All Fun articles: In April - Choo-Choos for You
Author of the Month articles: In April - Jane Kurtz
Holidays - April Fool's, Passover, Easter, Earth Day
Kids Jr. - Booklists for kids under 5
Websites for Children - Handpicked games
To the Europeans, the West was a great unknown. Many people believed that over the western sea there was nothing but darkness and danger. Yet throughout the past, travelers tried to find out what was on the other side of the water. There are very few traces of those first explorers. They lived in times when most people could not write, so stories of their discoveries were passed down as tales told around hearth fires. Sometimes they were believed, sometimes not. Russell Freedman’s Who Was First? Discovering the Americas looks at the evidence behind this puzzle.
What is creativity? How are writers able to imagine far-off worlds, strange creatures, and exciting adventures? We are pleased to announce that comic book artist and writer Ben Hatke will answer these questions and more when he visits the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on April 9.
Hatke is best known for his graphic novel trilogy Zita the Spacegirl, in which a pint-sized heroine must save her friends, planets, and eventually the entire Universe from sinister forces. Zita is a gutsy gal who is always ready for a challenge and finds herself face-to-face with a variety of bizarre and wondrous creatures, aliens, and robots. With her giant mouse friend Pizzicato by her side, Zita always finds a way to save the day!
"Hello, My Name Is Ruby," a small bird exclaims to anyone who will listen. She may be tiny, but Ruby makes up for her size in terms of sheer friendliness. Despite differences in size, color, and species, Ruby asks each of them if they would like to be her friends.
My latest earworm isn't by Taylor Swift or Blake Shelton. It's the children's song “Mr. Golden Sun” with lyrics “Oh, Mister Sun, Sun, Mister Golden Sun,/Please shine down on me."
That miraculous, amazing, warm orb that we try so desperately to avoid in the depths of summer now holds so much promise. Rare recent sightings increase expectation and intensify the longing. Until the cloudy days are gone, enjoy some sun-filled books.
“Like Butter on Pancakes” by Jonathan London is a charming, rhyming picture book celebrating a young boy’s day in the sun. London perfectly captures the joy of being awakened, not by a shrieking alarm, but instead as “First light melts like butter on pancakes, spreads warm and yellow across your pillow.” The sounds of the day beckon our young protagonist to “do the pajama dance in a puddle of sun.” Even the cat gets in on the action, purring and “rolling in the light.” The language is a joy to read, it “sizzles” and “whistles” and “ka-ka-kadoos,” while G. Brian Karas’ pencil and watercolor illustrations, colored with the softest palette, are so warmly drawn you can almost feel the warmth.