Books

Silver Button

Favorite picture books of 2013: The Silver Button

At the moment when Jodie puts the finishing touch – a silver button – on her drawing, her younger brother pushes himself to standing and takes his first step. Elsewhere at that same instant, a runner chugs down the sidewalk, a soldier bids farewell to his mother, and a man plays with his granddaughter in the park. Across town, a baby is born. Author-illustrator Bob Graham shows readers that the whole universe can change in a single minute, and reminds us that we are never alone.

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First Drawing

Favorite picture books of 2013: The First Drawing

“Imagine you were born before the invention of drawing more than thirty thousand years ago.” Author-illustrator Mordicai Gerstein invites children to travel back more than 30,000 years to a cave in what is now southern France, where a boy picks up a burnt stick and begins drawing on the walls. For his fellow early humans, this first taste of art is scary and disconcerting. Inspired by Werner Herzog’s film Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Gerstein transports us back in time, but reminds us that prehistoric children have much in common with the kids we love today.

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Journey

Favorite picture books of 2013: Journey

 

A lonely girl escapes the boredom of a sepia-toned world by drawing a doorway to a magical realm. This captivating wordless story has all the elements of a classic adventure, with immaculately detailed illustrations and a story of suspense, action, and friendship. I could spend hours pouring over these pages, and still not see everything they contain. Aaron Becker’s first picture book takes us on an extraordinary journey.

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Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Thanks to a generous donation from The Apraxia Connection, the Children’s Services Department now has a collection of resources for families and friends of children with this condition. Books, DVDs, and even a fun music CD can be found in our Parent-Teacher section, or ask for them at the Children’s Desk.

the library now offers books, DVDs, and CDs for families and friends of kids diagnosed with this challenging disorder. – See more at: http://www.lplibrary.org/#sthash.rQ6uhDqi.dpuf
the library now offers books, DVDs, and CDs for families and friends of kids diagnosed with this challenging disorder. – See more at: http://www.lplibrary.org/#sthash.rQ6uhDqi.dpuf
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Music

Time to Sing!

Time to Sing!

A young child’s world is filled with song, from the first lullaby, to “Happy Birthday”. But for some children, struggling to speak, singing along with their friends can seem hopeless – they can’t keep up. If only the words were slower, they could sing along, too. Time To Sing! is the answer!

The songs on this recording have all been newly arranged. The words are much slower than the originals, but the music is fun, exciting, playful, and beautiful. This music recording is perfect for children with apraxia and other speech or language disorders, children learning English as a second language, and children with other delays.

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Barber

The Barber of the Beasts

The very charming Zak Morgan brings all of his life experiences and a simple delight in words and music to his fourth family music album. Includes the hit song, “The Case of the Dry Markers,” with guest artist Bootsy Collins.

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Movies

Whistlefritz Spanish DVD

Whistlefritz Spanish language instruction DVDs

In response to a suggestion from a patron, we’ve added the award-winning Whistlefritz Spanish For Kids instruction DVDs to our collection. Intended for kids ages 2 – 7, Whistlefritz uses language immersion, repetition, and fun characters and stories, to teach Spanish to young children. Look for these, and all of our language instruction videos, in our nonfiction DVD section.

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bbc extreme-dinosaurs

BBC’s Extreme Dinosaurs

Was T-Rex the scariest dinosaur ever to walk the earth? Paleontologist Dr. Phillip Currie believes he has found a six-ton flesh-eating dinosaur  called Argentinosaurus that hunted its prey in packs, and he has found two mass dinosaur graves that might help prove him right. In fact, T-Rex may have been just a slow, lumbering creature with hideously bad breath! Will we ever know the truth? Exciting, mind-blowing discoveries continue to be made about dinosaurs, in spite of everything we think we already know.

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