Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spike the Mixed-up Monster

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In Spike the Mixed-up Monster by Susan Hood Spike is no bigger than a lily pad. In fact, that’s where he spends most of the day: sitting on a lily pad, trying to look like a fierce, mean monster. But the other creatures who live around the pond think he is cute and adorable. El pato, el armadillo, and el campaƱol all agree he has a sweet smile! Spike feels like he is a horrible monster. A terrible monster! In other words, he is not good at being a monster. One day, el monstruo came by, and scared all the creatures away except for Spike! When Spike bared his teeth at el monstruo, the Gila Monster thought Spike was giving him a friendly smile, so he asked him for directions! This is a funny, entertaining, and expressive book for young school-aged children. It would also be suitable for a story time focusing on friendships and cooperation. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 15, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Sara!
At the beginning of Froodle by Antoinette Portis all the animals in the neighborhood are making their usual sounds. The dog woofs, the cat meows, the crow caws, the dove coos, and the red bird chirps. The little brown bird always peeps, but one day, she just doesn’t feel like it. She wants to say something more fun... so she does! The other neighborhood birds soon join in the silliness and find their own voices. Little brown bird shows the neighborhood birds that they can be who they are, instead of who others think they should be. The animal sounds make this an excellent story to read aloud. Both kids and grown ups will enjoy creating new silly sounds for each bird. Portis includes some fun word play, and the illustrations are engaging and entertaining. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 12, 2014

Adventures with Barefoot Critters

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
In Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White animal critters are on an adventure to explore the alphabet throughout the seasons of the year. There are foxes in the A, attic in January trying on old clothes. Squirrel and Dear are building a B, bridge with branches over a frozen river. In February they C, catch colds and can’t go out to play. D, E and F have critters helping, dancing, keeping Robin’s eggs warm, and feeding ducks in the rain 'til spring. Throughout the year they are H, helpers, G, gardeners, and I, inventors with imagination. They make messes with mud in July and take long naps in the summer breeze. As fall approaches they use quilts to build a fort, and rake leaves as they fall. By winter’s cold, the critters build cozy campfires under the stars. They visit friends from afar, then in December go ice-skating, stay up 'til the New Year, and then fall asleep. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Naughty Kitty

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower, Lily wanted a dog, but instead her Mom bought her a kitty. Kitty wasn’t good at tricks, and was a bit scruffy, but Lily liked her new pet! He was cute and liked getting his belly tickled. But Lily left kitty alone for a moment, and it was a catastrophe! She left him alone for a moment again, and again Kitty was naughty! All morning he tore things up, ate Lily’s sausages, scared her pet fish, and whatever that mess was on the rug, it was revolting! Lily scolded Kitty and took him outside. Suddenly the fierce doggie next door was barking at them in the yard! Lily was afraid! Kitty yowled... and the dog ran away? Was Kitty really bad? Was the doggie really afraid of Kitty? Or is there something else, bigger, with stripes, behind all of this... Find out in this cute and funny book! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 8, 2014

Miss You Like Crazy

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
In Miss You Like Crazy by Pamela Hall Walnut the squirrel is feeling sad, because he wants to stay home with Mama, but she has to go work. Walnut worries that maybe Mama doesn't miss him while she is at work the way that he misses her. Mama reassures Walnut that she misses him “only like crazy!” She tells Walnut that he really is with her all day: on her computer screen, in a frame on her desk, and in the locket she wears around her neck. Walnut likes this idea, and asks for a little piece of Mama to keep with him, so that he can have her close to him all day too! This is a thoughtful story for working parents to share with their kids: even though parents may have to work, their children are never far from their thoughts! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 5, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
Have you ever had a day where you just didn't want to grow up? In Verdi by Janell Cannon, Verdi is a young python whose mother sends him out into the world and tells him to “Grow up big and green.” Verdi is rather fond of his bright yellow skin and racing stripes and doesn’t want to be green. All the grown-up, green pythons he meets do nothing to change his mind. Verdi is sure that if he turns green, he will be as slow and boring as the rest of the grown-up pythons. Verdi tries lots of ways to stay yellow and fast, but only ends up getting hurt and having to have the old greens take care of him. As he listens to their stories, he realizes that they were once young and yellow like him. Verdi still doesn’t want to  be a slow old green, but he finds a way to combine the best parts of staying young and growing up. Cannon’s beautiful artwork and witty dialogue really help capture the spirit of childhood. This book is wonderful to share with children of all ages. We all need a little reminder sometimes that you don’t always have to grow all the way up. See this book listed in our catalog
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