Monday, March 10, 2014

Give My Regards to Broadway!



Broadway soundtracks are a great way to tell a story and expose your children to different styles of music—-and the stories behind the music, the show, the original book, script, movie, etc.  My favorite has to be Phantom of the Opera….but there are so many fantastic shows, it is really hard to choose! 

Look to see what’s playing in your city and make a special date to take your children.  If you can’t get there, check out your local neighborhood playhouses and high schools…they have some great performances for kids!  (and you can’t beat the ticket prices!) Pick up the soundtrack before you go and listen to the story it tells!  And Give My Regards to Broadway!  ~Beth

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrating Read Across America + World Read Aloud Day!

I LOVE reading out loud! There are so many ways to be involved in the story! Voices, gestures, inflection, silly faces! Let go of any inhibition and have fun! Your kids will thank you and want to do it even more.  For this Read Across America/WRAD, here are some of my all-time favorites. 
1.  Little Pea: Amy Krous Rosenthal; ill.-Jen Corace
2.  Big Words for Little People: Jamie Lee Curtis; ill.-Laura Cornell
3.  A Bad Case of the Stripes: David Shannon
4.  Falling For Rapunzel: Leah Wilcox; ill.-Lydia Monks
5.  Silverlicious: Victoria Kann
6.  Dr. Seuss’s ABC: Dr. Seuss
7.  and the train goes: William Bee
8.  A Giraffe and a Half: Shel Silverstein
9. Room on the Broom: Julia Donaldson; ill.-Alex Scheffler
10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Judith Viorst; ill.-Raymond Cruz
What are your favorites? Happy Reading! ~Beth
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Food & Print: Perfect Together!

What's better than reading and cooking with your kids? From picture books to classics, this list represents the silly, the touching, the old and the new.  Choose one book per week and read it as a family.  As you complete each book, cook a dish together that, for you, represents the story. Have your children write down the recipes. When you finish the list, you will have created your own FOOD & PRINT cookbook...a personal treasure of the time spent reading and cooking with your favorite people!  And as Little Pea would say, "Yum, Yum, Extra Yum!"

Food Favorite Reads for Kids:

1.  Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll
2. The Bake Shop Ghost: Jacqueline Ogburn (2008)
3.  The Chocolate Touch: Patrick Skene Catling (2006)
4.  Duck Soup: Jackie Urbanovic (2008)
5.  Green Eggs and Ham: Dr. Seuss (1960)
6.  How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food: Jane Yolen (2005)
7.  The Lemonade War: Jacqueline Davies (2009)
8.  Little Pea: Amy Krouse Rosenthal (2005)
9.  The Magic Cake Shop: Meika Hashimoto (2011) 
10. Stone Soup: Marcia Brown (1947)
11. Tea Party Rules: Ame Dyckman (2013)
12. Tony’s Bread: Tomie DiPaola (1996)
13. Walter the Baker: Eric Carle (1998)
14. Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Grahame
15. Winnie The Pooh: AA Milne

Have a favorite? Let's add it to our list!

(header photo courtesy of PicMonkey)
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Monday, February 17, 2014

It's On! Join the World Read Aloud Day Challenge!

The Busy Librarian is BUSY! Matthew Winner is a library Superhero!  And he is sharing his World Read Aloud Day blogging challenge with us!  

"Each of the prompts addresses the WRAD theme "Raising Our Voices." Raising Our Voices encapsulates that simple yet effective way we show the world's children we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world."

Each week, bloggers are asked to answer a question having to do with supporting the "need to read!"

Click here to participate in Matthew's Challenge and share your posts with us on Twitter
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