Do words matter? What happens when someone uses angry words or does not tell the truth? How do kind words like "please" and "thank you" help others? This selection of children's books showcases the power of words. Recommended for ages 3-6.
This booklist was inspired by a list created by the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace. For more books about peace, see our Peace Begins With Me booklist.
First day jitters? Help put your little ones at ease with a selection of charming, humorous, and uplifting books about school. This list, geared toward students in primary grades, will focus on the worries and wonders of a child's (and teacher's!) very first day at school.
Periods of social unrest can be difficult to understand and especially to live through; still, they make up the fabric of our nation. For generations, protest and social activism have taken on many shapes and forms and have helped to create the world we live in today. This book list, which includes books for even the very young (found toward the top of the list and proceeding in order toward books for teens) highlights some some of the people and events, both well known and obscure, that have brought about change in the world.
Looking to improve your communication skills? How about resolve conflicts with family effectively? Need ideas for activities to keep your children entertained during the long summer months? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then this list is for you! Check out any of these items using your Alvin Sherman Library card and don't forget to come to the interactive "We Love our Family: Fun Tips for Resovling Conflicts and Getting Along!" workshop.
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.
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!
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.
Enjoy stories and explore different cultures from around the world this summer with multicultural folktales!
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!
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.
Looking for a fun book to read for Saint Patrick's Day? Then check out these reads! Selections include Irish folklore, customs, and culture.
From trickster tales to unlikely friendships and alliances, these African folktales have been passed through storytelling to entertain and perhaps teach a lesson or two. Enjoy the following stories from all over the vast African continent. Many of these selections include wonderful illustrations that have been inspired from the African regions of the story.