Summer is the time when libraries traditionally encourage children in their leisure reading with fun programming and prizes. At the Alvin Sherman Library, we invite adults to rediscover the joy of summer reading. Here is a list to get your started. Don't forget to sign up for Adult Summer Reading Awards with the chance to win prizes all summer long.
May is Latino Books Month! Many of the books in this list are Pura Belpre award winners or honor books. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. It is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Will your child be learning to swim or practicing swimming this summer? Check out books about swimming lessons, learn about water safety, and explore community resources. Water Smart Broward http://www.watersmartbroward.org/ SWIMS Foundation http://swimsfoundation.org/ American Red Cross www.redcross.org Kyan’s Kause www.kyanskause.org
Get ready to kick off the summer with some tunes and texts to get you grooving! This selection includes books, CDs, and DVDs with motion and dancing. Recommended for children ages 3-8. Do you love dancing and singing? Come to our Summer Kick-Off Dance Party on Sunday, June 11, 1-4pm! Click here to RSVP for the party (and sign-up for Reading Rewards) starting May 15.
Go on safari by exploring wild animals that live here in Florida and in the amazing continent of Africa! Do you know where each animal lives? Check out our wide selection of non-fiction books to find out! Don't miss Safari Sue's special visit to storytime this summer on Thursday, June 22, 10:30-11:15am. Explore the world with Safari Sue’s tales of adventures, animals, treasure hunts and magic!
This summer, learn all about the mighty jungle and the animals that live there! Find out where the jungles are located: South America, Africa, or Asia! Then read a book that takes place in the jungle. Don't miss a special Jungle Jam puppet show at storytime this summer on Thursday, August 3, 10:30-11:15am. Enjoy animal puppets and encourage singing, self-esteem, creativity and so much fun!
Superheroes are great and all, but there are some awesome graphic novels out there that don’t include them at all! For example, did you know you can read about history in a graphic novel? Realistic Fiction? Fairy tales? Check out some of our favorites below and open up your comic universe.
Enjoy stories and explore different cultures from around the world this summer with multicultural folktales! If you like these stories, you'll love our Music Around the World series this summer! Mondays, 7 - 7:45pm (June 12 - July 31), explore a joyous blend of music, games, songs and dances from a different region of the world each week.
Discover new-to-you stories from years past and enjoy sharing them with your children! Reading a chapter or two aloud each night is a great way to introduce longer, more complex stories to younger children, or make a Just the Two of Us book club by checking out two copies of the same book, reading along and discussing the book with an older child.
Whether you're looking for an insightful, inspiring children's book quote to share with your child, or just looking for an excuse to re-read these classic tales, check out some of our favorite lines from our favorite stories for children (and yes, for grown-ups too)!
A new baby in the family! The arrival of a baby can be a confusing time for siblings. These stories (some tender, some funny) can help start conversations to prepare siblings for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister.
These poems are full of rhythm, rhyme and repetition -- all great ways to help develop your young child's early literacy skills and instill a love of words and books. Snuggle up and share new poems and classic nursery rhymes!
The Bard may have written some of the most famous works of all time, but YA authors are not afraid to twist his stories for contemporary audiences! Check out the books below that feature some fabulous Shakespearean elements.
Learn more about global events that touched Florida! These items have been chosen for their subject matter's relevance to the Sunshine state. Events that have impacted Florida include World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement, NASA and much more!
These picture books illustrate counting numbers and simple math concepts, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
This is a list of books related to the American experience during World War I. 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of the United States entry into the First World War. This list comprises both fiction and non-fiction titles chosen for both their content and their quality.
Looking for a fun book to read for Saint Patrick's Day? Then check out these reads! Selections include Irish folklore, customs, and culture.
According to Goodreads.com, a “YA Space Opera” is defined as a science-fiction based novel starring a young adult protagonist (age 12-17) on an extra-planetary or galactic scale which has a heavy emphasis on character development and (usually) beating overwhelming odds in addition to the world-building and science. Take a look at some of our favorite out-of-this-world picks below!
On March 8th, we observe International Women's Day. We remember the achievements of women and the progress of gender parity throughout the world. This year's theme 'Be Bold for Change' calls on everyone to continue improving women's lives around the world. The women listed below are not only great examples of boldness but effective agents of change.