Your library truly has something for everyone. Cookbooks and parenting advice books can inspire the grown ups. Entertaining DVDs and music CDs will be enjoyed by the whole family. Picture books are for reading together, and older kids can enjoy popular authors and series on their own.
New Books for Parents
- Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Child by Annabel Karmel
British media star and “Today” show favorite Karmel presents a scrumptious guide to creating tasty tidbits that young children can really sink their teeth (and gums!) into. Loaded with simple instructions, the book covers breakfast, veggies, fish, chicken, meat, snacks and sweet treats and is an ideal source for making mealtime fun.
- You, raising your child : the owner’s manual from first breath to first grade by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, the New York Times#1 bestselling authors of the YOU health series, help you navigate the often tricky journey of parenting with the ultimate guide to raising a happy, healthy child. Picking up where their prior book, YOU: Having a Baby,left off, the docs provide oh-wow information and insider advice to help parents understand the biology and psychology of raising a child from birth to school age.
New Picture Books to read with young children
- I wanna new room by Karen Kaufman Orloff, Illustrated by David Catrow
Through a series of brief letters to his parents, Alex presents all the reasons why he should not have to share a room with his younger brother. Hilarious illustrataions that depict a child’s view of his world. A follow up to another book told in letters by the same author/illustrator team – I wanna iguana.
- Ten on the sled by Kimberly Norman, Illustrated by Liza Woodruff
Animals fall off a speeding sled one by one until only a lonely caribou is left, chasing a giant snowball that has engulfed the falling animals. This creative reworking of the children’s rhyme that ends “So they all rolled over and one fell out!” with a winter sledding theme will have you rhyming and laughing with your children as you read it.
Infant/Toddler Board Books for hands-on exploration
- Counting Rhymes
These delightfully illustrated rhymes are a lovely way to help babies and toddlers learn to count.
Other titles recently added to the Infant/Toddler Board Books
Family Movie Night Favorites
- Beauty and the Beast
This 1991 animated Disney film has been released on DVD for a new generation of fans. The spell of an enchantress opens this classic fairy tale, turning a cruel prince into a hideous beast. Belle, the heroine, is a book-loving young lady trapped by the beast when she comes looking for her father. To break the spell, the beast must win Belle’s love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. Featuring the vocal talents of Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and Robby Benson. MPAA rating: G
- Fantasia/Fantasia 2000
A special DVD edition featuring both the original Fantasia (1940), Walt Disney’s daring experiment combining animation and classical music, and the new Fantasia 2000. Includes music by Beethoven, Bach, Stravinsky, and George Gershwin. Classic scenes as dancing hippos, flying whales, and Mickey Mouse appearing as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” MPAA rating: G.
Other new DVDs for children
- Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 for Upper Elementary kids
- Adventures of Walker and Ping Ping for Lower Elementary kids
- Kipper for Preschool kids
- Alligator Stomp and Alligator Stomp Volume 2
These discs feature recordings of cajun & zydeco classics by a huge variety of artists.
- Classical music for babies (and their moms) and Classical music for babies (and their moms) 2 by John Tesh
Both moms and dads can appreciate these piano performances by John Tesh, featuring classical selections you are sure to recognize and enjoy. You might even find yourself humming along!