Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Not Quite Narwhal

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima is about a creature named Kelp. Kelp was born in the ocean. He lives there with his friends, the narwhals. He really thinks he is a narwhal. He just thinks he is a little different. His tusk isn't as long, he doesn't like the same food that they do, and he is not a very good swimmer, but his friends don't seem to mind. One day he gets swept away in a current. He sees land, and a creature that looks very much like him. As he goes exploring he finds these creatures and soon discovers he is not a narwhal after all. He is a unicorn. His new unicorn friends teach him all about being a unicorn. He was having lots of fun but he began to miss his old friends so he returns to the ocean. He begins to wonder what he should do. Should he stay with his old friends or return to his new friends? Then he realizes maybe he doesn't have to choose after all... See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who What Where

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Who What Where?, written and illustrated by Oliver Tallec, is a book that you may have to put your thinking cap on before you start to read. Similar to Tallec’s book, Who Done It?, every page is a little puzzle that the reader has to solve. “Who tracked paint in the house?” may seem like a simple question, but when there are four suspects staring at you, all pointing fingers and accusing each other, it may not be as easy as you think. Some of the puzzles are fairly easy, like “Who jumped too hard on the trampoline?” The answer seems to be the guy with the big bandage around his head.  But others like “Who is hiding under the tablecloth?” are much more difficult. Who What Where? is a great book to help your little one develop their problem solving skills, while having some fun along the way. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ten Tiny Babies

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Have you ever heard the old saying “the tiniest baby screams the loudest?” Well, Ten Tiny Babies, written and illustrated by Karen Katz, will have you and your little one screaming for joy as you read through this fun counting book together. What is more adorable than one tiny baby? Ten adorable tiny babies! Slowly, one by one, babies join together to wiggle their toes, jump around, and play silly games, until we have a total of ten cute babies. After all that activity they quickly tucker out and take a much deserved nap. This book is an excellent example of a counting book that will teach your child the basics of counting through the use of adorable illustrations of goofy babies. (Pro Tip: As you read the book to your child, pause on each page to count each of the babies, encouraging them to count with you!) See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Giant Squid

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
With poetic text from Candace Fleming and cinematic illustrations from Eric Rohmann, Giant Squid tells the story of a majestic and mysterious underwater beast. The giant squid lives in the deep sea and very little is known about them. Scientists must hypothesize on limited observations and apocryphal stories about how the giant squid lives day to day. We know of its long tentacles, its large eyes, and its beaky mouth. But less is known about how and why a giant squid can change the color and even pattern of its skin. Or how many eggs it lays and where. The back matter of the book contains information about the anatomy of the giant squid, information about the precarious study of the giant squid, and resources for further information about the giant squid. This would be a wonderful book to share with an elementary-school-aged child in your life! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Some Pets

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel is all about our pets. Everyone’s pet is different, whether it be a different breed of the same animal or different species altogether! Some pets are cuddly, some pets are scaly. Some pets crawl while others are small. No matter what type of pet you have, they are yours and yours alone! Check out the collection of pets at the end of the book to find what might be your next pet! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 9, 2017

You Are (Not) Small

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Everyone has felt small, or inconsequential, at some point in their life. Sometimes it can feel as if life, with all of its distractions and possible dangers, is just too big for any of us to really make a difference. You Are (Not) Small, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, shows us that being small, and feeling like you don’t make a difference in the world, is all about perspective. In the story a pair of fuzzy creatures meet each other in the woods, one bigger and one smaller. But when more fuzzy creatures begin to appear, all in varying sizes, what exactly constitutes as “small” and “big” really starts to become blurred. If I’m the same size as all of my friends am I “big” or just normal sized? Even though on the surface this is a book that cleverly describes the difference between small and big for children, looking deeper there are certainly important lessons for adults as well. See this book listed in our catalog
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