Reviews and Blog Posts: children's books

Learn Spanish With Children’s Materials

Corduroy

Have you tried reading “100 Años de Soledad” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Spanish but it was too hard?  How about “Don Quijote de la Mancha” by Miguel Cervantes?  If so, consider starting your Spanish reading extravaganza with some of the following suggestions.  Then someday, yes, someday you might get to read those wonderful pieces of literature.

Learning a new language can be a scary and challenging task.  But have you tried improving your skills by using children’s books and CDs? Yes, that’s right! The Denver Public Library has many children’s items in Spanish that can make your learning experience much more enjoyable as well as educational.

Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition

Art

This year’s Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition will be on Level 5 in the Western History Gallery from April 5 through April 25. Come to the library and check out the wonderfully creative drawings, paintings and more.

While you’re here you might get inspiration for your own art project or something to try with your children.

For more inspiration check out these books about art and artists:

Picture Books:

Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Satlzberg

Art by Patrick McDonnell

Aspiring Artist by Jane O'Connor

LEGO® Building Contest Winners

The Lightning Thief

The DPL system wide LEGO contest has come to an end with four fantastic winners selected. Each of the participating locations selected branch winners, whom all met at the Central Library for the final judging and some LEGO themed fun.

We played LEGO bingo, skee-ball and decorated bookmarks with LEGO bricks!
Thanks to all that participated! And thanks to The Tattered Cover, Chipotle, Jolyon Yates and the Colorado Mills LEGO Store for providing our prizes.
Check out the books that the winning entries were based on:

KIDS & TEENS: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS!

CBW 2013 poster by Brian Selznick

Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2012 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, the Children's Book Council gives out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so start reading now - voting starts today!

Children's Book Week is May 13-19 and celebrates books for young people of all ages. While the Children's Book Week website has all kinds of good stuff on it, like a cool search-and-find bookmark by Grace Lin and the Children's Book Week poster by Brian Selznick, but my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School.

13 sculptures children should know

by Angela Wenzel

Reviewer Rating:
4

Wenzel covers a wide breath of sculpture with concise descriptions, plenty of pictures and a thorough glossary in this fun introduction to the world of sculpture. She includes works from antiquity and others from the present; they come from all over the world and are made out of everything from...

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!

The House on Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! British author Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18, 1882 and is the creator of everyone's favorite silly old bear and all of his pals in the Hundred Acre Wood! Celebrate with a spot of something sweet and a good book shared with dear friends! Reread the classic stories in The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne.

Winnie the Pooh's story begins on a pleasant day in 1924 when Christopher Robin Milne, the author's son, visited the London Zoological Gardens and encountered a real life Black Bear named Winnie who preferred condensed milk to honey! The original stuffed animals which inspired the beloved and timeless tales are on display in the New York Public Library. Mr.

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

Puffling Patrol by Ted Lewin

As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for kids and teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.

Books for the Very Youngest:

Do Cows Meow? by Selena Yoon.  Baby's favorite animals are featured in brilliant colors with giant flaps that lift and teach animal sounds.

Presidential Elections for Curious Kids

Lives of the Presidents

With the debate in Denver and the presidential elections coming soon, children might be interested in learning more about the presidency, life in the White House, and the election process. Here are some recommended fiction and nonfiction books and websites for a variety of ages. Read them together or give them to your child for independent reading and then start a discussion about the government.

Nonfiction for Older Elementary and Middle Schoolers:
Madam President by Catherine Thimmesh
The Election Book: The People Pick a President by Carolyn Jackson
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan Goodman

Books for Bedtime

Sleepy Me

I don’t wanna go to bed. I’m not tired. Sound familiar? Bedtime can be stressful but establishing a bedtime a routine can turn your evenings into a time to bond rather than battle. Reading together is a great way to wind down at the end of the day and makes a fun addition to your routine. Here are a few books that will help your child relax and get ready to sleep, transition from a crib to a bed, or spend a full night in her own bed.

Establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it every night can help make the end of the day peaceful instead of a struggle. Try a few different schedules to figure out what works at your house. Include brushing teeth, changing into pajamas and reading books. Once you find a schedule that works, stick to it. That way, your child will know what to expect and be ready to sleep. When your little one has a good night be sure to praise her, reinforcing the positive behavior for the future.

Here are a few great books to snuggle up and read with your toddler:

Spend Your Saturday with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Beekeeping

Need to make some weekend plans? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program on Saturday, July 21 and Grow Your Mind!

Do you have a little horse lover in your life? Join us for a family-friendly author talk by Peg Sundberg, author of the Cowgirl Peg series at Schlessman at 10 a.m. Her series uses horses and dogs to deliver character building messages to young readers. Dress in your best Western wear!

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