New Nonfiction for Kids: Why'd They Wear That?

We’ve all seen pictures and paintings of people wearing some pretty crazy clothing and fashions over the course of history. Why have clothes changed so much over time? What caused different accessories and styles to come into fashion… and to fade back out again? If questions like this pique your interest, National Geographic’s Why’d They Wear That? is the book for you! Filled with amazing fashion facts and the reasons behind some of the more obscure style trends we’ve seen over time, this awesome book is also packed with great pictures of clothes and the people that wore them.

Did you know that in the 1700s in France, women’s hoop skirts were so wide that they had to turn sideways to get through doorways? After the storming of the Bastille, these cumbersome skirts quickly went back out of fashion—women couldn’t hope to escape with their lives if they couldn’t even get through a door!

And, before the 1860s, shoes weren’t mass produced with left and right feet: they were all just straight! So, wearing shoes was often very painful. You could only custom order right and left-footed shoes if you were very wealthy. Finally, it 1865, this problem was remedied when appropriately designed shoes were made widely available.

Why’d They Wear That has information like these crazy facts you just read, and so much more. And, for another cool book on fashion and style over time, try The Fashion Book.

Hip Hop Music & Movement with the Alphabet Rockers!

Sunday June 28, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

Kids, come learn the foundations of hip hop with Northern California’s Alphabet Rockers! The San Francisco Bay Area's "premiere hip hop collective for families” [KPFA] and “Kids Music Icon” will lead kids and families through easy-to-learn games and activities that explore dance, singing, rhyming and beatboxing in this incredible arts workshop. No experience necessary - just bring your dancing shoes, your hip hop swagger, and your imagination!

This Hip Hop Music & Movement workshop will be led by teaching artists Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd (Alphabet Rockers), who work with thousands of children in hip hop workshops each year around the country.

PreK Bits - "A" is for April foolishness

Ms. Rachel fooled around with foolish stories in Preschool Storytime.
MOST WONDERFUL EGG In The WORLD ...a story about three hens who argue over who is most beautiful. Since they can't settle the argument, the wise Queen must decide.
We made ourselves into chickens and danced the "Chicken Pokey" ... using chicken language!
DUCK ! RABBIT !... for those who don't know when to let go of an argument.

For more Foolishness, try the following favorites:
The TORTOISE And The HARE, a fable where humble wins. This version is illustrated by award winning Jerry Pinkney.
STREGA NONA: An Old Tale by award winning Tomie DePaola. The spaghetti wins !
The GREAT FUZZ FRENZY by award winning Janet Stevens. The Fuzz wins !
SHEEP IN WOLF'S CLOTHING by Helen Lester
CAMPING SPREE WITH MR. MAGEE by Chris Van Dusen.
JUST JOKING: 300 hilarious jokes, tricky tongue twisters, and ridiculous riddles
KNOCK KNOCK! WHO's THERE?

Home: a work of art for children and adults

The concept of “home” has meant a lot of different things to people over the ages and is still unique for each one of us today. Artist Carson Ellis makes her solo debut with a beautiful picture book, titled simply Home, that explores the meaning and concept of home. A snail shell, a covered wagon, an igloo, a castle surrounded by a moat… all are or have been home to something or someone at a given point in time. Ellis even weaves in fantastical homes: fairy houses, boots, and more are included in this wonderful book. In some of the mythical houses, Ellis does not include a description of who lives there, but instead asks readers to imagine what sort of creature they think would be suited to the structure. The clever combination of traditional, non-traditional, and fanciful homes will inspire children (and adults!) to think of “home” in a new way.

You may recognize Ellis’ work: she is the illustrator of the Wildwood series and the artist for the band The Decemberists. You can visit her website to see more of her awesome talent!

All About That Space, No Tribbles!

Readers interested in astronauts, planets, stars, and discovery will love AADL's new youth nonfiction books on space!

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space, by Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman, will have you hooked from the first page! Professor Astro Cat and friends travel through space to discover the composition of the sun, relative sizes of the planets, and a step by step process of how the Apollo II astronauts landed on the moon! Each page is highly visual with engaging graphics and interesting facts. Did you know that the International Space Station orbits the Earth 15.7 times every day? Or that objects falling into a black hole experience spaghettification? Check out this colorful book for a wild ride and even more amazing space facts!

How to Be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-this-World Adventure by Mark Brake makes YOU the astronaut! First, get ready for space in a gravity simulator and use light-years to discover just how far apart the planets really are. Check out all the different materials used in your space suit like nylon tricot, spandex, and mylar. Real photographs of different types of spacecraft and tips for making your own bottle rocket take you on your way! Up, up, up into space until you're touring the moon and looking for signs of life. You'll feel like you're really there with this incredibly fun and interactive book.

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson paints a beautiful picture of the life of celebrity scientist Carl Sagan! A trip to the World's Fair as a child inspired him to dream big. He spent a lot of time at the library learning about stars and one day became the astronomer and cosmologist that so many people know about today! This book is a great biography for beginning readers with stunning illustrations.

Are you like Carl Sagan and just can't get enough science? Check out AADL's other books on space and science tools!

Library Lists: 10 Interactive Books for Kids

Books aren't just for reading! Awesome books like the ones on this list allow you to be inventive and engaged by using and interacting with them!

Kaleidoscope: With a built-in spinning kaleidoscope lens, every page of this book is transformed into a visual delight. Simple rhymes describe the changing seasons, making this lovely and inventive book a unique and colorful journey through a year.

Mythology: the gods, heroes, and monsters of ancient Greece: This fascinating book on Greek mythology uses newspaper clippings, letters, and photographs from the “past” to impart information about famous myths. Other great books in the series include Dinosaurology, Alienology and Pirateology.

Alphablock: What a fun way to learn the alphabet! Thick pages in this book are cut into the shape of each letter, allowing children to peek-through the letters and guess them based on both their form and words associated with them.

Press Here:This creative book encourages kids to perform actions on each page: pressing dots, shaking the book, turning it upside down, and more. The result of each action is demonstrated on the next page. Kids love “influencing” the story and seeing the effects of their actions!

Panorama: a foldout book: Simple text and beautiful illustrations invite readers to view different places around the world. Then, the pages can be folded out to see the same scenes at nighttime.

Book-o-Hats, A Wearable Book: You can become a chef, a firefighter, a pirate, and more in this book that features wearable hats with fun rhyming text. There’s more wearable books in this series too, including Book-o-Teeth, Book-o-Beards, and Book-o-Masks!

What Happens When…: This lovely book allows readers to explore what happens to things that are lost or let go through text and illustrations on fold-out pages. I love how this book—originally published in French—offers simple solutions to some of the most common questions, such as “what happens when I let my balloon go?”

Guess what?—Food: This lift-the-flap book allows young readers to see familiar foods transformed into unexpected animals! Author Yusuke Yonezu is also the author of Guess What?—Fruit, an equally cool lift-the-flap book for young ones.

Small Smaller Smallest is a great way to learn differences in sizes and quantity. Each page has a pull-tab for children to tug on to see phenomenon like a flower growing from tall to taller to tallest and snowflakes falling low… lower… lowest.

Pinwheel allows readers to spin different wheels to create colorful scenes of natural areas. Like in Kaleidoscope, Salina Yoon’s simple poetry reminds readers of the beauty around us every day.

If you want even more great interactive books for children, check out this more extensive list!

PreK BITS – “Z” is for Zoo and zebra

Ms Rachel put Zzzzs in every story this week.

BABY BEE BIRD finally went to sleep in the zoo at night. Great ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs for everyone at the zoo!
Ms. Sara had us singing in the puddles with new boots on. You can find a recorded version by Charlotte Diamond on the CD "My Bear Gruff which AADL no longer owns. You can enjoy other songs with Charlotte on the CD TEN CARROT DIAMOND. This recording is a long-time favorite of mine to sing with children.
HOORAY For HAT! definitely had a zebra in it.

Z Is For MOOSE. Poor Moose is so upset when he does not get letter M during the alphabet sequence. Zebra the referee, helps Moose get a squeeze-in on letter "Z". AND the illustrator of this book is Paul O. Zelinsky.
ON BEYOND ZEBRA. Dr. Seuss's imaginary zoo animals "beyond zebra".....
XANDER’S PANDA PARTY
ZOOLA PALOOZA ... an all-animal concert group introduces words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings.

Dojo Daycare!

Dojo Daycare is a hilarious new addition to our picture book collection. With its digitally drawn comic style illustrations and rhythmic rhyming, Chris Tougas' first foray into the world of picture books is a pure joyride.

When adult ninjas leave the house, their little ninjas are dropped off at the Dojo Daycare. The Dojo Master tries to instill values of kindness, respect and honor in the young ninjas, but they have other plans. KABOOM! KAPOW! With kids kicking, jumping, and screaming, the Dojo quickly descends into chaos. The Dojo Master attempts to regain control but cannot get through to his little ninjas. When the little ninjas see that they have saddened the Dojo, they quickly regroup to furiously clean the Dojo and restore peace to the Daycare.

This adorable and funny book puts an emphasis on personal responsibility and respect for your peers. For other interesting and off-beat stories about good manners, try A Quest for Good Manners or Rules of the Wild: An Unruly Book of Manners.

Felt Ball Fun!

Tuesday July 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up)

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop. Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap and some patience, and you get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration!

Felt Ball Fun!

Saturday May 16, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up)

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop. Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap and some patience, and you get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration!

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