Museum Adventure Passes

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Here’s a great, new opportunity to visit museums in the area through the library.  The Museum Adventure Pass presented by Macy’s allows you to check out passes from your local library for a number of museums in the Chicagoland area.  The loan period for the pass is 7 days.  Some of the passes are for free admission while others are for discounts.  For more information on the program, along with a list of participating libraries and museums, check out the Museum Adventure Pass website

The program begins Tuesday, September 1.  In order to check out museum passes at the Wheaton Public Library, you need to have a Wheaton Public Library card.  The passes can be picked up at the Children’s Department desk.  Come take advantage of this great program!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

                                                                  Emilie Buchwald

Langston Hughes

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The poetry continues!  The Negro Speaks of Rivers illustrated by E. B. Lewis is a beautiful representation of Langston Hughes’ poem.  Lewis has created amazing paintings for each line of the poem.  The artist has a deep connection with Hughes’ poetry and drew himself into one of images.  Each illustration and the line of text that accompanies it fit together perfectly.  This is a truly a wonderful book to introduce readers to the poetry of Langston Hughes.  E. B. Lewis included a touching illustrator’s note that tells of his love for the poem at the end of The Negro Speaks of Rivers.  For more information on Langston Hughes and his poetry, visit

William Carlos Williams

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I love poetry! Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet have brought the life of William Carlos Williams to a new generation in their book, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams.  Readers will learn about the life of one of the greatest American poets and his walk as both doctor and poet.  The illustrations are peppered with lines from his works as it becomes evident where the inspiration for his poetry came from: the Passaic River and natural surroundings of Rutherford, New Jersey.  

Apparent is the dedication of the author and illustrator to this project.  They have included a timeline of Williams’ life, housing important life events, publication dates of his poetry, and what was happening all over the world at that time.  There is also an author’s note illustrator’s note, and a further reading list.  The websites included on the reading list are great resources to continue learning about the life and poetry of Williams as well as other poets and their works.  One of the links does not go through, so I have included the correct address here.

Well written text, along with wonderful, engaging  illustrations, makes this title a must for those interested in poetry and/or biographies.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

so much depends



a red wheel



glazed with rain



beside the white


Boats, Airplanes, Cars, Trains, Trucks: the Books of Patricia Hubbell

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Patricia Hubbell has a wonderful collection of books centering around things that go.  Written with rhyming verse and interesting illustrations, her books will appeal  to young children, especially boys.  “Single-wing and biplanes./ Searching-from-the-sky planes./ Mail planes./ Weather planes./ Bringing-us-together planes” are lines from Airplanes: Soaring! Turning! Diving!  Throughout the books, Hubbell shows these boats, airplanes, cars, trains, and trucks in motion and doing their jobs.  At the end of each book, she concludes, “They do their jobs…and then they rest.” 

The illustrations by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy are colorful and labeled to help children learn the different components of the machines being discussed.  In Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!, readers learn the parts of a four-mast ship: stern, jiggermast, crow’s nest, mizzenmast, mainmast, foremast, bow, prow, and figurehead.  In Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing!, they come to know the jobs involved with trains: conductor, porter, engineer, cook, and waiter.

Here’s a list of the books mentioned here.  I hope you enjoy them!

Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!

Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!

Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing!

Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!

Airplanes: Soaring! Turning! Diving!

Golden Ticket Book Fair

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The end of the summer reading program, Read on the Wild Side, is upon us!  Don’t miss out on the chance to get some prizes for the reading you’ve been doing this summer.  Saturday, August 15 is the last day to redeem your prizes.  If you’ve earned a Golden Ticket, for being a Page Trekker and reading 15 hours, bring that ticket into our book fair.  The book fair will be held:

Thursday, August 13 (9am-8pm)

Friday, August 14 (9 am-5pm)

Saturday, August 15 (9am-4pm)

*please notice that the book fair ends an hour before we close each of those days*

Congratulations to everyone who has been reading this summer!

The Enemy

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The Enemy: a book about peace by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch is an interesting commentary on war.  Though there is little text and simple illustrations, The Enemy is a powerful tale.  It discusses a major issue that war raises: believing someone different from oneself is a monster.  The two soldiers in the book begin believing what they have been taught about their enemy; they think the other is a heartless killer.  Yet they are dynamic characters; they learn about the other, have a change of heart and come to the conclusion that both want the war to be over.  The ending leaves the reader with hope.

 Publishers Weekly Reviews and School Library Journal Reviews recommends the reading audience be grades 4-8.  Read reviews on The Enemy: a book about peace here.

September Drop-In Storytime

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Book Break

September Drop-In Storytime

For ages 3-5

Tuesdays @ 10

September 8, 15, and 22


Thursdays @ 2

September 10, 17, and 24

Cool Daddy Rat

Friday, August 7th, 2009

“Cool Daddy Rat/ shooby dooby doo dat/ grabbed his hat in his rat flat/ zowie zowie zoo zat” are the opening lines of Cool Daddy Rat by Kristyn Crow and illustrated by Mike Lester.  The story is told using scat and is a wonderful read-aloud book for children.  The lines have great rhythm and the illustrations are colorful scenes of the city and jazz spots.  Cool Daddy Rat is the story of a young rat who follows his daddy, a jazz musician, to his gigs and discovers his own scat skills.  We’ve all read it with a smile on our faces here at the library!