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!

My 1st Library Card

Children need books! The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a recommendation that children be read to daily, beginning in infancy. Research suggests having books available at home is the best way to prepare children for school. Reading advocates say that children should be read 1,000 books before kindergarten. Happily, it doesn’t seem to matter whether we read the same book over and over, or a different book every day. Just make reading part of every child’s day, every day.  St. Louis Public Library has a new library card, My 1st Library Card, to make this easier.

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Using their very own card, children from birth to age 6 can check out up to 50 children’s books. Plus they can download Tumblebooks (eBbook versions of picture books with interactive features) from the Library website. Overdue Fines are not charged but parents are still responsible for lost or damaged items.

My 1st Library Card helps youngest users become readers for life. Sign your child up today!

To School Around the World

Back to school routines take a long time to get used to as we ease into September. Casual mornings sipping tea on the back porch turn into snatch, grab, and eat what you can from the pantry.  Long summer evenings turn into homework crunch frenzy festivals. However your routine has changed from August to September, remember to take time for you and your family to just enjoy the change of the seasons and the change of routine. As your family transitions, you and your family may also want to consider how children around the world attend school. These books offer endless possibilities for exploration. How fun would it be to go to school in a tree house?

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Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools around the World by Susan Hughes
How fun would it be to go to school in a treehouse? Chapters are divided by common characteristics. Why a treehouse? Parents, educators, and children will enjoy the map and resources page. Challenge your children to look around their community and school environment and think about how their school is the same or different.

My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Arranged alphabetically by country, examples are presented of the various modes of transportation used to get books in the hands of children. By boat, truck, mule, bicycle, and camel are just a few of those ways.

My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School around the World by Margriet Ruurs
Arranged alphabetically by country, examples are presented of schools situated in various challenging climate environments. In one community in Cambodia, families live in floating houses. There is a floating school as well.

Going to School in India by Lisa Heydlauff
The vast and diverse peoples and cultures of India are presented in this scrapbook style adventure. Dozens of children are featured throughout India as they pursue education in each of their communities.

This Is the Way We Go To School by Laine Falk
Children will feel part of a global community. Discuss the different ways in which children in your community travel to school: by foot, car, bus, train, carpool. You and your children can design a scrapbook telling your own family story of school.