Happy Easter!


Battle of the Books!

We are coming down to the wire on our voting!  This will be the final vote; the overall winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 22nd!

The last ballot was tight, but with just over 53% of the vote Where the Wild Things Are edged out The Lion and the Mouse.

The competition was not quite as close in our second ballot with The Snowy Day  beating This Is Not My Hat.

So… our final vote is between two classics: Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are versus Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. Both great books. Both classics. Which will win?  It’s up to you!

Don’t forget to vote!  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 22nd.

The sun shone brightly and the palm trees swayed at the April meeting of the Woodburn Branch Library Kids Club. Take a look!


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You may have noticed that librarians are very excited about early literacy, what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write.  The ways you interact with children from the time they are babies and toddlers lay the foundation for them to begin reading – years before they go to school.  When you read to children and move your finger along the words as you read, when you point out signs while on a walk, when you show them the grocery list as you write it you are emphasizing that print has meaning and that we are reading the words, not the pictures..  These new books all emphasize reading and print awareness:

Cat Says Meow and Other Animalopoeia by Michael Arndt The letters that make up the sounds animals make can be found in these pictures.  Kids could have a great time helping you find the “k” that makes up a frog’s feet or the Z’s that make up a mosquito’s legs.
Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson  A quiet, tidy troll and a loud, messy little girl switch places in this wacky mixed-up tale.  Their speech bubbles are very distinct: Timothy’s words are neat and underlined, Tabitha’s are in all capitals and slightly uneven.  You could talk with your child about how the letters that make up the words they say have similar qualities to the characters themselves.
Dangerous! by Tim Warnes  Mole loves to label objects — as in physically stick words on everything, describing the thing the label is on.  A Lumpy-Bumpy Thing he labels wakes up and starts eating the words Mole has left everywhere – oh no!  This book is funny and silly, and a great vocabulary lesson!
Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells Yoko and her mother are going to fly to Japan.  Yoko is able to tell her mama where they need to go by “reading” the signs.  Signs are a great example of environmental print and are one of the first ways that pre-readers connect writing with the information it stands for.


Is your baby or toddler tough on books?  Do you want to share the magic of books and reading with him or her, but are afraid that the books will be damaged by rough handling?  Check out Indestructibles!

These books are:

  • Chew Proof
  • Rip Proof
  • Nontoxic
  • 100% Washable

They are designed for babies to hold, grab, pull, and bend. Enjoy cuddling with your little one and sharing these bright and colorful books together. It’s never too early to start sharing books together!

It’s my favorite time of the year–the season of the egg!

I use Easter as an excuse to do my very favorite storytime on eggs.

chicken big

Parent Tip: Several of these activities use a computer or mobile device. Be sure to do these activities WITH your child. Shared viewing will give you an opportunity for conversation. Talking is an important part in exposing your child to new words, increasing her vocabulary and building her “word bank” from which she can draw later in decoding words.

Storybook: Chicken Big by Keith Graves: On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. Visit the Kid’s Page and click the Tumblebooks link on the right. Search for Chicken Big and listen!

TrialsOfATadpole_videoVideo: “Trials of a Tadpole”: This is a VERY cool video that shows a frog laying lots of eggs and how those eggs become tadpoles: Tadpoles dive from their eggs into a dangerous jungle pool. To survive for long, they’ll have to make their way past a gauntlet of predators.Visit the Kid’s Page and click the Tumblebooks link on the right. Search for “Trials of a Tadpole” and watch!

Song: Laurie Berkner’s I Know a Chicken is one of my favorite egg shaker songs. You can get this song free on a mobile device or download to your computer and transfer to CD. In fact ALL of Laurie Berkner’s children’s songs are available for download through ACPL’s Freegal subscription. You’ll log on with your library card and pin number. Search for “I Know a Chicken” under songs or “Laurie Berkner” under artists. Download to your favorite place or play directly from your mobile Freegal app! Each library card holder can download three free songs a week!

Craft: Make your own egg shaker! Put some beans or rice in a plastic egg and snap it shut. Don’t fill it too full as you want lots of room for the filling to move around. You may want a little tape or glue to hold it shut. Directions are here.

Additional Books: Visit our Overdrive eBooks page to check out more books to read on your mobile device or computer. You’ll need your library card and pin numbers.

Battle of the Books!

Almost there, folks!  We’ve got two more votes today, one vote on Tuesday, April 15th, and the winner will be announced on Friday, April 18th!

Our first vote today will be against The Lion and the Mouse vs. Where the Wild Things Are.

The Lion and the Mousewhere the wild things are









Our second vote is between The Snowy Day and This Is Not My Hat.

The Snowy Daythis is not my hat



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