Book Weekend – New Board Books

CountingAppleTwo new board books invite toddlers and pre-schoolers to learn through touch.

Counting by DK is part of a new Braille series.  Textured inserts are not a new thing in board books.  But this book pairs it with Braille text. Not that the little ones will understand the raised bumps.  But older siblings might be intrigued by this tactile reading system.  The simple shapes for counting stand out in different textures.  And for parents who rely on Braille, this book opens a window into a shared early literacy experience.

A is for Apple is a very standard board book with flat pictures of images that starts with each sound.  But the large letters are embedded into the double thick pages.  Arrows show the young reader which direction to move the finders, mimicking the movements for writing.  Engaging multiple senses deepens a child’s learning experience.  Adult and child will slow down and savor this deceptively simple book.

Play Date Theater Presents Fairytale Review

Bring the whole family for Play Date Theater’s Fairytale Review presented by Edie’s Fairytale Theatre on May 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. in Central Library’s Auditorium.


Fairytale Review combines all the best fairytale characters for a fun romp in the woods. Audience participation is encouraged.

Edie’s Fairytale Theatre (formerly Piwacket Theatre) has been a perennial favorite of Play Date Theater audiences. Their original adaptations of musical fairytales engage, enchant and excite young children. A perfect way to introduce children, ages 2 to 10 to theater while allowing them to use their imaginations, explore their creativity and nurture a thirst for learning.

Storytime at Baden

Dumas Bilingual Child Development Center stopped by Baden Branch for a private storytime session today. Spring stories were the theme for the day (including a Pete the Cat sing-along of Old McDonald Had a Farm), colored spring pictures, and learned how to use the library. Reading on the Baden book snake was a highlight of the visit!


Book Weekend – Cats & Ducks & Families

QuackersQuackers is a duck — or so he thinks.  He lives by a pond, and his family is made of ducks.  True – he has orange fur and doesn’t like water.  But one day he meets another strange furry duckling who opens up a whole new world of experiences — as a barn cat!

This cute orange tabby slowly discovers his roots, delighting in experiences.  Yet awkward aspects of cat-hood exist, too, like fur-licking. Yuck – really?!  When Quackers goes back to the pond to reunite with his adopted family, new families and old families unite with love.

Quackers by Liz Wong uses humor and cuteness to get kids thinking about what being a family means.

New MomMy New Mom & Me by Renata Galindo looks at adoption head-on, following a puppy on his first troubled weeks of a new life.  Real issues of assimilation and identity  are explored, and sometimes both the child and the new mom struggle.  But the puppy knows his new cat mom loves him.  The endurance of love keeps them safe.

The European illustrations use a modernist style that can feel a bit bleak and lonely.  But the warm colors keep the two main characters cozy.

Book Weekend will be back next Friday, highlight new pictures to hit the shelves of the St. Louis Public Library!


Who doesn’t like pigs? Big pigs, little pigs, pink pigs, spotted pigs! There are so many pigs just as many wonderful stories about them. Go hog wild for pigs!


Me First by Helen Lester
Being first isn’t always best, as Pinkerton Pig finds out after an encounter with a mean Sand Witch. As always, Helen Lester’s wonderfully offbeat humor and Lynn Munsinger’s whimsical illustrations result in a hilarious lesson about piggishness.

Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Farmer Greenstalk and his family have the darnedest luck. Broken-down tractors, kites stuck in trees: they’re always having problems! It’s a good thing they have such helpful farm animals on hand.  This time around, the pigs want to pitch in, and boy, do they ever! The Greenstalks soon find, though, that life might just be a little easier without their help.

Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka
After a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed.  But meanwhile, back at the barn . . .
Cow sets up her drums.
Pig plugs in his amp.
Goat tunes his bass.
Chicken sets up her keyboards.
And Sheep checks the microphone.
They are Punk Farm and tonight they’re ready to ROCK!
With adorable farm animals – and a surprise tribute to Old MacDonald – this rollicking tale is sure to have kids cheering–and singing–along.

Small Pig by Arnold Lobel
No mud!  Small Pig loves to sit in good, soft mud. When the farmer’s wife cleans his pigpen, Small Pig runs away. In the city he finds a new mud puddle–but it is not full of mud at all. And now Small Pig has one big problem!

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Why do wolves think they can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three pigs just aren’t going to take it!
The first starts aikido lessons – he’ll make mincemeat out of that wolf!
His brother learns a little jujitsu – he’ll chop that guy to pieces!
But when the wolf actually appears, it turns out these two pigs aren’t quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves. Kiya!

Babe: the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
When Babe arrives at Hogget Farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops–until he reveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is. Before long, Babe is handling Farmer Hogget’s flock better than any sheepdog ever could. Babe is so good, in fact, that the farmer enters him into the Grand Challenge Sheepdog Trials. Will it take a miracle for Babe to win?

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
When Pink was born, he was the runt of the litter. He was so tiny that his bigger pig siblings pushed him out of the way to get food. So it was a good thing that Tink, a brand-new dachshund mom, was there to help. She cuddled up with Pink and made him feel right at home. Soon he was strong enough to play with his new puppy siblings.
Thanks to Tink’s motherly instincts, Pink’s story has a happy ending: he is now a big, healthy pig, thriving on the farm. The heartwarming bond between Pink and his adopted family proves that love and acceptance are just a tail wag away!

Oink oink!  After reading these precious pig stories, make some piggies of your own.  Create a plastic egg pig or a pom-pom pig!