Sunday, February 19, 2017

20 Books About Health and Hygiene for Preschoolers

It's flu season, and our state seems to be particularly hard hit with sickness. Having kids that feel less-than-stellar or slightly-under-the-weather is a completely different experience from nursing children suffering from the flu, infections, or other serious illnesses, as all you worn-out parents will agree.

So, we've prepared a list of 20 books that will help you start a conversation with your young child about washing their hands, brushing their teeth, taking a bath, and taking care not to share germs with their friends:

  1. Bath Time by Eileen Spinelli
  2. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead
  3. Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair by Lee Fox
  4. Time for a Bath by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  5. Brushing Teeth by Mari Schuh
  6. My Cold Went on Vacation by Molly Rausch
  7. The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
  8. Froggy Goes to the Doctor by Jonathan London
  9. On the Way to the Bath by Sarah Maizes
  10. Wash Your Hands! by Margaret McNamara
  11. Katie Woo Has the Flu by Fran Manushkin
  12. President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett
  13. Curious George Discovers Germs by Erica Zappy
  14. Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
  15. The Whale in the Bathtub by Kylie Westaway
  16. How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen
  17. Mo’s Mustache by Ben Clanton
  18. A Visit to Dr. Duck by Rosemary Wells
  19. Piggy Pie Po by Audrey Wood
  20. Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson

Snuggle up with your sniffing, sneezing child, enjoy a good book, and get well soon!

Don't forget to add the books you read to your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

21 Books About Dragons for Preschoolers

Dragons are a popular topic at storytimes here in the library. So, in honor of #WorldReadAloudDay, here are 21 books about dragons that you can read aloud with your young children.

  1. King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently & Helen Oxenbury
    Also available as a board book for the smallest dragon lovers.
  2. Oh So Brave Dragon by David Kirk
  3. Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew
  4. Take Care, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas
  5. The Knight Who Took All Day by James Mayhew
  6. Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio
  7. Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
  8. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
    Also available as an eBook, so you can read wherever you are.
  9. Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
  10. Dragon: Time for a Picnic by Ivy Silver
  11. Dragon Dancing by Carole Lexa Schaefer
  12. Super-Dragon by Steven Kroll
  13. Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman
  14. Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich
  15. Dragon Pizzeria by Mary Morgan-Vanroyen
  16. A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey
  17. The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
    Also available as a CD Audiobook narrarated by the author herself!
  18. That Pesky Dragon by Julie Sykes
  19. Max's Dragon by Kate Banks
  20. The Paper Dragon by Marguerite W. Davol
  21. Granny's Dragon by Lisa McCourt

Don't forget to add the books you read today, and every day, on your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

10 Books to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Ni hao, everyone! We're celebrating the culture and traditions of China with a special One World Forsyth event sponsored by the Forsyth County Public Library and the FCPL Friends and Advocates at the Post Road Library on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

The Chinese New Year Celebration begins at 1:30 p.m. with an interactive lion dance by Atlanta’s Chien Hong School of Kung Fu. Participants are invited to stay after the performance for crafts, Chinese candy, and a fortune cookie.

The event is free and open to children and adults of all ages, with no advance registration required.

If you'd like to continue celebrating the Year of the Rooster at home, here are 10 books about Chinese culture and lunar new year traditions that you can read and add to your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log:

  1. Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong 
  2. The Race for the Chinese Zodiac by Gabrielle Wang
  3. Chinese New Year by Sarah Moyse
  4. The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine
  5. A New Year's Reunion by Li-Qiong Yu
  6. Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
  7. D is for Dragon Dance by Ying Chang Compestine
  8. Chinese New Year: Festival of New Beginnings by Terri Sievert
  9. Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin
  10. Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and the Children's Museum of Boston