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Planting Seeds and Pulling Weeds: Gardening with Kids

Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots

Research shows that over summer break thoughts of swimming and lemonade push out recently learned reading and math skills. Combat summer learning loss with gardening, not flash cards! Gardening is fun, educational, good exercise, and a great way to connect with your child.

Spring is here and it's time to start planning your garden. If you don't have a yard, get creative and plant your seeds in a window box like the little girl in Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. You can also use a large pot or go green and reuse a cardboard box or a basket.

Spend some time with your child as scientists observing your garden this spring and summer. Things to notice:

2011 Author/Illustrator Visit with Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe

The Children's and Family Services department hosted renowned author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe in November for a week-long visit to schools and libraries.

Javaka has illustrated 11 books and won the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall and Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow. His most recent work as an illustrator can be seen in What's Special About Me, Mama?

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

From Red Sled by Lita Judge

It's that time of year when two great book events converge - best books lists come out and it's gift giving season. Specialists from across the Denver Public Library have put together our list of the best books to share with your kids this year. Great stuff from baby books to the zombie apocalypse, pop-ups to poetry, it's all here. Enjoy!

Books for the Very Youngest:

Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight by Caspar Babypants and Kate Endle.
Some of baby's favorite animals are illuminated by different light sources, like a raccoon snacking by the campfire, in this beautiful and creative board book.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  Here are some new books, both sweet and creepy, that we are excited to share with you for fall.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider.  James is a very, very picky eater.  His dad has tried everything to get him to eat, but then he starts telling really weird stories about their meals to try to convince James to eat.  Did you know that there is a troll who cooks for us and if you don't like his food he'll have to go back to working at the rat circus?  This funny book will tickle picky and adventurous readers alike.  Recommended by Lisa from the Westwood branch.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  If you're looking for some new titles to keep you reading until school begins, here are some that we recommend.

Younger Readers:

World Refugee Day: One Refugee without Hope is Too Many

Book Image: Living in America

World Refugee Day is Monday, June 20 and we are reminded of the estimated 15.6 million (2010 according to UNHCR Global Trends Report) refugees worldwide. Who is a refugee? A refugee is essentially a person who has had to flee his/her home country out of fear of persecution. Refugees from many countries are resettled in Colorado every year, from Burma (Myanmar), Somalia, and Sudan, among others.

Learn more about refugees by reading these personal stories for children:

KIDS - Recommended New Books

cover art from Kat, Incorrigible

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about this spring!

Younger Readers:

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg tells the story of what happens when 8-year-old Eleanor's favorite babysitter moves away.  Everybody in the family misses her.  Could the new babysitter ever be okay?  This sweet story isn't as funny as the title sounds, but it is a terrific and realistic book.  Recommended by Anna from the Eugene Field branch.

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about in the new year.

Younger readers:

A Fresh Crop of Juicy Picture Books

Fall is the biggest season for exciting new books at the library.  Here are some of the fun new picture books you can share with your little ones.

Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly written by Carolyn Parkhurst and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino.  Five-year-old Henry is trying to put on a TV cooking show with his two-year-old sister Elliebelly. They're making raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbecued banana bacon.

Great New Books for Kids

From The Kneebone Boy, Feiwel & Friends, 2010
Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some exciting new titles for fall.
 

Books for younger readers:

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