Strega Nona's Harvest, written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, is a deligtful story about vegetable gardening. Big Anthony and Bambolona help Strega Nona plant a vegetable garden in her backyard. Later, Big Anthony plants his own vegetable garden in his backyard. While Strega Nona's garden is orderly, Big Anthony's garden is chaotic. How will the harvest turn out? Read and find out! Tomie dePaola has written and illustrated other fun books featuring Strega Nona and Big Anthony.
Growing Vegetable Soup, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert, is another fun story about vegetable gardening. A father and child plant a garden in the spring. A few months later, they prepare and cook vegetable soup with their bountiful harvest. This book is also available in Spanish.
Two of my favorite picture books for Halloween are: Moonlight: The Halloween Cat and Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin. They are great for small children, who might otherwise be scared by some Halloween books. These two introduce Halloween in a simple clear way, with bright bold pictures and simple text. Moonlight describes a black cat on Halloween night, and Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin describes how one chooses a pumpkin and makes a jack o' lantern. I love them both and I often use them for story time.
Does your child love music? You are welcome to bring your child to the Edenvale Branch Library on Tuesday September 18 at 11:30 AM to enjoy Jump for Joy Music, a duet with Wiley Rankin and Miss Debbie. The engaging and energetic music program will be a lot of fun! Wiley will excite the audience with his songs. Children will even learn a bit about music education. For more information about Jump For Joy Music, please visit their website.
This educational program is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Edenvale Branch Library.
Celebrate Constitution Week by checking out a book about the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights or about the American Revolution.
Here are some books that children and tweens may be interested in:
I absolutely adored The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. It reminded me of books that I liked to read when I was small of a slower-paced world, where children explored small towns riding their bikes around or visiting the lonely mansion. In this story, four sisters, Rosalind, Sky, Jane, and Batty, with their dad and dog arrive at the Arundel estate for a summer holiday. Here, they have the holiday of their dreams--no sand, no beach, but an imposing castle surrounded by a formal garden. With their dog, Hound, the girls just about tear down the estate at the dismay of its owner, the forbidding Mrs. Tifton; however, her son, Jeffrey, has the summer of his life. The girls' vivacity and energy transforms Jeffrey's world of stifling upper-class formalness to a world of play and spontaneity. This story is a great summer read. If you are interested, the story continues with two sequels: The Penderwicks at Gardham Street and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. I recommend this book for girls from 3rd to 6th grade, because the book describes a range of girlhood experiences. This book qualifies as an award winner, for it received the National Book Award in 2005.
The Friends of the Alviso Branch Library are having a booksale event this coming -
Saturday, September 15th from 10am-4pm in the Alviso Library's Community Room.
This is a great opportunity to purchase used books and media (dvds, music cds, vhs video, etc.) in different languages, genres and for all ages.
Come show your support for your neighborhood library, the Alviso Branch by purchasing these gently used books and media!
Proceeds from this booksale event will go to help support programs at the Alviso Branch Library!
We encourage everyone to be green by bringing their own reusable bag for purchases made at this booksale event.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite childrens books. It is about a boy and his true friend, a tree, who loves this boy so much he gives everything in exchange for the boys happiness.
In Minette's Feast we are introduced to "Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child who was perhaps the luckiest cat in all of Paris." You see Minette belonged to Julia Child and her husband Paul Child who both believed that "a house without a cat is like life without sunshine!" As we follow Julia Child as she begins her cooking career, Minette is always there; perhaps taking a nibble of a new recipe, or feasting on the meat still clinging to a bone, or perfecting her hunting skills by chasing "a Brussels sprout tied to a string." Minette truly was a lucky cat! The illustrations are charming, done in pencil and water colors and the book is a wonderful introduction to that most famous chef, Julia Child.
I Am Tama, Lucky Cat: A Japanese Legend by Wendy Henrichs. Ceramic cats with one upraised paw are said to bring good luck and prosperity. In her book, Wendy Heinrichs lets Tama tell the traditional story of the cat's origin. Tama, a homeless Japanese bobtail, is taken in by a very poor monk who feeds her, loves her and takes good care of her. Both feel very fortunate to have each other and Tama always tries to repay his kindness in small ways. One day during a raging storm a wealthy samurai comes by their home and Tama manages to save his life by raising her right paw to him. The samurai repays Tama and her master by making their temple his "family's place of honor". At the end the old monk says to Tama, "you truly are a lucky cat, for you brought good fortune to us all." This is a beautiful retelling of the legend with wonderful watercolor illustrations. Give it a read.
The Freddy the Pig series of children's novels by Walter R. Brooks was one of the first reasons I got hooked on reading. They were first published between 1927 and 1958, but it was in the '80s that I tore through all 26 books in the primary grades. As an animal lover, I was delighted by the adventures and personalities of Freddy, Jinx the cat, Charles the rooster, Mrs. Wiggins the cow and so many more. Simon the rat is one of the great all-time villains if you ask me. Incidentally, Walter R. Brooks also created Mr. Ed the horse of TV fame.
I'm not alone in my adoration of Freddy. The Friends of Freddy was founded in 1984. They hold biennial conventions, publish a quarterly newsletter, and work to ensure the Freddy books will be available for generations to come. SJPL is great place to start delving into the world of Freddy and his friends (and in fact was for me when I was a kid!).
Here are two more new titles for bedtime: My Dad is Big and Strong, But . . . : a Bed Time Story by Coralie Saudo and Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere. Both are charming with a funny twist at the end. You have to check them out. Because they are both brand new to San Jose Public Libraries, you will find them on our new picture book display pyramids.