The days are shorter, temperatures are colder, and a common question for children is “Where do the animals go when it’s cold?” Of course there are many answers to this: they dig under, they fly away, they hibernate, and they grow thicker coats, for example. If your child is curious, why not check out a book to read together? Here are some great choices from the library’s collection. So cuddle up, stay warm, and share the joys of reading and learning together!
Reaching and Reading
Reaching and Reading is the Aurora Public Library District’s children’s book blog.
Unicorns….what’s not to love about unicorns? Children everywhere are falling in love with them, and many children’s authors and illustrators are picking up on the trend. More and more books are coming out with a unicorn character. Why? Because this gives the author and illustrator a more creative outlet. Unicorns can be anything you want them to be. They can be any color, have any power, do anything you want them to do. That’s why they’re so magical!
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We all know that there are lots of great picture books featuring pigs, but there’s no need to let the little kids hog all the great stories. When you’re rooting through the library shelves, don’t overlook these books that can smooth the transition to chapter books.
The Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo features easy-to-read chapter books with lots of illustrations and white space to keep young readers from getting frustrated. If you enjoy these, you’ll also like the Tales from Deckawoo Drive books, set in the same neighborhood.
The next title is written by Janette Oke, the writer of historical romance novels, and highlights the escapades of a family of piglets. The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke features a shipwrecked pig with the ability to sniff out buried treasure.
Pigs are very smart animals as seen in the next two highlighted books. Flora and Wilbur both manage to prove they have value as much more than a source of protein. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz is aimed more at middle readers, coming in at just less than 300 pages. Of course, Charlotte’s Web is wonderful as a read-aloud for the entire family or for older kids to read alone.
Finally, a book that is new to our collection! The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City is a heartwarming tale of family, belonging, and growing bigger when you’ve always felt small. This book by Jodi Kendall was chosen by Indiana school librarians for the 2019-2020 Young Hoosier Reading List.
As kids and teachers prepare to get back to the classroom, I’d like to recommend a group of picture books featuring witty and wise writing implements. In addition to just being fun books to read, I can also see these as great springboards to “What If?” questions. What if a school bus could tell stories? What if the chalkboard giggled every time a teacher wrote on it? What if your writing paper refused to sit still?
Have you ever wondered how your crayons feel about the things you color? Does the blue crayon enjoy being used down to a nub coloring all that sky? Who knew it was so hard to be only used at Halloween? The “Day the Crayons” books take you into the inner world of the crayon box!
The Little Red Pen by award-winning author Janet Stevens is a story of the dramatic rescue of a pen from a wastebasket. In a clever twist on Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red Writing is trying to write an exciting story, but has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.
All of these books celebrate creativity, empathy, and cooperation. Read a few with your children or students, and then put pencil to paper to create your own story and illustrations.
The Aurora Public Library is a proud partner of The Baby Basket ‘Store’. This is a non-profit organization serving families in need of additional resources. The Baby Basket “Store” offers new and gently used clothing for newborn and toddlers up to 36 months and even offers equipment and other supplies needed.
This organization works by eligible participants earning points by using support services. If a participating family attends one of the Aurora Public Library District’s programs, the family will then receive points for attending. Participants may redeem point for diapers, clothes, or other necessities by shopping at the Baby Basket ‘Store’. Low income families and parents-to-be with children from birth to 36 months may qualify for the program.
The Baby Basket ‘Store’ can be found at 304 Fourth St. Aurora Indiana 47001. Their hours of operation will be from 1-6pm on the second Friday of the month with the exception of inclement weather.
If you would like to help support The Baby Basket, you can help by:
- Serve as a volunteer in the organization.
- Make a financial donation to help purchase items and supplies.
- Sponsor an event (Baby shower, yard sale, raffle) to benefit the Baby Basket.
- Donate gently used or new baby or toddler clothing (any sizes from newborn to 4T), high chairs, strollers, swings, pack ‘n plays, etc.
- Sign your Kroger Card up for Community Rewards to support the Baby Basket (This doesn’t impact your gas credits.)
If you have any questions, please call 812-926-3000.
April is National Poetry Month.
Here are a few famous poets who have April birthdays:
Dr. Maya Angelou
Poet, singer, author and civil rights activist Dr.Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928. Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2010.
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou
English poet William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770. Wordsworth helped to launch the “Romantic Age” of English literature.
Irish born playwright, poet and author Seamus Heaney was born on April 13, 1939. Heaney won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Station Island by Seamus Heaney
American Poet Etheridge Knight was born on April 18, 1931.
The Essential Etheridge Knight by Etheridge Knight
Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.
Robert Penn Warren
Poet, novelist and literary critic Robert Penn Warren was born on April 24, 1905. Warren won Pulitzer prizes for his poetry and for his fiction writing.
American Poet Ted Kooser was born April 25,1939.
House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser
Do you share an April birthday with one of these poets? We’d love to hear in the comments below.
Happy Reading! 🙂
Do you share a March Birthday with your favorite Author? Here is a look at some famous Authors who have birthdays in March.
Theodor Seuss Geisel better known as “Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904
Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated many children’s books some of which are considered the most popular children’s literature. He wrote over 60 books and saw his books translated into over 20 languages in his lifetime.
Please see the display in children’s section for many of our Dr. Seuss classics.
David Murray “Dav” Pilkey Jr was born March 4, 1966.
Pilkey is the author and illustrator of The Captain Underpants Series which is a character that he created when he was in the second grade.
Pilkey struggled with Dyslexia and ADHD as a child. One of Pilkey’s elementary teachers told him that he could not make a living creating “silly books.”
Young adult fantasy and science fiction author, Sarah J. Maas was born March 5, 1986.
Maas first book was Throne of Glass
In Throne of Glass, Eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien agrees to compete in a fight to the death battle to gain her freedom.
Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born March 6, 1806
Some of her best known poems are “How Do I Love Thee” and “Aurora Leigh.”
This is a collection of some of Barrett Browning’s best known work.
Children’s author Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937.
Lowry’s book The Giver was made into a movie in 2014.
Twelve year old Jonas comes to terms with secrets about his seemingly perfect community.
Author James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947. He is known for his many thrillers such as the Alex Cross series. Patterson is the first person to sell 1 million e-books!
This is the book that introduced the world to detective Alex Cross.
Novelist John Irving was born on March 2, 1942.
Irving is also a screenwriter and won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.
Homer Wells has been raised in the orphanage at St Cloud Maine since he was born. Dr. Wilbur Larch the founder of the orphanage becomes a father figure for Homer.
Children’s author Patricia MacLachlan was born March 3, 1938.
Maclachlan is know for her Newbery Medal winning novel Sarah Plain and Tall.
Children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916.
My favorite March birthday author is novelist and short story southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor who was born on March 25, 1925.
O’Connor’s best known short stories are “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is hard to find.”
The Complete Stories is a showcase of 31 of O’Connor’s best pieces.
Who is your favorite March born Author? We would love to hear in the comments below.
Happy Reading 🙂
New month…New Books
The following books are new to the Indiana Digital Download Center for March:
The Book of Signs
31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse
by Dr. David Jeremiah
Dr. David Jeremiah explores biblical prophecies and how they relate to today. This novel is an update to Jeremiah’s previous works.
Ephesians: Biblical Commentary
Deeper Life Series, Book 1
by Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer studies the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This book serves as a study guide on faith and on Christian living.
The First Lady
by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois
To recover from the very public revelation that the president had an affair, the First Lady retreats to a farm in Virginia to rest. It seems as if she has just cut off all contact in order to get away from the scandal, until a ransom note and the First Lady’s finger are delivered at the White House
The Near Witch
by V. E. Schwab
Victoria Schwab’s debut novel. After a strange boy appears outside of Lexi’s home the children of Near begin to go missing. They have been snatched from their beds. Lexi begins to wonder if the legends of the Near Witch she has heard her whole life are true.
Rachel Hollis shares a message to woman about not comparing themselves to other people. Her message is simple…own who you are and what you want out of life and do not allow others to define that for you.
Joe Pickett Series, Book 19
by C.J. Box
Game warden Joe Pickett notices a link between a mysterious drone and the death of wildlife. Joe becomes suspicious after the FBI and the DOJ ask him not to get involved. Especially since the drone operators grandson is dating Joe’s daughter.
GhostWalker Series, Book 15
by Christine Feehan
While trying to help the sick, Dr. Draden Freeman is infected with a deadly virus that has been spread by a terrorist. He does not want to risk exposing anyone else to the deadly virus so he forces his team to go home without him. Freeman goes off on an adventure to find who is responsible.
Firefly–The Magnificent Nine
by James Lovegrove
The second novel in the Firefly series. Bandits are trying to gain control over the water supply on Temperance McCloud’s property. She is the only thing standing in their way from being ruined.
Pre-release: Expected March 19, 2019
The Last Second
Brit in the FBI
by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are on a case involving a a French space agency that is set on ending the world.
Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019
by Marie Force
Marie Force’s novel is about the cold case of the shooting of a Washington Metro Police lieutenant. His daughter is determined to figure out who the killer is, and if he will strike again.
Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019
Have you tried OverDrive yet? If you are unsure of how to do this or need help setting this up please stop by the Aurora or the Dillsboro library and we would be happy to assist you with setting this up.
Please make sure you signed in using your library card and pin number. Signing into Overdrive will give you an accurate estimation of wait times for books.
As Always, Happy Reading! 🙂
Since 2005, the year The Lightning Thief was published, author Rick Riordan has enthralled young readers with his adventure stories based on characters interacting with mythological beings. The Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series focused on Greek mythology, the Kane Chronicles looked at Egyptian mythology, and the Magnus Chase series was based on Norse mythology. All of these books had kids running to library shelves to keep up with the newest adventure.
Riordan has now launched a new publishing venture known as “Rick Riordan Presents” with the goal of introducing readers to other authors who are writing mythology-based books for students. These books place the spotlight on some lesser-known mythologies and have been selected to satisfy even the most ardent Percy Jackson fans.
Aru Shah and the End of Time introduces Hindu mythology. A sequel will be published in April of 2019.
Maya legends play a major role in Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes, with a sequel scheduled for September 2019.
Dragon Pearl, the third “Rick Riordan Presents” title, was released this month and pulls themes and events from Korean legends.
Explore the richness of world cultures with these newest myth-based adventure stories!
Villains that I LOVE to hate:
Mrs. Danvers in “Rebecca“ by Daphne du Maurier
Mrs. Danvers is at the top of my favorite villain list because she is the epitome of creepy. This sinister housekeeper is always lurking around the Manderley estate. Mrs. Danvers has kept a shrine to Maxim de Winter’s deceased first wife Rebecca. She has kept all of Rebecca’s things just as they once were. Mrs. Danvers is determined to keep Rebecca’s memory alive…
Annie Wilkes in “Misery” by Stephen King
Author Paul Sheldon is driving through a blizzard when he crashes his car. He is extremely lucky to have been rescued by a woman named Annie who is a nurse. Annie is what you could call the ultimate super fan. Paul soon learns that Annie loves to read and is obsessed with her favorite author…which just happens to be him!
Napoleon in “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
Napoleon is an interesting character in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Napoleon becomes the leader after the animals’ rebellion against farmer Jones. Napoleon does some very suspect things such as running off his old friend Snowball and rewriting history to make himself into a hero.
Dorian in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
Dorian Gray is a complicated character. On the outside, he appears to be a good guy. He is handsome and curiously never ages. Dorian is able to mask his true nature. However, there is something strange about the portrait of Dorian and it reveals a hideous side to Dorian.
Every story needs a hero:
Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Atticus Finch’s moral integrity is what stands out for me in this novel. The novel takes place during the Great Depression in the South. Atticus shows courage when he stands up for and defends a black man in court.
Tom Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck
This story is set during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression. The character of Tom is an unlikely hero because, as a reader, you are introduced to him as he is getting out of prison for killing a man. He is also a character that makes the most transformation, becoming someone totally different than what you think at the beginning of the novel.
Imogene “Idgie” Threadgoode in “Fried Green Tomatoes” by Fannie Flagg
Fried Green Tomatoes is a favorite of mine. Idgie faces many struggles in her lifetime. The way that she handles situations that arise such as the death of a brother that she idolizes, her best friend Ruth’s violent marriage, and the sexism she experiences during her lifetime is inspiring.
Jo March in “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
I was first introduced to Little Women when I was in middle school. Jo March quickly became one of my favorite characters. The love that she had for her family and the strength she showed in difficult times is what made me admire this character.
Who are your favorite villains and heroes? We would love for you to share in the comments below.
Happy Reading 🙂