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Fun Monster Crafts

This week in story time we did a fun and easy monster craft that you can make at home. All you need is some colored pom pom balls, an assortment of Googly Eyes, and foam hearts. Any of these materials can be found at the local craft store.

I was able to find foam hearts that were sticky on one side, making it easy to attach them as feet to the monster’s body. Some googly eyes can also be bought with an adhesive on the back, making it easy to stick onto the monster. If you aren’t able to find the materials with the adhesive, using Elmer’s glue or a glue gun will work just as well.

Have fun mixing and matching colors and eye sizes to make the monster extra cute!


Here are a few other cheap and easy Monster Craft ideas:

Picture Book Rebels

A new book was published this fall by comedic writer/actor B.J. Novak, and it has already received a lot of attention-mainly because it is missing a key element.  Novak's The Book With No Pictures is literally a picture book with no pictures, making me wonder what makes a picture book a picture book.

In a Vanity Fair interview, the author B.J. Novak says that he wrote The Book With No Pictures to show how the written word is "rebellious and a form of freedom—that a kid can learn is on their side whenever they want it to be."  In The Book With No Pictures, the "game" begins when the text explains to the child audience that, in a book, the person reading has to say whatever the words say...then, the text continues by making the adult reader say silly nonsense words to the great delight of the children. Seeing the children's reactions to Novak's reading of this book was enough to convince me that a pictureless picture book can be as powerful as a traditional picture book-you can watch Novak's reading here:

A pictureless picture book is unusual, but wordless picture books have been around for a long time.  A few of my favorites to use with young children are:

If you've never read wordless or pictureless picture books with your children or students,  try a few of these and see what the children think about them.  These books are written to empower the child-to help write the story with wordless picture books or to see how words are "on their side" with the pictureless picture books.  These books also teach children the different functions of words and pictures and show how they work together to create meaning. 

Try one of these out and let us know what you think in the comments section!

If you're interested in more information about using wordless picture books with young children, check out this article from Reading Rockets.

10/28/2014 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:

Congratulations Ezekiel! This month's Early Childhood Literacy Basket Winner!

Toddler looking at his boo he just won

The library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!

One and half year old Ezekiel is our latest winner (shown here already enjoying one of his new books.)  He and his mom have attended the Woodland West’s Bouncing Babies program with Ms. Trish for some time now. Ezekiel loves storytime were he can dance along with Ms. Trish and play with the other children each week.  Also, he and his mom, Ariel enjoys singing at storytime especially his all-time favorite song, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.


We hope Ezekiel and his mom will love all the books and the bee counting toy that were in this month's basket!

You too can enter your child (ages 0 to 24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!

Winning is simple:

1.    Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.

2.    Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff.

3.    Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 stamps.

4.    Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, an educational toy, and much more!

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2014)

10/23/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK, Contests

Aprendizaje en la edad temprana

This is not my hat

Este programa se realiza en 32 escuelas del distrito escolar de Arlington (AISD) durante todo el ciclo escolar. Una vez por semana durante seis semanas, cada escuela tiene la  oportunidad de tener éste programa abierto para los padres de familia, especialmente aquellos con niños entre los cero y cuatro años de edad.

Siendo la persona encargada en realizar éste programa,  he tenido la oportunidad de ver la evolución de los niños que asisten a éste programa, y el interés que se despierta en los padres en ayudar a sus hijos a que las bases de su educación básica sean establecidas firmemente antes de que ingresen a la escuela, o incluso si ya están en el sistema de educación, simplemente éste programa ayuda a reforzar lo que están aprendiendo en clase.

Un programa bilingüe  lleno de canciones, juegos, actividades e incluso un tiempo específico de lectura grupal, son los elementos que hacen que éste programa sea un éxito en  diferentes escuelas. Te invito a que formes parte de éste programa, pregunta  a tu representante de familia en tu escuela o llama a “Arlington Reads” para más información (817)460-2727

10/17/2014 by Sarai Suarez 1 Comment - Add a Comment Share this:

Children's Books from Across the Pond!

Having just returned from a trip to London, my head is filled with the sights, sounds, and history of England. Something that’s almost impossible to miss as you tour the city is all the literary landmarks – especially ones from children’s literature! Peter Pan graces the beautiful grounds of Hyde Park, Paddington Bear greets travelers in Paddington Station, and Harry Potter’s luggage cart hangs halfway out of the wall under Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. So today I want to share a few of my favorite reads from our authors across the pond!

First up is Julia Donaldson. If you have not yet been charmed by the words of this delightful woman, drop everything and pick up a copy of one of her books. Start with The Gruffalo, a tale about a little mouse who makes up stories about a fearsome beast in order to scare away other creatures in the woods who want to eat him. The mouse is in for a surprise when the real Gruffalo shows up! The Gruffalo’s Child introduces a baby gruffalo who has heard stories of a Big Bad Mouse, and goes off to find him during a snowstorm. Donaldson uses rhyming language throughout her stories, and you’ll likely find yourself repeating phrases from the books long after you put them down. Also worth reading by Donaldson are The Snail and the Whale and Room on the Broom. Once you get your fill of the books, check out the animated versions of The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, both of which were nominated for Best Animated Short in previous Oscar seasons!

I’m not alone in saying that my introduction to Mary Poppins came from the Disney movie. I decided to remedy this by reading the books by P.L. Travers, and I highly recommend you do the same! Travers actually wrote about everyone’s favorite nanny in a series of short stories – perfect for bedtime reading with a little one. Start with Mary Poppins, and delight in scenes you saw in the movie, such as the tea party on the ceiling, and the visit to a carnival via a sidewalk drawing. Then, tuck the kiddos in for the night and watch Saving Mr. Banks to get some background on Ms. Travers and how her inspiration for the character developed.

Two other classics I would be remiss not to mention are Paddington by Michael Bond, and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Again, you’ve likely encountered these characters on-screen, but consider meeting them on-page. Paddington’s adventures in London will delight young children, and the adventures of Peter Pan make for great family reading!

Happy reading!

10/9/2014 by Abby Dozier Add a Comment Share this:

AISD School Visits

This week kicked off the first AISD Preschool visits of the fall. We started the visit off with a fun cat themed storytime where we read Kitten's First Full Moon, Mama Cat Has Three Kittens, and Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes. The students loved singing cat themed songs like "I'm a little kitty cat" sung to the tune of "I'm a little tea pot", and a fun favorite, "Cool Cat".

After storytime, we took a tour of the Children's Department. The children were intrigued with how many different types of items they were able to check out from the library, such as books, DVD's, and CD's  

When it was time for the students to go back to school, the students eagerly lined up to receive a bright red library bag with a free book, recommended book list, and other fun handouts. After getting their bag, the preschoolers happily trooped back  to their bus with their new bag slung proudly over their shoulders. Then, as the bus drove away, little hands could be seen waving goodbye to the library.

10/3/2014 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK

Eid Al Adha

One of the most important days of the Muslim calendar, Eid al-Adha is a celebration of Ibrahim. Muslims mark the occasion with a feast shared with people in their community.

Eid al-Adha. This fascinating book highlights the customs of this special religious holiday, including the clothing, prayers, food, and gifts.

The lost ring : an Eid story. Rahma's family is preparing for Eid, and Islamic festival, and she has been looking forward to making samosas with her Grandma, who is visiting. When Grandma loses her precious gold ring, Rahma thinks she remembers where she saw it last.

An eid for everyone. Even though the two Eids are quite different, they both emphasize charity and celebration with friends and family. This is a book that emphasizes these similarities between the two Muslim celebrations.

Man khabaʼa kharūf al-ʻīd? Who Hid the Eid Lamb is an Arabic children's story book about the Eid. Grandmother Fatoum tells her grandchildren how as a child she got attached to the lamb meant for the Eid sacrifice. The story is retold in flashback and set in a Palestinian village. The illustrations show the beautiful embroidered dresses of the village women folk and help transport the children to another time and place.

Nabeel's new pants : an Eid tale. While buying gifts for his family to wear to the mosque on Eid a shoemaker is persuaded to get new pants for himself, but the only pair available is too long and no one seems to have time to shorten them.

Muslim holidays. Briefly describes the beliefs of Muslims and eight of the special celebrations that are part of the Islamic faith.

books compiled with help from Noura Zentari

Other books you may be interested in

9/26/2014 by Melissa Jeffrey Add a Comment Share this:

Fall in love with fall children's books!

Owl Craft image by The Educators' Spin On It

The Fall season is officially upon us. With temperatures dropping and leaves beginning to fall, what better way is there for you and your children to get into the spirit of the season than with some fun children's books about fall? This week at the Arlington Public Library, we will be reading some of our favorite books about fall, such as Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka. Follow along with the children in the story as they leap into a pile of leaves, pick their own apples, attend fall festivals, and go pumpkin hunting among many other fun fall activities. We will also read about The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri as he gets ready for winter and is too busy to enjoy the fall to nibble a pumpkin with mouse  or play with his animal friends.

Of course fall fun wouldn't be complete without some fun crafts and activities to do with your children. Check out this homemade owl rubbing I found on The Educators' Spin On It blog or make a leaf crown thanks to instructions by The Imagination Tree.

Leaf crown image by The Imagination Tree

Don't forget to check out these books about fall at your library!

A Book! Book! Book! Storytime

I wanted to start off the semester with a book and library-themed storytime.  For my first picture book, I chose Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. This is a fun and silly picture book about a group of farm animals who go into a public library.  I used farm animal toys to help the students recognize the story patterns and to make it more interactive. This text goes over really well with PreK students!

I chose Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw for my second picture book.  This is my favorite picture book about the library for PreK students.  I especially like how the author points out that no one tells Lola to "Shh!" at the library and depicts her singing and playing- the library is fun, not quiet!

I also used some really fun book-themed songs.  I did a variation on "If you're happy and you know it" so that, instead of clapping, we inserted library actions: "If you're happy and you know a book, swipe your card, turn the page, check it out, etc."

I tweaked the classic "Herman the Worm"  to "Herman the Bookworm" so that Herman could eat a word, a book, and an entire library (the students pointed out to me that this was absolutely ridiculous).

One of my new favorite action rhymes is "Let's Take a Look at this Book."  Be prepared to do this one 2-3 times so the students can really learn it!

Here are a few other book-themed books that you can check out from the library:

What are some of your favorites?

9/16/2014 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:

5 Tips to Encourage Reading

1. Make reading fun!

      Find ways to encourage reading by getting involved in library events or having a family movie night for a movie based off a book you read together. Most importantly, give books as gifts! Children will always be excited to receive a gift and a book will be more appealing if it is a surprise.

2. Let them pick what they read.

      Giving children the choice of what they get to read not only provides them with a sense of control, but also allows them to choose a book that they are interested in. If a child is reading a book they chose, then they are more likely to enjoy it.

3. Keep books around the house.

     When children grow up seeing books in the house, they will understand that books are important and easily accessible. Trips to the bookstore and libraries will also reinforce the value of books in your child's eye.

4. Read to set an example.

     Parents are a child's first and most important teacher. What they see you do is often mirrored in what they do. If your child sees you reading for fun then they will see reading as a form of entertainment.

5. Talk about books.

     When something is important to us, we like to talk about it. Take time to discuss with your child what they are reading and what they think about the book. This gives the family something to talk about, making it a great bonding opportunity.

9/10/2014 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Books