PAWS to Read: Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids

A list of books for kids featuring animals, recommended by Oakland Public’s Children’s Librarians.

Here at the library, we’re busy preparing for our annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme? PAWS to Read! You can’t sign up for the program until Saturday, but you *can* spark the Summer Reading spirit by getting your paws on some of our favorite animal books at the library:

Nonfiction

Bone by Bone book cover

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Selfies!

Have you self-published a children's book?

If you've ever uttered the words "I have this great idea for a children's book!", you're in good company. And bad company. And, well, just lots of company. Seems like just about everyone is trying their hand at writing children's books these days, and thanks to the plethora of self-publishing platforms that exist, it's never been easier to turn that gleam in your imagination into a real, honest-to-goodness book.

Which is not to say that it's easy. In many ways, self-publishing is more difficult than the traditional method of working with an established publisher. The question I hear most in my role as children's collection management librarian for Oakland Public Library is "how do I get my book into your library?" It's a complicated answer,

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Summer Means Activity at Oakland Public Library

Oakland Library revs up for the lazy days of summer. Take the reading challenge, and join us for lots of performers, crafts, free lunches, and other activities.

Our children's Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. There are some changes this year. We have changed both the rules and the prizes. We are counting days read instead of hours. And we are awarding coupons at ten days and a badge (see right), a book, and raffle entry at twenty days.

How to Play

  1. Sign up online (starting on June 14th), or come to your neighborhood library.
  2. Choose whatever you want to read, and start reading.
  3. Track your progress online and add optional book reviews to share with friends. For every day you read or are read to, add an online sticker or put one in your reading log.
  4. Pick up your coupon prize packet after 10 days of reading.
  5. Choose your free book and get a badge and a raffle ticket when you complete the 20-

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Parenting a Baby Part 2: Parenting Collections @ OPL

Oakland's libraries have parenting materials that will answer questions you may have about raising a baby.

Is your baby having trouble sleeping through the night?  Is breastfeeding not going well?  How and when do you introduce food to babies?  What are the appropriate developmental stages babies go through and when should babies go through them?  Can babies learn sign language?  And, of course, a topic close to my heart, how do you read to a baby?

Raising a baby is hard work and we are here to help.  Last month I highlighted  some of the programs we offer babies and their families.  This month, we look at some of the materials we offer.  All of Oakland's libraries have parenting books, magazines and DVDs that can help you figure out how to best care for a baby and answer any questions you might have.  In fact, we have parenting materials for all ages of children and all kinds of families.   Just go to our home page at www.

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Yuyi Morales is Coming to Oakland

Psst! Have you heard? Yuyi's coming to Oakland!

Yuyi MoralesThe Oakland Public Library (OPL) will be hosting Yuyi Morales at the César Chávez Branch on Tuesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm.

Yuyi Morales is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include Niño Wrestles the World, Just in Case, Little Night/Nochecita, and

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Can picture books fix my kid’s behavior problems?

Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Today; Can you find me a story to make my kid stop biting her preschool friends?

Q: Is there a Berenstain Bears book about not biting people? My daughter has been biting other kids at preschool. Her teachers say it’s getting worse! Is there a book I could read to her showing how wrong this is?

A: Yes! Your question is a profound one. Children’s authors, publishers, teachers, parents, therapists, and children themselves have been seeing books as bibliotherapy for generations. As a result, there are a variety of books both silly and profound that could help in this si

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Bike to the Library!

OPL's Bike to Action Month activities include plenty for the whole family

On Saturday I bicycled with a bunch of Oaklanders from the Chavez Library to the 81st Avenue Library to hear Elly Blue talk about Everyday Bicycling.  It was great to have kids join us for the ride, and meet us along the way.  During Bike Month, OPL supports and promotes family bicycling. If you haven't checked out our full listing of events for the month, don't wait.  Some family-friendly events on the horizon include:

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Play with your Words

A list of recommended word play books available at the Oakland Public Library.

Kids love to play, and librarians love to see kids playing with words! Visit your local library to find these books full of palindromes, puns, spoonerisms, homophones, and much more. And let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites!

CDB book cover

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Sean's Shadows

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrations at Oakland Public Library

Sean's Shadows brings shadow puppet stories from all over the world. This month we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with two stories from China: Fool me Once and Bloom Tree. After each performance he shows and demonstrates musical instruments he used during the show.

Join us.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday, May 20 at 4:00 PM

Dimond  Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM

West Oakland Wednesday May 21 at 10:30 AM

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DÍA: Great Kids' Books about Asian-Americans

Celebrate DIA, Diversity in Action, with these children's books featuring characters who are Asian or Asian-American.

Holy beans, what a DIA week it's been! The whole world is talking about how #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We hope you've enjoyed the pictures and comments from OPL. We take great pride in our beautiful city, one of the most diverse in the nation.

Now that we've seen how many people want diverse books.... the next step is to buy them. I know that may sound strange coming from a librarian--of COURSE I want you to check out books from our libraries. My dream is that one day I will walk into a library and there will be NOTHING LEFT on the shelves because everything is out there in your living rooms and on your nightstands. But for those times when you want to buy books for yourself or give them as gifts, take a look at the Diversify Your

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