Kids

Spring Reads for Kids

Spring has finally sprung! Ready for a great read about all things spring? Check out the following titles available here at ELPL!

Babies and Toddlers
Baby Loves Spring! by Karen Katz

Preschool and Kindergarten
Springtime In Bugland by David A. Carter
Spring Surprises by Anna Jane Hays
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub
999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura
The Thing About Spring by Daniel Kirk
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
Poppleton In Spring by Cynthia Rylant
Carrot Soup by John Segal
 

1st – 3rd grade
Melody and the Sea Dragon by Katy Kit
Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies by Erica Silverman
Almond Blossom’s Mystery by Kay Woodward
 

4th - 6th grade
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (ebook)
Persephone by Sally Pomme Clayton
Tales From A Not So Dorky Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russel
The Ice Castle: An Adventure in Music by Pendred Noyce

 

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

"The bear realized that no matter where he went, or what he did, they would always be there, watching from afar."

The Bear and the Piano is the sort of title that will jump out at you from a display, stop you in your tracks, and ultimately make you marvel at the sheer quality of picture book illustrations these days. Or, at least, that was my reaction. Author/Illustrator, David Litchfield has an established career in the art world, and has created illustrations for major publishers like Penguin Random House and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. But this week, he is sending his illustrations out into the world, matched with a story of his own, and what a beautiful story it is. 

The story of the bear and the piano unfolds through richly illustrated pages that are nothing short of magical. Litchfield's story is simple at first - a young bear discovers a piano in the forest and through the years, he learns to play the piano well, and more importantly, it makes him happy. Bears from all around the forest gather to listen to his music until one day, bear receives the chance of a lifetime when a little girl hears him play. She offers to bring his talents to the city where he can play for large audiences, and he accepts the opportunity. Fame and fortune follow, and before long, the bear's face appears on billboards, he plays in concert halls to sold out audiences, and even releases albums that go platinum. But as he experiences the wonders that success can bring, thoughts of the forest begin to filter back into his mind, and bear is drawn back to the place that matters most. 

Litchfield's debut is a beautiful tale about following your dreams, and although the paths you take may put distance between yourself and those you love, home will always be there. In the end, no matter how long he is away, bear will always be loved. 

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder Now Available in the Cloud!

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of the more popular print titles at ELPL.  Both with new, younger readers as well as adults re-reading this beloved series.  Now, all the stories of Ma, Pa and Half Pint are available in the Cloud!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Your Next Great Tween Read

Within the world of youth literature, we all know that there is a robust selection of beginning books out there for new readers, and young adult titles for teenagers are receiving more and more attention every day. But what about books for the kids who are in between those categories? Those who are too old for picture books, but not yet ready for the world of YA? Sometimes it seems like those titles – books for tweens – don’t receive as much attention as those for other age ranges.

Luckily, ELPL features a wide range of books for readers in grades 3 through 8, and more and more publications are making booklists and recommendations for tweens, making it easier than ever to find a new middle-grade title to read. School Library Journal just published a new list, Hitting Shelves Now: 40 New Middle Grade Titles Out in March, featuring lots of titles you can find here at ELPL, including two of their selections with starred reviews, indicating a stand-out read.

All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
"Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home.

When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from . . . but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?"

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
"Jules adores her older-by-one-year sister, Sylvie.

Sylvie: beautiful like their mother.
Sylvie: supreme maker of tiny snow families.
Sylvie: faster than fast.

Sylvie: gone.

Into thin air, Sylvie goes missing, and as Jules stumbles in grief, a fox cub is born. A shadow fox, spirit and animal in one. From the minute the cub opens her eyes, she senses something very wrong. Someone—Jules.

Jules: steadfast like their father.
Jules: supreme maker of tiny snow foxes.
Jules: collector of rocks.

Jules: heartbroken.

Who is this Jules? Who is this Sylvie she cries out for? And why does the air still prickle with something unsettled? As that dark unknown grows, the fates of the girl Jules and the fox cub, laced together with wishes and shadowy ties, are about to collide."

Check out the School Library Journal’s full list of new tween titles available this spring, and find your next favorite tween read here at ELPL

(Book summaries from GoodReads.com)

Books & Bagels at 2.0 - April 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday." (Summary from Goodreads.com)

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss April's book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

Please note, April's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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Spare Parts by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

If your children love rhyming stories, Spare Parts, by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, should be your next read.  Rhoobart is in need of a new heart, and on his journey to find one, he meets new robots, some scary and some sweet.

Books & Bagels - March 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River's town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun." (Summary from GoodReads.com)

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss March's book, Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

Please note, March's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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March Is Reading Month Events

Looking to celebrate March Is Reading Month? The Early Childhood Literacy Coalition is partnering with ELPL to offer a Literacy Celebration on Sunday, March 13th at the Hannah Community Center, and a special Curious George storytime on Friday, March 18th at All Saints Episcopal church, featuring a character visit from Curious George!

Literacy Celebration:
Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Join us for an interactive stage show featuring The Storytellers. Come see a unique program that combines hands-on fun with musical instruments from many cultures, beautiful music, and interactive storytelling. Also enjoy children's activities, games, a scavenger hunt, and meet your favorite storybook characters:

  • Pout-Pout Fish                                    
  • Paddington Bear
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • Little Critter

Please note that this event will take place at Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Curious George Storytime:
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
You're invited! Celebrate March is Reading Month by joining us for a very special Curious George themed storytime -- including a visit from George!

Please note that this event will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road East Lansing, MI 48823.

In addition to these events, find a full list of character visits in the area below.

 

 

Jen's 58th Grammy Awards Round-Up!

The 58th Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15

Listen to your favorite Grammy Award Nominees through your East Lansing Public Library!

Record of the Year

"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars on album "Uptown Special"
CD

Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Excerpt from Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.


"Do you like my new hat?" says Cowboy.

"Wow," says Octopus.  "That is really...um...different.  Do you like my new hat?"

Cowboy says, "Nope."

"Hey!"  says Octopus.  "I said something nice to you.  Why don't you say something nice to me?  I thought we were friends."

"We are friends," says Cowboy.  "And that's why I am telling you-your new hat looks like somthing my horse dropped behind him.  'Cause that's the truth."

 

And so concludes one of the funniest and sweetest bromances in all of children's literature, the enduring friendship between Octopus & Cowboy in the children's picture book Cowboy & Octopus.  Most everyone has read a Jon Scieszka book in their lifetime.  His contributions to children's literature, and most notably, the movement to get boys and guys reading, are well known and celebrated.  But even if you loved The Stinky Cheese Man or just can't get enough of the Trucktown trucks from Design Garage, there's a good chance you have never given Cowboy & Octopus a try.  Trust me, this is one you don't want to miss.

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