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Children's Bookshelf - April 2019

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Inspiring a Love of Nature
by Jenna Bivona and Jennifer Zappulla, Library Assistants

It’s finally spring! Everything around us is thawing out and we can start spending more time outside. 


Reading is a powerful way to help shape how our youth view the world around them. This includes fostering an appreciation of nature. Here are some titles that use both beautiful illustrations and words to not only get kids outside exploring, but also build respect and love for the great outdoors.

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

by Beatrice Alemagna

Follow the adventures of a young child who drops her video game device in a pond. What starts out as a boring rainy day turns into a gorgeously illustrated romp in the woods. As the main character slowly discovers the magical world around her, the woods become a treasure trove for the imagination. 

Walk and See: Colors
by Rosalind Beardshaw

This elegant board book takes very young readers on a journey to explore the colors of the rainbow. The talented Rosalind Beardshaw’s beautiful illustrations and visual storytelling follow two children on a walk through the countryside.

Finding Wild
by Megan Wagner Lloyd


In this picture book, we are reminded that no matter how removed nature seems to be, we can always find it in many forms. The vibrant illustrations and descriptions are a sensory treat and sure to get everyone out exploring the wild that’s right in their own backyard.

by Katherine Applegate


Red oak watches over the neighborhood with the help of a crow to help their human neighbors work out their differences. Warm and thoughtful, this story is told from the perspective of an ancient oak tree who has seen it all.

The Tree Lady
by H. Joseph Hopkins


This junior biography tells the story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Katherine Sessions who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens.

The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown 


Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment. From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

National Parks of the U.S.A.
by Kate Siber


While many of us wish we could spend our days traveling from coast to coast in this magnificent country, this is not always a reality (unfortunately). The next best thing is checking out and reading this book that showcases the diversity of 21 national parks from California to Connecticut. Siber also makes a case for preserving these breathtaking spaces and the wildlife within.

Events at the Cora J. Belden Library


Get outside at your library! While Connecticut State Parks are now free with a Connecticut license plate, the Cora J. Belden Library in Rocky Hill, along with many others, provides passes that waive building and museum entrance fees at multiple locations. Contact your local library for details. 


Visit us at our Friends of the Library Book Sale on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from noon-3:30 p.m. for an amazing selection of books for all ages.


Drop in to our ongoing weekly playgroups for songs, stories, dancing, free play and socialization. Ages birth to 5 with an adult. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:15-11:30 a.m.


Get your groove on at Music and Movement Mondays from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Ages birth to 7 are invited to develop confidence, coordination and social skills during this fun class.


It’s full STEAM ahead at our Build Club every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. Try a different building kit each week. Ages 4 and up with an adult.


Trashion Show: Let’s see if you have what it takes to be a fashion designer using recyclable materials! Wednesday, April 10 from 3-4 p.m. For youth in grades 3 and up, no registration required.


Pajama Storytime: Who doesn’t love wearing their pajamas to the library? Get cozy, bring a stuffed animal friend and listen to some stories on Wednesday, April 11 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. For children of all ages with an adult, no registration needed.


Silly-Sing-a-Long Concert with Edward Leonard: Sing, dance and act silly during this interactive musical performance on Thursday, April 11 from 2-3 p.m. For children of all ages with an adult, no registration needed.


The Cora J. Belden Library is located at 33 Church Street in Rocky Hill. For more information and a complete listing of events, call 860-258-7623 or visit  www.rockyhillct.gov/library/.