New Oliver Jeffers

This is Oliver Jeffers
So besides the fact that he’s unbelievably dreamy,he’s also my favourite picture book author and illustrator.
His books are always a hit in my story times and have a wide appeal for many ages including adults. When I saw this trailer for his new title which you can pre-order now and releases in June, I just had to share it.

                 This makes me happy. I can not wait to have this book in my collection.

His other titles: 
The Incredible Book Eating Boy Lost and Found  Stuck How to Catch a Star   Up and Down  The Great Paper Caper
  The Heart and the Bottle   The Way Back Home

Book of the Week: Crafty Chloe by Kelly Dipucchio

Crafty Chloe
Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon and Schuster

When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present—something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day—and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too!

My Thoughts:

I adore this book. Still girly enough to appeal to princess and Fancy Nancy fans but not soooo girly it’s over the top.  Chloe is a crafter, and make amazing things out of paper, markers, glitter and googly-eyes. The book has great craft ideas, but even better is the lovely story that highlights the love that goes into making something special for someone instead of buying it. Kids will also enjoy the humour laced through out including Chloe’s dog Bert. Aside from the ideas in the book there is a website to go long with it…great source for programming ideas to pair with the story. 
This is one to buy for your story time shelf as you’ll want to pull it out again and again. 

Fancy Nancy Party at the Library!!

Today was the day for our Fancy Nancy Soiree (that’s a fancy word for party) at my library. 
We had 27 little girls and one boy dressed to the nines from the age of 3-8 join us for a morning of all things pink, sparkly and fabulous!
We began the event by handing out name tags which the kids could decorate. We sat for a story (Fancy Nancy of course) and then learned some new “fancy words” while putting our pinky out.
We then practised our posture with a walking fancy relay with sparkly pie plates on our heads. 
Followed by a fabulous fashion show where we showed off our fancy outfits.
The crafts (Tiaras, bracelets) were a big hit. The children (and their grown-ups) also loved the mini purses we made-you can see them in the picture above.
Here’s the pattern –Purse Pattern
One the favourite programs I’ve done in a while… a picture of myself and
my friend/co-worker in our fancy outfits.
I have the best job, where else could I play dress up all day?

Book of the Week: Blackout by John Rocco

Blackout by John Rocco
Published by Hyperion Books May 24th 2011
One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, “Mommm!” His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can’t work on her computer, and Dad can’t finish cooking dinner. What’s a family to do?

My Thoughts:

I was so happy to stumble across this picture book (it just came in to the library) the friday before Earth Hour on Saturday. The book opens with the images of each member of the family in different rooms “doing their own things”. The power goes out, and the family comes together to find ways to wait out the blackout.
Exploring the stars, playing games by flashlight, joining the neighbours for ice cream in the street. 
I shared the story by candle light with my family during earth hour. It’s a wonderful reminder of how easy technology can take over, how dependant we can be on it, but also how easily we can make the choice to put the gadgets away and spend time together.  
After reading it we played flashlight tag. I’ve done this in a preschool group before for a pjamma time program where I had parents and kids bring flashlights and we used them during storytime. It was a big hit! I think it would make a wonderful activity to compliment this story. Great for Earth Day too.