Celebrate Remington the fish's birthday with books

April 14, 2011|Lesley Mason | Kids Ink

Remington, the Washington County Free Library's pet gold fish, will be celebrating his sixth birthday at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the North Pointe location.

The library will host a special birthday storytime in honor of our beloved mascot.

And Remington has asked that guests attending his birthday party bring an item to donate to the animals at the Humane Society of Washington County.

 Items that are greatly needed at the shelter include Purina Cat Chow, Purina Kitten Chow, non-clumping cat litter, Kongs of all sizes, towels, wash cloths, liquid laundry detergent, bleach and dish detergent.

Remington's party is open to the public.

Use these titles to get into the birthday spirit.

"The Birthday Box," by Leslie Patricelli  (For ages birth to 5.)

A child wearing only a diaper and a striped party hat gets a present from Grandma. What is it? The toddler takes off the wrapping paper-bright red with blue polka-dots-and discovers a big brown box full of possibilities.

"Happy Birthday to You!," by Marianne Richmond (For ages 5 to 8.)

Bouncy text and whimsical watercolor paintings offer numerous options on celebrating the big day from eating chocolate cake for breakfast to throwing a marvelous party.

"The Secret Birthday Message," by Eric Carle (For ages 5 to 8.)

It is Tim's birthday. Instead of a package, Tim gets a mysterious letter written in code. Follow the clues for a wonderful birthday surprise.

"Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley," by Stephanie Greene  (For ages 9 to 12.)

Sophie puts off telling her mother what she wants for her 10th birthday, but instead tells all her friends that she'll be getting a baby gorilla as a present. When word spreads the pressure is on, and Sophie begins to dread the birthday she once longed for.

"Sweet 16," by Kate Brian (For ages 12 and older.)

Teagan Phillips's sweet 16 is the event of the season. Extravagant, exclusive and over-the-top expensive, Teagan's party is like no other. And no one is as obnoxious as Teagan either. Luckily, Teagan's in for a rude awakening. Can she change her ways and put the "sweet" back in 16?

Lesley Mason is the children and teen librarian for Washington County Free Library.

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