Posts by Monica C. (152)

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Author/illustrator Maria Van Lieshout has a series of books aptly called Big Kid Power . Drawing from her own experience as a mother, the books are meant to help caregivers and children reach… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | "I'm a Big Kid Now!" Series

By written by Monica C.    March 19, 2018   

I was so excited when I heard the announcement that Matthew Cordell had won the 2018 Caldecott Medal for Wolf in the Snow . While not a retelling of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood , the… continue reading Wolf in the Snow & Little Red Riding Hood

By written by Monica C.    February 20, 2018   

When I go for a walk or ride on a bus through the city streets as night begins to fall, I can’t help but look at windows. As I pass each townhouse or apartment, I get a glimpse of a… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Windows

By written by Monica C.    January 18, 2018   

And we're back, for a new Picture Book Hightlighs , a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a new picture book that has been ordered for all agencies. Years ago, we wrote a blog post… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Found Dogs

By written by Monica C.    October 26, 2017   

Can you believe it? Summer is almost over! For some people (I'll admit it, me!) it can be hard to say goodbye to summer. But there is something that makes it easier: all the fall colors. I… continue reading Full of Fall

By written by Monica C.    September 21, 2017   

I have always been fascinated by wild animals. We are not alone in this world – we have always shared it with animals: big and small, domesticated and wild. We are surrounded by life… continue reading Going Wild for Wild Animals!

By written by Monica C.    August 3, 2017   

The Fourth of July is America's biggest holiday – there are parades, music, picnics, parties, AND fireworks! We are a nation of immigrants and on this day we all come together to… continue reading Happy Independence Day!

By written by Monica C.    July 3, 2017    1

Looking for a book that will help get kids moving? We have a good one for you! Our new selection for Picture Books Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Spunky Little Monkey

By written by Monica C.    June 20, 2017   

Reading a book can be a very tactile experience: holding the book in your hands or lap, turning the pages, feeling the paper, pouring over the art and text. With electronic readers, one can carry… continue reading Interactive Picture Books | Lift the Flap!

By written by Monica C.    May 9, 2017    1

Farming in the city? Well, yes! And it is happening right here in Philadelphia: in community gardens, parks, backyards, and plots. There is Farm Philly , a program by Philadelphia’s Parks… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Anywhere Farm

By written by Monica C.    April 18, 2017   

City living can be noisy. And sometimes, neighbors can keep you up at night. For our next Picture Book Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book… continue reading Picture Books Highlights | Noisy Night

By written by Monica C.    March 13, 2017   

Philadelphia is home to the nation’s first Mint facility , and it is here that the largest number of U.S. pennies is manufactured. Pretty cool, right? Which links nicely with our next… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | One Proud Penny

By written by Monica C.    February 17, 2017    2

What does it mean to be beautiful? Our next pick for Picture Book Highlights —a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book that has been ordered for all our… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Beautiful

By written by Monica C.    January 10, 2017   

Wow, 2016 just flew by!  We are now at the cusp of a brand new year, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a picture book? Our selection for this month's Picture Book… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Hap-pea All Year

By written by Monica C.    December 22, 2016   

We are back with a new Picture Book Highlights , the series where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all of our libraries . This time it’s Owl Sees Owl ,… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Owl Sees Owl

By written by Monica C.    November 15, 2016   

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and is always a good time to remind ourselves to be grateful. Expressing appreciation for what we have, noticing the small and big things in our lives that are… continue reading Giving Thanks!

By written by Monica C.    November 10, 2016   

Years ago, a program called Poetry in Motion  placed poetry posters in transit systems of various cities all over the United States, including Philadelphia . You may have seen one of the… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Daniel Finds a Poem

By written by Monica C.    October 18, 2016    2

It’s time to think of costumes and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood! How about getting ready for Halloween with some old friends? Join Llama Llama , Farmer Brown and the Barnyard… continue reading Enjoy the Treat of Some Great Halloween Children's Books!

By written by Monica C.    October 12, 2016    1

At the beginning of every month, a new Early Literacy calendar —compiled by Free Library of Philadelphia’s children’s librarians—can be found on our blog. It is filled… continue reading Picture Book Highlights | Sing with Me!

By written by Monica C.    October 4, 2016   

When the days start getting shorter and cooler, it means fall is in the air. Leaves begin to turn shades of yellow, orange, and red, carpeting the ground and changing the… continue reading Falling in Love with Fall

By written by Monica C.    September 22, 2016