preschoolers

Oh Say Can You Sing?

Want to discover a library secret? Go ahead and take a trip to the 782 section of the children’s nonfiction shelves and you’ll discover something amazing. Hidden treasures! Picture books that are meant to be SUNG! Some are traditional, others are silly – but all are crowdpleasing. Here are a few recommendations to warm up your singing voice:

Baby Beluga book coverDown by the station book coverHush little baby book coverI ain't gonna paint no more book coverI love you! A Bushel and a Peck book coverLet's Play in the Forest book coverLet's sing a lullaby with the brave cowboy book cover I love my white shoes book coverSeals on the Bus book cover

Baby Beluga / Raffi; illustrations by Ashley Wolff

Down by the Station / Jennifer Riggs Vetter; illustrations by Frank Remkiewicz

Hush, Little Baby / adapted and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! / Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow

I Love You! A Bushel & a Peck / Frank Loesser; pictures by Rosemary Wells

Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf is not Around / Claudia Rueda

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy / Jan Thomas

Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes / Eric Litwin; art by James Dean

The Seals on the Bus / Lenny Hort; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Play and Literacy

Boy playing with LegosPlay has a direct link to early literacy experience. Play and stories work together to encourage creativity, imagination, and dexterity: all skills that help your child learn.  

If you have DUPLOS at home, try some of the acitivities in the the Read! Build! Play! at Home Toolkit developed by LEGO in partnership with The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).  

We also have DUPLOS and LEGOS for your child to play with  at many library locations. Bring your child of any age in to one of our monthly LEGO Mania! clubs, where they can play and build with others. 

LEGO Mania! Monthly Lego Clubs

First Tuesdays at 4pm at the Eastmont Library

First Fridays at 3:30pm at the Dimond Library

Second Thursdays at 3pm at the Main Library Children's Room

Second Fridays at 3pm at the Lakeview Library 

Third Fridays at 3pm at the West Oakland Library

Ask your Librarian for other ways for your child to play at the library!

Malik Pedraza-Palomino is ready to fly with his LEGO creation at the 81st Avenue Library.  

Superhero Picture Books to the Rescue!

Do you have any superhero-obsessed 3-year-olds in your life? If so, then you may know how tough it can be to find age-appropriate books that satisfy these kiddos' interests.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Redrangeralex.jpg/256px-Redrangeralex.jpgBut never fear, the library is here!

Pull on your crime-fighting capes and head to your local branch to check out these awesome superhero books for the preschool set:

Breen, Steve. Violet the Pilot.

Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog.

Chabon, Michael. The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

Cosentino, Ralph. Batman.

Cosentino, Ralph. Superman.

Cosentino, Ralph. Wonder Woman.

Cottringer, Anne. Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero.

Graham, Bob. Max.

Grey, Mini. Traction Man Is Here!

Grey, Mini. Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog.

Macdonald, Ross. Bad Baby.

Mcleod, Bob. Superhero ABC.

O’Connor, George. Kapow!

Pilkey, Dav. Dogzilla : starring Flash, Rabies, and Dwayne.

Pilkey, Dav. Kat Kong.

Portis, Antoinette. Princess Super Kitty.

Schwarz, Viviane. Timothy And The Strong Pajamas : A superhero adventure.

Reynolds, Aaron. Superhero School.

Rogers, Gregory. Midsummer Knight.

Tauss, Marc. Superhero.

Thomas, Rich. The Amazing Spider-Man : an origin story.

Thomas, Rich. The Courageous Captain America : an origin story.

Thomas, Rich. The Mighty Thor : an origin story.

Thomas, Rich. The Uncanny X-Men : an origin story.

Weigelt, Udo. Super Guinea Pig to The Rescue.

Whatley, Bruce. Captain Pajamas.

Weitzman, J. Superhero Joe.

Ziefert, Harriet. Mighty Max!

Onward, upward, and away!