Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk

Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk

A fun, light-hearted twist on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. Any child that's familiar with the original will find plenty of giggles here. When Jack sells his cow for jelly beans, his mum is furious! But these are magic beans and soon Jack is on a big adventure in the clouds. 'A fresh and funny twist on a classic fairytale. Will provide laughs for any child familiar with the original.' - Guardian Bookshop From the team behind the popular The Three Billy Goats Fluff and Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf. Liz Pichon is the creator of the phenomenal bestseller The Brilliant World of Tom Gates. http://www.lizpichon.co.uk http://lizpichons.blogspot.co.uk/

Something Funny Happened at the Library

How to Create Humorous Programs for Children and Young Adults

Something Funny Happened at the Library

This is how storyteller, librarian, and all-around jokester Rob Reid opens his delightful new book, Something Funny Happened at the Library. Wouldn't it be great if kids came home from the library holding their sides, eager to pass on the funny things they heard in the library that day? According to Reid, the best way to get the attention of young people is to make them laugh. From easy-to-win-over preschoolers to unimpressed teens, this book will serve as your personal humor coach for even the toughest audiences out there. With tricks of the trade on how to warm up an audience, choose age-appropriate material, use facial and vocal expressions to lure them in, and select props, you're on your way to something very funny! Young children won't be able to hold in their giggles after such programs as "The World's Worst Ice-Cream Story," and intermediate school-age kids will love to take part in book theme parties in honor of Captain Underpants or such special celebrations as "Boo Ha-Ha!" Even those middle- and high-school students, once convinced to participate in "Comedy Club" (a program that combines reading and stand-up) or spoonerisms (a wordplay game), will be rolling in the aisles. To enrich all of these programs, Reid also includes a funny reader's theater script, tips on how to host lively library tours and school visits, and even rap songs that extol the virtues of reading and the library! A complete resource for getting children and young adults snickering and having fun in the stacks with innovative programming that uses humor, Something Funny helps you to connect with children and young adults and, along the way, make the library the hippest place in town!

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books, 10th Edition

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books, 10th Edition

Whether used for thematic story times, program and curriculum planning, readers' advisory, or collection development, this updated edition of the well-known companion makes finding the right picture books for your library a breeze. • Offers easy subject access to children's picture books • Features a user-friendly organization • Provides in-depth indexing and full bibliographic detail

Jack and the Beanstalk

A Play for Children, in Three Acts

Jack and the Beanstalk


Letter Works

Building Early Literacy Skills

Letter Works

Week-long units for each letter of the alphabet reinforce developing literacy skills. Read-aloud activities, songs, centers, and snacks provide connections to language arts, math, science, and social studies concepts. Teach these stand-alone units in order, or flow from one theme to the next!

Reading is Funny! Motivating Kids to Read with Riddles

Reading is Funny! Motivating Kids to Read with Riddles

Suggests ways to use humor to motivate students to read, including ideas for bulletin boards, exercises, crafts, riddles, and contests.

Twice Upon a Time

A Guide to Fractured, Altered, and Retold Folk and Fairy Tales

Twice Upon a Time

Expand fairy tale programs, activities, and units with this lively guide to fractured, altered and otherwise retold classic favorites for K-5 students.

Villages of Britain

The Five Hundred Villages that Made the Countryside

Villages of Britain

Villages of Britain is the history of the countryside, told through five hundred of its most noteworthy settlements. Many of Britain's villages are known for their loveliness, of course, but their role in shaping the nation over the centuries is relatively untold, drowned out by the metropolitan bias of history. A consummate storyteller, Clive Aslet deftly weaves the worlds of agriculture, politics, the arts, industry, folklore, science, ecology, fashion and religion into one irresistible volume. The Bedfordshire works that a century ago manufactured half a billion bricks a year; the Cheshire municipality striving to become the country's first carbon-neutral community; the Derbyshire estate where the cottages represent the gamut of European architecture; the Gloucestershire community founded by Tolstoyans, who still live by anarchic principles; the Leicestershire town where pub walls are embedded with Jurassic-era fossils; the Morayshire settlement where Hogmanay is celebrated eleven days late; the Pembrokeshire fishing hamlet that inspired Dylan Thomas; the Somerset village that was built on the back of the trade in Peruvian bird droppings; the Suffolk village that is rejecting modernity by reconstructing a windmill for grinding flour; the Surrey woodland that fosters Europe's most ancient trees - all these are places that have made a unique contribution to the narrative of this country. Follow Clive Aslet in visiting all five hundred villages, and you will have experienced the history of these islands from a uniquely rural perspective.

A to Zoo

Subject Access to Children's Picture Books

A to Zoo

This best-selling standard reference resource offers up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. Comprehensive and easy to use, it consists of a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes. This 7th edition adds more than 4,000 titles published since 2001. An introduction discusses the history and amazing growth of English-language picture books. A to Zoo is useful for both reader's advisory and collection building. The convenient indexes facilitate searches by title, author, and illustrator, as well as by subject, allowing quick responses to library user needs. With this latest updated volume, A to Zoo continues to provide librarians with a singular source for collection building, program development, and responding to patrons requests for picture books, from the classics to the latest publications.