Monday, March 30, 2009

April Fools' Day

Do you look forward to April Fools' Day? Or do you fake a fever and call in sick? I have NEVER been a fan of practical jokes, but I do enjoy a good riddle. Here are some books that we have to offer:

About the dreaded day:
Arthur's April Fool by Marc Brown
April Fool! by Karen Gray Ruelle
The School Skeleton by Ron Roy

Jokes and Riddles:

Beastly Riddles : Fishy, Flighty, and Buggy, too by Joseph Low
Count Draculations! : Monster Riddles compiled by Charles Keller
Fiddle with a Riddle : Write Your Own Riddles by Joanne E. Bernstein
High on a Hill : a Book of Chinese Riddles selected and illustrated by Ed Young.
Jokelopedia compiled by Ilana Weitzman
Keep 'em Laughing : Jokes to Amuse and Annoy Your Friends by Louis Phillips
Kindle Me a Riddle : a Pioneer Story by Roberta Karim
Lightning Inside You : and Other Native American Riddles by edited by John Bierhorst
The Moon & Riddles Diner and the Sunnyside Cafe byNancy Willard
My First Riddles / pictures by Judith Hoffman Corwin
Remember Betsy Floss : and Other Colonial American Riddles by David A. Adler
Riddle Road : Puzzles in Poems and Pictures by Elizabeth Spires
Too Hot to Hoot : Funny Palindrome Riddles by Marvin Terban
Unriddling : All Sorts of Riddles to Puzzle Your Guessery collected from American folklore by Alvin Schwartz

Need more? Just search the Public Access Catalog using "riddles," "jokes," or "Wit and Humor."

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Birthday Cake!

That's right, the Very Hungry Caterpillar will be adding birthday cake to his menu this week as he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his "birth" (i.e. publication of the book written and illustrated by Eric Carle) on March 20. Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art's website for a list of festivities for both the Caterpillar and Carle's own 80th birthday on June 25:

Download an activity kit and poster at:

Check out one of our many books written and/or illustrated by the master of tissue paper collage. Here's just a sampling:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Do You Want to be My Friend?
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
Draw Me a Star
From Head to Toe
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (written by Bill Martin, Jr.)
The Hole in the Dike (retold by Norma Green)
The Lamb and the Butterfly (written by Arnold Sundgaard)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Erin go braugh!

That's "Ireland Forever!" St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching and here are some titles that will put some green in your day.

A Fine St. Patrick's Day by Susan Wojciechowski
Finn MacCoul and his Fearless Wife retold by Robert Byrd.
Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman
Harp O' Gold by Teresa Bateman
The Hidden Folk by Lise Lunge-Larsen
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato retold by Tomie dePaola.
Leprechaun Gold by Teresa Bateman
Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin by Jessica Souhami.
Paddy's Pot of Gold by Dick King-Smith
St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons
That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott.

Mora na maidine dhuit! (Top of the morning to you!)