Children's Bookshelf - November 2016
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Giving Thanks
by Andrea Szabo

It is that busy time of year with the holidays just around the corner. As we pack away the Halloween costumes and take out the Thanksgiving centerpieces, now is a great time to focus on family. One of the best ways to spend time together is by sharing books. Whether your child is 2 or 12, books give us the opportunity to curl up together, read and share meaningful conversations. Listed below are some top-picks for the season.

Younger Children

I’m a Turkey by Jim Arnosky. Follow Tom Turkey as he shows off his flock in this fun, rhyming book. Perfect for the 2-4 year-old crowd with a bonus downloadable song available online.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr. It’s amazing — all of the simple things that there are to be thankful for! Parr does a wonderful job helping even the youngest of children learn what it means to be thankful.

One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox. After the humans’ Thanksgiving meal, mouse sneaks out and spots a very tasty pea. Surely one pea is enough for mouse — until he spots some other tasty treats. Mouse merrily scurries around collecting food until, uh-oh, cat! One is a Feast for a Mouse is a cute story with excellent vocabulary for building early language skills.

Older Children

Gooney Bird and the Room Mother by Lois Lowry. Precocious little Gooney Bird is up to her antics again in this series by award winning author Lois Lowry. When Thanksgiving comes around and no ones’ mom will volunteer to be the room mother and bake cupcakes, Gooney Bird takes matters into her own hands. She finds a room mother who wishes to be incognito, but who will it be? This is an enjoyable, seasonal read for kids in grades 3-5.

N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims by Robert San Souci. Follow the story of the pilgrims as they come to America, explore and settle. N.C. Wyeth’s accompanying illustrations are a beautiful sight to see!

Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning. Kids can learn about table manners from setting the table all the way through cleaning up. Important questions are answered throughout such as: How do you eat spaghetti? What do I do when I burp? What do you do when you don’t like something? This is written in a child-friendly way to help kids avoid embarrassing situations and improve social skills.

Upcoming Programs at Wilton Library

Saturday, November 5, Mother and Daughter Book Club, 3-4 p.m. Calling all daughters and mothers who want to read about heroines that are smart, brave, strong and kind. In the second session, read Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses, about a very intelligent girl and a very interesting squirrel, with a lot of heart and humor along the way. For grades 3-5. Refreshments will be served. Registration required.

Tuesdays, November 15, 22 and 29, STEM for Kids, 4-5 p.m. Explore, experiment, build and just have fun with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) on Tuesdays from November 15 to December 20.

Each week will be a different topic. Week 1: Chemistry; Week 2: Electricity; Week 3: Water. This program is open to children, ages 8-11. Registration is required. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Saturday, November 19, Metro-North Railroad Presents “Get There Safe!,” 3-3:45 p.m. Children in grades K-2 and their families are invited to this railway safety program. TRACKS (Together Railroads and Communities Keeping Safe) is a free community outreach program, in partnership with the MTA Police department, designed to educate the Metro-North community about rail safety. The TRACKS program content covers three topics: grade crossing, track safety and trespassing. Metro-North is the second largest community railroad in the country. Registration suggested.

Sunday, November 20, Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids, 1-4:30 p.m. Drop by the children’s library and make some special Thanksgiving Day Crafts! From turkey centerpieces to celebratory place mats, you’ll find something fun to make and take away. No registration required, children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers. Children under 12 must have caregivers remain in the building.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. For more information and registration, call 203-762-3950, or visit

Andrea Szabo is the Head of the Children’s Library at the Wilton Library Association.






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