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  • Spanish Language Books – Libros de Espanol

    school supportSpanish Language Books
    La biblioteca tiene los libros de espanol.

    Did you know the Stratford Library Children’s Department has a selection of books in Spanish?
    You can find picture books, easy readers, chapter books, nonfiction, and more. Some books are written entirely in Spanish. Some picture books are in both Spanish and English. Look for the books with this spine label:

    Here are a few books you can find in the collection:


    book Mi Amigo VictorPicture Books in Spanish and English
    Alphabet Fiesta: An English/Spanish Alphabet Story by Anne Miranda
    Gracias [Thanks] by Pat Mora
    Jajá, jijíi, cuac [Giggle, Giggle, Quack] by Doreen Cronin
    Mi amigo, Víctor [My Pal, Victor] by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

    Easy Readers
    Pedro el Ninja [Pedro the Ninja] by Fran Manushkin
    Sapo y Sepo, inseparables [Frog and Toad, Together] by Arnold Lobel

    Chapter Books
    Junie B. Jones es una peluquera [Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy] by Barbara Park
    Diario de una Lechuza: Eva ve un fantasma [Owl Diaries: Eva Sees a Ghost] by Rebecca Elliot

    Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal [Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone] by J. K. Rowling
    NERDS: Nucleo de Espionaje, Rescate y Defensa Secretos by Michael Buckley

    Graphic Novels
    book hombre perroHombre Perro [Dog Man] by Dav Pilkey

    Pelé, el rey del fútbol [Pelé, King of Soccer] by Monica Brown
    ¿Qué se siente al ser Sonia Sotomayor [What’s It Like to Be Sonia Sotomayor?] by Tammy Gagne


    Comida [Food] by Kathleen Petelinsek
    De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children by José-Luis Orozco
    Mamá Goose: Un esoro de rimas infantiles [Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury] by Alma Flor Ada
    Mi primer perro [My First Dog] by Linda Bozzo
    Poemas Para Soñar Juntos [Poems to Dream Together] by Francisco X. Alarcón

    But wait, there’s more! Hay mas leer
    We also have Spanish-language audiobooks on Hoopla, OverDrive, and Tumblebooks that you can access from the library’s website. This link will tell you how to find them:

    ¡Feliz lectura! Happy Reading!

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  • DIY Storytime – Penguins

    Enjoy this Do-It-Yourself Storytime on Penguins whenever is convenient for your family.


    book be brave little penguinBe Brave, Little Penguin
    • Written by Giles Andreae
    • Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
    • Published by Orchard Books
    • Presented by Circle Time Reading
    Little Pip-Pip is afraid of the water, but overcomes his fears so he can swim with his friends.
    This video by Kids Academy has lots of interesting penguin facts.


    book tacky the penguinTacky the Penguin
    • Written by Helen Lester
    • Illustrated by Lynn Musinger
    • Published by Houghton Mifflin
    • Presented by My Cozy Corner
    An odd penguin named Tacky finds a way to save the other penguins from hunters.
    Here’s a cute Penguin Winter Clothes Color Matching Game from totschooling:


    book little penguin's taleLittle Penguin’s Tale
    • Written and illustrated by Audrey Wood
    • Published by Houghton Mifflin
    • Presented by Ruby TV
    A little penguin sets out on his own to find adventure and gets into all kinds of trouble.
    So many adorable penguin craft projects gathered by The Best Ideas for Kids:


    Be My Penguin by Judy Sierra, from the book Antarctic Antics. Film by Weston Woods.

    I’m a Penguin by Harry Kindergarten Music

    Five Little Penguins by Patty Shulka

    by Martha Simpson

    I’m a Little Penguin
    (tune: I’m a little Teapot)

    I’m a little penguin, look at me
    All black and white, cute as can be
    I know how to sled just like a pro
    On my tummy and down I go.

    I’m a little penguin in the snow
    It sure gets cold when the chill winds blow.
    I’ll never learn to fly but I can swim
    Slide to the water and dive right in.

    Dance Like a Penguin
    (tune: London Bridges falling Down)

    Penguins love to dance and play
    They have fun
    Penguins dance their cares away
    And you can do it, too.

    Flap your flippers up and down (flap arms like the song says)
    Right and left
    All around
    Flap them high and flap them low
    That’s what the penguins do.

    Penguins waddle on the ground (waddle-walk like the song says)
    Right and left
    All around
    Kick your feet straight out and back
    That’s what the penguins do.

    Penguins point your beaks up high (move head like the song says)
    Turn your head
    To the sky
    Bring your head back down again
    That’s what the penguins do.

    Penguins do your dance right now (dance like the song says)
    Flap and kick
    Take a bow
    Waddle in a circle, that’s how
    Penguins dance and play.

    Percy and Paisley
    (tune: Yankee Doodle)

    Percy Penguin looks so formal
    In his black tuxedo
    He looks sleek from toes to beak
    While waddling on the new snow.
    Percy Penguin, you’re so fine
    Such a proper penguin
    When it comes to looking good
    You know you always will win.

    Paisley Penguin is so silly
    Splashing in the water
    Playing with her friends, the seal,
    The walrus, and the otter.
    Paisley Penguin having fun
    Just like penguins should do
    Percy looks out to the water
    And that’s when he sees you.

    Percy Penguin acts so proper
    But he’s kind of lonely
    Paisley says, “Come on, jump in!
    You shouldn’t be an only.”
    Percy Penguin thinks a bit
    Then he nods his head
    Looking good is nice but swimming
    Is more fun instead!

    penguin coloring sheet

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  • School Support Tip – Online Research for Elementary Students

    When an elementary student needs information, they can look at books, magazines, newspapers, or they can go online. Doing an online search can be difficult for children because there are SO many links they could click. Sometimes kids don’t know what to click, so they find incorrect information, like the time a child selected a picture from a cartoon movie to represent the Eiffel Tower in France (Sorry, movie fans – that doesn’t count for a nonfiction report!)

    Watch this short video to learn about – a great place to do research online. Using your Library card, you and your child can get access to magazines, newspapers, even nonfiction books that will help you find out about France, famous people, science, and so much more! All in one place and only available with your Library card. We hope you learn something great!

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