Online Storybook Bundles: Snow

Whenever you are feeling stuck at home, whether it’s because the library is closed or because of weather, it can be hard to come up with new things to do with the kids.  However, we’re here to help, with our virtual storybook bundles: a list of online books plus a craft that you can do at home with basic supplies that you may already have. 

Here are links to some fun picture books that you can download right now from Hoopla. Materials on Hoopla are free with your library card and are available to you 24/7. See here for more information.

Books about snow:

  • How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton, ebook
  • Splat the Cat: Blow, Snow, Blow by Rob Scotton, ebook or audiobook
  • Pete the Cat: Snow Daze by James Dean, ebook or audiobook
  • S is For Snow by Ashley Marie Mireles, illustrated by Volha Kaliaha, ebook
  • Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Renata Liwska, ebook
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, ebook or audiobook
  • Tell Me Why?: It Snows by Tamra B. Orr, ebook

After reading any or all of these storybooks, you can enjoy doing the related craft below together with your little ones.

Cotton Ball Snowman Craft (source)

Supplies needed:

  • 2 sheets of blank paper (it doesn’t need to be colored… you can color the background and other pieces yourself)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls
  • Crayons/markers/colored pencils (optional, if you’d like to color the paper)

Directions:

  • Color the background of the paper if you’d like. Draw circles stacked on each other to make your snowman outline on the paper. You can make as many circles as you want!
  • Glue the cotton balls to the inside of your circles.
  • Using your other sheet of paper, cut eyes, a nose, arms, and a hat. Color them in if you’d like.
  • Then glue on the eyes, nose, arms, and hat.
  • Have your child practice writing their name on their artwork!

Let us know what you think of this online storybook bundle. We would love to see your finished craft projects, too!

Math Resources Are Here!

In response to an increase in home learning this Fall, our children’s department has added many new, engaging books all about math.

Below is a list of some of our favorite math books, which represent just a fraction (pun intended!) of our expanding collection of math-related resources especially for children in preschool through elementary school.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

Money Math: Addition and Subtraction by David Adler

There’s Math in My Art by Nikole Bethea

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Addition and Subtraction (Grades 1-2) by Amanda Brack

Unofficial Math Adventures for Harry Potter Fans: Multiplication and Division (Grade 3-4) by Amanda Brack

Super Calculations by Anjana Chatterjee

How to be Good at Math by Peter Clarke

The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book by Meg Clemens

Fraction Frenzy by Rob Colson

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Sean Connolly

What’s the Point of Math? by Ben Davis

Math Dictionary by Judith DeKlerk

Amazing Visual Math by DK Press

How High Can a Dinosaur Count? And Other Math Mysteries by Valorie Fisher

How to be a Math Genius by Mike Goldsmith

Math at Hand by Great Source Education Group

How to be a Math Wizard by Anne-Marie Imafidon

The Unofficial Guide to Using Math in Minecraft by Jill Keppler

Hands-On Math Projects by Andrew King

Math for Fun Projects by Andrew King

Math Smart Junior by Marcia Lerner

Turn to Learn Multiplication by Deborah Lock

STEM Junior Math by Jonathan O’Callaghan

Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane? Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions by Laura Overdeck

Everything You Need to Ace Math by Altair Peterson

Math Lab for Kids by Rebecca Rapaport

You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Math by Anne Rooney

Earth-Friendly Math Crafts by Veronica Thompson

Visual Guide to Math by Karen Wilding

Cool Math: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages by Tracie Young

Stop in the Children’s Room and look for our “Math Resources” cart for more titles, as well as math-related STEM kits available for checkout. Please feel free to call us for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Learn All About Voting

With this year’s highly anticipated presidential election right around the corner, it’s time to help your children learn more about voting. What does it mean to vote? Who gets to vote? Who gets to run for office? What is an election? Why is it important?

So many possible questions! We have set up a display of voting-related books, both fiction and nonfiction, in the Children’s Room.

Relevant books include biographies, picture books about voting, and nonfiction titles about many facets of government and the voting process.

Of course, feel free to stop in the Children’s Room or call for recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Grade-Level Book Bundles

We are now offering grade-level book bundles for checkout, with titles geared toward children reading at pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade levels.

Each bundle consists of five to six easy-reader fiction books for young readers. Books within each bundle can vary in characters and in complexity, but are chosen to be appropriate for that grade-level reader. Come in and check them out, or call us for curbside pickup!

If you would like some assistance in choosing books and materials for a child of any age and reading level, please visit the Children’s Department, or call us at 330-653-6658. We are happy to help!

“Fall” for Fall Picture Books

Welcome to Fall, with its colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, chilly evenings, and great seasonal picture books! All of the things that make the autumn season special are celebrated in a variety of picture books that you can share with your child.

Below is a list of some of our favorites, ideal for preschool through grades 2 or 3. Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Stop in the Children’s Room or call for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Coronavirus E-books for Children

Whether children are getting ready to head back to school or to just go out more often in public, reminders about the coronavirus, how to stay safe, and how to express your emotions about it are very relevant.

The ever-changing, fluid nature of the coronavirus is challenging, and the life that we live right now is likely very different than what a child – or anyone – feels comfortable with.

While we have no books in print at this time that deal directly with the virus and its impact specifically, we have found many free coronavirus-related online children’s ebooks that are readily viewable, and some are even printable.

Here are stories to consider sharing with your child. Some are fiction, and others are nonfiction. Most are geared for preschool and elementary-aged children:

Bad Kitty: Wash Your Paws

Be a Coronavirus Fighter

The Big Alone

Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors

Coronavirus, A Book for Children

Coronavirus Coloring Book

Coronavirus, The Traveling Virus

COVID-19 Activity Book

COVID-19 Helpers

COVID-19, What Can Kids Do?

Dave the Dog Is Worried About Coronavirus

Engaging Readers: What is Covid-19?

Family Guide to Covid: Questions & Answers for Parents, Grandparents & Children

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Germ That Wears a Crown

The Great Doggy Holiday

I Have a Question About Coronavirus

A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus

King Covid and the Kids Who Cared, for ages 4-6

King Covid and the Kids Who Cared, for ages 7-9

Learn About Coronavirus and COVID-19

My Coronavirus Helping Box

My Hero Is You

Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine

P Is for Pandemic

Piggy and Bunny and the Stay-at-Home Plan

Piperpotamus Learns About the Coronavirus

The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus

Rainbows in Windows

The Spooky, Shallow Cough

Stay Clear, Stay Clean, Stay Kind

The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly

Stuck Inside

There’s No Monster Outside, It’s a Virus

Tomorrow

Unstuck, 10 Things to Do to Stay Safe and Sane During the Pandemic

We Will Dance Under a Star

What Color Is Today?

What Is Coronavirus?

Where Did Everyone Go?

We hope that you find some of these e-books helpful for your family. If you would like resources specific to mask-wearing, see our previous post entitled “Kids & Masks: Helpful Online Resources.”

Children’s Books to Help Celebrate Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, which is an annual celebration of gender identity for people of all ages, this post includes some of the many LGBTQAI+-friendly children’s books that our librarians recommend, followed by a list of a few LGBTQAI+ resources for parents.

Here is a selection of our staff’s favorite related picture books from our children’s collection. Click on a book title below to take you to our online catalog where you can view a brief summary of the book and also place it on hold, if you’d like.

Fiction:

The Adventures of Honey and Leon by Alan Cumming

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman

Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne and Max Lang

The Family Book by Todd Parr

Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman

Home At Last by Vera Williams

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

King and King by Linda de Haan

Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books

Plum by Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle

Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Willow and the Wedding by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Nonfiction:

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman

For more information on Pride Month, see:

For more information on learning about gender identity and talking with your children about gender identity, see:

Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

We all know that books can broaden our views of the world and provide us a window or a door into the lives of people who are different from us: different cultures, ethnicities, historical time periods, and even worlds. Books can also be a mirror for us, showing us characters who are much like ourselves, facing life and challenges similar to our own. In difficult times, we turn to books to learn, to grow, to entertain, and to comfort. 

Stories can affect even the youngest children in the very same way. And what they learn from books can help shape who they become later on and how they will perceive people and events in their world.

In response to recent events—and because these are some of their best-loved choices, regardless – our children’s librarians have created a list of some of their favorite picture books that feature children of color.

Click on a book title below to take you to our online catalog where you can view a brief summary of the book and also place it on hold, if you’d like.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill

The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan

Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes

City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner

Every Little Thing by Bob Marley and Cedella Marley

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Imani’s Moon by JaNay Brown-Wood

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Keats’s Neighborhood by Ezra Jack Keats

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat

Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs

My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry

Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen

Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden

Saturday by Oge Mora

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes

Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson

The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorrell

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

What If… by Samantha Berger

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds