Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Read Across America

Yesterday marked the 111th birthday of beloved children's book author, Dr. Seuss.

Each year on March 2nd the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.   Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

Here in the Children's Room, we have an annual tradition of donning our Cat in the Hat hats and taking a photo to mark the day.  This year we have our new trainee, Miss Meghan, along with Miss Rosemarie and Miss Amy looking snazzy in their hats.

posted by Amy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic is the story of Felicity Juniper Pickle, a young word-collector who sees words hovering in the air above people, words they are thinking about or words they want. She travels from place to place with her mother and younger sister Frannie Jo aboard their van The Pickled Jalapeno.  They never find a friend or a home until they land in Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, previously known as a “magical place to call home.”  Midnight Gulch may no longer be magical but it is home to the mysterious Beedle, who always knows how to "fix what’s ailing people” and Dr. Zook’s Famous Ice Cream, which stays cold for 24 hours without being in a freezer and comes in such interesting flavors as Chocolate Chip Pork Rind and Chocolate Orange Switcheroo.  There are so many things to love about this book – you will never stop cheering for the wonderfully quirky characters and for a town that never really lost its magic, it was just hiding all along.  Splendiferous!

Posted by Sue Ann

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Top Ten Children's Books: The Old and New

In the January 19, 2015 issue of Time Magazine you will find their list of Top Ten Children's Books for ages 3-11.  Many of these titles, if not all, are familiar to many of us.  They are the tried and true of children's classic stories.

As a counterpoint to Time's list, Jordan B. Nielsen, a children's book-buyer and blogger for Huffington Post had a different top ten list in mind.  There's no doubting the timelessness of Time's list but Nielsen points out that the majority of the books are 50 years old.  Where are the newer authors and titles that are worthy of the title children's classics?  So based on her experience, below is her list of 20 New Classics Every Child Should Own.

Top Ten Children's Books for ages 3-11 (Time Magazine)

1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
2.  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
3.  Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
4.  Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)
5.  Little Bear (series) by Else Holmelund Minarik (1957)
6.  Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)
7.  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)
8.  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (1989)
9.  Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)
10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)

20 New Classics Every Child Should Own  (Jordan B. Nielsen)

1.  How To by Julie Morstad (2013)
2.  Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (2012)
3.  Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (2013)
4.  Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse (1999)
5.  Toy Boat by Randall deSeve (2007)
6.  Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (2013)
7.  Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin (2013)
8.  Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska (2013)
9. 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket (2014)
10.  On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne(2013)
11. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (2003)
12. Have You Seen My Dragon by Steve Light (2014)
13. On the Wing by David Elliott (2014)
14. Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (2014)
15. A Lion in Paris by beatrice Alemagna (2014)
16. Looking at Lincoln by Maird Kalman (2012)
17. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnel (2014)

posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Groundhog Day

Every year on February 2nd we celebrate Groundhog Day.  On this day Americans await for the groundhog to emerge from his burrow to predict how much winter is left for the year. If it's cloudy and he doesn't see his shadow, then spring will come early, but if it's sunny and he does see his shadow then we will have six more weeks of winter.  

The first and largest Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where Phil the Punxsutawney Groundhog has been predicting the weather since 1886. The day is celebrated with large crowds, music and food as they wait for Phil to make his debut.

To learn more about Groundhog day visit us in the children's room!

posted by Josephine 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snow big deal?

Well, yesterday's snow storm got us a day off from school, but the forecast promised us that it would be;
"A Storm of Historic Proportions."

Sure, we got quite a lot of white fluffiness sprinkled across our lawns, but in the end, and for
New York City, history will not remember "Winter Storm Juno" as one for the books.

Average snowfall around the country, and the world for that matter, varies.  However, you might  want to read about a really crazy storm that hit New York City.  A storm of historic proportions?  One for the books?

This is the book for you!  Jim Murphy's Blizzard!, is a true account of a real storm that hit Manhattan in March of 1888.  Now, please remember, here was a time when there were snow giant plows, no snow blowers, no trucks equipped with salt for the roads.  Weather forecasting was not anywhere near the science it is today.  In other words, no one saw this coming.  So how bad was it?

It snowed for 36 hours, and while the general accumulation of snow hit about 30 inches (a little under an inch an hour) some of the snow drifts hit as high as 50 inches!  Can you imagine what that looked like?

Here are a few pictures to help you out.        
-Miss Jessikah                                                                           
Snow drifts reached close to 50 inches!
The Snow Fell for about 36 hours!
 That means, almost an inch of snow fell each hour that the storm raged on!