And then it IS Spring! Finally! TODAY, March 20th, the vernal equinox. This is the day that the sun moves from south of the equator to north of the equator. Spring is in our hemisphere! The days, which have been getting longer since the winter solstice on December 21st, are now the same length as the nights. Equinox is latin for "equal nights."
When small children think of Spring, they think of lambs, chicks, ducklings, flowers and playing outside. There are a lot of books at the library to celebrate Spring: stories about baby animals and planting gardens getting outside again. Pulling a wagon to the library and filling it up with books is a great way to spend a pretty day!
You know what else is a sign of spring? Caterpillars. That means butterflies and moths are coming! Who better to usher in Spring than Eric Carle himself reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for today, March 20th, the First Day of Spring as well as The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, 2013!
- National Geographic Kids: Tiny Frogs Ring in Spring
- Martha Stewart: Kids Spring Crafts
- The Children's Museum of Indianapolis: Egg Balancing Myths and the Vernal Equinox
- TO DO: Indianapolis Zoo/Hilbert Conservatory: Butterfly Kaleidoscope Opens March 22, 2013! See over 40 species of butterflies!
- TO DO: White River State Park: Flight of the Butterflies 3D Downtown Indy IMAX movie follows the year-long annual migration cycle of monarch butterflies. Hundreds of millions of monarchs flying their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.
- TO DO: Holliday Park, Indianapolis April and May 2013 Calendar of Events
Favorite Books about Spring
New Spring Stories for 2013
New Spring Non-Fiction for 2013
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Most kid friendships start with one kid asking: "Want to play?" When the other kid is a robot, the answer is "Affirmative!" Boy and Bot have a great day until Bot's power switch gets bumped and he turns off. The boy asks, "Are you sick?" When Bot doesn't answer the Boy takes Bot home and does the things humans do to help each other feel better - a snack, a story, and a nap!
Boy takes a nap too. While he does, Bot's switch gets turned back on. Bot talks to Boy but Boy doesn't answer. "Did-you-malfunction?" Bot asks. And Bot does what robots do to fix each other - oil, reading the instruction manual, and a new battery!
FINALLY, Boy wakes up and Bot is powered up at the same time! Good times! Author: Ame Dyckman
Where's My Teddy? 93140
Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity 1114786
Blueberries for Sal 373542
- Google Look Inside: Boy + Bot
- Google Preview: Boy + Bot
- GoodReads: Boy + Bot
- Official Website: Author Ame Dyckman
- Official Website: Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino
More books about robot friendships and adventures:
Wumbers is a story created with letters and numbers. Letters and numbers are used together to make words and sentences 4 kids 2 figure out! It's a great book for kids interested in word puzzles. The clues are letters and numbers. The pictures help too. Here is what the story looks like:
Don't you just love making 4ts?! (Don't you just love making forts?!)
I Like 10ts, 2! (I like tents, 2!)
It's fun.One of my favorite books growing up was CDB! (See the Bee) by William Steig. It does the same thing! In fact, Wumbers is dedicated to William Steig. The author of Wumbers liked CDB! too! L8er allig8or! Author: Amy Rosenthal
- Amazon Look Inside: Wumbers
- GoodReads: Wumbers
- GoogleBooks: Wumbers
- Official Website: Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- Official Website: Illustrator Tom Lichtenheld
When a boy spots a young tree in the middle of the path that runs through the village, he puts rocks around the base of the tree to protect the tree from being trampled.Author: Uma Krishnaswami
In this wonderfully illustrated Indian picture narrative, the author takes the reader through the growth of a tree, as the tree’s growth into a giant coincides with the growth of the road next to it. The story quietly highlights the perils of modernization- but the tree remains. “but sometimes the drivers of cars and buses and trucks and vans and tractors stop and stay a while… and listen”
This book was worth it just for the beautiful, culturally-aware illustrations but the lessons learned from the story are amazing and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys something more than a colorful picture book.
Submitted by Joe Fox, Children’s Librarian @ Wayne Branch
- Google Books: Out of the Way! Out of the Way!
- GoodReads: Out of the Way! Out of the Way!
- Uma Krishnaswami Official Website
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Here are some more books about the reality of change. Kids are often comforted by routine and patterns. If something is suddenly different it can be a hard adjustment for them. Like Out of the Way! Out of the Way!, these stories might help make accepting change easier - "If Mary Ann the Steam Shovel can do it, so can you!" First three - gems! Who can resist feeling bad for The Lonely Little Phone Booth after cell phones come along?
If you could have as many as you wanted, how many jelly beans would be enough? (I could eat a lot...except the black ones. I always gave those to my Mom.) Is a handful good? How about 10? How about 100? The kids in this book up the number of hoped for jelly beans until they get to a million. On each colorful page kids can watch the number grow in the pictures and actually count the jelly beans. Even a million! The million page fold out to make a giant poster of ONE MILLION COUNTABLE BEANS! For small children, it's often hard to tell the difference between one minute and 5 minutes...let alone big numbers like 100 or 1,000 or 10,000. This book is a great way to introduce the big numbers. And it's funny, which is always an A+ way to end a book. Author: Andrea Menotti
- Amazon Look Inside: How Many Jelly Beans?
- GoodReads: How Many Jelly Beans?
- Google Preview: How Many Jelly Beans?
More books to help get a handle on numbers, the big ones as well as amount words like "pair" and "couple" and concepts like "more than" and "less than"!:
"But I'm not tired!" I know you've heard this. Many nights. Maybe every night! It's so hard for kids to stop when playing is so much fun. The trick is winding them down for a good sleep while they are still having fun. We are all familiar with the "stayed up too late" meltdown!
In this story a little girl really doesn't want to go to bed. She protests all the while her parents are gently moving her through the rituals of bedtime: putting on pajamas, washing her face, brushing her teeth.
When she is finally tucked in she wants to know if everything in the whole world has to go to sleep. What follows is a listing of several animals and how they sleep ending with the tiger...because yes, even energetic ferocious tigers need to go to sleep. Sleep! It's good for you! Author: Mary Logue
- Amazon Look Inside: Sleep Like a Tiger
- GoodReads: Sleep Like a Tiger
- KidsReads: Sleep Like a Tiger
- GoogleBooks: Sleep Like a Tiger
- Mary Logue Official Website
Here is a sampling of favorite bedtime stories from IndyPL Children's Librarians. These are the stories that make saying goodnight fun!:
Chloe loves to make stuff. Out of anything. Craft supplies. Stuff she finds around the house. Trash. Stuff that doesn't belong to her - like her Dad's shirt! She is one creative girl! When she gets invited to a friend's birthday party she is determined to make something truly special. Her motivation? Jealousy! I know, not what you expected. She wants to give her friend a gift at least as good as what one of the other guests is bringing! She comes up with something perfect...in fact, it is SO perfect it erases the jealousy and makes all three girls smile. The best gifts really are the homemade kind! Author: Kelly DiPucchio
- Amazon Look Inside: Crafty Chloe
- GoogleBooks: Crafty Chloe
- GoodReads: Crafty Choloe
- Facebook: Crafty Chloe
- Kelly DiPucchio Official Website
- The Crafty Chloe Make Stuff Blog
- Ready to Read on Pinterest
More books about craft loving kids:
In this illustrated version of Bob Marley's song, a young girl enlists her friends, family, and community to transform their neighborhood for the better. Author: Bob Marley
One Love celebrates peace, happiness and all that is possible when we take the time to take care of our friends, family and neighbors, our community and the creatures that share our planet. It’s the story of a little girl who makes a big difference when she enlists everyone she knows to help her change her neighborhood for the better. Vanessa Brantley-Newton’s cheery artwork beautifully captures the spirit of Bob Marley’s unforgettable lyrics.
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While on a picnic, Rabbit and Mouse look at everything that happens in a different way--Rabbit produces an apple, Good news!, Mouse finds a worm in it, Bad news! Rabbit produces a piece of cake, Good news!, Mouse sees a bee on it, Bad news!. Rabbit sees only the glass half full, Mouse sees only the glass half empty. Rabbit is Spongebob Squarepants and only sees every situation as something WONDERFUL! Mouse is Squidward and only finds something TERRIBLE.
When their adventures take a hair raising turn Mouse finally loses it...and subsequently makes Rabbit cry...leading him to make an effort to see the good and cheer Rabbit up. A great story for Findng happiness in the simple things and for keeping disappointments in the proper perspective. You can complain...or you can find the bright side! Author: Jeff Mack
- Amazon Look Inside: Good News Bad News
- Google Preview: Good New Bad News
- GoodReads: Good News Bad News
- Jeff Mack Official Website
Otto lives inside a book. He loves it when someone reads his story. He also likes to get out of his book when no one is looking and read OTHER books. Otto loves stories!
One day, something terrible happens...someone moves his book when he is not in it and he is left stranded without a book home. Like all story loving adventurers, Otto packs a bag and sets out to find a new home. He tries several different places until he discovers just the perfect place. Somewhere with books. And kids who read them. And other book bears. Can you guess where that is? Author: Katie Cleminson
- Amazon Look Inside: Otto the Book Bear
- Google Preview: Otto the Book Bear
- GoodReads: Otto the Book Bear
You just never know what might be happening at the Library; book bears, battling books, mice, lions, mastadons and dragons! Are the adventures just INSIDE the pages?