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Aug 19

First Day of School Jitters by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 19, 2021 at 6:08 PM by Genesis Gaule

Is your child excited for the new school year or dreading it? Maybe even a bit of both! Starting school is a big milestone and can be filled with overwhelming emotions, especially for young children. Whether they are starting school for the first time or moving up a grade, reading with your child about school can help them process these big feelings and prepare them for what school might be like.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 picture books to help your child start their school year off on the right foot!

Llama Llama Misses Mama

by Anna Dewdney

It's Llama Llama's first day of preschool! But after mama leaves, Llama Llama is sad. Can the other children and his teacher help him enjoy school even though he misses his mama? A classic selection for kids who experience separation anxiety. // Ages 3-5 (PreS-K)

The Pigeon has to go to School!

by Mo Willems

Pigeon does not want to go to school and he’s going to tell you why. What if math is too hard? The backpack will be too heavy! Will the other kids like him? Humor is a wonderful way to ease the first-day-of-school jitters, and this silly, relatable story captures many common school anxieties. It's also a great way to help kids open up about their own fears of starting school. // Ages 3-6 (PreS-1)

Vera's First Day of School

by Vera Rosenberry

The first day of school can be both thrilling and scary. Vera cannot wait for the day when she starts school, but the first day does not go exactly as she has planned. With charm and gentle humor, Vera explores all the different feelings associated with this important milestone. // Ages 4-6 (PreS-1)

The King of Kindergarten

by Derrick Barnes

Inspire confidence in your little one with this upbeat story following a young boy as he conquers his first day of kindergarten with courage and kindness. // Ages 4-5 (K)

First Day Critter Jitters

by Jory John

It's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous, each with their own worries about how school will go. Can the animals learn to help one another through their jitters to make sure school isn't so scary after all? // Ages 4-8 (K-3)

I Got the School Spirit

by Connie Schofield-Morrison

Send your kid off to school eager and bursting with optimism as a young girl enthusiastically spreads school spirit from home to school and back again. Each lively illustrated spread features a simple sentence with an accompanying sound effect that makes reading aloud especially fun. // Ages 4-6 (PreS-1)

The New Kid Has Fleas

by Ame Dyckman

The new girl is... weird. She doesn’t wear shoes, howls, and kids say she even has fleas! Follow the narrator as he learns about getting to know someone different than himself when he is paired with the new kid during a science project. // Ages 4-7 (K-2)

Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

by Bob Shea

Concerned about losing friends during the first week of school, Unicorn upgrades his fabulousness. But when his plan backfires, Unicorn learns about who real friends are and the importance of being true to oneself. // Ages 4-8 (K-3)

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, Kora-Jalimuso is empowered as she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latine, and Middle Eastern names. A beautiful and heartwarming story about honoring identity and cultural heritage. Pronunciations included to help the reader "sing" each name aloud. // Ages 5-10 (K-4)

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson

This touching read acknowledges the times when children feel different or misunderstood and encourages them to share their stories, so the world can "open itself up a little wider to make some space" for them. // Available in English and en Español // Ages 5-10 (K-4)

Jul 16

Backyard Astronomy by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 16, 2021 at 1:40 PM by Genesis Gaule

My parents were the first ones to introduce me to the wonder of the night sky---showing me how to identify the Big Dipper, pointing out the Northern Lights on late night drives, and even waking me up in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower. I can still picture me and my siblings huddled in our blankets with our parents eating Oreos at the end of our driveway, competing to see who could count the most “shooting stars.” One night, we were lucky enough to catch a fireball light up the sky! These cherished childhood memories, and more I’ve made along the way, continue to fuel my desire to venture out into the night to see what’s on display in the heavens.

And according to we might be in for a treat July 17 - August 26, 2021. Known for its high volume of meteors with clear persistent trains, the Perseids are one of the most popular showers in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, it will peak on August 11-12 when the moon is only 13% full and will set in the early evening, providing dark skies for this year’s Perseids. In cloudless rural locations, it may be possible to see 50-100 shower members per hour! Many of the meteors will radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus, but you’ll be able to see them in any part sky after 9:00pm. They tend to strengthen in numbers into midnight, with the most meteors just before dawn. 

So go enjoy a beautiful night under the stars--find yourself some dark sky, bring the snacks, and keep your fingers crossed for a fireball!

Want to dive a little deeper into backyard astronomy? Check out these titles from our library!


A glow-in-the dark guide to the night sky
by Chris Sasaki

Easy 523.8 SASAKI // Bring your flashlight to storytime and explore the stars with this glow-in-the-dark picture book! Featuring the stories behind some of the most famous constellations, this child-friendly introduction to the night sky is a perfect mix of simple science and storytelling.

The Young Astronomer

A young enthusiast's guide to astronomy
by Harry Ford

520 FOR // Award-winning astronomer Harry Ford, brings a hands-on approach to astronomy to budding stargazers ages 10 and up. Filled with experiments and projects that help explain how a lunar eclipse happens, how to spot a planet, and how to make your own stargazing equipment.

Eyewitness Handbooks: Stars and Planets

A visual guide to the night sky
by Ian Ridpath

520 RID // New to the night sky? This practical field guide features clear, easy-to-use star charts and is a great introduction to constellations, the solar system, and celestial objects for middle-grade and high school readers.

Discovery Channel: Night sky

An Explore Your World Handbook
by Mary Kalamaras

520 KALAMARAS // Designed for astronomy enthusiasts new and seasoned alike, this authoritative field guide combines fascinating information on the fundamentals of the universe with practical advice for identification and observation techniques, full color star maps, and an alphabetical guide to all 88 constellations.

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

Third Edition
by Terence Dickison and Alan Dyer

522 DICKINSON // Looking for a more technical approach to stargazing? This in-depth manual gets the amateur astronomer started identifying celestial objects, using telescopes, and photographing the night sky.

Apr 23

7 Silly Picture Books to Read Aloud by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 23, 2021 at 4:18 PM by Genesis Gaule

One of the joys of spending time with young children is being able to read aloud with them. My daughter loves hearing us act out the voicing of the characters, feeling the rhythm of words strung together, and hearing us try to master a tricky tongue twister. She especially enjoys stories with a humorous twist--the sillier the better!

While most are familiar with the wonderful staples of Dr. Seuss and Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggy (and Pigeon!) books, here are a few other laugh inducing selections we’ve enjoyed that just beg to be read aloud:

The Book with No Pictures
by B. J. Novak

Easy Fiction | eBook

Your youngster may think a book without pictures would be boring, but this book is anything but! That is because you must say every increasingly preposterous sentence and nonsense word printed on the page out loud. A little irreverent and irresistibly silly, this one will turn any reader into a comedian.

Read to Tiger
 by S. J. Fore; illustrated by R.W. Alley


Easy Fiction

Do you ever get annoyed when someone keeps interrupting your precious reading time? That’s exactly what this little boy goes through, except he’s being distracted by a large playful tiger behind his couch! Get your best “tiger voice” ready for this silly and heartwarming read.

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
by Bob Shea

Easy Fiction -- Currently a part of our Storytime kits!

Goat becomes very jealous when Unicorn moves to town. Now that everyone loves Unicorn, he feels like yesterday's news! Can the two learn to celebrate their differences or will Goat stay upset forever? Great for fans of the Pigeon books' “irritated narrator” style of humor.

The Princess and the Pony
by Kate Beaton

Easy Fiction

Princess Pinecone longs to have a horse of her own--a big, strong, warhorse--to help her compete in the battle games with the other warriors. When she finally gets one for her birthday, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...

Dragons Love Tacos
by Adam Rubin; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri


Easy Fiction

Dragons love tacos--who knew? So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should absolutely serve tacos. But whatever you do, don’t feed them spicy salsa! With its conversational tone and charming illustrations, this book will make you hungry and laugh.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
by Laura Murray; illustrated by Mike Lowery

Easy Fiction

We fell in love with the Gingerbread Man books with his adventures at the Firehouse and were excited to find more! With its clever rhyming and wonderful rhythm, this delightful twist on the classic gingerbread man tale is definitely a fun one to read out loud.

Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves
by Willy Claflin; illustrated by James Stimson


Not so good at voices? This picture book will read itself from the Libby App! This “distremely” whimsical blend of three classic fairy tales is impeccably narrated from the perspective of Maynard Moose--complete with Bullwinkle-ish moose dialect--which only amplifies the silliness of this rambling yarn.