Monday, October 24, 2016

Fun books to read for Halloween

Halloween is almost here and it's the perfect time to read a spook-tacular book.

Here are a few not too spooky Halloween books for our young readers:

Go away, big green monster! by Ed Emberely
Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.

Does a cow say boo? by Judy Hindley
Children on a farm want to know which creature says "boo," and learn about animal sounds as they search. 

Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson
A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

Otter loves Halloween! by Sam Garton
Otter and Teddy celebrate Halloween.

Big pumpkin by Erica Silverman

A witch trying to pick a big pumpkin on Halloween discovers the value of cooperation when she gets help from a series of monsters.  

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything by Linda Williams
A  little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.

For our older readers looking for a scary story to tell in the dark:

Scary stories to tell in the dark by Alvin Schwartz
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

In a creepy, creepy place and other scary stories by Judith Gorog

A collection of scary stories with unpredictable events and bizarre characters.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Two Big Birthdays for Children's Book Icons

September is a big, big month for two very important names in children's literature.

First off we have Roald Dahl, Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and the list goes on.

Roald Dahl (by Quentin Blake):
Roald Dahl's portrait by Quentin Blake, illustrator of Dahl's books.
September 13, 2016 would mark the 100th birthday of the author who penned over 20 children's books. Several went on to become movies, stage plays, operas, movies again, you name it!

Dahl also invented a language called: Gobblefunk. Syosset Library will soon be adding to our shelves a Dahl Dictionary if you are so inclined to study this language.

Our second big Birthday is for everyone's favorite little monkey, Curious George who turns 75 this year. 

He looks good for his age!
While George is one of the best known characters in Children's Literature, he was actually the "break out" character in an earlier book of H.A. Rey's. Cecily G. and the Nine Monkey's. Cecily was a giraffe -- that's where her surname initial derives -- and George was actually known as Fifi in this first book. In fact, George isn't known as "George" in every country. In Denmark he is "Peter Pedal", and "Hitomane Kozaru" in Japan, for instance. Actually, his English name was almost NOT George as it was thought it might be offensive to name him after the sitting King of English at the time of publication.

So there was a time when we could have been celebrating 75 years of Curious Zozo. I believe George has a much better ring to it.  

-Miss Jessikah

Friday, August 19, 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set...Read

Another Summer Reading Club has come to a close.  So many programs were held and attended and so many books were read!  Way to go Syosset kids!

 We'll see you next year for Build a Better World.

Posted by Amy

Friday, July 22, 2016

Toads and Summer

Recently, I came across a delightful new book  -- The Toad by Elise Gravel.  I exclaimed to my coworker – “I love toads!  Toads are my childhood!”  This was met with much merriment.  But, it is true.  Tadpoles and toads were a big part of my life when I was growing up in Massapequa Park.  We lived near a storm basin, filled with water, and we would look for and easily find tadpoles and baby toads and grown-up toads.  At night, we would hear them sing.  It is one of my favorite sounds.  These days, I rarely see toads anymore.  Sadly, they are disappearing due to pollution and loss of habitat.  But when I am lucky enough to come across one or if I hear them sing, it always makes me happy.  It evokes wonderful memories of summers past.

Toad booklist (this is a very short list --- these are not all the books the library has on toads; for more titles, please ask one of the librarians.  Preferably one that has an appreciation for toads.  Probably not Miss Amy):
The book that inspired me -- The Toad by Elise Gravel (it is part of a series called Disgusting Critters but toads are NOT disgusting. At all).  It is filled with interesting information about these creatures and is very entertaining:

This beautiful book, Gem by Hollie Hobbie, is aptly titled:

Posted by Miss Sue Ann, certified toad lover.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pokémon in the Children's Room

 Pokémon have come to the Syosset Library and they have made the children's room their new home. 

A weedle was spotted at the children's room desk.

Miss Amy posed with a wild Spearow.

Come to the Children's Room and Sign up for Summer Reading. You may even spot some wild Pokémon.

posted by Miss Meghan