Brandi Hodges, virtual library manager for the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, will serve as reader for the November Stories in the Forest program at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Mall at Turtle Creek. The former KAIT news reporter will read three children’s books.
The books include Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson; What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rogers, illustrated by Kazuko; and Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass and Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Owl Babies tells the plight of three young owls who wake up one night to find their mother gone. The babies try to stay calm even though they do not know where their mother is. The author captures the emotion of “I want mommy!” Where has she gone? When will she be back? And what are the scary things that move around them as they sit perched on a tree branch?
Waddell has written more than 100 children’s books.
What Will the Weather Be Like Today? is a rhyming book that explores different kinds of weather and explains that how … at many different times and in different parts of the world … the various kinds of weather can occur. Children learn about all different types of weather and how it can impact people … and animals … all over the world.
Rogers has written 18 children’s books.
Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? is a fun adaptation of the classic playground song by the same name. Readers get to help Skunk solve the mystery as he asks each of his animal friends – Mouse, Raven, Squirrel, Rabbit, Turtle, Raccoon, Snake Beaver and Frog – who took the cookie? On each page, Skunk thinks he knows who took the missing cookies. Its rhyme and repetition make for a great read.
Lass is a children’s textbook editor, and Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? is her first book for children. Sturges is the author of a number of award-winning children’s books, including She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain and The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The Stories in the Forest program gives parents some quality time with their children and exposes children to some favorite books of local residents. It is an outgrowth of the St. Bernards Women’s Advisory Council’s tremendously successful Kidz Fun Fair.
The Women’s Advisory Council is a group of about 120 area women who have joined together in an advisory role to give input on important healthcare issues impacting women and children. They encourage educational as well as service outreach efforts designed to make Jonesboro a better place to live, work and raise families.