Children's Bookshelf - January 2016
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Read In the New Year
by Clivel Charlton

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” - Toni Morrison

Happy New Year to you and yours, may 2016 bring you wonderful reads and exciting tales. An excellent new year’s resolution is to read aloud to your children every night at bedtime. At the end of the story, ask questions about the characters, and remember to point out new words to increase your children’s vocabularies, talk about the illustrations and have them retell the story in their own words. Kids will develop speech, language and communication skills and, most importantly, the idea that reading is fun. So, read in the New Year with a few of my favorite picture books.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Stephen Carpenter
It’s the story of three billy goat brothers, who are all named Gruff. The grass is not always greener on the other side but, for the three brothers Gruff, it certainly was. Size is a factor for the billy goats and the troll who wants to stop them from crossing a bridge. The final illustration shows the bewildered troll in deep water, while the eldest billy goat is content and satisfied. “So snip, snap, snout, this tale’s told out!”

Reading Makes You Feel Good
by Todd Parr
Author Todd Parr is noted for his books on families and self-esteem. A perfect book for a storytime, it introduces the child to the benefits of reading. Very bright and colorful, each page shows a person or a critter reading a book. See if your beginning reader can read all the words on the pictures. “Curl up with someone special and read a book. You’ll feel really good.”

The Frog Principal
by Stephanie Calmenson
This is a retelling of the story The Frog Prince, but without the kiss. The story is a delightful and warm tale about a principal, Mr. Bundy, who was turned into a frog by a magician. You’ll learn that there is an upside to being a frog principal — you’re like a fly on the wall! Teachers and students won’t know you are watching and listening to them! “Mr. Bundy went to the window and waved. The students cheered wildly and were so excited to have their principal back that no one even noticed when…zap! Mr. Bundy swallowed a fly.”

Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?
by Norma Fox Mazer
The story is about love, play and a bond between a father and the daughter he loves enjoying a day together playing hide and seek. Kids can try to help Emily’s dad find her while she hides in various places. The illustrations are whimsical, and the story makes a perfect read-aloud. It is action-oriented — every page involves seeking out Emily Greene. “My little one, my honey bun. My daisy fluff, my sweet big stuff. My clever, my funny, my lovely, my sunny. My daughter so dear. My Emily Greene…right here.”

Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer
Though simple, the illustrations dominate each page. The story starts when George’s mother asks him to bark, but instead George goes “meow.” This odd behavior continues throughout the book. George’s mom tries to teach him how to bark, and is surprised when she finds the reasons why he can’t. “Bark, George, and George went: ‘Hello’.”

Events at the Silas Bronson Library
January is the beginning of a new year, and there are lots of events for children at the library. Drop by, call or visit the website. All programs are free.

  • Let’s Go LEGO®, 6-7 p.m. (grades 1-5) takes place the last Monday of each month. LEGO’s will be provided, all you have to do is show up and build.
  • Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saturday, January 16, 3 p.m. (grades 3-12). Bright Star Touring Theater’s Struggle for Freedom celebrates the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring songs from that era.
  • Puppets with a Twist, Saturday, January 30, 3 p.m. Sarah Nolen presents a show of marionettes, hand puppets, shadow puppets and tabletop rod puppets. Some have short stories to tell and others just wanna dance!
  • Live Birds Of Prey-Up Close, Thursday, February 25, 6 p.m. In this program, by Blue Moon raptors, you will actively engage with raptors and their handlers for an unforgettable experience.
  • Story Time Plus meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. (ages 2-5). Just walk in, there is always something special to do — stories, crafts, toys and fun.
  • Mother Goose, Thursdays, 10 a.m. (ages 2-4). Nursery rhymes, visual and audio technology are used in this modern Mother Goose program.
  • Babies & Books, Wednesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. (ages 24 months and under). Enjoy lullabies, nursery rhymes, finger plays, bounces and sign language. Works best with one child per adult. No registration required, just drop in.

The Silas Bronson Library is located at 267 Grand Street in Waterbury. For more information, call 203-574-8212, like us on Facebook or visit then click on Children.

Clivel Charlton is Head of Children’s Services at the Silas Bronson Library.






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