Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rhythm and Rhyme Make A Great Story Time!

We are Growing Readers at the Chester County Library! Fall story time registration began today! You must register online for all age-specific story time programs. To register, go online to Chester County Library Eventkeeper and find your child's specific story time session.

There are thousands of great picture books for young children. But what makes a good storybook a great read-aloud? An engaging story keeps children interested. Beautiful or striking pictures are also a big draw for children. But, I find that a wonderful story with a predictable rhythm and rhyme help a good story become great. Here are some of my favorites for each age group.

Great for one year olds - Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. This bedtime story is great to read at anytime during the day! But when it is time for bed, we must say goodnight to everything. "Good night kittens and good night mittens..."

Great for two year olds: Belly Button Book, by Sandra Boynton. What two year old doesn't like to show their belly button. Now there is a book about those amazing belly buttons! Celebrate your child's belly button with some rhyming hippo friends.

Great for three year olds: My Truck is Stuck, by Kevin Lewis. When a truck gets stuck in a hole, many vehicles try to rescue it. But the gophers aren't helping, they are stealing from the back of the truck!

Great for four year olds: Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom is a classic picture book by Bill Martin, Jr. While four year olds are beginning to play with the letters of the alphabet, who would have thought the letters could climb a coconut tree?
Great for five year olds: The Donut Chef, by Bob Staake. Rhythm, rhyme and a story about about donuts, what could be better? After two chefs open donut shops, the donuts get stranger and stranger as both chefs begin creating donuts with odd shapes and flavors. But whose donuts are the best? You decide!

Look for these and other great books at the Chester County Library!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Olympics are AWESOME!

Olympic fever has swept the nation! Are you excited about the athletes representing the United States at the London games? At the Chester County Library we have resources about some of the top athletes from our country and around the world. We also have great books about some sports you may have seen that were new to you.

Michael Phelps
by Barbara Sheen
This biography of Michael Phelps discusses his life with ADHD, his start in the sport of swimming, and his work toward a gold medal in the Olympic Games.

The World’s Greatest Olympians
by Michael Hurley
This book includes profiles of many famous Olympic athletes including track and field stars Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, and Michael Johnson.

The World of Olympics
by Nick Hunter
If you want to learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the symbolism of the Olympic Rings, or the past host countries of the Games, this book is a great start.

Great Moments at the Summer Olympics
by Matt Christopher
This fact filled book recalls historical moments by American athletes at the Olympics. Was it amazing? It may be in this book!

The 2012 London Olympics
by Nick Hunter
If you are wondering about where this year’s Olympics are being held, check out this selection. This book explains how the Olympic preparations have taken over London and the surrounding areas. It discusses locations of events, changes in technology, as well as the Paralympics that will follow the 2012 Olympic Games.

And just for fun… even world class athletes can act silly and have a great time. Check out this version of Call Me, Maybe by the United States Olympic Swim Team, just click here!

Have the Olympics got you excited about a sport, about broadcasting, about travel? You can find information about it all at the library! Get inspired @ Chester County Library!