I Want to Rock!
by Christine Ruocco
Summer is here and we are ready to rock! Libraries around the country are participating in the national summer reading program, Libraries Rock! This program is one of the many ways parents can prevent their children from experiencing the “summer slide,” the loss of educational skills children gain during the school year. It occurs when children don’t focus on any educational activities during the summer months.
By encouraging reading with free special events and prizes, libraries are one of the best resources for parents to keep their kids reading and learning all throughout the lazy days of summer. Contact your nearest public library to find out more about its summer reading program.
Here are some books that are sure to get you and your child rockin’ and rollin’ all summer long!
The Dance of the Violin
by Kathy Stinson
Joshua Bell started playing the violin when he was a little boy and entered a music competition at 12-years-old, where he chose to play one of the most difficult violin pieces ever performed. Full of beautiful illustrations, this book teaches children about dedication, making mistakes and second chances.
by Lisa Wheeler
With a tap and a snap, an itty-bitty baby wakes up and spends a fun-filled day swingin’, singin’ and stompin’ with his family. A fun book for families that will get you movin’ and groovin’.
by Susan Hood
One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure. This beautifully illustrated book tells the true story of the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay. This is an inspiring story that both children and parents
Miguel and the Grand Harmony
by Matt de la Peña
This colorful picture book is inspired by Disney Pixar’s film Coco. Miguel is a young boy who longs for La Musica. When he finds a discarded guitar and secretly fixes it, he discovers how the power of music can bring people together.
The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)
by Kathleen Krull and
The story of the most famous rock band of all time explores the Fab Four’s journey from a small band in Liverpool to becoming the biggest musical group in the world.
When the Beat was Born
by Laban Carrick Hill
Clive Campbell a.k.a. DJ Kool Herc is credited with putting the “Hip hip hop, hippity hop into the world’s heartbeat” by helping to create the hip-hop music genre. This book follows the life of the ground breaking DJ from his childhood in Jamaica to his legendary life in the Bronx.
The First Rule of Punk
by Celia C. Pérez
In this heartfelt chapter book, 12-year-old Malu just wants to be accepted for who she is — a rock and roll loving, skateboarding punk! When she starts a band at her middle school filled with like-minded outcasts, Malu finally starts to feel like she belongs.
Summer Events at the Silas Bronson Library
Mini Musicians Rock! Tuesdays through August 7, 11 a.m. Children
of all ages will learn the building blocks of music and begin their journey to become mini musicians. Presented by music teacher William Parker.
- Stomp, Shake, and Rock, Mondays through August 13, 10 a.m. Explore rhythm, memory and movement in this fun program.
For ages 2-7.
- Let’s Go LEGO® , Mondays, July 30 and August 27 at 6 p.m. If you love LEGOs, you’ll love this fun club for children, ages 6-12.
- Bronson Bookworms, Tuesdays, July 31 and August 28 at 6 p.m. Join us in this fun book club for kids, ages 9-12. Contact the library to find out the book of the month.
- Rock Me Armadillo, Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. Visit and read with Andy Armadillo, the Texas Roadhouse Mascot. Light refreshments will be served.
- Rocking, Riding & Reading with the Waterbury Mounted Police Unit, Friday, July 13 at 1 p.m. Join us for a special outdoor story hour! Meet and greet real horses in Library Park.
- Crystals Rock! Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. Come in and learn about crystals and other rocks from an avid rock collector.
- First Responders Rock! Thursday, July 26, 10 a.m.-noon. You’re invited to meet Waterbury’s rock-star first responders. Meet police, firefighters, the K-9 unit and more.
- Libraries Rock with Rock Painting! Wednesday, August 8 at 1 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of rock painting. A fun event for ages 3-12.
If you are interested in more programs at Silas Bronson, visit bronsonlibrary.org/kidprograms. The Silas Bronson Library is located at 267 Grand Street in Waterbury.
Christine Ruocco is a Children’s Librarian at Silas Bronson Library.