Archive for October, 2010

Battle of the Books Demonstration Meet

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Battle of the Books

Demonstration Meet

Thursday, November 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Large Meeting Room, Lower Level

For 4th and 5th graders who plan to participate in BOB

Volunteers from Longfellow, Lowell, CHOICE, and Lincoln schools will give a demonstration of how it all works for the incoming teams. The demonstration lasts approximately 45 minutes.

For more information about the Battle of the Books (BOB) program, visit the Kids’ Room page here.

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Candace Fleming

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

It was my great pleasure, this past weekend, to meet and talk with the author Candace Fleming!  What a wonderful person!  She was so interesting to listen to and she is great at telling stories about her books and the subjects of her biographies.

Her website has some great resources for teachers and parents including classroom guides to many of her titles.  Get to know a little bit about Fleming’s life on her biography page and check out some interesting information about her books.

To read some of her titles for yourself, check out what the Wheaton Public Library has in our collection here.

I have mentioned this book in previous posts, but Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life is one of my favorite titles.

Happy Reading!

The Wright Stuff

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The Wright Stuff

A Musical for Young Audiences

Sunday, November 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

Large Meeting Room, Lower Level

Grade 1 through Adult

Join Wilbur and Orville Wright as they recreate the experiments and events that led to their historic 12 second flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  Presented by Face to Face, Ltd.

Free tickets are available at the Children’s Department desk.


Thursday, October 21st, 2010





Halloween is right around the corner!  Looking for some stories, costume, and decoration ideas?  Check out what the Wheaton Public Library has in its collection!

Halloween Fiction

Halloween Poetry

Halloween Decorations

Halloween Costumes

Halloween Cookery

Halloween Songs and Music

Brave Charlotte

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Here is a new favorite among the ladies in the Children’s Department: Brave Charlotte!  The illustrations are just wonderful! 
A fun fact: this book was originally written in German!

Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Prone to climbing trees and mountains, and standing at the side of a busy road for the simple pleasure of staring at traffic, Charlotte is different from the other sheep, and not even the stalwart — but aging — sheepdog Jack knows what to do about her. One darkening autumn afternoon, the shepherd breaks his leg, and with Jack now too old to go the distance, it’s up to Charlotte to get help. It’s not a new story, but the telling is attractively economical: while the other sheep are given to choruses of disapproval (“tut, tut, tut”), Charlotte herself never says a word, allowing her actions to speak all the louder. The whimsy of the premise is given considerable dignity by the almost majestic acrylic paintings, which place the bold and simple shapes of the characters against richly atmospheric land- and skyscapes, never more dramatic than in the sequence of pages showing Charlotte’s rescue mission, “over fields, through the fast-running stream, and over the mountain tops, until it got dark.” The sturdy story, brief text, and large scale of the pictures make this a great choice for a story hour looking for a hero. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews
Not so much a black sheep as one who just doesn’t buy into the herd thing, Charlotte is forever causing the older woolly heads to tut-tut at her un-sheep-like behavior. Her predilection for wandering off to hang out in trees, take a swim or clamber up mountains stands her in good stead, though, when the old sheepherder breaks his leg, and someone has to undertake a long trip to fetch the farmer. Wilson follows the errant ovine’s escapades in big, outdoorsy, soft-focus scenes well populated by woolly onlookers with comically astonished expressions. In the end, her successful mission leaves the older sheep nodding to themselves that, even though the shepherd and his dog might be getting on, “as long as Charlotte is here to watch over us, we should be okay.” An appealing suggestion that independence in young human mavericks is worth nurturing, however worrisome it may sometimes be. (Picture book. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection
This book is a celebration of those brave, boisterous, and adventuresome personalities in our classrooms, libraries, and living rooms. They are the ones who are not afraid to take a risk and who want to try something new! Charlotte, the sheep, climbs to the highest hill, swims in the deepest waters, runs out at night, and climbs tall trees. The other sheep are constantly appalled, but when the shepherd breaks his leg one day and someone is needed to go to the valley for help, who is brave enough to go? Only Charlotte. Her trip to get help does require bravery, but Charlotte is definitely up to the challenge. The full-page illustrations are simple yet enticing, and colorful yet muted. Recommended. Roxanne Welch Mills, Supervisor of Media Services, Chesapeake (Virginia) Public Schools © 2006 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
The creators of Santa’s Littlest Helper offer a snippet of a tale about an intrepid little lamb who “had been different right from the start.” While all the other lambs “just stood shyly by their mothers,” feisty Charlotte snoozes on a high tree branch, climbs to the top of a precipitous peak and roams the countryside at night. When the elderly shepherd falls and breaks his leg, the sheep decide that Jack, the aging sheepdog, isn’t up to the job of going for help. Youngsters won’t be surprised when Charlotte volunteers for the task, despite the protests of her peers (“The little rascal?”; “Out of the question!”), and succeeds with flying colors. Wilson’s deadpan humor comes through in acrylics that brim with diverting images of Charlotte’s spontaneous bravura (which takes her to some humorously precarious perches) as well as droll depictions of her fellow sheep’s incredulous gazes. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)[Page 47]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Famous First Lines

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Can you guess what children’s book this first line comes from?  Give it a try!

“Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except…getting a bath.”

Did you guess?  Check here for the answer.

Fall is Here!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Isn’t the weather beautiful!  Here are some great autumn books to enjoy this season!

 The Little Yellow Leaf

 Crafts to Make in the Fall

 Count Down to Fall

 Leaf Jumpers

 The Apple Pie that Papa Baked

 Leaf Man

 Hello, Harvest Moon

Storytime and Reading with Rover

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Just a reminder:

 Storytime and Reading with Rover registration begins Wednesday, October 6th. 

Come in or call in to register!  Check here for more information.