NPR’s June Kids’ Book Club Pick: ‘The One and Only Ivan’

30 05 2013

Just in time for summer, NPR’s Backseat Book Club introduces us to an amazing gorilla. He’s the title character in The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Families, teachers, children are welcome to join in the reading of the Newbery Medal Winner The One and Only Ivan this month. Click here to learn more about this amazing book.



Sophia Moss, 5, read 875 books in a year

30 05 2013

A short article about a Louisiana 5 year old who read the entire kindergarten and 1st grade sections of her school library. Way to go, reader!Image

2013 Summer Reading!

30 05 2013

childrens_park_toyDon’t let your child be a “summer slider!” Research shows that kids who don’t read over the summer lose some of the skills they worked so hard to develop during the school year. The BNS/BCS library has put together a great Summer Reading List where you’ll find fun and engaging titles for kids of all ages. Happy Summer!

The McMullans revisited

25 05 2013

Last year, about this time, Kate and Jim McMullan, visited the library.  She is the author and he is the illustrator of such great picture books as “I Stink”, “I’m Fast” and “I’m Dirty“.  Shown here is a bit of their fantastic presentation to first graders.

Thanks to Weston Woods Studio for their permission to share!

Kate & Jim McMullan visit Brooklyn New School on Vimeo.

Want Sharper Online Research Skills?

23 05 2013

Via KQED’s Mindshift, how students are learning online research skills,

4th graders field-tested a database.

and 12 ways to make your Google searches more effective.

Summer Reading Kick Off Events

23 05 2013

Children’s reading levels often slide over the summer; however, this does not have to happen. Every year, the Brooklyn Public Library campaigns and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue reading over the summer.

The Brooklyn Public Library is launching the 2013 Summer Reading Campaign with fun activities and give-aways for kids and young adults:

Thursday June 6th from 2:00-4:00 pm at local branches, and 10:30am – 3:30pm at the Central Library with special appearances by Spiderman. Check out our local Carroll Gardens Branch – 396 Clinton @ Union.

The theme this year is “Discovering Hidden Treasures” and the statewide theme is “Digging into Reading.”   Discover summer reading lists, game boards, and of course,

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Artic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler

19 05 2013

cover of The Impossible Rescue by Martin Sandler

From 1897 come photographs and accounts of a journey to rescue the crew from eight whaling ships in Northern Alaska.  With a farfetched plan and a mission to succeed, a few men set out to convince others to join them in helping to save the desperate and isolated sailors.  This is a worthwhile historical background for fans of other Alaskan adventures real or otherwise, such as “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer, “Woodsong” by Gary Paulsen, or “Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World” by Jennifer Armstrong.



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