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Everything Old is New Again

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books Suitable for Holiday Gift-Giving The holidays are right around the corner, and chances are you’re looking for great gift ideas. You’ve come to the right place. There's nothing like a classic book, and this year there's a bumper crop of beautiful new anniversary editions sure to make adults nostalgic and kids engaged. Reissued Classics and Anniversary Editions The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson Robinson’s classic story of the Herdman children first appeared in 1971. A picture book version is also available.     The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander Originally published in 1964, The Book of Three is the first book in the Newbery Award winning fantasy series.     Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, illus. by Quentin Blake Can Charlie Bucket really be fifty years old? Yes he is, and everyone can celebrate by reading this 50th anniversary edition printed on candy colored pages.     The Christmas Alphabet: Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition by Robert Sabuda This book launched Sabuda’s career in 1994. The anniversary edition of this famous pop-up classic is a joy to open.     Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow Included in this 25th anniversary edition is a free audio download, a "How to Draw a Monkey" activity, and music and lyrics for the much-loved song.     Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. by Anita Jeram First published in the United Kingdom in 1994, this cherished tale now celebrates twenty years.     Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh This 50th anniversary edition features a map of Harriet’s spy route and a section in which grown-ups, [...]

New Books about Autumn and Halloween

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Autumn and Halloween Where did the summer go? It’s hard to believe that we’re already thinking about Fall and Halloween. The crop of new books is simply “spooktacular,” and many of our old favorites are sure to make for ghoulish fun. So, enjoy! Happy Haunting ….. and Happy Reading!    At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Nate Wragg Ketteman, author of Heat Wave, one of our all-time favorites, gives us a Halloween rendition of the classic rhyme “Over in the Meadow.” From goblins to vampires to bats, the creatures increase in number from one to ten. This is a stand-out begging to be read aloud.  Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Dog and Bear are back, just in time for Halloween. They prepare costumes, receive trick-or-treaters, and go trick-or-treating themselves. Simple text and illustrations make for a fun book for beginning readers.  Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland, illus. by Elly MacKay This poetic picture book captures both the art and science of the change in seasons. The ink and photography illustrations are visually appealing. This book can be used on a variety of levels. Instructions for making leaf prints are included.  The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Adam Record A second book by Ketteman is worth noting. This time the rhythm is that of “The Ants Go Marching” and provides another fun read aloud.  Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney In this board book, Dewdney’s Llama Llama is excited over choosing a Halloween costume and going trick-or-treating.  Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli, illus. by Tim Zeltner A tiny pumpkin seed wants to be [...]

New Books About School

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about School August is coming to an end, and with that comes the start of a new school year. For many children this can be an anxious time. We’ve included lots of books to hopefully make the transition a little easier and calm those first day jitters. And for the seasoned pro, we’ve included some school stories that are just for fun! New Books about School B. Bear and Lolly Off to School by A.A. Livingston, illus. by Joey Chou Evidently Baby Bear and Goldilocks became best friends after their famous encounter because now they are embarking on another adventure, their first day of school together. Children should enjoy finding other fairy tale characters in the illustrations.       Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Adam Rex In this sequel to the New York Times best-seller, Chu’s Day, the sneeze-prone little panda is nervous about his first day of school and worried that others won’t like him. Chu’s teacher is nice and the other animals at school are friendly, but too much chalk dust leads to an explosive end.       Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea In this sixth Dinosaur vs. book by Shea, Dinosaur faces his newest foe … school. The cartoon style illustrations provide kid-friendly humor.       Dinotrux Go to School by Chris Gall In this beginning reader, it’s the first day of school for the Dinotrux and they are worried. But when you’re part dinosaur and part truck, school can be lots of fun!       Dog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Brian Biggs This story is reminiscent of Freaky [...]

Tattoo You @ the Covington Library

Come celebrate skin art at our first ever tattoo program! Covington June 27th Learn how to use Microsoft computer programs to make fonts and pictures for tattoo designs. July 12th  Noon - 1pm See examples of local artists' work and listen to a discussion featuring James Dryer, owner of Asylum Tattoo in Latonia, Monique Wilson, owner of Dollhouse Tattoo Studio in Ludlow, and Josh Kaiser and Ted Tally from the Northern Kentucky Health Department 1:15-2:15pm Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher to work with photos and lettering to create your own tattoo designs 2:30pm Watch an episode of The History Channel's show The Works that's all about tattoos, past and present [Get the flyer]

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Summer Fun Summer was always a lot of fun for us growing up, and it still is today. School’s out, the weather’s great, and opportunities abound for lots of outdoor activities: a trip to the pool or beach, going camping or hiking, or simply enjoying a summer picnic! Get your summer off to a great start with some great books that capture the essence of the season.  Our suggestions of books, both new and old, will hopefully make you want to explore and enjoy summer all the more.   New Summer Books ABC Oceans Created by the American Museum of Natural History, this board book contains 26 animals from the sea. Beautiful color photographs illustrate each letter. Brief facts are included as well.     Camp Rex by Molly Idle   Cordelia and her troop of dino-scouts enjoy a camping trip in the great outdoors. This book features the same characters from Idle’s Tea Rex.   The Camping Trip by Catherine Hapka, illus. by Anne Kennedy In this tenth book in the Pony Scouts series, friends Meg, Jill, and Annie are spending summer vacation with their ponies, and it is Meg's first time camping. A great choice for early readers.       Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illus. by Susan Swan This is the second collaboration between author and illustrator in which they pair a season with an early learning concept, in this case counting. Their earlier work was entitled Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes.  The collage illustrations capture both the seasonal and counting concepts.   Duck & Goose Go [...]

Great audiobooks for road trips with the whole family

   CDs, Overdrive audiobooks, and streaming from Hoopla A Bear called Paddington (Overdrive) The Tale of Despereaux (Overdrive) Rabbit Ears Stories by Beatrix Potter (Hoopla) Rabbit Ears Treasury of Fairy Tales Rabbit Ears Treasury of Tall Tales Rabbit Ears Treasury of Fables Winnie-the-Pooh (Hoopla) The House at Pooh Corner (Hoopla) The Tale of Despereaux Just So Stories including the Jungle Book (OneClick) (Hoopla) James and the Giant Peach The Mouse and the Motorcycle Olivia (Hoopla) The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Hoopla) Fantastic Mr. Fox & other Animal Stories The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories Flora & Ulysses (Overdrive) Little House on the Prairie   Sample streaming Hoopla titles (includes many popular kids books) Cinderella, The Frog Prince, And Rumplestiltskin The Wind in the Willows Beauty And The Beast & East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon Alice's Adventures In Wonderland The Wizard of Oz Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! Wynken, Blynken And Nod Stuart's Cape   Find more audiobooks: Compact discs for children. Hoopla audiobooks for children More Tips for Road trips  

New Baseball Books

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Baseball With Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, sitting practically in our backyard, paying tribute to books about America’s favorite pastime seems especially fitting for this time of year.  Our bases are loaded with lots of good reads. No bloopers here, all are sure to be a home run!  As always, we’ve included a few backdoor sliders at the end. New Baseball Books Ballpark by Eileen R. Meyer, illus. by Carlynn Whitt Meyer describes a day spent at the ballpark by a grandfather and his grandson. Colorful illustrations and rhyming text bring the sights and sounds of the game to life .   The Bambino and Me by Zachary Hyman, illus. by Zachary Pullen A nostalgic look at the greatest baseball player of all time, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, sets the stage for this engaging read.  Ten year old George Henry Alexander is excited to be attending his first real baseball game and the opportunity to see his hero. Though related as a memoir, the story is entirely fictional. Actor Jason Alexander's lively, fun-filled CD recording of the story is included.     Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, illus. by Yuko Shimizu This is the story of Kenichi Zenimura, who built a baseball legacy in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. He built a ball field, complete with a leveled, grassed-in diamond and bleachers, to raise the spirits and self-esteem of his fellow detainees. It is interesting to note that the illustrations in the book were made with Japanese calligraphy brush and ink.     Baseball Animals by Christopher Jordan Fenn This fun and engaging book, an official MLB publication, [...]