Monday, April 16, 2018

Goodbye Kid's Book Blog, Hello On the Shelf!

There's a new blog in town. That's right. After many great years, the Kid's Book Blog is riding into the sunset. But don't you fret. Your favorite St. Mary's County Librarians will still be suggesting their favorite picture books, as well as other books, movies, music, and online resources, on our new blog, On the Shelf. So head over there for our latest recommendations, and thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mamasaurus

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp. One moment Babysaurus was eating leaves with his Mamasaurus and having a lovely day. The next thing he knew, he had slipped all the way down her very long tail and he was completely lost! Babysaurus embarks on a journey to search for Mamasaurus and he runs into many friends along the way. Each dinosaur asks a question to help Babysaurus find his Mama. Little readers are able to join in on the investigation by hearing each dinosaur describe their mother and comparing them to Mamasaurus. The illustrations include dark backgrounds that allow the vibrant characters to pop on each page. This charming book offers a great opportunity for children to think critically and recognize colors. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, April 6, 2018

Can I Be Your Dog?

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Can I Be Your Dog? is the title of this delightful book by Troy Cummings, and it's also the question that Arfy, the protagonist dog of this story, is asking everyone on Butternut Street, via letters sent to each house. First he writes to the "people at the yellow house." He lets them know he is potty trained and he loves to play. He knows they have a cat, but he's willing to work with them! Unfortunately the reply with a "no." Next Arfy writes the "butcher lady." He'd be a great butcher shop dog! He'd keep the floor super clean! But she's not interested either. Arfy writes the fire department, the dump, and even the last house on Butternut Street, which appears to have been abandoned, but Arfy isn't picky, just really lonely. Poor Arfy! But someone is very interested in having him as a dog... The mail carrier who has been delivering all his letters thinks he's great! This is a heart warming tale of animal adoption that may inspire you to take home your own shelter pet one day! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Be Brave Little Penguin

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. Little Pip-Pip is the smallest penguin in his family and he is very scared to go swimming in the big Antarctic ocean. He sees all of the other penguins having tons of fun playing in the water and it looks like so much fun! Unfortunately, Pip-Pip is too afraid of the cold and the monsters to try. The other penguins call him names like “Scaredy-Pip-Pip” which makes him feel very lonely. When his mommy sees how scared he is, she reminds him that everyone has fears and that he can be brave and enjoy the swimming just like everyone else. Created by the author of Giraffes Can’t Dance, this charming and brightly illustrated story told in rhyme will encourages children to conquer their fears. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 2, 2018

Professional Crocodile

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
As we go about our day, meeting the various people that come our way, we all subconsciously develop ideas about those people. The older woman on the bus with the yellow coat? She looks like she might be a mom, maybe really good at baking. That man who waved at you as you checked the mail? He clearly is sporty, probably likes to run all the time… for fun. That crocodile with the very snazzy tie who gave you a polite smile on the subway? Who knows what his job is, but it’s clearly important. Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli, and illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio, is a wordless picture book that asks you to challenge those assumptions. It follows a very professional looking crocodile as he goes about his day before going into work, and what he actually does for a living may be a surprise for some readers. The beautifully detailed illustrations offer a rich view into city life, displaying a wealth of details. Professional Crocodile helps to teach us that no one is what they seem at first glance, and that everyone is much more complex than what you see on the surface. Recommended for: anyone interested in city life, anthropomorphic animals, beautiful illustrations, acts of kindness, and fancy ties. Pro-tip: When reading this book with your child, see if they can guess what the Crocodile does for a living. Is there anything hidden in the book’s illustrations that might offer a clue? See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I Am a Story

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Stories are all around us, but how did they start? Who told them, and how did they tell them? We love stories because they make us feel all the feels: happy, sad, excited, even angry. I Am a Story, written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, tells the story of Story, told by storytellers in the dark around campfires, told in paintings on cave walls, inked with woodblocks, typed on a laptop. Story has been spoken and danced on stage, kept in all sorts of libraries private and public, even dispensed from vending machines! This book is just the right start to the history of Story for your youngest readers, with great pictures to show how stories and information lived and continue to live all around us. See this book listed in our catalog
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