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Most people are familiar with picture books that are aimed at our youngest readers where the artwork is very much a part of the storytelling. These books use basic language to help children develop early reading skills. The pictures provide the action and visual cues that move the story forward. The illustrators creatively use various art mediums to bring life to the words on the page.
This method of storytelling is, also, effectively used in children's biographies. Many authors and illustrators have written exciting, beautiful stories of famous people. These picture book biographies are suited for elementary school children who have a writing assignment or just want to learn about someone. The pictures artfully depict the adventures and heroism of some of our most influential people.
School-aged children should try these books to spark their curiosity or for the next time they have a report due.
Posted by: Miss Rosemarie
Halloween is almost here and it's the perfect time to read a spook-tacular Halloween themed books.
Here are a few not too spooky Halloween books for our young readers:
Go away, big green monster! by Ed Emberely
Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.
Does a cow say boo? by Judy Hindley
Children on a farm want to know which creature says "boo," and learn about animal sounds as they search.
Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson
A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.
Otter loves Halloween! by Sam Garton
Otter and Teddy celebrate Halloween.
Big pumpkin by Erica Silverman
A witch trying to pick a big pumpkin on Halloween discovers the value of cooperation when she gets help from a series of monsters.
The little old lady who was not afraid of anything by Linda Williams
A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.
For our older readers looking for a scary story to tell in the dark:
Scary stories to tell in the dark by Alvin Schwartz
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.
In a creepy, creepy place and other scary stories by Judith Gorog
A collection of scary stories with unpredictable events and bizarre characters.
September is a big, big month for two very important names in children's literature.
First off we have Roald Dahl, Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and the list goes on.
|Roald Dahl's portrait by Quentin Blake, illustrator of Dahl's books.|
September 13, 2016 would mark the 100th birthday of the author who penned over 20 children's books. Several went on to become movies, stage plays, operas, movies again, you name it!
Dahl also invented a language called: Gobblefunk. Syosset Library will soon be adding to our shelves a Dahl Dictionary
if you are so inclined to study this language.
Our second big Birthday is for everyone's favorite little monkey, Curious George who turns 75 this year.
|He looks good for his age!|
While George is one of the best known characters in Children's Literature, he was actually the "break out" character in an earlier book of H.A. Rey's. Cecily G. and the Nine Monkey's. Cecily was a giraffe -- that's where her surname initial derives -- and George was actually known as Fifi in this first book. In fact, George isn't known as "George" in every country. In Denmark he is "Peter Pedal", and "Hitomane Kozaru" in Japan, for instance. Actually, his English name was almost NOT George as it was thought it might be offensive to name him after the sitting King of English at the time of publication.
So there was a time when we could have been celebrating 75 years of Curious Zozo. I believe George has a much better ring to it.
Another Summer Reading Club has come to a close. So many programs were held and attended and so many books were read! Way to go Syosset kids!
We'll see you next year for Build a Better World.
Posted by Amy
Recently, I came across a delightful new book -- The Toad by Elise Gravel. I exclaimed to my coworker – “I love toads! Toads are my childhood!” This was met with much merriment. But, it is true. Tadpoles and toads were a big part of my life when I was growing up in Massapequa Park. We lived near a storm basin, filled with water, and we would look for and easily find tadpoles and baby toads and grown-up toads. At night, we would hear them sing. It is one of my favorite sounds. These days, I rarely see toads anymore. Sadly, they are disappearing due to pollution and loss of habitat. But when I am lucky enough to come across one or if I hear them sing, it always makes me happy. It evokes wonderful memories of summers past.
Toad booklist (this is a very short list --- these are not all the books the library has on toads; for more titles, please ask one of the librarians. Preferably one that has an appreciation for toads. Probably not Miss Amy):
The book that inspired me -- The Toad by Elise Gravel (it is part of a series called Disgusting Critters but toads are NOT disgusting. At all). It is filled with interesting information about these creatures and is very entertaining:
This beautiful book, Gem
by Hollie Hobbie, is aptly titled:
Posted by Miss Sue Ann, certified toad lover.
Pokémon have come to the Syosset Library and they have made the children's room their new home.
A weedle was spotted at the children's room desk.
Miss Amy posed with a wild Spearow.
Come to the Children's Room and Sign up for Summer Reading. You may even spot some wild Pokémon.
posted by Miss Meghan
Today is the first day of summer which means that it is time for summer reading, ice cream, relaxing on the beach, and summer camp. How many books do you think you can read this summer?
Don't forget to sign up for summer reading! There is a summer reading program available for Newborn-3 1/2 years old, 3 1/2 to K, as well as a program for children in grades 1-5.
Here are some book suggestions to get you started reading.
Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee.
|A little girl enjoys the activities of a warm summer day and night.|
|Commotion in the ocean / Giles Andreae ; illustrated by David Wojtowycz.|
A collection of poems about the many creatures living beneath the sea, including the crab, dolphin, and angel fish.
Cam Jansen and the mystery of the Babe Ruth baseball / David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti.
Cam uses her photographic memory to identify the person who stole a valuable autographed baseball.
Stuart Little By E.B. White
The adventures of the debonair mouse, Stuart Little, as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.
Strider by Beverely Cleary
|In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.|
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer
by Rick Riordan
Living on the streets of Boston after the death of his mother, Magnus is told by a mysterious stranger that he is the son of a Norse god and must track down a lost ancient sword to stop a war being waged by mythical monsters, in the first book of a new series by the internationally best-selling author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series.
posted by Miss Meghan
Summer is right around the corner and that means it is almost time for summer reading 2016. Don't forget to sign up for summer reading starting on Monday, June 20th. Come to the children's room and ask a children's librarian to register to receive a summer reading packet. Begins: Monday, June 20Ends: Friday, August 12, 2016
More details are to follow.....
posted by Miss Meghan
You've read the complete series of Heroes of Olympus AND the Kane Chronicles AND the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and now you're thinking, "there is nothing else to read!"
Thankfully, we have a ton of books that fall within the same Fantasy/Mythology genre. These types of books are called read-alikes and will take you on the same mythological adventures as your favorite Rick Riordan series.
Just tell us, your friendly librarians, that you loved the Riordan series and we can help you locate some read-alike titles.
Try some of the following:
The Unicorn Chronicles
Liesl & Po
The New Olympians
Heroes in Training
Submitted by: Miss Rosemarie
Good Morning, Lemony Snicket Fans!
Hope you've had your breakfast.
Back in 2014, it was announced that Netflix would be adapting your favorite tales of woe into a television series. Years ago, the first three books were brought to the big screen with Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf. Since that time, many had expressed their displeasure with the movie. Not because it had an unhappy ending -- we expected that much -- but many felt that Carrey, though talented, missed the mark on what makes the Count so frightening. In short, Jim was just too goofy.
|Jim Carrey as Count Olaf|
Other complaints were with the film itself. The length. The tone. It just didn't feel right.
The news of a reboot was quite welcome. And then, it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris would be taking up the role of The Count.
|Can this face haunt our dreams?|
Well, I was skeptical at first, until I caught some pictures of Harris on set? Look below, if you dare. I believe he looks quite menacing!
|Yes. Yes it can.|
In honor of National Poetry Month the children's room is celebrating with a Poetry Creation Station. Have fun making a poem with cut out words, colorful paper, and glue sticks. Just use your imagination and try different arrangement until you've created a found poem just for you!
We held our spring session of LEGO Fun today.
Posted by Amy
From the very beginning humans have always tried to predict and explain weather patterns.
A saying like, "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb", is an old English proverb that was used to describe typical March weather. Although it is not always very reliable, March 2016 seems to be very Lion-like as it is snowing this very minute!!
There are many other sayings known as weather folklore that were used by shepherds, sailors and farmers to help guide them during their workdays.
Fortunately, today modern technology has taken the guess work out of weather predictions. So the next time you see a "Red sky in the morning (sailors take warning)" or a "Red sky at night (sailor's delight)" you can either heed the folklore or tune-in to your local weather station.
Posted by: Miss Rosemarie
Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
Superheroes Don't Eat Veggie Burgers by Gretchen Kelley.
A sixth-grade boy's stories about superhero Dude Explodius start changing reality.
When Mischief Came To Town by Karina Nannestad.
In 1911, when orphaned ten-year-old Inge comes to live with her stern grandmother in a remote island village in Bornholm, Denmark, she ends up changing the climate of the town, bringing joy and laughter to her grandmother's life and finding a new family for herself to help assuage her grief over losing her mother.
by Nick Bruel.Even the best bad kitties can get sick, and when it happens, it means just one thing: a visit to the vet!
What was Woodstock?
by Joan Holub.On August 15, 1969, a music festival called 'Woodstock' transformed one small dairy farm in upstate New York into a gathering place for over 400,000 young music fans. Concert-goers, called 'hippies,' traveled from all over the country to see their favorite musicians perform. Famous artists like The Grateful Dead played day and night in a celebration of peace, love, and happiness. Although Woodstock lasted only three days, the spirit of the festival has defined a generation and become a symbol of the hippie life.
Friday Barnes, Girl Detective
by R.A Spratt.A genius girl detective discovers her ultra exclusive boarding school is a hotbed of crime, from missing homework and stolen lemon tarts to a mysterious yeti haunting the school swamp.
Henry Cicada's Extraordinary Elktonium Escape
by David Teague.Henry Cicada just wants to be plain, but extraordinary things keep happening to him. When he's accidentally transported to a different dimension, he realizes a little wackiness is the key to adventure.
Bunny vs. Monkey
by Jamie Smart.When mean, selfish Monkey is sent into space, his spaceship crash-lands in Bunny's peaceful forest home, and Monkey, believing he is on a new planet, tries to claim it for his own.
posted by Josephine
The year 2016 has not yet begun and already and it has already been a big year for Harry Potter fans.
First, the sad.
We lost Alan Rickman, the actor who -- among many other roles -- was beloved for his betrayal of the morally grey Professor Severus Snape.
However, while the above is heartbreaking, yet uncontrollable, the rest of the news is positive.
First off, Universal Studios will be adding a Wizarding World of Harry Potter its Hollywood, California location on the west coast. In addition to this, the established park in Orlando has expanded greatly.
November 2016 will see the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is a film which will expand upon the world created in the original Harry Potter novels. The script will be penned by J.K. Rowling, who recently released the names of Wizarding Schools throughout the world.
Also, stage play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to open in London this summer. This news was a bit of a bummer to fans on this side of "the pond". Many young fans might have thought they would need to beg their parents for a family trip to the UK in order to experience this new story in the "Potterverse".
But good news rang once again when it was announced that the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be released in published form this summer! Of course, we will be reserving shelf space for this magical tome to take its place among its predecessors!
-Posted by (your fellow Potter-enthusiast) Miss Jessikah
Winter recess is upon us. We have some fun programs lined up for kids this week. On Monday
we will be showing the movie Cinderella
! Nature Nick's Animal Adventures
will be here on Wednesday
with animals from all corners of the world! Thursday
marks the triumphant return of Lifesize Candyland
. We had so much fun with this program a few years ago (check out the photos below), so we are bringing it back. Are you into robotics? Then Maker Buddies
is the program for you on Friday
. Finally, on Saturday
we have two special guests visiting us. WNBC reporter Ida Siegal will be here to talk about her new children's book series - Emma is on the Air
and Chef Paula will conduct a hands-on workshop to make some yummy treats inspired by the books!
We hope to see you next week!!!
Posted by Amy
In celebration of the new Star Wars film, stop by the children's room Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18th to make an Ewok paper bag puppet and a moveable BB-8. BB-8 is a new droid from the new Star Wars movie.
Also, visit Master Yoda on Display...
Happy Crafting and May the Force be with You!
On this day in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore's beloved poem A Visit from St. Nicholas
(also known as 'Twas the night before Christmas) was first published. The library has several versions in the collection, but all are checked out for the upcoming holiday. However, 'Twas the Day before Christmas
by Brenda Seabrooke is available; this beautifully illustrated book tells the story behind the famous poem and Clarke's inspiration for writing it.
Wishing all our Syosset community a wonderful holiday and a happy, healthy new year!
The staff of the Children's Room wishes you a happy and healthy 2016.
Below are a few books to look forward to in the new year!
Click on the picture to reserve your copy today!
Posted by Amy
Sad news came yesterday morning, when it was announced that
Alan Rickman, had passed away. While Rickman has been known by many as a seasoned actor, his loss hits children's literature particularly hard.
Generations of young readers grew up to see the complicated character of Severus Snape expertly portrayed by Alan Rickman. It was said that J.K. Rowling kept only Rickman in the loop when it came to the character's childhood friendship with Harry's mother, Lily, and the motivations of Snape's character throughout the series.
Several of Alan Rickman's fans, co-stars,as well as Rowling herself, used social media to mourn his loss.
He will be remembered. Always.
The Children's Department has over a dozen databases that are geared for pre-school through elementary grades.
Sesame Street E-Books, TumbleBooks and TumbleBookCloud Jr. are just a few of the databases that encourage children to read through various early literacy activities.
Elementary students have the opportunity to research accurate and current material for their school reports by using such sites as Biography in Context, Facts on File Modern World History, Searchasaurus, Kid InfoBits, Scholastic Go! and many more.
Tutor.com provides free online homework help everyday from 2pm-10pm.
My favorite is NoveList K-8 which is a great site if you want to read reviews on books or find read-alike titles.
To find our databases go to:
Posted by: Miss Rosemarie
Earlier in the month, the winners were announced for the John Newberry Medal, The Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award. These are some of the most prestigious awards given to works of children's literature.Newberry Medal Winner 2016:
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Newberry Honor books:
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.
Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica.
Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner 2016:
A picture book adaptation of the story of the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh describes how the author's great-grandfather, a veterinarian from Winnipeg, rescued a bear cub and took her with him to an English army base during World War I.
Caldecott Honor Books:
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremâe and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
Five toy animal friends sit happily together on a windowsill, patiently waiting for anticipated weather changes that are orchestrated by their young human companion.
Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena (See Above)
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award Winner 2016:
Spending the summer with their grandmother in the rural South, three sisters from Brooklyn discover the surprising reason behind their mother's estrangement from their aunt. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer.
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Everyone had a great time at our Family Maker Fun program last night. We played with Zoob tubes, K'Nex, Keva planks, Snap Circuits, and built marble roller coasters. Our next session is Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 PM (registration is March 23rd) -- come join us!
Posted by Sue Ann