Bring the Kids April 17th

Bring the Kids April 17th

Doesn’t everyone write about race-car driving dogs?  No, not everyone, but children’s author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli sure does and he will be telling the tale of “number One Sam” at a special reading event at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 17th at Martin Library.  Published in 2014 by Disney • Hyperion Books, this story is about a competitive race-car driving dog who learns that some things are more important than being number one.

Number One Sam is this year’s book selection for One Book, Every Young Child. Celebrating its 10th year, this is a collaborative project using the vehicle of a “One Book, One State” program to highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3-6 years.  This event is free and open to the public. 

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Funny Voices Wanted

Funny Voices Wanted

Getting kids excited about books and reading at an early age is great fun!  So, just how do you do that?  Be animated.  Use funny voices, motions and repeat silly phrases.  It is just one of Miss Ellen’s Five Tips for Raising a Reader.   The kids will love it and will be learning vocabulary, expression, and basic literacy skills too.  Try it out!

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Champs in our Midst

Our congratulations goes out to a very talented (and smart) robotics team, the Martin Mechanics, and their coach, Martin Library Youth Services Librarian Laura O’Grady!  The team recently won the Research Award at the Downington Area Robotics Official Qualifying Tournament. This year’s competitive challenge was “Learning Unleashed”.  The team researched and identified content and features for an envisioned website; one that could help students with learning disabilities complete homework. They also wanted it to serve as a portal for parents, teachers, and therapists to work together to make learning accessible to kids with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and vision problems.  Our special thanks goes to the York County Community Foundation for making this opportunity available for this award-winning team!

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What to Read Next

What to Read Next

If your child loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series try these books:

  1. Big Nate: In a Class By Himself by Lincoln Peirce
  2. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous-Life by Rachel Renee Russell
  3.  The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  4. The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
  5. NERDS : National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
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Picture Book Must Reads

Picture Book Must Reads

It can be hard to choose books for toddler and pre-school age kids.   And with so many new authors and stories available, some parents don’t know where to start.  Our advice; try these classic picture books:

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  2. George and Martha by James Marshall
  3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  4. Curious George by H.A. Rey
  5. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  6. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  8. The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Burnhoff
  9. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  10. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

By Domi Miller

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