Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds

An uplifting and poignant story told from the point of view of little boy who rode the bus with Rosa Parks on that fateful day in December 1955. Floyd Cooper captures the turmoil of the time with his illustration of the boy rolling his marble along the groves of the floor to the front of the bus as the motion of the bus rolls it back.

Kid Bits - NEW music on CD

Just discovered ! New favorites in children's music on CD !!
What makes a favorite for Me?
1. Classic songs updated with new verses, lyrics, or improved outcomes as in, "Three White Mice" from "Three Blind Mice".
2. New lyrics to old music, otherwise called "piggy-back" songs as in "My Lollipop" from "One Bottle of Pop".
3. Interestingly fresh and "above average" voices and composition as in All the songs.
4. Songs skillfully rendered in harmony, rounds and canons.
5. The music lends itself to early learning and active participation because you wish to learn the songs, and sing & dance along, again & again.
My top favorite is:
Fabulous Food with cheers, chants, tongue-twister refrains, and fun! My personal fave is the cheer "GO Bananas! GO! GO! Bananas!" =)
Other themed titles by the same producers are as follows:
Critters and Company with songs to include many types of animals.
Me, My Family and Friends and Honk, Honk, Rattle, rattle.

PreK Bits - Don't forget your Sweater

Alfie Runs Away in Ms. Rachel's Storytime today. Mother suggests, "Don't forget your sweater ..." and other practical advice.
In the story We Were Tired of Living in a House the children "pack sweaters and hats and socks and a ball of string ..." and try out a number of other places to live.
You can read about more "runaways" in the following titles:
Runaway Bunny, a classic by Margaret Wise Brown, who also wrote the classic Good Night Moon.
Pfister Farnello runs away from his bath and becomes Dirt Boy ... until he meets Dirt Man.
Vera Runs Away when she feels unappreciated in the family.
The Caboose who Got Loose by Bill Peet, tells the story of a caboose who is tired of following the train.
Anyway ... Don't runaway until you've read these stories. Then pack the peanut butter and bring a sweater, in case you get hungry and chilly.

Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares

Henry Aaron wanted to be a Major League Baseball player. No Negro ever played in the Major League before. He did not own a bat. He did not own a ball. The odds were completely against him. When Jackie Robinson became the first Negro ball player to enter the Major Leagues, Henry Aaron knew he would one day play for them too. Matt Tavares tells the story of Henry “Hank” Aaron in clear concise language. Tavares’s illustrations capture the triumph of Henry Aaron’s determination and achievement in Henry Aaron's Dream.

Peaceful Heroes by Jonah Winter

What do Jesus of Nazareth, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Aung San Suu Kyi have in common? They all believed that peace was the answer to injustice. The lives of these Peaceful Heroes and several others are presented in this engaging and informative book by Jonah Winter, written in simple language that can be read aloud to young children.

Take a Hike @ Greenview Park

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Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) staff will lead a walk through this 25-acre park located on Scio Church Road at Greenview. Greenview Park consists of an open field that was once a golf course. Efforts are being made to re-establish this area as a wildflower meadow.

Learn about native plants and trees, invasive plants, ecological restoration, responsible use of public lands and volunteer and recreational activities in Ann Arbor parks.

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Treasure beyond yer wildest dreams…

Cap'n Sam and her dastardly first mate will share scurvy tales on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19th at the Downtown Library.

Learn about the A2 Treasure Hunt and discover there be treasure at the library!


Fifth Avenue Fun!

Storytimes are beginning all over town! We’ll be celebrating grandparents at the Downtown Tuesday and Wednesday storytimes, with Beautiful Bananas and the silly folktale, The Squeaky Door. Can’t wait to see all our favorite listeners again!

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

A boy and his father go to the beach. The boy is told not to go into the water or past the lion’s tale that he drew in the sand. As the boy draws the lions tail longer he sees many wonders on the beach but loses sight of his father and has to decide what to do. Karen Lynn Willams rhythmic words are like the waves of an ocean. Floyd Cooper’s sandy illustrations reveal the beauty of the beach seen through the eyes of a child.

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Rubina is excited about going to a birthday party. Her little sister Sana insists on going and ruins everything. When the tables are turned, Rubina has a choice to let her sister suffer the same consequence or to help out. Rukhsana Khan’s The Big Red Lollipop is a well paced entertaining tale that will appeal to any child who has a little sister, or who wonders what it would be like if they did.

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