Pete the Cat Fanmail and Puppet-making!

Are you a fan of Pete the Cat? With his groovy blue color and cool style, how could you not be?! Join us on Monday, December 22 at Traverwood from 2:00 to 3:30pm to make a Pete the Cat puppet and write letters to Eric Litwin and James Dean, the author and illustrator of the popular children's series. This event is intended for kids in grades K-5. All supplies will be provided!

Abilities over Disabilities - PreK - 7th grade

There are many "human ability" stories and exercises that deserve to be shared and discussed with kids.
People request "stories for kids" especially when issues arise in school or family life.
Here are two public lists especially for kids through elementary school ages.
There are stories of real people who have lost abilities many take for granted.
These are stories of surprise, determination and success.
Some include simple life-style enhancements such as ... eyeglasses and good friends.
Others explain trained animal assistants, braille, prosthetics, insight ... and also humor.

This list is dedicated to stories of Autism, and Aspergergers spectrum disorders
Autism and Aspergers - Grades K - 6

This list spans as many abilities as possible, yet includes some stories from Autism spectrum too.
Abilities over Abilities - Grades PreK - 7

New Picture Book Roundup

Are you searching for something fun and new to read during Winter Break? Look no further than our great new picture books! We just got a bunch in and they are all wonderful. Here are some of my favorites:

Naptime: This fun book by Iris De Moüy will be a hit for anyone dealing with a reluctant napper. Through beautiful illustrations and snappy text, a whole herd of jungle animals list their extensive reasons for why they can’t nap. But have no fear! By the end of the book, all of the animals have learned how to take a proper nap.

A Library Book for Bear: Bear has seven books: three about kings and queens, three about honeybees, and one about pickles. He sees no need for any more books, but his friend Mouse is determined to show him the library. At first, Bear thinks all of the books at the library are terribly unnecessary, but a great storytime wins him over. Written by Bonny Becker, with lovely illustrations by Kady MacDonald Denton, this book will delight your little library lover.

Full Speed Ahead! How Fast Things Go: This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve seen this year. Compiled by the French design firm Crushiform, this book compares the speed of different animals, airships, boats, and more. The illustrations are simply gorgeous and the book is filled with facts. For example, did you know that an Indo-Pacific Sailfish is as fast as a Cheetah? Or that a Sphinx moth is faster than a racehorse? Learn all this and more when you check out this book!

A Possum's Tail: By Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow, this adorable book follows a young child named Sam as he goes to the London Zoo and picks up a group of possum friends. The illustrations are detailed and the rhymes in the story reminded me of Madeline. Children will be sure to enjoy this sweet story.

Herman and Rosie

The new book Herman and Rosie brought tears to my eyes when I opened it earlier this week. At once a celebration of individuality and a story of finding someone who truly understands you, this uniquely illustrated book is a story for all ages. It is obvious to readers from the beginning that Herman, an oboe-playing crocodile and Rosie, a jazz-singing doe, are meant to be together. Living in New York City, both enjoy the hustle and bustle of their busy lives, but sometimes find themselves lonely amidst the crowds. Ultimately, their lives must go through many twists and turns before their paths finally cross.

Author Gus Gordon does an amazing job of making this children’s book applicable to the young people it is geared towards but also engaging and adorable for older readers. I loved Herman and Rosie so much that I immediately bought a copy… and it’s not too late for you to add this to your holiday wish list, too!

 

The Storytellers of AADL - Josie Parker

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October 16, 2013

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Josie discusses with us her beginnings as a storyteller and how she came to tell stories here at the Library.

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00:38:32
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Ann Arbor District Library

PreK Bits - Noisy!


Ms. Rachel's Storytime featured noises this week.
TOO MUCH NOISE! ... said Peter, and the Rabbi had a solution.
We sorted noises .... from Leslie Patricelli's book QUIET. LOUD!
We danced the "Noisy-Pokey" ... clapping IN, snapping OUT, stomping ALL about!
And we read the rhyming storybook NOISY NORA by Rosemary Wells ... Nora experiences complex feelings on one complex day.

For more Noisy Stories try the following:
TICK TOCK DRIP DROP A Bedtime Story by Nicola Moon
HOLLER LOUDLY by Cynthia Lettice Smith ... a tall tale that finds the best job for a boy named "Holler"
The MOUSE THAT SNORED by Bernard Waber ... there was a quiet man and a quiet woman who lived in a quiet little house until ... the mouse!
MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT And The NOISY PROBLEM by Chris Monroe.
The LOUD BOOK and the QUIET BOOK ... both by Deborah Underwood ... offers sound (and silences) that deserve pause for thought.
ZOOM! ZOOM! Sounds Of Things That Go In The City by Robert Burleigh
NOISES from the Stories To Go kits

Two New, Amazingly Illustrated Picture Books for All Ages!

Two beautifully illustrated picture books have just been added to the library collection.

Before After, by Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Aregui is a wordless book that depicts amazing, related images on each of its pages. On one of the first pages is a drawing of a flower bud and on the opposite page, the beautiful daisy is in bloom. Later in the book, you see a coffee plant, and turn the page to see a steaming cup of coffee itself. I particularly enjoy the humor that subtly permeates this book. For example, on one page there is the image of an egg and on the opposite, the image of a chicken. When readers turn the page, they first see the image of the chicken, and on the opposite page the image of the egg. This is a stunning book and truly worth a perusal by readers of all types.

Telephone, by Mac Barnett and Jen Corace is a hilarious and wonderfully illustrated book about birds sitting on a telephone wire…playing Telephone. When mother mourning dove tells cardinal to “Tell Peter: fly home for dinner,” things get immediately jumbled when baseball-playing cardinal tells goose, “Tell Peter: hit pop flies and homers.” Things only get more confusing from there. I loved the individual personalities of the birds in this book, conveyed so well through Corace’s drawings. This is definitely a fun read!

PreK Bits - Famous Mice

Boing! Boing! Squeak! There's a mouse around the house!
Ms. Rachel brought famous characters from her mouse house to tell their stories in Storytime.

THERE'S A MOUSE In The HOUSE is a Reader by Wendy Lewison
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE is one famous mouse from the classic sequential-story books by Laura Numeroff
MOTHER MOTHER I WANT ANOTHER is a mouse mother's tale of putting young mouse to bed.

Here are more famous mice (and their authors) in young children's literature.
Ellen Stoll Walsh's mice introduce toddler concepts such as The ALPHABET.
Monique Felix's mice also present toddler concepts such as MOUSE PAINT
or find ... preschool concept-building such as SEQUENCING and PATTERNS ... in the STORIES to GO kits.

Rosemary Wells' mice play-out and resolve preschool emotions such as TIME OUT FOR SOPHIE
Lucy Cousins' mouse Maisy has many adventures such as MAISY, CHARLIE And The WOBBLY TOOTH
Kevin Henkes' mice play-out and resolve early school emotions such as CHRYSANTHEMUM and CHESTER'S WAY.
MOUSE WAS MAD by Linda Urban has a famous temper tantrum.
Katherine Holabird's mice play-out ballerina fantasies beginning with introduction of ANGELINA BALLERINA
And then there is LIBRARY MOUSE and more by Kirk Daniel
Boing! Boing! Squeak! Run. Catch 'em!!

Baby Playgroups

Wednesday February 4, 2015: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies up to 24 months.

This is a time for babies up to 24 months and their grown-ups to gather and play. The Library will provide the space and a variety of toys.

Each playgroup includes 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Parents/guardians must remain with their children.

No older siblings, please.

PreK Bits - Lucky Leaves


Ms. Rachel brought "Leaf Time" to Storytime ... for "L" day ....

FROG And TOAD ALL YEAR ... "The Surprise" by Arnold Lobel ... Frog sets out to surprise Toad one day, and Toad has a surprise for Frog!
We sang with Miss Sara and her guitar ... "Going On An "L" Trip" to the tune of "Going On A Picnic" ... and packed our "luggage" with "leaves", "locomotive", "lady", "lovey", "(front-end) loader", "light", "ladder", "lip balm" ... you get the idea! =-D
LITTLE OWL LOST by Chris Haughton ... little owl fell from his nest ... is lost ... and looking for Mommy.

For more stories from "leaf time" .... try the following recommends:
The LITTLE YELLOW LEAF by Carin Berger
SNEEZE BIG BEAR, SNEEZE! by Maureen Wright
BIG WOLF & LITTLE WOLF and The LITTLE LEAF THAT WOULDN'T FALL by Nadine Brun-Cosme.
TAP The MAGIC TREE by Christie Matheson
FALL BALL by Peter McCarty
EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett
... then have a cup of cider or some luscious baked pumpkin squash ...

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