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12Jun/130

Superman Day! 75th Anniversary

DC Comics has designated June 12thas Superman Day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the legendary superhero. What better day to remember your own imaginary adventures being the Man of Steel than by reading a Superman adventure and then putting together a costume for your own little Superboy or Supergirl! You can use an old towel or try one of the more involved costumes below - either way, the imagination will take over.

Picture Books

DC Super Heroes Story Book Collection Superman: Attack of the Toyman Superman: Darkseid’s Revenge Superman: Parasite City Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel
Superman and the Mayhem of Metallo Superman: The Incredible Shrinking Super Hero!

Early Readers

Bizarro Day! Crime Wave! Superman: Escape from the Phantom Zone Superman: Superman versus Mongul Brain Freeze!
Superman: Superman versus Bizarro I am Superman

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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4Jun/130

Wordless Picture Books

You might wonder what's so great about a book without any words in it. Does it even qualify for a book if there are no words? With no words, isn't it just pictures? The truth is, a wordless picture book tells a story without using words. The PICTURES have meaning. The ability to look at pictures an understand from them what is going on is an important skill for small children to practice. Looking at wordless picture books helps your child acquire several skills, even before he/she begins to recognize letters or words.

  1. Comprehension - understanding the meaning of the pictures
  2. A book is understood from left to right
  3. Stories have a sequence
  4. Inferring meaning - understanding what has just happened based on the picture, for example, a facial expression.
  5. Predicting what will happen next
  6. Vocabulary - yes, even without words a wordless picture book helps build vocabulary because the reader comes up with their own words, and when reading with a parent, hears the parent's words that describe the same picture...but in different words. Instant vocabulary building!
  7. Lastly, what great books for kids who have trouble with letters and words!

A picture really is worth a thousand words. Looking for more? Search our catalog under the subject “Stories without Words” to find other great wordless reads!

New Wordless Picture Books:

A Ball for Daisy Bee & Bird The Birthday Cake Mystery Bluebird The Boy & the Airplane
Chalk Mirror Rainstorm The Shadow The Treasure Bath
The Umbrella Waterloo & Trafalgar Welcome to the Zoo Where’s Walrus?

Classic Wordless Books:

Anno's Journey Carl Goes to Day Care Do You Want to Be My Friend? Flotsam Free Fall
The Lion and the Mouse One Frog Too Many Pancakes for Breakfast Polo and Lily Robot Dreams
Snow Day Time Flies Truck Wave

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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3Feb/130

Otto the Book Bear

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

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?

Battle of the Books Can I Bring Woolly to the Library Mrs. Reeder? Clarence the Copy Cat The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore The Library Gingerbread Man
Library Lion Library Mouse Miss Smith and the Haunted Library There's a Dragon in the Library Zombie in the Library
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6Dec/120

Staff Pick: Chalk

"It’s a gloomy, rainy day as three young friends head to the playground. The adventure begins when they discover a mysterious bag hanging from the mouth of a bouncy dinosaur on a spring. A peek inside the bag reveals a stash of multi-colored sidewalk chalk.

The first girl draws a picture of the sun and voilá – its blinding light rises into the sky to chase away the dark clouds and the rain. The second girl draws a flock of butterflies that sprout wings and rise from the pavement to fill the sky with color. Then the mischievous boy chooses a green chalk and draws a ferocious T-Rex. What do you think will happen next?

Each of the illustrator’s realistic drawings was painted by hand using acrylic paint and colored pencils. The children’s expressions are so vivid that you too experience the joy, wonder and fear as the story unfolds. The book has no words but still works well for story time. The large, colorful illustrations will stimulate children’s imaginations and inspire creative thinking as they ponder what comes next in the developing story." Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, K-3 Nominee.

Recommended by: Linda Tegmeyer - Brightwood Library

More books with illustrations that have magical imaginary results:

Jumanji Tuesday Harold and the Purple Crayon
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