Children's Bookshelf - November 2015
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Be Thankful for Books
by Allison Murphy

It’s the time of year to think of turkeys, touchdowns and being thankful. As you gather together with family and friends this month, take time to talk about what you are grateful for, and share a book together. There are lots of wonderful children’s books that spark the conversation about all that we have to appreciate. Before you read with your child, take a picture walk through the story and talk about what you see. Maybe one of the pages will remind you of something you’ve done together. Listening to you talk is one of the best ways to make your child a stronger reader.

Bear Says Thanks
by Karma Wilson
When Bear decides to make a feast for his friends, he is disappointed to see that his cupboards are completely bare.  His friends pitch in and each brings a delectable dish to share, and Bear contributes by telling warm stories by the light of the camp fire.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Did you know that we almost lost Thanksgiving? If it weren’t for a feisty little lady named Sarah Hale, the day of family and food might be forgotten. Sarah Hale organized citizens to write thousands of letters to government officials and, finally in 1863, President Lincoln made it a national holiday.

Over the River and Through the Wood
by Lydia Maria Child
Illustrator David Catrow takes a hysterical look at this age-old song about the journey to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving. This time though, the trip starts off in a car driving through the city when the smallest passenger is accidentally bumped out of the vehicle. Will he make it to Grandmother’s house in time for pie?

This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story
by Laura Krauss Melmed
The fall preparations are underway and the Wampanoag and Pilgrim friends are all busy hunting, gathering, sharing and playing. The rhythmic tale counts up to 12 and showcases the chores that must be completed before the great feast. Brehner’s vibrant illustrations complement the lyrical text and convey the excitement of the coming celebration.

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks
by John Bucchino
Let’s stop and think about all that we are grateful for — friends, health and a roof above our heads. Through melodic text and evocative illustrations, this book is a delightful celebration of the changing seasons, magic of nature and the blessings that surround us.

One is a Feast for Mouse
by Judy Cox
The turkey’s carved, the table’s empty, dad’s asleep in his favorite chair. Now what? Out comes Mouse from his favorite hidey-hole. All he wants is one toothsome green pea, but his eyes are bigger than his stomach! As he sees one more delectable item, Mouse begins to stagger under his load of goodies. Will he make it to safety before Cat catches him?


Events at the Wallingford Library
November is chock-full of great events for children! Call the library or stop by to sign up.

Girls Inc. Mini Mavens (grades 1-5) takes place on Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. Join Girls, Inc. to learn how to be a media and money maven (and expert) in this program series just for girls!

Fetch Some Fun on Friday (grades 1-5) happens on Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m. Join this hands-on program and learn to think like a scientist! This month, use air power to send a straw flying high!

Limber up at Yoga with Zorayda (grades K-2 and 3-5) on Saturday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. In this yoga program, Zorayda Cocchi, occupational therapist and certified YogaKids instructor, will use poses and movement to enhance reading skills. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel.

Authors Alive with Mr. Adam (grades 3-5) begins on Tuesday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. Learn all about authors you may not know, get creative with some writing of your own, and show off your artistic skills with a related craft. This month, learn all about the life and times of Mark Twain, the author who introduced us to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn!

Put it all together during Break It-Make It Lab (grades 3-5) on Friday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. Ever wanted to find out how things work? Here’s your chance! This month, join the Take Apart Workshop for kids! See what’s inside household appliances and electronics as we take them apart and learn how they run.

The fun is building during LEGO® Club (grades K-5) on Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your imagination and join us for an hour of creating with LEGO bricks! Because the LEGO bricks pose a choking hazard, no younger siblings, please.

Come to Police Officer Storytime (ages 3-5) on Monday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. Join us once a month for a fun drop-in storytime with Wallingford police officers. Here’s your chance to meet real police officers, ask questions and listen to some great books!

The Wallingford Public Library is located at 200 North Main Street. For more information, call 203-265-6754 or visit

Allison Murphy is the Children’s Librarian at the Wallingford Public Library.




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