The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure! Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen has hunted down seven rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss. Originally published in magazines between 1950 and 1951, they include "The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga " (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear with a single eyelash!); "Gustav the Goldfish" (an early, rhymed version of the Beginner Book A Fish Out of Water); "Tadd and Todd" (a tale passed down via photocopy to generations of twins); "Steak for Supper" (about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner); "The Bippolo Seed" (in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision); "The Strange Shirt Spot" (the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back); and "The Great Henry McBride" (about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies are only bested by those of the real Dr. Seuss himself).

You can read the book or listen to Neil Patrick Harris reading the stories on the BOCD.

A Strategy for Reading with Preschoolers: Prompt, Evaluate, Expand, Repeat

Even if you know that reading to your child is most effective if the child and you are both reacting to the book, it can still be difficult to think about how to engage your child. One effective method, explained more fully here, is to use a brief sequence of exchanges to solicit responses of greater depth.

The sequence is called PEER, and stands for Prompt, Evaluate, Expand, and Repeat. In Prompting, the adult asks a child a question about something that they see or have just had read to them. The adult then Evaluates, considering what the child has said. Next, the adult Expands upon the child's statements, adding new information. Repeat the prompt from the beginning to see how the child has adapted the new information.

Through a quick interaction, the child gets to test the edge of their understanding, learn a little bit more, and gain confidence in their abilities. It also gets the adult in the habit of engaging the child in conversation about reading, which is great for the long-term development of the child's reading habits.

Maurice Sendak’s first solo escapade since 1981's Outside Over There

For the past thirty years, Sendak has been collaborating with other writers, illustrating old texts, designing sets and costumes for opera and ballet productions, creating advertisements and book and magazine covers. Now he has created a new picture book, Bumble-Ardy. Its piglet main character is based on an early Sesame Street animated short created by Sendak and his friend Jim Henson. In his new book, Sendak “revisits his long-standing preoccupations with childhood outsider-hood and saving-grace resilience, but with a new twist of extravagance taken straight from the operatic playbook of Giuseppe Verdi.” Read more in Leonard S. Marcus’ interview with the 83 year old living legend.

Save This Date!

On Friday, November 11, 2011 author/illustrator Jan Brett will be visiting Ann Arbor and stopping at The Library for a program from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. She is touring to promote her new book, Home for Christmas. This title will be released on November 1st.

Ms. Brett tours with a big bus decorated with her drawings. The bus will park beside the Library on William St. She'll do a short program in our Multi-Purpose Room and then she'll meet with her fans and sign books. Nicola's Books will be selling Ms. Brett's books that evening.

There will also be the opportunity for kids to have their picture taken with Ms. Brett's character Hedgie the Hedgehog.

Spanish Storytime!

Join us at the Malletts Creek Branch every Saturday afternoon at 1:30, beginning on September 10, 2011. Native Spanish speakers will tell stories and lead songs in Spanish. Participants do not need to understand Spanish to enjoy this event!

As Giddy as a Pig in the Sunshine

When J. Patrick Lewis learned that he had been named Children’s Poet Laureate, he said, “I felt as giddy as a pig in the sunshine. I felt like an otter in a waterfall. It was thrilling!”

Lewis’ two-year term began in May. He will help raise awareness that kids are naturally receptive and appreciate poetry, especially if it is written for them.

The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation has awarded the Laureateship twice before, to Jack Prelutsky and Mary Ann Hoberman.

You can dip into some of our new Children's Poet Laureate's recent collections:
Spot the Plot: a Riddle Book of Book Riddles
The World’s Greatest: Poems
Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses
Scien-Trickery: Riddles in Science
A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme
A Burst of Firsts: Doers, Shakers, and Record Breakers

Here is his poem,
Necessary Gardens:

Libraries
Are
Necessary
Gardens,
Unsurpassed
At
Growing
Excitement.

Whimsy and Wisdom from Wayside School

Picking exactly the right BOCD for a long family car trip can be very important. For a steady stream of witty, engaging stories, try The Wayside School Collection, by Louis Sachar. For newbies, Wayside School was supposed to be 30 classrooms on one level, but accidentally it was built 30 stories high with one classroom on each level. Characters -- both kids and adults -- are engaging, hilarious, and entirely believable (at least to me). The BOCD collection has 7 discs each lasting 77 minutes -- for a total of almost 9 hours of listening. Hit the road, pop in Disc 1, and prepare for happy listening!

Children's Art Fair


Do you have creative children in your life? Or are you a creative youth in the community? Then the EWMA Children's Art Fair wants you!

This art fair will take place in the Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy gymnasium on Saturday, July 23rd (the last day of the Ann Arbor Art Fair), from 12pm-4pm. There will be art workshops for children as young as 3 and as old as 8th grade. There will also be informational workshops for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Artists aged 10-25 are invited to submit art to display and sell at the art fair. If you are interested in this opportunity, you may contact pyenor.ewma@gmail.com.

For more information, check out the EWMA's website. And if you want help starting on some summer art projects, we have a great selection of How to Draw books.

Family Campout at Rolling Hills: Let's Go!

Happy Campers Alert: More fun than a backpack of S'mores on Saturday, August 6, at the Family Campout at Rolling Hills Park. Activities will include:
• Fishing •
• Stargazing •
• Campfire Stories with Debra Christian •
(Award-winning Storyteller)
• S'mores •
• Nature Walks •
• Crafts •
• Free Dinner for Campers •

You can start setting up your tent at 2 p.m. and activities will begin at 5 p.m. Complete information is on the Registration Form.

New "Winnie the Pooh" movie hits theaters July 15, 2011.

If your child loves Winnie the Pooh, they'll love this Essential Guide to the new movie - an old-school style adventure weaving together 5 stories from the original A.A. Milne books. They'll discover fascinating facts about Pooh Bear and the movie's key characters, including his well-loved friends Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo. It's also full of details on the enchanting Hundred Acre Wood where they all live.

This guide is packed with beautiful stills and watercolor art from the long-awaited Disney movie. You can watch a trailer for the movie here

And while you're waiting for the movie, why not check out A. A. Milne's original stories and poems, Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six.

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