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If you like the Boxcar Children, you’ll like the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries

by On November 21, 2014 in General

Bookboard has just gotten a new series of mysteries called the Cascade Mountain Railroad Mysteries. These four books detail the adventures of Finn Mackenzie, Billy Cole and Dannie Renwick

Juxtaposition in Children’s Books

by On November 21, 2014 in General

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 4.53.18 PMI have a thing for juxtaposition, much to the horror of my ever-patient husband (girly dresses with big stompy boots are the worst offenders, apparently) but when I see well-executed juxtaposition in children’s books… well, that just thrills me to no end. A great example of this is in a new book we have in the Bookboard collection, the aptly-named Pirate Bob. Which is a book about a pirate named Bob.

Here is Bob, with his friend Yellow Jack. Quite a dastardly pair, aren’t they? The illustrations are high quality, but they’re comical, gritty, and the characters looks rough and, well, pirateish.

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But now check this out. This is one of the gorgeous full-page spreads that looks vibrant and nuanced enough to be framed and put up on the wall. The moon is eerie, the ship detailed and the mood ominous. This landscape doesn’t have the same cartoonish, self deprecating demeanor as the characters, but for some reason, the two seemingly different styles flow together gorgeously. I love finding beautiful spreads like this hidden in the middle of children’s books, especially ones that are goofy and unpretentious like this one.
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Take a peek at Pirate Bob and some other pretty books below.

 

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Early Literacy Skills: Developing Your Child’s Vocabulary

by On November 21, 2014 in General

Vocabulary (knowing the names of things) is an extremely important skill for children to have when they are learning to read.

Most children enter school knowing between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Help develop your child’s vocabulary by reading a variety of books together, both fiction and nonfiction, and by naming all the objects in your child’s world. Check out the Suffolk Public Library System for more information for developing your child’s vocabulary!

For more information about how early childhood educators and literacy experts view the importance of vocabulary, listen to this webinar by Susan B. Neuman: Improving vocabulary in the age of Common Core standards, and enjoy some of the vocabulary-rich books in the Bookboard library!

 

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pearl the word girl

I Dare You to Try to Read this Book Without Getting This Song Stuck in Your Head

by On November 21, 2014 in General

Step 1: Listen to this fantastic hit from the nineties and dance around your living room with your favorite little (or big) person (or people).

Step 2: Read Dancing on the Sand with your favorite little (or big) person (or people)

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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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