Children's Bookshelf - June 2018
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Beach Reads
by Michelle Farella

Summer is almost here, and with the warm weather comes the opportunity to read for pleasure and participate in your library’s summer reading program. All you have to do is read and log in your selections with the library for a chance to win prizes and free books. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!,” so be on the lookout for music and geology-themed programing at your local library.

While the library is a great place to cool down on hot days, the beach is another fun location to head to with a book. Here is a list of selections for you and your child to enjoy together while relaxing by the water this summer.

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae takes children on a journey through the ocean. This classic is a collection of silly verses about creatures that live in the sea. It has beautiful illustrations and rhyming prose that are sure to interest even reluctant readers.

The Bad Guys graphic novel series by Aaron Blabey is laugh out loud funny! What happens when characters that have always been associated with being bad guys want to change their image? Wolf wants to be seen as a good guy, so he recruits three friends to do good deeds. However, will they be successful in their new missions?

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall is great for new swimmers. While new experiences, such as jumping off the diving board, can be scary, Jabari learns that it’s important to face your fears. Who knows? It might even be fun!

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle. In Cuba there has never been a female drummer, but that does not stop one girl from dreaming of playing conga and bongo drums. The book is inspired by the true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga’s fight to break the taboo that drums were only for boys. This gorgeous picture book has vibrant illustrations and an uplifting message for readers of all ages.

Pink is For Blobfish by Jess Keating. Pink is not just for princesses. In this book, you will find 17 extraordinary pink animals such as tarantulas, river dolphins and armadillos. This is an entertaining and educational read with great pictures and humorous tidbits of information as well. This one is sure to please the animal lovers in your family.

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka. Poetry is great for early readers, but these poems are extra fun because the text flips and turns, and creates shapes or images. This clever collection of poems really comes alive through the “word paintings” that Raczka creates. This book might even inspire children to write some poetry of their own.

Flotsam by David Wiesner. In this wordless picture book, a boy goes to the beach to study flotsam, items that have washed up on the shore. Instead of finding small trinkets, bottles, or toys, he finds an underwater camera. When he develops the film, he discovers the secrets the camera holds. The vivid and detailed illustrations will grip readers right from the beginning of this story.

Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion. Harry, a white dog with black spots, enjoys the beach, but not the heat. When he doesn’t find room under the family’s umbrella, he is forced to look for other options. On his search for shade, he becomes separated from his family, which sets off a hilarious chain of events. This story is definitely not what you would expect from a typical trip to the beach book!

Summer Events at the Meriden Public Library

Kicking off on Monday, June 25, the library will host two performers every week. There will be live animals, puppet shows, science experiments, magicians and more! Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

It’s Elementary, for grades 3 and 4 begins Tuesday, June 19 at 2:30 p.m. Stop in every week for an entertaining book or two followed by a fun activity or craft.

STEAM Storytime, for grades K-2, begins Wednesday, June 20 at 2:30 p.m. Each week children will listen to a STEAM-themed book and then complete a project or experiment based on what they have learned.

Crafternoons: Every Thursday starting June 14 there will be a drop-in craft for all ages.

Daddy Daughter Hair Studio, Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Local hairstylist Zina Diaz will teach dads how to style their child’s hair into three basic hairstyles.

LEGO ® Club, we provide the LEGOs, your children just have to bring their imaginations. On Thursdays, June 28, July 12 and August 9 drop in to the Griffin Room at 4 p.m.

Rocketry Club, the week of July 31st is open to 3rd-8th graders. Learn about rockets from the CATO Rocketry Club of Durham, then build and launch your own rocket!
The Meriden Public Library is located at 105 Miller Street. For more information, call 203-238-2344 or visit

Michelle Farella is the Children’s Librarian at the Meriden Public Library.





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