Did you know? April 2nd is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday -- he would have been 208 years old this year. Happy Birthday, Hans!
It is also International Children’s Book Day, a day dedicated to the love of reading and to children’s books from all over the world. This year USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) has been awarded the sponsorship of the 2013 International Children’s Book Day. The Free Library of Philadelphia joins the celebration by highlighting outstanding international books selected from USBBY’s current and past booklists marking this day. All these exceptional books were originally published outside of the United States and bring a new perspective and flavor to children’s book collections everywhere.
Maisy is a much beloved character of the PreK crowd – what’s not to love about sweet Maisy Mouse? In Lucy Cousins' new book, Create with Maisy, the author shares17 easy craft projects for creative little hands. Parents, teachers and librarians will have fun helping kids work through any of these projects: all you need are easy to find supplies and imagination -- follow the easy instructions or make changes of your own. All artwork created can be used to play, as decorations or gifts. And everyone loves a homemade gift, right?
Little kids love getting dressed by themselves and picking out their own clothes. In Seymour Chwast's new book, Get Dressed!, they will also have fun using their imagination by connecting different outfits and guessing their (very adventurous) uses. Warning: Reading This Book May Inspire Many Games of Dressing Up!
This is a highly interactive book, made of sturdy cardstock, with multiple flaps and a magnetic cover that makes it look like a suit jacket. Watch this fun book trailer for a peek of what's inside: