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The third book in the Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan, The Serpent's Shadow was released on May 1st. If you have read the first two books in the series, The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire, you will want to know how Carter and Sadie are handling the ancient Egyptian gods that have been released into modern times. In this third book the Chaos snake, Apophis is back! Carter and Sadie's only hope is to find an ancient spell. Call the library to see if there is an available copy or ask to be notified when a copy becomes available.
The Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to an illustrator for the most distinguished American picture book, was announced in January. The winning illustrator is Chris Raschka for his book A Ball for Daisy. When Daisy's ball is accidentally destroyed by another dog in the park, Daisy's owner tries to comfort her. When Daisy and owner return to the park on another day, Daisy is presented with a new ball by the owner of the other dog. New friendships develop between both the dogs and the owners. There are three honor books, Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell, Blackout by John Rocco, and Grandpa Green by Lane Smith.
We are pleased to announce a new collection of educational games and toys to help develop your child's early literacy skills. The Grow a Reader kits are designed to elicit verbal play, develop vocabulary, build letter knowledge, practice narrations skills and increase phonological awareness in a playful and fun way.
Grow a Reader Kits are intended to be enjoyed by children from birth to five years old with a parent or caregiver. There are many fun activities to share with your child that will help develop the skills needed for reading and writing. Look for the Grow a Reader Kits in yellow bags in the Youth Services Department. The kits can be checked out for three weeks and will be available beginning November 30th..
The large colorful panels in the Youth Services Department with wheels and strings and mirrors galore have been attracting the younger children to play. This large toy is an early literacy center that supports skills that are essential for reading readiness. While children play they are learning skills that will help them become ready to read. Suggestions of activities for parents to do with their children are written on the panels to help parents with these early skills.
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