What a busy summer this has been! Swimming, ballgames, the Rodeo, RAGBRAI, Cherokee and Marcus Fairs and family reunions have kept all of us hopping.
If you're looking for a place to relax, mosey on down to the Cherokee Public Library and check out our new books, DVDs, magazines, books on CD, and use our computers. We have something for everyone.
Every once in a while I like to give a book review or two on some new books we have added to our youth department. This week I will be focusing on picture books for children ages 4 -- 8.
Blackout by John Rocco is a Caldecott Honor Award winner for 2012. A little girl wants her family to play a board game with her, but everyone is too busy with cell phones, computers or house chores. There is a blackout in the city and, because it is a hot summer night, they head to the roof where other people are enjoying the beautiful night. They go to the street, and people are enjoying each other, free ice cream, and music, etc. Then the lights are restored. Everyone goes back to the way things were, except the little girl. You'll love the ending. This book is recommended for children ages 4 -- 8 but I would say adults will enjoy this book as well.
Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, is a delightful story about a little mouse who really wants to learn how to count so he can find out how many fingers and toes he has. He spots a hole in this counting book that's just his size and crawls inside to start his adventure with numbers. So when you read this book be sure to slooowly and carefully, turn the pages and learn to count with Mouse. This is yet another great picture book by Margaret Wise Brown.
Art & Max is the story of two artists: Art is a serious lizard who is painstakingly working on a portrait and Max is a carefree, spur of the moment artist who has just picked up a paint brush and is ready to go. Three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner creates a stunning journey through the art world. The story magically romps through the world of art as acrylic paints, watercolor, and line drawing are all explored. The brilliant illustrations and minimal text make this a beautiful book - a must have for any art lover - young or old.
If you are an artist in the making, a child who wants to enjoy the simple things in life, or a child just learning to count, bring your parents to the library and check out any of these books.