Halloween is in just TEN days! Here is a list of some of the best Halloween titles to read with your family.
Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann -- How does Halloween help a boy reunite with his faithful furry friend? Find out in this bittersweet story of love and friendship.
The Little Old Woman Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams -- A classic tale of gumption in the face of fear, follow a little old lady and her trip into a spooky wood.
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves -- One of a growing number of parodies centering around the average lives of....monsters. This one is fun!
Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Seibold and Siobhan Vivian -- A quirky vegetarian vampire who loves candy, stumbles upon a sweet tooth's favorite holiday, Halloween! A wonderful story about being open minded.
The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell -- A group of monsters aim to create the "biggest, baddest" monster in the history of monsters, what they actually create is someone a bit different! A wonderful lesson on the importance of caring, politeness, and being grateful. Written and illustrated by the award-winning comic strip creator, Patrick McDonnell of Mutts fame.
Did you know that everytime you sing Humpty Dumpty or Mary Had a Little Lamb, you are actually giving your baby a head start on their literacy skills? When reading, children need to decode both the words and the storyline at the same time, and this can be hard for new readers. Once children learn that that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, it gives them an opportunity to anticipate what might happen next, using the illustrations and actions as clues.
Giving children experiences with story arcs and patterns before they become readers is one way to give them a little head start with their literacy skills. Songs such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jack & Jill and Little Bo Peep are great examples of these pre-reader mini-stories you can share with your child.
Next time you are in the library, look for one of these titles to take home with you. Don't forget about our baby/toddler storytimes for more ideas and activities to help turn your little one into a lifelong reader.
Would you like your children to love books? We would too! Come to this special storytime and craft. You and your child will listen to stories and make a felt ghost bookmark to take home. For ages 4 – 8.
Get in the Halloween spirit with this special storytime for young children. Enjoy books and songs about all things Halloween, and make a cute pumpkin craft.
Join us for a fun Halloween Parade and trick or treating through the library!
Don't forget to dress up!
Come to the Haunted House… if you dare! A chilling, thrilling experience featuring some special tricks and treats!
Spooktacular Family Fun! Come in your most spooktacular outfits and take part in costume parades through out the day.
Do you know someone who likes to read funny books about awkward boys? Here are some great titles for kids in grades 2-4:
My Rotten Life by David Lubar: Sick of getting picked on, Nathan Abercrombie uses a serum that is supposed to block emotions, but instead it turns him into a partial zombie. Adventures involving half-dead body parts and staying up late ensue...
Stuart's Cape by Sarah Pennypacker: Moving to a new home and starting third grade at a new school has Stuart worried, until he realizes all he needs to overcome his fears is a magical superhero cape. This quirky beginning chapter book makes a great read-aloud!
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look: Alvin Ho is afraid of everything! In fact, school is so scary it leaves him unable to say a single word. This laugh-out-loud book is great for reluctant readers.
Melonhead by Katy Kelly: Adam "Melonhead" Melon has a knack for getting into trouble. He loves to invent things, but his inventions--including his science fair project-- never quite turn out as planned.
Do you have any books to add to this list?
First ye need to pick up one of me favorite books, How I Became A Pirate by the lovely Melinda Long. This tale will bring a tear to ye eyes, as well as a grand sense adventure. Perfect for yer little ones, and ye'll be yammerin' like a pirate in no time.
Fer the teens (and adults if they like), Pirates! : the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, is a true tale about women with pirattitude!
I then whole heartedly demand that ye get yer family together and watch The Pirates!: Band of Misfits. Done by arrrmazing folks at Aardman Animations, this film will make pirates of all ages roar with laughter. Have yer own ham night and feast like a pirate!
There ye go! Ye now have what ye need to walk, talk, and eat like a pirate! But most importantly, have fun! Pirates are all about havin' fun. And if ye be needing more, check out the endless treasure trove of pirate bounty at ye public library. Yarrrrrr!
Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series is one of the most popular children's series found on the shelves of the San Jose Public Library. Jack and Annie are siblings who discover a tree house near their home in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. The tree house is filled with books and turns out to be a portal to other places and times. Throughout the series, Jack and Annie find themselves mingling with the likes of dinosaurs, knights, and Vikings, as well as real-life historical figures such as Clara Barton and William Shakespeare.
The first 28 Magic Tree House books are the perfect reading level and length for kids who are just starting to read chapter books on their own. Starting with book 28 in the series (Christmas in Camelot), readers advance to longer adventures and a higher reading level with the Merlin Mission books, in which Jack and Annie are sent throughout the world in both geography and history to complete quests for the legendary magician Merlin.
While the Magic Tree House series obviously takes the reader on some fantastic flights of fiction, there is a companion non-fiction Fact Tracker series written by Mary, her husband Will Osborne and her sister Natalie Pope Osbore. If the fiction books pique the reader's curiosity about the real-life subjects of dinosaurs, knights and castles, Abraham Lincoln, polar bears and the Arctic, etc., they can discover the joy of research with these Fact Trackers.
If you were writing an essay for inclusion in a time capsule to be opened 100 years from now, what would you write about?
After the alien invasion of earth, twelve year old Gratuity "Tip" Tucci was asked to write about "The True Meaning of Smekday" in a nationwide contest. The winning essay was to be included in a time capsule. Gratuity won the contest.
If you want to find out what "The True Meaning of Smekday" is, you’ll need to read the book of the same name by Adam Rex. He was kind enough to include both the essay and its illustrations in his book. You can also check out the website http://smekday.com for more illustrations and an excerpt from Gratuity’s essay. Discover the True Meaning of Smekday for yourself!
If you are looking forward to the upcoming August 2013 release of Disney's movie, Planes, the library has a flight plan for you! We have already ordered the book version of the movie Put a hold on it if it's not in right now.
Our Independence Day will be on Thursday, July 4th. The library has several books and resources to help your child learn more about this special holiday and discover fun and memorable ways to celebrate it! Here are some recommended titles:
Independence Day: Birthday of the United States by Elaine Landau
Learn about the meaning and history of Independence Day, the day when the United States declared its independence from England in 1776. This is a substantial book that contains historical facts about this holiday, information on how it is celebrated and two fun projects that you and your child can work on to celebrate: "Glitter Sparklers" and "Celebration Ice Cream Sundae."
Fourth of July Fireworks by Patrick Merrick
Ever wonder how Fourth of July fireworks are used and made? This book contains intriguing information about the Independence Day holiday and the fireworks that are used to make this holiday exciting, festive and memorable.
Star Spangled Crafts by Kathy Ross
Have a fun Independence Day by creating something special! This book will teach you and your child how to make a variety of Independence Day themed crafts, such as a firecracker lapel pin, a flag mosaic, an American eagle magnet and much more!
Here are fun ways to celebrate Independence Day:
Please see a librarian at your library for more recommendations.
I had heard of Flat Stanley, but never met him until he arrived at my sister's house one day, sent by a mutual friend in New York. Our instructions were to take him around to the iconic sites of San Francisco, photograph him, and then send him back. We did so, along with my favorite photo taken from the Marin Headlands, where it looks like Flat Stanley is holding up the Golden Gate Bridge.
Flat Stanley's air fare was surprisingly affordable, thanks to the United States Postal Service. How can that be, you ask? Well, Flat Stanley is... very, very flat. In fact, he's as flat as a piece of paper! That makes it easy to slip him and his photos into an envelope.
Many Flat Stanleys travel around the world, sent by schoolchildren to friends, and returning with photographs of his trips. He certainly gets around! (To learn more and view some of these photographs, go to www.flatstanleyproject.com).
To discover the real story of this intrepid traveler, read Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. You can continue reading about his adventures in the other Flat Stanley books by the same author. Check it out... at San Jose Public Library!