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Go Graphic!

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Go Graphic! by Ms. Beth Check out “Go Graphic!” our reading list of Graphic Novels for grades 4-5! There are lots of great suggestions for graphic novel lovers there. One of my favorites is The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis.   What does a Secret Squirt Watch, a pair of Spring –Loaded Super –Boots, and the incredible Kablovsky Copter have in common? This trio of gadgeteers is hard at work in a secret lab,… Read More

WELCOME!

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Welcome to Children’s Services’ new blog: Magic Words! You’ll find all sorts of good stuff on this blog: from book reviews to story time songs/rhymes to educational articles and more. Needless to say, Magic Words has something for everyone. As any good blogger knows, keeping the posts current and fresh is important. So, we’ll make sure to have something new almost every day. In the meantime, meet the staff of Children’s Services. Maybe you’ll find out… Read More

Abe Lincoln – The Boy Who Loved Books

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The Boy Who Loved Books by Ms. Diane BRRRrrrr!!!!!!! Keeping warm this winter by discovering many treasures at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library to use for winter programs. A special treasure is  Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books.   Abe Lincoln by  Kay Winters Grades K-3 Format: Biography, Picture Abraham Lincoln was an amazing person who overcame many hardships and became our 16th president. Readers will enjoy learning about Lincoln as a spirited, wiry youngster who loved to… Read More

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

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By Ms. Kristina This oversized picture book was originally published in 2011 in France under the title Une chanson d’ours and as such has a distinctly French air. The color palette of yellow, blue and black fade to a muted color scheme that feels nostalgic as well as modern. The colors bring the reader through a frantic search for little bear. The first two-thirds of the book feel like an ornate and beautifully rendered “search and… Read More

Every Who in Who-Ville

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Every Who in Who-Ville by Cindyb I would just like to say how much I enjoyed performing How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) to such a receptive audience! Thank you for the opportunity to do my Boris Karloff impression, while reciting my favorite holiday book! The Teen Librarian, Nicole S. helped project images from the book and was an excellent elf. As you know the “Grinch” hates Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise,… Read More

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore

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This nonfiction picture book about the parrots of Puerto Rico and and scientists’ observations of them is a perfect STEM/STEAM titles. It is full of excellent factual information but told in a narrative that is both engaging and moves along. The outside cover leads you to believe the book has a horizontal orientation, but upon opening it, the illustrations and text are not laid out from left to right, but from top to bottom. Each spread… Read More

Jane Eyre??

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What is Heidi Reading? is dedicated to what our littlest worker (my 5-month-old daughter) is reading at home.  I thought my mom was crazy when she pulled out this classic… Jane Eyre. BORING!! But, I was wrong. I loved it! I loved counting out the 4 towers at Thornfield Hall. And, seeing the 8 drawings; it’s just so nice to be able to put a face to Mr. Rochester. Maybe one day I’ll grow up to be a… Read More

Cookies!

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Hungry for a delicious storytime? Think cookies! These stories are irresistible for the Pre-K – 1st grade crowd. In “Who Ate all the Cookie Dough?” an aproned momma kangaroo can’t figure out who snuck a taste of her delicious cookie dough right from the bowl. Was it the monkey? The hippo? Or someone closer to home? Readers will be trying to solve the mystery as they join the refrain, “Eeny meenie miney mo who stole all the cookie dough?”… Read More

The Day the Crayons Quit

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Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit (2013) is a great title sure to make the kids giggle.  It’s got lots of wit and attitude. Told as a series of letters from disgruntled crayons, these characters have tons of personality. How will poor Duncan ever satisfy all his crayons’ demands?  The ample sarcasm and humor will ensure your audience is not bored with this one. Beware though, it’s a bit wordy so probably not a good fit for the younger ones.… Read More

Llama Llama, Nighty Night

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What is Heidi Reading? is dedicated to what our littlest worker (my 5-month-old daughter) is reading at home. I always love when I get to read this nice short book about bedtime. While I’m getting a belly rub and a massage, my mommy and daddy read to me. They hope that this book llama, llama getting ready for bed will help me get right in the mood to (yawn) sleep… (yawn)… all through (yawn)… the… (yawn)… night. Gee, it seems… Read More

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