Rattle Those Bones

Tis’ the season for ghosts and ghoulies and creepy crawlies, but these books about bones and skeletons can be read and shared all year round.


Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle’s door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.

Skelly, the Skeleton Girl by Jimmy Pickering
Skelly the skeleton girl finds a bone lying on the floor of her house and wonders where it came from, and when she finally finds the answer she is pleasantly surprised.

Billy Bones: A Tale From the Secrets Closet by Christopher Lincoln
The secrets of High Manners Manor, carefully guarded in a closet by Billy and his skeleton parents, begin to unravel when the orphan Millicent arrives and the two children start uncovering ghosts, apparitions, and scurrilous lies that have been festering in the house for far too long.

Dem Bones by Bob Barner
Paper collages revive a classic African-American song, as frolicking skeletons sing along to the well-known spiritual, accompanied by interesting, informative “bone facts”.

Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins
Featuring intricate, collage-style cut-paper images by a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator, a guide to human and animal skeletons provides informative comparisons while sharing such facts as the number of bones in the human body and the ways that skeletal structures work.

Try your hand at assembling animal skeletons with this fun build a skeleton game:

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will be observed on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16am. Check out these books on earthquakes other natural disasters, and disaster preparedness. Visit The Great Central U. S. ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/centralus


Earthquakes by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods
With maps and pictures, readers are treated to an overview of earthquakes and the way they impact people around the world. Part of the series Disaster Up Close, this title includes an timeline and glossary. Do you know the difference between the Modified Mercalli scale and the Richter scale?

Earthquakes by Seymour Simon
This overview will give you and your young readers much to discuss: Ring of Fire, San Andreas, and geologic process. You will have a new expert in the family after devouring this selection.

Earthquakes by Dennis Fradin and Judy Fradin
Part of the Witness to Disaster series, readers will appreciate the impact of earthquakes through the experiences of those who have survived. A new thirst for understanding this powerful geologic occurrence will emerge.

Natural Disasters by Claire Watts
DK Eyewitness books provides an overview of natural disasters including tsunamis, tornadoes, and Earth shakes. Includes “Did you know?” and a timeline.

PlayDate Theater: Fire Dog

St. Louis Public Library welcomes Fire Dog to the PlayDate Theater stage (in Central’s Auditorium) Saturday, October 18 from 2-3 p.m.


For years, parents and kids have been asking members of St. Louis’ pop-rock band Fire Dog, “When are you going to make a children’s album?” Mark Pagano, Celia Shacklett and Mike Schurk – who all work musically with young people – finally got in the studio this summer to record their latest album, “For the Kids.” Their October 18 concert will feature songs from the soon-to-be released album.

Fire Dog plays music that kids can get up and dance to, and their parents can appreciate too. Their mission is to spread positive vibrations through songs of truth and intrigue. They have been sharing their unique brand of pop, rock harmonies since 2006, playing over 250 shows throughout the country.

Fire Dog makes friends and fans wherever they play. So come dance!

It’s Apple Time!

It’s officially fall which, of course, means apples, apples, APPLES! It’s the time of year for apple picking and apple pie so stop by the library and pick up these titles!


Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
It’s a blue sky autumn day and Minna, Pop, Mom, and Dad have decided to go on an outing to Long Hill Orchard. As the bunnies fill their baskets, Farmer Miller teaches them all about apples. This charming story is filled with fun facts, activities, and an applesauce recipe.

Amazing Apples by Consie Powell
Absolutely the Perfect fruit to Put in your Lunchbox and Later Eat. Acrostic poems made from apple-themed words lead readers through the growing season-from early spring buds to apple-picking time to naked tree branches resting in winter. Accompanied by beautiful, hand-colored woodblock prints, Amazing Apples also includes some apple history as well as ideas about what to do with apples. Children will enjoy these flavor-filled poems that celebrate this popular fruit.

Fancy Nancy Apples Galore! by Jane O’Connor
Fancy Nancy is thrilled when Ms. Glass announces a class field trip: apple picking! Nancy is determined to find a perfect Gala apple for her dad–it’s his favorite kind, and even the name sounds fancy! But what if that perfect apple is just out of reach? In the fancy footsteps of all of the Fancy Nancy I Can Reads, Fancy Nancy: Apples Galore! will delight beginning readers. With easy-to-read text and vibrant illustrations, fancy fans will clamor for more!

Apples A to Z by Margaret McNamara
A fun and fact-filled ABC book — all about apples! Apples Beat Candy – everyone knows that. But there is a lot more to learn about this delicious fruit. Fox, Bear, and their friends lead young readers through an apple alphabet–from apple buds and blossoms through nutrition and orchards to the X on an apple pie. Along the way, apple lovers will pick up a windfall of apple science and lore, as well as fun facts and child-friendly information. And twenty-six apple varieties are introduced, even ones for X, Y, and Z!

An Apple’s Life by Nancy Dickman
Before you go apple picking, read this book to find out how apples are created. From seed to seedling, tree to blossom, flower to fruit, the life cycle of an apple is beautiful to see. This title shows the reader how an apple begins life, grows, and reproduces.

After reading all about apples, you’re bound to be craving some delicious treats! A recipe for chocolate dipped apples slices for you and your kiddos to make together can be found here, courtesy of Kidspot.


The Majesty of Dragons

Few creatures capture the spirit of human imagination the way a fire-breathing dragon can. Soar with these sizzlin’ hot dragon titles.

Dragon Puncher by James Kochalka
Meet the Dragon puncher, a cute but ruthless kitty in an armored battle suit, dedicated to defeating dangerous dragons wherever they may be. The Dragon puncher and his would-be sidekick Spoony-E (a fuzzy little fellow armed with a wooden spoon) confront a gigantic, drooling dragon and have a ridiculous, hilarious brawl.

Ashley the Dragon Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Rachel and Kirsty are heading to outdoor adventure camp — and another fairy adventure is just around the corner! The Magical Animal Fairies’ seven animals are missing. The animals each look after a special kind of magic. If Rachel and Kirsty can’t find them fast, nothing will be the same!  Rachel and Kirsty can’t wait to explore some cool caves … but neither can the goblins! Could the goblins be looking for Ashley the Dragon Fairy’s little dragon, Sizzle? And can the girls find Sizzle first?
Find the missing magical animal in each book and help save the fairy magic!

A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson
The ultimate back-to-school quest from bestsellers Donaldson and Scheffler
What do dragons learn at Madam Dragon’s school? How to fly… How to roar… How to breathe fire!
Zog is the most eager student in the class, but he’s also the most accident-prone. With each test (and each bump, bruise, or scrape), his dream of earning a gold star seems further away than ever.  But a mysterious girl keeps coming to his rescue. And when Zog faces his toughest test yet, she may be just the person to help Zog win classroom glory!

Dragons (Mythical Creatures) by Charlotte Guillain
This book introduces readers to what dragons are, how dragon stories differ across the globe, and where dragon stories come from.

There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
When Billy Bixbee finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!” This only makes the dragon get bigger. He grows, and grows, and grows, until he’s bigger than Billy’s house—and that’s just the beginning!
Charming text and playful illustrations by well-known author-illustrator Jack Kent pair in a terrific story that demonstrates how a little attention can make a big difference, no matter what size the problem.

The Boy Who Painted Dragons by Demi
Smoke, fire, dragons, wisdom, fear, and bravery…All of these elements are brought to life by award-winning author and artist Demi in a story of valor in the face of overwhelming fear.  With splashes of color and dramatic detail, a boy named Ping decorates his home with paintings of dragons. While they seem to be a proclamation of his love for dragons, they are actually an expression of his deepest fear. The Heavenly Dragon visits Ping after being impressed with the boy’s outward declaration of love and respect for dragons and presents the boy with three pearls of wisdom. With bold and expansive illustrations that sweep across the pages, Demi’s triumphant tale proves that the greatest fear of fear itself is one that can be conquered with truth and bravery.

After reading these hot titles, create your own fire-breathing monster! Directions can be found at Activity Village.


ARRRR, Mateys – it be “Talk Like a Pirate Day”!

Yesterday, Buder, Barr and Central all celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day (one day early) with parties, crafts and activities.  Batten down the hatches and take a look at these fearsome buccaneers:

Reading the treasure map

Reading the treasure map

Digging for buried treasure

Digging for buried treasure

Making hand print pirates

Making hand print pirates

Handprint pirates

Hand print pirates

Walking the plank

Walking the plank

If you need some assistance with your pirate-lingo, take a look at the library’s new Mango Language program!