Award-Winning Children’s Books

The Caldecott and Newbery awards are some of the most prestigious available in children’s book publishing.

The Caldecott award for 2012, for best American children’s picture book, went to A Ball For Daisy by Chris Raschka.  Also getting honorable mentions were Blackout by John Rocco , Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, and Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell.

The 2012 Newbery award for the most distinguished American children’s book went to Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. Honorable mentions were Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai and Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin.

Harvey Rabbit and Friends

Looks who’s coming back this summer! Join Harvey Rabbit, Cecil the Orangutan, Miss Laura and Mr. Tim for some great entertainment. Here is the schedule for this children’s favorite with music, puppetry and lots of laughs. Registration is required so please contact your local branch.

Baker Branch: Monday, June 18, 2:30pm
Bluebonnet Regional Branch: Monday, June 11, 2:30pm
Carver Branch: Tuesday, May 29, 10:00am
Central Branch: Wednesday, May 30, 2:30pm
Delmont Gardens Branch: Monday, June 18, 10:00am
Eden Park Branch: Thursday, May 31, 10:00am
Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch: Thursday, May 31, 2:30pm
Jones Creek Regional Branch: Tuesday, May 29, 2:30pm
Main Library: Tuesday, July 10, 2:30pm
Pride-Chaneyville Branch: Monday, July 9, 2:30pm
River Center Branch: Wednesday, May 30, 10:00am
Scotlandville Branch: Monday, July 9, 10:00am
Zachary Branch: Friday, June 1, 10:00am

Summer Reading 2012!

Summer Reading Programs start today! Pick up a reading log, read books and win great prizes! Join us for a whole summer full of exciting events. There will be crafts, games, performing arts, parties and so much more. See our monthly newsletter, The Source for further details or visit Summer Reading 2012. This year’s Summer Reading themes are:

Children’s Summer Reading: Dream Big-Read! For ages 0-11, call 231-3760 for more information

Teen Summer Reading: Own The Night For ages 12-18, call 231-3770 for more information

Adult Summer Reading: I Geek Reading For ages 18+, call 231-3740 for more information

Children’s Books Online

These collections of digital books mean you can always have access to wonderful online reads for children of all ages.

The first resource we’re going to look at is the library’s own TumbleBooks. Through Tumblebooks you can access storybooks, non-fiction, read-alongs, iPad books, puzzles and games. Hundreds of titles always available.

TumbleReadables is an entire catalog of read-along books perfect for readers of all levels but especially for emergent, struggling, and reluctant readers, as well as being an excellent tool for ESL.

Another place to find Children’s book is through our Overdrive downloads site. For these books you don’t read them online, instead you can download them to a computer, smartphone or ereader. Books on the go.

If you’re still hungry for online children’s books, then another site we can recommend is the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) which contains over 4500 books in 61 languages.

Kids @ EBRPL: Homework Help

Looking for homework help? Try checking out the resources on the Kids @ EBRPL page. You’ll find great, librarian vetted sites on these homework topics and more: Biography, English, Geography, Government, Math, Reading, Science and lots of Louisiana specific goodies.

There is so much more to see on the Kids @ EBRPL page away from the world of homework, including fun stuff like coloring sheets, games, puzzles, places to go and things to do.

A Visit with Mrs. Claus

We’re excited to welcome a very special guest this December, Mrs. Claus and her trusty elves will be visiting all the library branches. Here is the schedule, all visits begin at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 1 River Center Branch
Monday, December 5 Pride-Chaneyville Branch
Tuesday, December 6 Baker Branch
Wednesday, December 7 Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Thursday, December 8 Scotlandville Branch
Monday, December 12 Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
Tuesday, December 13 Main Library
Wednesday, December 14 Zachary Branch
Thursday, December 15 Eden Park Branch
Monday, December 19 Carver Branch
Wednesday, December 21 Delmont Gardens Branch
Thursday, December 22 Central Branch

Introducing TumbleBooks!

TumbleBooksLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

As well as stories and read-alongs, there are also non-fiction books, language learning books and games. TumbleBooks are always available, you don’t check them out, just read them online. You can even create a playlist of favorite books or choose from other playlists already arranged by grade level.

TumbleBooksLibrary is a fantastic resource that is educational, promotes reading and above all is fun for kids.

Harvey Rabbit and Friends

Looks who’s coming back this summer, Harvey Rabbit and Friends! Here is the schedule for this children’s favorite. Music, puppetry and lots of laughs for ages 2-11!

Wednesday, May 25, 10:00a.m. Pride-Chaneyville Branch
2:30p.m. Zachary Branch

Thursday, May 26, 10:00a.m. River Center Branch
2:30p.m. Jones Creek Regional Branch

Friday, May 27, 10:00a.m. Baker Branch

Monday, June 6, 10:00a.m. Scotlandville Branch
2:30p.m. Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch

Wednesday, June 8, 10:00a.m. Delmont Gardens Branch
2:30p.m. Central Branch

Monday, June 20, 10:00a.m. Eden Park Branch
2:30p.m. Bluebonnet Regional Branch

Friday, June 24, 10:00a.m. Carver Branch

Thursday, July 7, 2:30p.m. Main Library

Kids @ EBRPL

Have you checked out the kids page on our website? It’s the place to go to find out about upcoming events and activities for kids at the library. There’s lots going on, and as we move in to summer, the schedule will be jam-packed!

On the kids page you’ll find Book Resources including recommended reads, award-winning books, Summer Reading lists for many schools, online children’s books and websites featuring children’s favorite characters.

You’ll also find oodles of Homework Help, Homeschool Resources along with fun crafts, puzzle and game sites.