Miss Caroline at Main
Meet Miss Caroline at Main Library!
"My favorite children's or family movie is
A Christmas Story."
"My favorite thing to do in the snow: get inside as quickly as possible and snuggle up with a blanket and a good book!"
Miss Caroline would like to recommend these advanced readers!
Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Recommended for ages 6 - 9
Two girls, one big and one small, share adventures together in each of three short stories featuring friends who have very different opinions of things. Bink loves colorful stripy socks; Gollie does not. Gollie wants to take a solo trip to the tops of the snowy Andes Mountains; Bink just wants someone to share her peanut butter sandwich. Bink adores her new fish companion; Gollie is unimpressed. Even though they have their differences, they are best friends no matter what happens. Each girl is unique, and that uniqueness is what they always end up appreciating and enjoying about each other.
This would be a great series for girls who want something more than "girly girl" books about princesses or fairies. Bink and Gollie are fun and spunky girls who enjoy being together whatever the circumstance. The illustrations make the story even more humorous and silly and are great at showing what each girl's individual personality is like. Bink & Gollie, the first book in the series, (there are 3 total) is a really fun look at what it's like for friends who are opposites of each other. There may not be any serious lessons learned here, but reading enjoyment is certain for anyone who wants to read about Bink & Gollie!
Science Solves It!: Buried in the Backyard by Gail Herman
Recommended for ages 5 - 7
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them, and the Science Solves It! series has a lot to offer budding scientists. In addition to providing factual information, these books teach children how to use a variety of skills like observing, asking questions, collecting information, forming hypotheses, doing simple experiments, drawing conclusions, and showing what they've learned. From topics like dinosaurs and the ocean to outer space and simple machines, these books entertain and inform.
One particular book in the series, Buried in the Backyard, takes a brother and sister through the process of discovering and identifying a mysterious bone they found in their backyard. The siblings use their measuring and observation skills to learn that what they originally thought was a dinosaur bone in fact belonged to a wooly mammoth. The story goes on to tell about how the entire wooly mammoth skeleton is eventually unearthed in the backyard with the children there to see the whole process. Scattered throughout the story are boxes of information about paleontology and facts about mammoths and the Ice Age. The end pages include ways children can think like real scientists, and gives ideas for activities relating to measuring. This is a great read for children who love to find out why and how things are the way they are, and is perfect for those not yet ready for longer and more difficult informational books.
Join Miss Caroline at Main Library for Toddler Story Time, Wednesdays @ 11 AM