Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
I see a celebration all about me!
Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with a story time and activities at Phoenix Books Essex! We'll even have a gift for participants to take home (while supplies last).
February 2nd will see the third annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world and the 2nd annual celebration here at Phoenix Books Essex, we’re getting ready to host an unforgettable night themed around The Professors of Hogwarts. The fun kicks off at 6pm.
The stories we read with children are important, now more than ever. All are welcome to a storytime where Megan Dowd Lambert will use the Whole Book Approach to get kids talking about picture book art and design. Megan will feature her own picture books, A Crow of His Own and Real Sisters Pretend, as well as others that speak to themes of community, family, and inclusion.
Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 10th, 2016
This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author's own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them "real sisters" even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike.
"I liked how they took care of one another in their pretend-play scenario about climbing a mountain," Lambert says, "and I loved how they also took care of one another's feelings as they talked about adoption. REAL SISTERS PRETEND captures these interactions perfectly and movingly.
Told with simple words and playful illustrations, this book touches on the topics of adoption, two moms, and multiracial family life.
Modern families can look very different from the nuclear families of yesteryear, but as Lambert says in the book's introduction, "No matter how a family comes to be, the most important thing is for everyone to feel loved, safe, and cared for." REAL SISTERS PRETEND is a great vehicle for sharing that love and reassurance.
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - April 14th, 2015
Clyde is the new rooster at Sunrise Farm. But he’s having trouble fitting in and replacing Larry—the beloved rooster whose wake-up calls were legendary. The cow, the gaggle of hens, and the sheep reminisce about Larry while poor Clyde fails to croon the farmyard awake with the same finesse. Clyde attempts to win over the farm by wearing an elaborate costume and putting on a show like Larry was known to do, but in the end, Clyde realizes that imitating Larry is not the way to succeed.
SELECTION 2016 - Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices SELECTION 2016 - Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year HONOR 2016 - Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - November 3rd, 2015
A new, interactive approach to storytime, The Whole Book Approach was developed in conjunction with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and expert author Megan Dowd Lambert’s graduate work in children’s literature at Simmons College, offering a practical guide for reshaping storytime and getting kids to think with their eyes.
Traditional storytime often offers a passive experience for kids, but the Whole Book approach asks the youngest of readers to ponder all aspects of a picture book and to use their critical thinking skills. Using classic examples, Megan asks kids to think about why the trim size of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline is so generous, or why the typeset in David Wiesner’s Caldecott winner,The Three Pigs, appears to twist around the page, or why books like Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar are printed landscape instead of portrait. The dynamic discussions that result from this shared reading style range from the profound to the hilarious and will inspire adults to make children’s responses to text, art, and design an essential part of storytime.
Come by Phoenix Books Essex to meet the Grinch! Bring your own camera, and get your photo taken with this beloved holiday character. Plus, grow your heart three sizes by bringing by a nonperishable donation for our local food shelf.
Join us for the second in a series of artistic workshops exploring the natural world around us. We will explore the wonderful world of fairies as we craft intricate furniture from natural materials. Learn to create everything from chairs and tables to four-poster beds and bookcases! Supplies will be provided.
All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome, but we recommend age 7 and up.