Reviews and Blog Posts: children's books

Back to School with Teacher Sets

stack of children's books

Teachers, did you know that librarians can put together sets of books for you to use in your classroom? Tell us about your topic, and we’ll compile a set of up to 30 books based on the grade and reading level of your students.

Finding Your Child's Name in a Picture Book

My Name is Not Isabella book cover

Do you remember the first time you read a book with a character that had YOUR name? Wasn’t it a neat experience? Didn’t you feel special? Here are the top five (according to the Social Security Administration) girls' and boys' names in Colorado during 2013 and picture books that have characters with those names.

Top 5 Girl Names

Ready, Teacher Set, Go!

Teachers, did you know that librarians can put together sets of books for you to use in your classroom? Tell us about your topic, and we’ll compile a set of up to 30 books based on the grade and reading level of your students.

Downton Kids: What Did Sybbie, George, and Marigold Read?

Cover of Winnie-the-Pooh

Downton Abbey fans have been asked since season one to consider the lives of the Edwardian aristocracy and their servants. Yet only recently have we been exposed to another group of Edwardians: with the arrival of Sybbie, George, and Marigold, fans are now getting glimpses of the life of the Edwardian child. We see how they dress and the rules that govern their lives. Yet given the literary allusions throughout the series, some of us at the Children’s Library wondered: what books might Sybbie, George, and Marigold have read?

Questions! Questions! Who has a Question?

Book cover for Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi

At the Children’s Library we love to answer questions. The tougher the nut, the more fun we have trying to crack it. Recently, we had a very specific request from a customer that really challenged our grey cells.

The true story of the three little pigs

by Jon Scieszka

Reviewer Rating:
5

The wolf finally gets to tell his side of the story…after all there are two sides to every story! In this awesome, fast-paced, amusing tale the wolf shares his outlandish version of what “really” happened when he squared off with the three little pigs. The abstract illustrations compliment this fractured...

Can Your Kids Talk Like a Pirate?

Bubble Bath Pirates Book Cover

Avast ye landlubbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is approaching as fast a clipper ship on a clear day. Want to teach your kids some pirate lingo, but afraid your inner pirate is as rusty as an old cutlass? Brush up with one of these books.

Here at the Central Children's Library we're getting into the spirit of the day by reading some pirate books (see below). And some of us are even planning to dress, as well as talk, like pirates! So stop by the Children's Library on Friday and give us your best, "Arrrrgh!"

Picture Books

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Park and Recreation Month 2014

Go outside and have some fun!

Colorado has loads of parks for you to visit this summer and Denver Public Library has great resources for supplementing your trip.

Denver Public Library has books on specific parks like Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National or read about a variety in National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.

Summertime Daydreaming

What If You Had Animal Hair!?

Lots of daydreaming and imagining happens in the summer. It's a perfect time to wonder about all sorts of things like What If You Had Animal Hair!? or What If You Had Animal Teeth!? Or when you visit other places, do you ever wonder what it might be like to live there? If You Lived Here: Houses of the World gives you an idea of what it might be like to live in houses around the world.

Want to know what Thomas Edison, Beatrix Potter, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller had in common?

Helen Keller

They all loved to read! 

In the late 1920's Mrs. Katherine Watson, a creative Children's Librarian at the Denver Public Library, had a great idea to get the children of Denver excited about reading by highlighting the books famous people of the time enjoyed reading as children. She wrote letters to 140 well-known men and women, ranging from authors to politicians to adventurers, asking what their favorite books were as kids. She sent a typed list of popular children's books, so the recipients could easily place a check next to their favorites and return the list.

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