Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.
The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.
In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn’t so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket
One of the best things about the dark is stars…and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.
From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 11 – Aug 13, 2015
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour
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In Clark the Shark Dares to Share, Clark learns that sharing is caring–but sometimes the lesson is a little confusing. Clark shares his funky shark dance with the class, but Mrs. Inkydink tells him he has to wait his turn. Clark shares his reef-hockey skills, but his teammates would rather Clark share the puck. With help from his friends and with his trademark lively rhythms and rhymes, Clark learns how to share in this follow-up to Clark the Shark.
Going to the doctor can make kids a little nervous. Going to the hospital can be just plain scary. Stories are a great way to introduce kids to the doctor’s office or hospital BEFORE they actually need to go. If you’ve visited the doctor’s office first with Pooh, it’s a lot less scary when you have to go yourself! You can Read Right Now! several of the books listed below. They are available for you to read online for free. New to check out for 2013 is I Don’t Want to Go to the Hospital!, in which the Princess tries to hide instead of going to the hospital, is eventually found, goes there, and finds out that at the hospital…they treat you like a princess! Also new to check out for 2013 is Kevin Goes to the Hospital “I am Kevin. I fell and hurt myself. Mom gives me a kiss to feel better. Then she takes me to the hospital. What’s it going to be like there?” You can also try these printables and online games to help your little one get used to the idea of seeing a doctor.
Doug plugs in to download everything he needs to know because Doug is a robot. When a pigeon flying outside his window distracts him from his studies, Doug leans toward the window to get a better look. His cord stretches…and Doug unplugs! No longer attached to a power source, Doug lets his curiosity free, exploring his city for the first time gathering real experiences to add to facts he’s downloaded. The best place to discover? The park! You just can’t download everything you need, especially having fun with a friend! Author: Dan Yaccarino
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