Summer Reading Fun!

by On June 13, 2014 in General

Sound the Octo-Alert! The Octonauts have arrived on Bookboard — and just in time for summer reading. From their undersea base called the Octopod, the Octonauts explore a colorful world full of thrills, chills, and gills! These eight talented critters, including a brainy octopus, brave polar bear, daredevil kitten, and scientific sea otter, are always ready to embark on a new, exciting voyage.

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Books for Digital Storytime

by On May 27, 2014 in Childrens Books

Being a children’s librarian is a whole lot of fun, especially when I get to lead storytime! The reason I made friends with the fellas at Bookboard in the first place was because I wanted to use some of their books in my storytimes. It turned out they were all really friendly guys with a love for books, and I ended up working with them to help manage the Bookboard library.

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Nugget of Reading Goodness

by On May 12, 2014 in General

Did you know research shows that kids who read for fun are more likely to succeed in other school subjects, such as math and science? To keep your kids reading, we’ve added a great set of new stories that includes cowboys, sea rescues, and as always, plenty of fun.

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Maybe Later & Today, Maybe

by On May 5, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

Librarians have a thing for pairing up books with similar themes, and we have two gorgeous books in our collection with very similar titles: Maybe Later, and Today, Maybe. The titles are not all that these two books share (keep in mind that Maybe Later is a chapter book and Today, Maybe, is a picture book). They both effectively capture a sense of mystery and magic, and recall the dreamlike joy of a child’s imagination. Sometimes, it’s better for a mystery to remain a mystery. Or is it?

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Kid-to-Kid: Keep Believing You Can Read!

by On April 21, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

There are so many books I want to read!

There are so many books I want to read!
Photos: Diana Dull Akers

Parent’s note: In past blogs, I’ve described our 6-year old daughter Hope as a child who “loves books but struggles mightily with reading.” We continue to work in partnership with her teacher and school reading specialists, using library books and Bookboard as engaging resources.

Hope still gets frustrated with reading, but she is more determined than ever to read books on her own.

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Spring Break versus a Giant Squirrel

by On April 8, 2014 in General, Reading

Super Squirrel (aka John Triska, Principal, Brittan Acres Elementary School)

Super Squirrel (aka John Triska, Principal, Brittan Acres School, San Carlos School District. (Credit: Diana Dull Akers)

It’s that time of year when many parents are watching their kids hitting a wall with the school-year routine. So it isn’t surprising with various weeks off from school in the mix (President’s week, ski week/spring break) that kids are issuing declarations: “there is no way am I doing ANY school work on break.”

Parents and educators often strive for a message encouraging balance over school breaks, something like “have fun on your break, and don’t forget that can include reading cool books!”  And if you’re a really clever school principal like the one at my daughter’s elementary school, you issue the kids a really clever read-a-thon challenge they can’t resist:

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Yay – Spring is Here!

by On March 28, 2014 in General

It’s spring — well at least in the Northern Hemisphere — and we’ve got a fresh crop of books to welcome the season. Spring is associated with the first heat waves, the sun, blossoms, Easter — and our new books cover these topics and more. So if your kids are on school break or you’re looking to freshen up the bedtime routine, get them reading with these great books!

Lost and (waiting to be) Found Kids’ Clothes

by On March 20, 2014 in General

School lost-and-found areas aren't always this contained. Credit:

School lost-and-found areas aren’t always this contained.

At school drop-off the other morning, I saw other parents walking by me, staring. I know what they were thinking.

“Why is she hanging up all the kids’ clothes in the lost-and-found box?”

I had eyed that Matterhorn-sized pile of abandoned kids’ wear before, thinking it odd that the provided hooks and hangers are never used.  Surely it would help kids and parents find lost items if they were hung up neatly, right? Still, I never thought to tidy the mess myself until my desperate need to find lost items arose.

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Bringing Books to Life: Watercolor Painting with Monet

by On March 11, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading


from Monet Paints a Day by Julie Danneberg & Caitlin Heimerl

There’s a beautiful book in the Bookboard collection called Monet Paints a Day. When the new books come in, I often read them over with my little boy, Jude, before processing them and getting them ready to be launched for everyone else to read too. When we saw this book, Jude and I were inspired to do some of our own painting.

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Who Doesn’t Love Animals?

by On February 28, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

This week’s fresh crop of books features stories about animals. In no particular order, we’ve got horses, sea otters, roosters, penguins, bunnies, dogs and dragons (ok, maybe dragons aren’t real, but neither are talking bunnies). We think the illustrations in this week’s set are particularly great; we hope you enjoy them too!

Lastly, don’t forget, March is National Reading Month — so cuddle up with your little ones and read!