Hippity, Hoppity, READ!

If you aren’t already singing “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” or humming “Little Bunny Foo Foo,” these titles will have you chanting, “Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares, oh my!” The chapter books are short enough for you to read aloud to your class after lunch or to your child before bed.

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Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny, by Barbara Park
It’s an Easter Egg-stravaganza! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing–and reading–for over 20 years! In the 27th Junie B. Jones book, Lucille is having an Easter Egg Hunt at her rich expensive mansion! And guess what? The winner gets a play date to swim in Lucille’s heated indoor swimming pool! Only, here is the problem. How did Junie B. get stuck wearing a big dumb bunny suit? And how can she possibly find eggs when she keeps tripping over her huge big rabbit feet? Being a dumb bunny is definitely not as easy as it looks. Will Junie B. end up with egg on her face? Or will the day deliver some very uneggspected results?

Duck! Rabbit!, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s signature humor. There’s also a subtle lesson for kids who don’t know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing: reading it again!

The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.

The Tortoise & the Hare, by Jerry Pinkney
This companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse is Jerry Pinkney’s most stunning masterpiece yet. Even the slowest tortoise can defeat the quickest hare, and even the proudest hare can learn a timeless lesson from the most humble tortoise: Slow and steady wins the race! Here is a superbly rendered journey from starting line to finish that embodies the bravery, perseverance, and humility we can all find inside ourselves.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . . Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Rabbits, Pikas, and Hares, by Sara Swan Miller
What’s the difference between a rabbit and hare? This title from the Animals in Order series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: Life Science.

Kids will enjoy creating this Bunny Bookmark to keep their spots. Simple instructions can be found here.

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Week of the Young Child

week-of-the-young-childApril 6th through 12th is the Week of the Young Child!  St. Louis Public Library is celebrating our community’s young children by displaying artwork from preschoolers at three Grace Hill Head Start programs.  Visit Central Library, Carondelet Branch, or Divoll Branch to see some fabulous works created by the youngest artists among us.

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WOYClogo1_0To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s website.

Money Smart: Kids Read

Visit Buder or Julia Davis Branch this Saturday (April 5th) from 10-11am for a special storytime presentation! Learn the importance of saving along with Curious George as he learns to save his pennies. Presented by COUNTRY Financial.

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Want to learn more about Curious George?  Check out Buder’s Curious George Party from last September for some fun party ideas and Curious George tidbits!

Book Weekend – Nests

JacketTYVTNTD3Spring is sneaking up, and the bird are getting ready.  Two new books are ready for readers to enjoy in our libraries!

Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, describes in simple rhyming words, the different types of nests built by different types of birds.  Steve Jenkins, a Caldecott Honoree, uses cut out water-painted images to recreate the feel of feathers and twigs.

Nest by Jorey Hurley follows the a cycle of bird born in spring through-out the seasons.  Using crisp, vibrant artwork with minimal words, the story follows one bird as she is born in a nest, through her enjoyment of the season, until the next spring when she has found a mate to make another nest with.

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