Book Review: Raymie Nightingale

Today’s blog was written by one of our very own children’s storytellers: Miss Elizabeth. You’ll find Miss Elizabeth sharing stories with children of all ages as well as creating wonderful children’s programs at one of our branches. She shares her review of the book Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo.

Image resultIt’s the summer of 1975, and Raymie Clarke has one goal in mind: to reconnect her family.  In order to do so, she has to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition.  And in order to win, she must learn how to twirl a baton and perform a good deed, like Florence Nightingale. 

During her baton twirling lessons, Raymie meets two competitors, Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski.  While struggling to come to terms with her separated family and other personal issues, Raymie quickly understands the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  All three girls learn that to get through tough times, it’s best to make friends and stick together.

Be sure to check out this book from your local library!



Monday is One Day

9780439789240Going to work, school, or the store can be hard–especially when you have to leave your children with another family member, teacher, or caregiver. Depending on where you are going, it could be hours before you are reunited. Young children can become very upset, nervous, or scared since they have little understanding of what “time” really is.

Monday is One Day by Arthur A Levine is a great picture book for young children that goes through the days of the week counting down until the week is over. The book features diverse families like grandparents raising a child, two men with a child, one father with a child, just a mom and a child, twins and their parents, etc.

The hardest part of going to work is being apart from you…

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While you aren’t always able to give your child 100% of your attention during the work week, the book highlights the little moments that can be made special just because you are together.

But by the end of the week, parent and child are able to unite for a fun day of relaxing and play.

And Sunday’s our fun day: A kiss and a cuddle, a dance in a puddle, a dinosaur huddle, a sweet family muddle!

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I hope you are able to enjoy at least one day a week with your child. Be sure to visit the library and check out this wonderful book. If you can’t make it on the weekend, make it one of those special moments together during the week.