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Board Books at the Library

8 May

“Reading to children even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection.”- Unknown

Board books are more than sturdier versions of picture books. They teach babies to be comfortable with books and can encourage a love of reading in later years. Board books also introduce early concepts such as shapes, colors and sounds. According to experts, reading to infants is beneficial for brain development, brain processing speed and vocabulary.

Here is a sampling of our collection:

Will Ladybug Hug?
by Hilary Leung
LadybugHug
This adorable book addresses giving consent. Ladybug likes to hug when greeting someone. She finds out that not everyone feels the same way and that is ok. Shows little ones forms of greeting others and teaches compromise.

ABC’s of the Web
by John C Vanden-Heuvel Sr & Andrey Ostrovsky, MD
ABCWEB
This ABC guide uses each letter of the alphabet to introduce and explain a computer word or phrase. The child friendly illustrations that accompany each letter will help make tots tech savvy. What does PHP stand for? Don’t know? Check out the letter P

Tinkle Tinkle Little Star
by Chris Tougas
TinkleLittleStar
Humorous potty training book that instructs little star where not to “go”. Little star’s animated reactions add to the story in a whimsical way. Written in the style of classic lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Dr Seuss’s 100 First Words
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Dr. Seuss’ illustrations highlight this collection of baby’s first words. A delightful introduction to the world of Dr Seuss.

Don Quixote: A Spanish Language Primer Jennifer Adams (Baby Lit Series)
DonQuixotePrimer
Baby Lit uses classic books as inspiration and applies them to different subjects. Don Quixote teaches simple words in Spanish keeping with the theme of the story. Other titles/concepts available are Wizard of Oz, Little Women and Sherlock Holmes.

Yoga Bug
by Sarah Jane Hinder
YogaBug
A collection of kid friendly yoga poses. In addition to teaching poses, an insect similar to each pose is highlighted. Brief descriptions of all poses are also included.

Monster Munch
by Tobias Krejtschi
monster munch
A group of silly looking monsters have favorite foods that correspond with how they look. This interactive board book teaches toddlers different shapes.

The Many Faces of Snoopy
ManyfacesofSnoopy
From the Flying Ace to Flash Beagle, personas that Snoopy has taken on over the years are represented in this book. A cute compilation for Snoopy fans young and old.

This is just a fraction of all the awesome board books we have in our collection. Next time you and your little one are at the library, stop by the Children’s department and check them out. The Children’s Department at 500 Park Avenue has temporarily moved to the first floor; you can also stop by our Children’s Section at the Pop Up Branch at 124 Grand St.  See you soon!!!

Written by:
Megan Flynn
Children’s Library Assistant

Who Needs a Box of Chocolates for Valentine’s Day: Sample These Library Books Instead

13 Feb

If you or your loved ones are chocoholics, then we have three sweet recommendations to check out this Valentine’s Day!

The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes
by Maricel E. Presilla.
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Maricel Presilla has two Latin American Restaurants in Hoboken.  She did a chocolate presentation here at the library when her book on chocolate first came out and it is definitely worth checking out if you have not already.  The New Taste of Chocolate looks at everything from the early chocolate rituals of the Aztecs to the new discoveries and innovations surrounding many people’s favorite treat.  You’ll want to try out of some of the recipes with your sweet this Valentine’s Day.

The Sweet Story of Hot Chocolate!
by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Rob McClurkan
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Of course Valentine’s Day isn’t just for adults.  It is fun to help my son get his Valentine’s ready for his class at school.  I remember how excited I was was each year as a kid to pick out the special card that was meant for all of my BFFs in my class.  My son enjoyed this look at the history of hot chocolate that covers the history of winter’s perfect beverage including facts like chocolate being part of the rations for Revolutionary soldiers. The Sweet Story of Hot Chocolate! is best shared with a cup of warm cocoa with a sprinkling of marshmallows.  On Valentine’s Day the library is holding cookie decorating for kids; click here to learn more.  For healthy foodie fun for kids you also can check out our Cooks & Books Program.

The Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate
by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg with Ann Krueger Spivack and Susie Heller
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If – like me – you have enjoyed Scharffen Berger chocolates, then you will want to check out this cookbook, the first from the duo behind the gourmet treats. The Essence of Chocolate includes sweet desserts like White Velvet Cake with Milk Chocolate Ganache, but also savory dishes like vegetarian chili and a cocoa rub (perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner). The book has three sections “Intensely Chocolate”, “Essentially Chocolate” and “A Hint of Chocolate”.  You will also learn useful tips and get a behind the scenes look at how chocolate is created.

If you are looking for some chocolatey fiction check out our previous blog post where I discuss a trio of novels where chocolate helps magic and romance happen.  You can also get some Valentine’s Day song recommendations from us!

Have a favorite book about chocolate or one with great Valentine’s Day recipes?  Share it with us in the comments!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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