Ms. Wendy encountered this ad while enjoying Fourth of July fireworks on TV, and shared it with the rest of the Children’s Services Department:
As librarians, we all enjoyed that the letter about the dog is in the Library of Congress! (Follow the link above and click on “original document” to see it.)
When we hear a good story, one of our first thoughts is usually to ask “Is there a children’s book about this?” In this case, it turns out that there is!
George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy
Recounts events in the life of George Washington which focus on his fondness for animals.
Are you planning to follow the Iditarod in your classroom? Did you know that there is a whole Iditarod education web page? It includes lesson plans for teachers and fun materials like coloring pages for students.
Are you looking for some stories about mushers and sled dogs? The Iditarod education page includes recommended books about the Iditarod and Alaska. Debbie Reese, blogging at American Indians in Children’s Literature, recently recommended a series of picture books about an Inuit boy named Jake and his puppy, Kamik.
Kamik’s First Sled adapted from the memories of Matilda Sulurayok, illustrated by Qin Leng
Jake’s puppy Kamik is growing quickly, but the dog isn’t becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy into a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team. With some advice and a little help from his grandmother, Jake learns basic principles of how to begin training a dog to pull. Kamik finally has his first sled, and he and Jake can finally begin exploring the tundra together. But Jake and Kamik are still inexperienced, and when a blizzard starts blowing in across the tundra, Jake has to rely on his knowledge to get home. Inspired by the life memories of the author, an Inuit elder, this book lovingly presents basic dog-rearing practices that even the youngest dog lover can try.
Kamik Joins the Pack adapted from the memories of Darryl Baker; illustrated by Qin Leng
Jake cannot wait for his uncle to meet Kamik, and to see what an obedient puppy he is becoming! Jake’s uncle is a great musher, who has won many dogsledding races, and if Kamik is good enough Jake hopes today might be the day that Kamik finally gets to run with a dog team!
Thursday, June 16/2016
If you’re proud when you can get your dog to sit, you’ll be amazed at what the talented canine performer Sailor can do. Under the guidance of her trainer, Alex “Popeye” Rothacker, Sailor jumps rope, walks a tightrope and balances a ball while walking, to name a few of her dog-gone enjoyable stunts.
Offsite at the Annerino Community Center Gymnasium, 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.
Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her by Amy Novesky
A kid-friendly introduction to a famous singer, and her dear pet.
Don’t forget, the beloved book character Biscuit will be visiting your library this Saturday during Storytime! This is a drop-in program, so you don’t need to sign up ahead of time. Just come to the library in Romeoville at 11:00 in the morning or the library in Bolingbrook at 2:00 in the afternoon. You can even bring a camera if you would like to take a picture with Biscuit! All ages are welcome, but preschoolers must bring along an adult.