Reviews and Blog Posts: Children

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: BOOKS FOR KIDS & TEENS

Hug Machine

At the closing of every year, librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system collaborate on a list of their favorite children's and teen publications from that year. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just a good recommendation to read, here are our suggestions, the best and brightest of 2014.

Browse the titles in our catalog. 

Books for the Very Youngest:

Miss Ella's playhouse

by Ella Fitzgerald

Reviewer Rating:
4

Frozen and Raffi got you down? There are other wonderful music options to introduce your children to. How about Miss Ella (Fitzgerald)'s Playhouse? Fun songs with glorious melodies as only Miss Ella can give you.  Your kids will love it and you can cleanse you palate with her beautiful voice.

Back to School With School Stories!

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.

The Superhero Training Academy on Saturday, June 21

Extraordinary Warren, A Super Chicken book cover

We’re super excited about Comic Con! So we decided to hold a Superhero Training Academy at the Children’s Library on Saturday, June 21 starting at 10:30 a.m.

Seven superhero skill tests will be ready and waiting for young superheroes to complete. Complete them all for an official superhero certificate!

Does your young superhero prefer to wear a cape? Can they cross a fiery pit of lava? Are they super duper strong? Sounds like they’re a great candidate for the Superhero Training Academy!

Green Eggs and Ham You May Actually Be Willing To Eat

Yum!

For me, sharing books and sharing food with friends and family is about as good as it gets. Last month for Dr. Seuss's birthday a coworker brought in green eggs and ham - made of snack foods. It was amazing! There were delicious snacks to eat while we reminisced about our childhood memories of reading Seuss. It was so good I went home and made my own batch. 

Do it yourself!

Ingredients: White Chocolate or Almond Bark, Pretzel Sticks and Green M&M's. 

Grumpy Bird

by Jeremy Tankard

Reviewer Rating:
3

This book was chosen for the One Book, One Colorado book. I enjoyed this book while reading it to my niece. It was perfect book for the age range 3-5. It explains moods in a simple way. The art in the book is well done. The story is also engaging...

LEGO® Building Contest 2014 - Building Books!

Pete the Cat form 2013 contest

Grab your LEGO® bricks, fire up your imagination and recreate a scene, character or even the cover of your favorite book!

The theme for this year's contest is Building Books! Start building a scene, character or cover of a book today. We are accepting entries at participating locations April 1 through April 7.

LEGO basically means, "play well." Whatever category you fall under; Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Team, have fun and we'll see you in April!

Drop by any of these participating library locations to pick up an entry form and look for additional LEGO® programming:

Ding-Dong! The 2014 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Winners Have Been Announced!

Open This Little Book by Jessie Klausmeier

Getting your children ready to learn how to read is as easy as reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with them. These Early Literacy practices have been found to be some of the most simple and effective ways to build children's skills so that they will start school ready to become strong readers.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is proud to support parents in these practices with a yearly list of award-winning books, the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. Created to honor five excellent picture books each year that support each of the five Early Literacy practices, the Bells are a great new award that give parents and caregivers even more options for selecting high-quality picture books to share with their children.

The Children's Library has Facebook!

Children at the Children's Library Tea Party

Wondering what's going on at the Children's Library? Want to see photos from our latest and greatest programs? Can't remember what time the library closes today? Facebook to the rescue!

Like us on Facebook for:

  • News about upcoming Children's Library events
  • Photos from the Tea Party, craft time, Box Day, and more
  • Holiday/Weather closures
  • Book recommendations
  • Early literacy tips
  • Information on cool services for children and families
  • Scavenger hunts

 

What else would you like to see on the Children's Library Facebook Page?

They Are Legend: Authors We Lost in 2013

The Golden Notebook

As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.

Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).

Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.

Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.

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