Yes, it's true! The frog is actually part of the bow that is needed to play the cello (fortunately not the animal, just the name of the part). It helps adjust the sound of the cello by tightening or loosening the strings. Frogs Play Cellos, part of the Did You Know series, is a very clever nonfiction title with quirky characters that entertain while relating facts and music trivia. Kids will not only learn about a variety of instruments, but also read snippets on cultural influences and musicians (for example, spoons are used in many cultures to make a beat and create harmony). The illustrations are a lot of fun, including a pig singing opera, John Lennon as the Walrus, and a variety of cool cats playing the horns. This would be a great title to support this year’s summer reading theme “Libraries Rock,” and I’ve heard from customers that the Did You Know series is massively popular with their young readers.
By Susan Frappier, Penworthy Representative
April is National Poetry Month! The observance was created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 in order to celebrate and promote this expressive literary art form. There are a multitude of ways to celebrate in the library – here is a list of resources and program ideas to help you and your young readers get poetic:
To misquote a popular holiday movie, “The best way to spread cheer is giving hats for all to wear.” Hooray for Hat, one of the best read aloud and picture books of 2014 (according to the Huffington Post and NPR), has definitely made a statement with me. This cheerful book easily captures the eye due to its huge, bold text and bright illustrations. The story involves six animal friends who all seem to be having a grumpy day, but with the simple gesture of giving to one another, each of them finds their way back to happiness. And what could be a better cure for a grumpy mood than a delightfully silly hat?
This book is a great read aloud for story time, especially one focused on emotions. Little readers will love chiming in with each repetition of “Hooray for hat!” The author’s website offers a downloadable activity kit which includes lots of fun things such as a friendship card, coloring pages, story time suggestions, and a couple of different hat templates.
Kanisha Hines, Penworthy Sales Representative
Happy Library Lovers Month! You’re doubtless gearing up for an amazing and energizing Read Across America Day, so we’ve gathered a few helpful resources for you in addition to those provided by the NEA:
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