Being a parent is hard work! There are joys and tribulations and endless questions about the effectiveness of parenting skills. Well, now in the book To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born?, Suzanne Weber gives voice to the little ones who let parents know what they think about the things parents do. Find out their thoughts about that first visit to the doctor or that first trip to see Santa Claus! How do they feel about attending those mommy and me classes or when you decide that they're ready for that big girl or big boy bed. I laughed out loud reading these poems and I'm sure you will too. There is some colorful language so may not appeal to everyone. Here is one poem called "Cry Guide," being read by the author. Enjoy!
前不久敝人閱讀了天下雜誌CommonWealth Magzine 2011年教育特刊 (第486期2011年11月30 日—12月13日)，雜誌中提及閱讀是未來公民所應具備的五大技能之一，在閱讀中尋找樂趣的孩子，能發掘書中無限可能，勇敢推出未來之窗。對於這個想法，我個人深感贊同。因此，想推薦聖荷西公共圖書館 (San Jose Public Library)館藏之中幾本跟閱讀有關的中文著作，和家長及老師朋友們分享。
小學時期的閱讀能力決定一生的成績 金明美著 ; 張琪惠譯
1. The number of books read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains. (Bridging the Summer Reading Gap, 2003)
2. Children who read six or more books over the summer gained more in reading achievement than children who did not. (Bridging the Summer Reading Gap, 2003)
3. One to three months of academic growth can be lost over the summer. (National Summer Learning Association)
4. Students who do not engage in educational activities during the summer typically score lower on tests at the end of summer than they did at the beginning. (Summer Learning Loss: The Problem and Some Solutions).
5. Libraries contribute to the intellectual growth of children during the summer. (Making the Case for Library Services to Children and Teens, State Library of North Carolina)
Maurice Sendak died today. He was a transformative author and illustrator of books for children. Where the Wild Things Are is his best known title, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. As a child, I spent many hours listening to Really Rosie - a musical based on his books with music by Carol King. You might enjoy reading them too!
Children up to age 6
1st place: Joaquin Albornoz, age 5, “Joaquin’s Birthday Party”
Honorable Mention: Kapil Kumar age 5 1/2 , “Sharing and Friendship”
Children ages 7-12
1st place: Nathan Koketsu, age 11, “Adventure in the Open Sea”
2nd place: Madurya Suresh, age 9, “The Search for the Sun”
3rd place: Laura Shieh, age 12, “Silver Dandelion”
Honorable Mention: Audrey Chiang, age 8, “The Firefly and her Glow”
1st place: Apanuba Mahmood, age 14, “Flaming Resolve! – Fleeting Demon Encounter”
2nd place: Huyen Nguyen (Chibi Teresa), age 15, “Phantom Dream Hunter: The Prologue”
3rd place: Sienna Gonzales, age 14, “Colored Pencils”
Honorable Mention: Thu Nguyen, age 14, “Terra”
1st place: Queena Xu, “Butterfly Wish”
2nd place: Christine Bainbridge, “A Dream”
3rd place: Eric Elemen, “Super Busy Dad”
Honorable Mention: Darren Tat, “Death Match”
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If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2012. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, Hijinx Comics, San José Museum of Art and TRY Japan Culture Group.
Here’s how to enter …
Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Berryessa Branch Library on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
Learn how to make your own comic book, graphic novel or manga! Oliver Chin will be teaching this free workshop for teens at some San José Public Library branches.
San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.
San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.
Are you looking for some books to expose your child to new places and different cultures? Well, here are some titles/series that you may want to explore.
The series True Book covers many countries including Egypt. The series includes interesting facts about the country without overwhelming children with details. It starts off with two questions about the country to which the children will find the answer reading the book. The book has gorgeous pictures and not too much text. I have found that this book can be read to a pre-schooler without too much editing, and for a 1st or 2nd grader, this series/title would be perfect for reports. One caveat: this series is an old one so you need to be selective about the titles. Be sure you find the newer edition. The library owns many older editions, but the newer ones are better.
What We Wear by Maya Ajmera is a beautiful book of costumes and dress, celebrating children from around the world. It has a map of all the nations represented in the book and pages of suggestions of what to do with your children to explore different cultures: visit a folk festival, check out a museum, or ask about clothes of the past. The book has visually stunning photos of children from all the cultures of world, doing different things at different times. I really recommend everyone to take a look.
D is for Down Under: an Australia Alphabet is a beautifully illustrated picture book part of a larger series which highlights the contributions of each country. Part of a larger alphabet series that covers democracy to Fenway Park, many of the authors are famous in their own right. The books are written in verse with enormous pictures to illustrate the alphabet, and each of the alphabet letters represent one important aspect of the country or culture. In addition, the pages include detail about the topic which the teacher or adult can choose to elaborate upon and read. Take a look at this series. The only unfortunate aspect of this series is that it is not catalogued in a way so that you can find the titles of the series easily. You must look up the title individually. On the back of the book, there is a good representative list of the titles in the series. Also, if you go to the website: www.discovertheworldbooks.com you will find a list of the country books.
True Books and the Discover the World series are shelved in the Countries/States area. If you have any questions, ask the librarian to show you the section. You can find a plethora of country books. Browse at your leisure.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, Alpha Oops! the Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis and Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham are three picture books with fun and zany story lines for the alphabet. I never imagined the alphabet could be so fun. I read these stories to my pre-school age son, and he loved them. The pictures are wonderful and the twists and turns between the alphabet characters make the story so fun. I recommend these stories highly. LMNO Peas and Alpha Oops! the Day Z Went First are displayed on the concept display pyramid, and Z is for Moose is a new book on the new book display shelf. Check for these titles at your next visit. If you don't find them, don't be surprised because they are very popular and may be checked out!
National Autism Awareness Month
My Brother Charlie, by Holly Robinson Peete
For all ages, My Brother Charlie is a beautifully written, heart packed, brightly illustrated, clear and simple introduction to autism.
National Autism Awareness Month (A few facts)
San José Public Library Resources on Autism:
Social Workers in the Library
Today on the WIRED blog, Eric Wecks posted a list of 67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10. It is a great list of books, most of which I can claim to have read to my own kid. The only argument I have with this list is that each book is linked to Amazon. I assure you, we've got every single one here at the Library.
What books would you consider the top ones to read to a child?
April is National Gardening Month! Help your child discover the fun activity of gardening! Here are some recommended books to get your child excited about gardening:
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Imagine how fun it would be to be in a magical garden where jelly beans would grow on bushes and flowers that would change colors and patterns by just thinking of them! Read this book to learn more about this beautiful garden that a creative girl is envisioning.
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
One day, Liam discovers a dying garden and decides to nurture it back to life by taking care of it. As Liam continues to care for the garden, it grows and transforms a barren city into a beautiful, lush place!
A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer
Spring has arrived and Little Critter and his family work on growing a garden. Throughout this book, watch them take care of their garden by watering the plants, weeding and waiting for something to sprout! Be inspired to plant something in your garden by reading this book!
Work on 18 gardening projects that are easy, simple and fun! Make special projects such as "Great Garden Bowls for Mom" and sand art terrariums! This practical book also includes a glossary and a list of plant resources.
Grow It, Cook It by Jill Bloomfield
This book combines simple instructions and helpful illustrations on how to plant and cook your own homegrown vegetables. Make delicious recipes including onion and leek soup, giant beanstalk stir-fry, carrot and orange muffins and more!
Garden by Robert Maass
This book contains colorful photos and information about a different variety of gardens and how to maintain them.
And as always, you can ask a librarian to help you find more gardening resources at your local library branch.