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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy First Day of Summer!

Today is the first day of summer which means that it is time for summer reading, ice cream, relaxing on the beach, and summer camp. How many books do you think you can read this summer? 

Don't forget to sign up for summer reading! There is a summer reading program available for Newborn-3 1/2 years old, 3 1/2 to K, as well as a program for children in grades 1-5. 

Here are some book suggestions to get you started reading.

Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee.
Ages 3-6

A little girl enjoys the activities of a warm summer day and night.

Commotion in the ocean / Giles Andreae ; illustrated by David Wojtowycz.
Preschool-Grade 2

A collection of poems about the many creatures living beneath the sea, including the crab, dolphin, and angel fish.

Cam Jansen and the mystery of the Babe Ruth baseball / David A. Adler ; illustrated by

Susanna Natti.

Cam uses her photographic memory to identify the person who stole a valuable autographed baseball.

Stuart Little By E.B. White
Grade 3+

The adventures of the debonair mouse, Stuart Little, as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.

Strider by Beverely Cleary
Grade 4+

In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer 

by Rick Riordan
Grade 5+

Living on the streets of Boston after the death of his mother, Magnus is told by a mysterious stranger that he is the son of a Norse god and must track down a lost ancient sword to stop a war being waged by mythical monsters, in the first book of a new series by the internationally best-selling author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series. 

posted by Miss Meghan