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Story Time from Space


The title character from Andrea Beaty’s children’s book Rosie Revere, Engineer will be joining other female space pioneers making history, when the book travels to the International Space Station to be part of the space station’s Story Time from Space program this summer. A project from the Global Space Education Foundation aims to foster literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning by having astronauts record their readings of selected titles. Author Jeffrey Bennett has… Read More

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Please Mr Panda

This is a great picturebook about a panda that does not like doughnuts and offers them to all the other (black and white) animals that he encounters. Only the lemur (I think it’s a lemur) asks politely and so gets the doughnuts. Really a simple concept but the color contrast of the doughnuts and the animals makes for a visual treat. Pun intended.   Review also found on Goodreads.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES by CindyB


This is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care/parenting. “Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn.” In an era of high stakes testing and education reforms and revolution, research has repeatedly proved that children who are read aloud to will get a head start… Read More

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Noi lived with his dad and six cats by the sea.” The premise and set up for this picturebook is wonderful–the illustrations are sweet and a bit naive in style. I thoroughly enjoyed the depiction of animals and had fun finding the cats in every spread. The story itself started so strong that the ending was a let down. When the father said “he… Read More

Picturebook Ninjas

Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3.5 stars This rhyming Ninja story is full of fun rhythm, mayhem, kindness and respect. A great read aloud. The illustrations are nothing artistically special–digitally rendered, lots of white space, but rather generic–the integration of “Kaboom! Kapow! into both the rhyme scheme and the illustrations has design merit. Ninja! by Arree Chung My rating: 4 of 5 stars This graphic novel-style picturebook has great fun… Read More

Summer Reading 2014


Summer Reading is well underway! Fairfield Public Library’s Read. Game. Win! has brought the community into the library to play games, read books and have a great time. With something to do every day of the week, FPL has been busy giving out book recommendations, hosting programs for all ages and handing out reading prizes! Fairfield’s students in grades K-5 have read a combined total of 440,660 minutes so far! And the summer is not even… Read More

Care for Books! by Cindyb

Bookmark Picture

From  Book Week Online: This “Care for Books” bookmark by Hardie Gramatky, was available for purchase from the Children’s Book Council for nearly 30 years, but it fell out of print in 2004. With the permission of the CBC, the Gramatky family, and G.P. Putnam’s sons, it has become available to libraries on an as-needed basis. Hardie Gramatky is the illustrator of the classic children’s book, Little Toot, which has been in print since 1939. It is… Read More

Woodsie Band by Diane P

Pig Joins the Band

Story Time at Fairfield Woods ended on a “HIGH” note!  We conducted our “Woodsie Band” with bells, rhythm sticks, and a xylophone and performed our own version of the sound of music!  We read Little Pig Joins the Band and used the CD for added sound effects.  The Children’s SongBag by Paul DuBois Jacobs contains many simple compositions without sharps or flats, which can be banged out on the xylophone.  We made a cardboard guitar as a… Read More

Does a Zookeeper Sleep at Night? By Ms. Diane


Where do all the zoo animals sleep at night? The “Woodsies” know! During story time we danced like elephants, roared like tigers, stretched like giraffes, and read Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. We also watched the Weston Woods DVD which accompanies the book. The children laughed at the mischievous gorilla and the animal antics. We did wonder if the Zookeeper had a good night’s sleep! Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann Picturebook Peggy Rathmann Ages 4-8

Recharging Creativity by Ms. Leslie


Last week some of the Children’s Librarian’s attended CLA, Connecticut Library Association’s annual meeting. Groups of librarians from all over the state meet each year to talk about what’s new in the library world and “recharge our creativity.” We previewed some new Children’s books – everything from a new Sandra Boynton book about bunnies to a new series about a young Harry Houdini. The day included seminars about the Common Core State Standards for Connecticut, an… Read More