May will be the start of the busy months — when we all really come out of our hibernative states and start filling our days with as much activity as there is sunlight! My house becomes bigger because it includes the porch and yard again; but I spend less time at home because there is so much to do. There are several fun things coming up in April that could be made a little more fun with a trip to the library. Here are the things we are checking out in April
*I am using our Amazon affiliate links instead of linking to one library among the several Twin Cities libraries that our readers patronize, but I always check Hennepin County Library for availability. Everything on this list can be accessed through inter-library loan.
1.) Around the World in St. Paul by Alice L. Sickels.
This book is old, musty and geared toward adults — even though the one I ordered came from the Children’s non-fiction stacks. I almost dropped it right back into the return drop. However, I’m glad I didn’t. The pictures alone are worth the check out. Your kids might find it interesting to see what St. Paul looked like in the 1940s. For instance, did you know that many Japanese Americans came to Minnesota rather than the containment camps? Many were actually active in the military. For me this wasn’t as much of a cover to cover book as something I flipped through, looking at pictures and reading portions that interested me. Pair this book with a trip to the Festival of Nations the first weekend of May.
The Minnesota Twins Home Opener is coming up quickly — April 11th. This means very little to me; however, I have two highly energetic boys who need new and exciting ways to burn off that energy. So, I thought this year I could introduce them to several sports and see if they gravitate toward any. I liked the trailer for this video. The activities seemed doable and fun. These drills are meant for ages 8-14, however, I think if some of them are made less drill-like they can be modified for younger children.
4.) Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Or whatever sequel my kid is on)
I’m not breaking my promise to limit the big kid books, because this is one of her picks, not mine. I’m not a huge fan of this style, but the important thing is that she inhales these books, laughs out loud, and then insists on reading portions to the family. The Wimpy Kid books were the breakthrough that got my non-reader reading. For that, I will be forever grateful. On April 12th, Diary of a Wimpy Kid opens at Children’s Theatre. You can bet this will be a mommy/big kid date. The book is aimed at children ages 8-12. The play is recommended for all ages.
5.) I Love You, Stinky Face
by Lisa McCourt
For the younger set, I hope to pair the book and the Stages production of I Love You, Stinky Face, opening April 15th. This book is for 4-8 year old children and the play is all ages.
We bought this book at Children’s Theatre this fall and have yet to sit down and read it together. The book is recommended for 8+, but I think as a read-out-loud and in combination with the movies (and last fall’s CTC production), I’ll be comfortable going younger. The animated movie is recommended for 4+. All of this is in anticipation of the upcoming Disney live action Jungle Book, due out April 15th. That movie is rated PG, however, parts of it look scary, so I’ll be holding out to read reviews before I take all my kids to see it.
8.) Can You Canoe? A Mississippi River Adventure Album (CD+DVD) and 9.) Through the Woods: An Appalachian Adventure Album by The Okee Dokee Brothers
We love these movies, and I believe they are currently still on Netflix, but you can get them from the library, too. I love the way they encourage getting outdoors and into nature. For this reason, I think they would pair well with the Outdoor Family Expo at the Maplewood Community Center. This is coming up on April 16th and looks like a good way to get the family hyped for getting outside this spring and summer.
This is a book I’ve been wanting to check out for myself, but the photos make it something I can read while I have a toddler on my lap and a preschooler bouncing around behind me. Now is a good time to read it, because workshops for the MayDay Parade start in April. If you have ever wanted to participate in the annual MayDay Parade, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre has free workshops for you to make your own floats.
As mentioned above, the links are affiliate links to our Amazon store, but these items can be found at the library.