Wednesday, December 23, 2009

All the World

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
And here is my second favorite picture book of 2009: All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee. The words of All the World are a poem about the earth which everyone shares. The illustrations are those of multi-cultural faces, in multi-cultural places, experiencing universal emotions and activities. Witness the beauty of nature, and the comfort of things we all do: eat, grow, travel, relax. "Hope and peace and love and trust. All the world is all of us." I find this book to be a soothing meditation, well suited to the child curious as to how they figure into this big, whirling, planet that countless people call home. See this book listed in our catalog

The Lion and the Mouse

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Okay. I'm going to come right out and say it: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkey is my favorite children's picture book of 2009. This (mostly) wordless, beautifully illustrated, re-imagining of Aesop's fable has a special place in my heart. A mouse dares hide from an owl in the mane of a jungle king. The lion spares the mouse's life, and it scurries home to its large family. In the meantime, the majestic cat is trapped by hunters! When he ROARS for help, who shows up? His fated mouse friend, who chews him free, enabling him to return to his pride. It pays to be charitable, in the case of the lion, and corageous, in the case of the mouse. The art in this book is spectacular, and the lesson it provides will hopefully ring true with your child. It may also inspire you to learn more about the wildlife depicted in the story! I will gush no further, except to say I truly love this book and encourage you to check it out post haste! See this book listed in our catalog

Bedtime in the Jungle

Submitted by Tammy, driver of the WoW van!
Bedtime in the Jungle by John Butler. The sun is starting to set in the jungle as bedtime approaches for the baby animals. The daylight in the background gradually disappears on each page as the moon gently rises and the stars appear in the night sky. Children will be delighted as the animal mothers gather their babies close to settle them for the night. Using soft words of comfort inspired by the song “Over in the Meadow” each mother encourages her little one(s) to go to sleep. All of the animals are depicted in their natural settings, in soothing shades that are sure to calm young children and encourage them to sleep. See this book listed in our catalog

When Vera Was Sick

Submitted by Jill from Leonardtown!
When Vera Was Sick by Vera Rosenberry. Poor Vera! She doesn’t feel good. She has spots all over her body, even between her toes. She has to stay in bed, but the spare room where Mother tucks her in, away from everybody, is strange and lonely, and a little scary. At first, poor Vera is too sick to enjoy anything--not looking at books, not coloring (even though she has new crayons)--all she can do is scratch her spots. Vera is miserable. But Vera’s family loves her very much. Mother brings out the special silky pillow for her to cuddle. Daddy brings her flowers. When Vera starts to feel a little better, big sister June comes in to play Chinese checkers, and the whole family finds ways for the little girl to amuse herself in bed. Before long, Vera is feeling all better! When Vera Was Sick is a quiet, comforting story about a familiar childhood experience. The ink-and-watercolor pictures are perfect for portraying Vera’s almost comical misery, and also show the warmth and loving care of her family. Vera returns for more childhood stories in Vera’s First Day of School, Vera Rides a Bike, Vera’s Baby Sister, Vera Runs Away, Vera Goes to the Dentist, and Vera’s Halloween. See this book listed in our catalog

The Book That Eats People

Submitted by Jill from Leonardtown!
Many picture books are sweet, fun to read, and good for you. But some books are not like that at all. Some books are just… dangerous. Like The Book that Eats People by John Perry. With cover art wrapped in caution tape and stamped “beware,” this book looks bright and interesting, appealing even, but don’t be fooled. This book EATS PEOPLE! So far, The Book That Eats People has eaten 5 kids, 1 criminal, a shelf full of books, 1 library security guard, and 1 zookeeper’s shoe (that we know of). So you’ve been warned: read it with caution, and never, ever turn your back on it. Because The Book That Eats People is always hungry. See this book listed in our catalog

The Longest Christmas List Ever

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
If there's one thing our library never seems to run out of, it's books about the Christmas holiday! Ask your librarians to suggest some titles if you're feeling overwhelmed. One of my favorites is The Longest Christmas List Ever by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis. Meet Trevor--a precocious young boy who couldn't be more excited to open presents Christmas morning! Santa Claus got him everything he asked for! But, oh no! He forgot one important thing! A fluffy brown puppy! So Trevor decides to start his letter to Santa early. He writes it all year long. Every time he thinks of another thing he needs, he jots it down. Soon the list is 500 feet long, and to mail it will cost 6 trillion dollars! Trevor decides to downsize, but it's too late! He's missed Santa's deadline! "What was I thinking? Where was my head? I asked for too much--I'll get nothing instead!" he laments. But when he wakes up in the morning, there's a puppy there waiting for him! Mom and Dad must have gotten a letter off to Santa in the meantime, and Trevor learns "It takes love--not toys--to bring Christmas cheer." See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Don't Want to Go to School!

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
Remember when the scariest thing in the world was going to school for the first time? Who knew what was behind those big scary doors! In I Don’t Want to Go to School by Stephanie Blake, Simon the Rabbit is less than thrilled at the prospect of going to school for the first time. Despite all his parents' reassurances, Simon says “No Way!” to going to school. Kids will identify with Simon’s apprehension about school. And they will love being able to yell “No Way!” along with Simon. Will Simon’s parents get him to school? Will Simon be brave enough to make it through the school day? Will Simon even want to leave school at the end of the day? Tune in to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Peeny Butter Fudge

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
Anyone who has ever had a Nana (or Grandma) knows how awesome they are. There is nothing better in the world than spending a day with Nana when Mom and Dad go out to take care of boring grown up stuff. In Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni and Slade Morrison, with illustrations by Joe Cepeda, the reader gets to spend the day with three kids and Nana. Nana is the awesome kind of Grandma who does everything from story telling, to potato sack races. She can even make nap time fun! But the best thing of all is her “Peeny Butter Fudge,” a recipe that’s been past down through the family. And now you can make it too from the recipe in the back! This rhythmic and rhyming story will have parents and kids smiling together as they think about fun times with their Nana. See this book listed in our catalog

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Submitted by Sue from Leonardtown!
The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Gennady Spirin. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is best known as a folk song written between 1558 and 1829. It is sung or caroled during the Christmas season, usually taking turns with the different verses. In this version, illustrations are done in colored pencil and watercolor. They are beautiful renditions with soft detail, giving the reader a clear vision of each verse. For each of the twelve days of Christmas, lively gifts are presented to “my true love,” along with a partridge in a pear tree. Turtle doves, French hens, calling birds, golden rings, and laying geese provide the first six verses. The early period pictures give young readers a visual treat as they read along, providing thought provoking illustrations, and counting opportunities. The last six verses, containing swans, maids, ladies, lords, pipers, and drummers, will collectively have you singing along as you read! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 11, 2009

Do Unto Otters

Submitted by Allana from Leonardtown!
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller. A great way for preschoolers to learn about manners, being friendly, and a good neighbor, is by reading this really fun book. Mr. Rabbit comes skipping along, minding his own business, and singing his “Doo de doo” song. Suddenly he is FACE TO FACE with his new neighbors, three otters, and the look on his face is priceless. DONK! Mr. Rabbit certainly seems worried about the new neighbors, but when his wise friend explains about treating “otters” the way you would want them to treat you, he begins to understand how being a good neighbor works. In a very amusing way, we learn how Mr. Rabbit would like to be treated, for example, politeness, co-operation, (or co-otteration) and kindness. “Everyone appreciates a kind act, no matter how bad it smells,” (the otters may present him with some stinky fish). Mr. Rabbit can say “please,” “thank-you,” and “excuse me,” in 5 different languages! He talks about sharing, forgiveness, and teasing. We get the impression that the Otters and Mr. Rabbit will get along well, and Mr. Rabbit can sing his “doo de doo” song with no complaints, and the Otters won’t laugh at his bad “hare” days, or his extra large swim fins. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chief Rhino to the Rescue

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Chief Rhino to the Rescue by Sam Lloyd. Chief Rhino is determined to save the day when he spots flames coming from a window! The Fire crew--a moose, giraffe, zebra, and lion--quickly put on their gear, and rush to the house of Great-Granny Wrinkle in their fire truck. Chief Rhino climbs up to Great-Granny Wrinkle's second-floor home with his hose ready... and puts out the candles on her birthday cake, all 100 of them! They then all share one soggy cake! This is a fun rescue story, especially suited for little boys. See this book listed in our catalog

Miss Fox's Class Goes Green

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli. Miss Fox rides her bicycle to school, and the kids think her car is broken. She explains to them that she is going green to help the environment. One by one, the kids in her class begin to take steps to make the world a better place. Mouse took shorter showers, Bunny took a cloth bag to the supermarket, and Possum turned the lights off when he went out. The end pages include “Tips for Going Green.” Ms. Spinelli makes a serious subject both fun and inspiring. See this book listed in our catalog

Not Yet, Rose

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Not Yet, Rose by Susanna Leonard Hill. This is a great book for a young child who is waiting for a new baby to arrive in their family. Every morning, a young hamster races into her parents' bedroom and asks, "Is the baby here yet?" and each time they answer, "Not yet, Rose." Rose can't decide whether she wants a sister or a brother, and at one point she decides that she doesn't want a baby at all, but her mother encourages her by telling her what a good big sister she will be. When a brother is born, she carefully holds him, marvels at how tiny he is, and sings to him until he falls asleep in her arms. The book ends neatly with Rose's parents asking if her arms are tired and she replies, "Not yet." This book helps older siblings adjust to their new roles of big brother or sister. See this book listed in our catalog

Flying High

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Flying High by Jorgen Stamp. Walter is a giraffe who wishes he could fly. He gets a book, and begins to build an airplane for himself. Sonny, the turtle, is his friend. He asks if he can also go flying. Walter tells his friend he's too slow and cowardly, and hurts his feelings. The big day finally arrives, and Walter takes off in his airplane. He loves swooping and sweeping up in the sky with the birds. He ignores repeated warnings that a storm is approaching, and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a thunderstorm! His plane is hit by lightning and crashes into the lake. Sonny swims out and rescues him. The next day he builds another plane, only this time it has two seats, one for him and one for his best friend, Sonny. A good story about true friendship! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I'm Not Santa!

Submitted by Carol from Charlotte Hall!
I'm Not Santa! by Jonathan Allen is a really cute story about an owl and a bunny rabbit. One day Owl is out playing in the snow when he runs into Rabbit. Rabbit immediately thinks Owl is Santa. Owl does have a Santa hat on but he insists he is not Santa. Rabbit keeps on and on and even breaks down crying, so Owl finally tells rabbit that he is Santa. Rabbit now realizes that Owl really is not Santa, and by the end of the story both Owl and Rabbit are upset and crying. Who will save the day? Will it be the guy in the big red suit himself? A very cute Christmas story. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Duchess of Whimsy

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
The Duchess of Whimsy: An Absolutely Delicious Fairy Tale by Randall de Seve and Peter de Seve has stolen my heart. The Duchess of Whimsy truly lives up to her title. She is known throughout the land for her unique fashion, fabulous parties, and versatile friends. The Earl of Norm, on the other hand, is quite ordinary. He's only invited to her soirees because he's a friend of the king, but he only attends because he's in love with her. He tries to capture her attention by composing poetry, borrowing flamboyant capes from his brother, even bringing a giraffe to court, all to no avail. One evening, the royal cook takes ill. What shall the Duchess's guests have to eat? Perhaps the Earl of Norm can finally impress her with his culinary skills! He makes the only thing he knows how: a grilled cheese sandwich. Will the Duchess finally realize that ordinary can be extraordinary? You'll have to check this fantastic book out today to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Dog Wants to Play

Submitted by Melissa from Lexington Park!
Dog Wants to Play by Christine McDonnell is a delightful tale with adorable illustrations. Throughout the book, the optimistic little pup approaches his farm mates with a request to play. His excitement diminishes with each rejection, but finally he meets a companion who is willing to play all day! This book is written in rhyme and has a few repeating verses, making the book both pleasant to listen to, and engaging for a young listener. The clear pictures, simple story, and familiar objects in the illustrations allow readers to ask open ended questions about the images and words. Such books lend themselves to imaginative story telling and will encourage young readers and listeners to go beyond the words on the page and tell their own story! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Submitted by Amanda from Lexington Park!
Raf by Anke de Vries and Charlotte Dematons. Raf is a stuffed giraffe, and he and Ben are best friends. They are always together. One day Raf is missing, and Ben has to go to bed all alone. Then Ben starts getting post cards from Raf, who has been found all the way in Africa! Raf sends Ben post cards all along his trip home. His final post card tells Ben that he will be home in time for Ben’s birthday! When Raf arrives home, Ben finds him very different from when he left. This book has great illustrations, and leaves a lot to the imagination. There is very little text, therefore much of the story is told through the illustrations. This is a great story for a kid who has a favorite stuff animal, or other comfort object. I know it warmed my heart! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Christmas Carol

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
"MARLEY WAS DEAD. There was no doubt whatever that Old Marley was dead as a doornail. That must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge." So begins Charles Dickens's classic story A Christmas Carol beautifully imagined here by Brett Helquist in this new illustrated version. Scrooge, a holiday hating miser, is visited by three spirits: the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, who teach him the true meaning of the season over the course of one fateful night. When he rises on Christmas morning Scrooge is a changed man, and decides to devote his life to helping instead of hating. This is the original Dickens text, so only read it to your children with long attention spans, but readers of all ages can appreciate the breath-taking pictures. See this book listed in our catalog

Big Bear Hug

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Meet an awesome tree-hugging bear in Big Bear Hug by Canadian artist Nicholas Oldland. This bear has so much love in his heart, he just feels compelled to hug everything in the forest, including things he's supposed to eat like rabbits, big things like moose, and small things like birds. His favorite thing to hug though, is trees. You name a tree, this bear has hugged it. One day while attempting to hug a tree and a beaver at the same time, the bear sees a man about to chop down one of the most beautiful trees in the forest. It's not in his nature to hurt a man, so the bear does what he does best. Thankfully, this man is not used to hugging bears and runs far, far away! Read this adorable book with your child, and then go hug some trees of your own! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Mitten

Submitted by Melissa from Lexington Park!
The Mitten, adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett, features beautiful pictures of a boy and his mittens. These mittens, made by his grandmother, are white, and blend in perfectly with the snow when he drops one of them to the ground. Once there, many woodland creatures happen upon it, and take refuge in its warmth. Meanwhile, the boy retraces his steps in search of his mitten. He finally finds it floating in the air. With every turn of the page, young readers are introduced to three scenes: two explain what is happening in the present, and the one on the right predicts what is to come next. Who would have ever thought that eight animals could fit in one small mitten? Children can count the mole, rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear, and mouse, as they climb into the cozy mitten. You can explore this book in our Side by Side collection, where you will find more suggestions and activities you can do with your child while you read. See this book listed in our catalog

Blueberries for Sal

Submitted by Sue from Leonardtown!
Blueberries for Sal, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey, tells the story of a little girl named Sal and a bear cub. One summer day Little Sal and her Mom decided to go to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries. “We will take our berries home and can them,” said her mother. Little Sal had a small tin bucket just like her mother's. When she dropped blueberries into the pail it made a kurplunk, kurplunk, kurplunk sound. Sal ate most of the berries she picked and some of her mother's, until mom said to run along and pick her own berries. On the other side of the hill, Little Bear came with his mother to eat blueberries. Before long, Little Bear and Sal both got tired of trying to keep up with their mothers, and sat still eating berries in the middle of the patch. Then they started out to find their mothers. Unfortunately Little Sal and Little Bear got them mixed up with each other! This story with charming pictures will continue to enchant even after it’s been read. See this book listed in our catalog


Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
In Pouch by David Ezra Stein, we meet little Joey--a brand new baby Kangaroo! Joey is so excited to explore his new world, but whenever something scares him, he goes running back to mom yelling “Pouch!” and dives into the safe warm pocket. But with every trip back, Joey becomes a bit more brave, until he realizes that maybe this world isn’t so scary after all. This would be a wonderful book to read aloud, especially to a child who is just starting to learn their numbers. Each time Joey ventures out he adds one more hop to his trip. Kids will also love yelling “Pouch!” along with Joey as he goes running home. This simple story about overcoming fears and making friends would be a wonderful addition to any story time with you and your child. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Submitted by Carol from Charlotte Hall!
A Turkey for Thanksgiving written by Eve Bunting, and illustrated by Diane de Groat, is a cute story about a Moose family who wants a turkey for Thanksgiving. The Moose family is very excited for the Thanksgiving holiday and they are so happy to have friends joining them. Everything is wonderful, except one thing: Mrs. Moose wants so badly to have a turkey for Thanksgiving this year! Everyone always has a turkey--everyone except them. So Mr. Moose and his friends set out to get a turkey for Thanksgiving. Finally they find Turkey. Turkey, of course, is quite frightened, and he tries hard to get away, but he is caught, and brought home for Thanksgiving dinner. However, to his great surprise and delight, he is a guest at the Moose family table, and not the main course! This is a great story about friendship and love during the Thanksgiving holiday. See this book listed in our catalog

There Are Cats in This Book

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
If your child likes cats, they will LOVE There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz. As the title indicates, there are cats in this book--three of them in fact: Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre. They are very friendly, and love to play. They seem excited to meet you! As your child lifts the flaps and turns the pages of this book, they are actually interacting with the cats--throwing yarn, hiding in boxes, even having a pillow fight! The cats are excited to see there are also fish in this book, but not so excited when it means there must be a tidal wave. Luckily, you can save them by turning the page! And don't forget to blow them dry. When you're finished playing, tuck the cats back into their blanket, but come back to play soon! See this book listed in our catalog

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?

Submitted by Tammy, driver of the WoW van!
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson. A kitten and her patient mother take part in the daily ritual of getting ready for school. This comic rhyming book shows the struggle in the cat household, as the mother cat responds to the actions of her kitten, who dilly-dallies in the morning when she should be getting ready for school! Readers follow along as the kitten snuggles on her pillow, stands on her head in bed, tears apart the bedroom in search of socks, discovers and chases a mouse. The mouse serves as an interested observer on each page, and escapes the kitten when she is swept off to school. In the end, the mother cat and her little kitten share a warm hug. Even having a they're having a tough morning, they still love each other. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mousie Love

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Mousie Love by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Josee Masse, relates the epic romance of Tully and Frill, two house mice. For Tully, it's love at first sight when he first sets eyes on Frill. In fact, the first words he says to her are "Will you marry me?" Frill doesn't say no. She doesn't say yes. She actually doesn't have time to say anything before Tully interjects "Of course! You must be wondering where we'll live." and dashes off to find them a house. Tully proposes multiple times, but before Frill can answer he remembers something else he needs to provide: breakfast (in the form of a fresh muffin), something shiney (a star will suffice nicely) all while escaping the attention of the house cat, of course. Finally Frill gives Tully an answer. What do you think it will be? You'll have to check out Mousie Love to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sunday Chutney

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
"I'm Sunday Chutney and I'm a bit unusual" proclaims the titular character of Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey. What looks like a strange book on first inspection, turns out to be a touching and timely story about what it's like to be the "new kid" as many of our local military brats might be able to relate to. Because of Sunday's dad's job, she's lived all over the world, which is great, but with new homes, come new schools, filled with new people. Most kids think Sunday is weird, but she doesn't really mind! She likes who she is! She's very sure of the things she likes (like drum solos and marine biology) and the things she doesn't like (like her lazy eye and creamed corn). Sometimes she feels lonely, but she's getting really good at making new friends. Maybe your child would like to make friends with Sunday Chutney! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 9, 2009

Comin' Down to Storytime

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Comin' Down to Storytime by Rob Reid. This great picture book could definitely be used as a beginning book/song for every story time. This book is taken from the favorite song "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain!" The author uses animals to depict the children at story time. The verses include "We'll be comin' down to storytime when we come. Yee ha!" "hear a funny story," "say a nursery rhyme," "make a fingerplay," and so on, as all the farm animals run excitedly to the barn. It ends with, "We will check out lots of books when we leave, Bye Now!" The animals exit, each with at least one book in hand, and are shown on or under a big tree, reading. See this book listed in our catalog

The Rocking Horse Angel

Submitted by Allana from Leonardtown!
The Rocking Horse Angel by Mercer Mayer gives me goose-bumps all the way through, but in a good way. A boy has grown tired of the long summer days playing in the pond looking for polliwogs, toads, snakes, and bugs. He now turns his attention to closets, cellars and attics. The attic, in particular, intrigues him, and he has decided to take a peek in there even though, instinctively, he knows he isn’t supposed to. He sees something in the shadows which frightens him a bit at first: some creature behind a large box with a head, ears, eyes... what can it be? It’s a dapple gray rocking horse! The boy climbs up to find “her” a perfect fit. He daydreams about adventures they will have, and the rocking horse senses what the boy is saying. He has vivid dreams about riding in the night sky, looking down on the farmlands below. The horse seems to be trying to tell him something, in fact in the first dream the horse is crying, the tear so big it surrounds the boy like a giant bubble which carries him into the air. In real life, during waking hours, the boy has become very sick with fever, and his parents are by his bedside. The rocking horse appears to him during the night, and each time flies him off in a dreamy adventure. But one night she tells him that this is real, and no matter how scary the ride may become he must not let go. He is riding through a terrifying storm where giant creatures are trying to stop him, and the boy has to trust the rocking horse like never before... See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

But Who Will Bell the Cats?

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
But Who Will Bell the Cats by Cynthia Von Buhler is a play on one of Aesop's fables: long ago, all the mice convened to discuss the problem with cats' ability to stalk them so quietly. It was suggested that all the cats wear bells, but who would bell the cats? In this story, a mouse and a bat try to think of ways to get bells on a princess's 8 spoiled cats. They try assault, disguise, even a fashion show modelling the bells, to get the cats to wear them, to no avail. Perhaps the princess herself will have intervene... This book also features creative typeface, and stunning three dimensional illustrations. Check it out today! See this book listed in our catalog

Miles the Crocodile

Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
Want to raise a jazz lover? Have I got the book for you: Miles the Crocodile Plays the Colors of Jazz by Andy Blackman Hurwitz and illustrated by Andrew Cunningham! Miles is a trumpet playing crocodile here to demonstrate "that the colors of jazz can make beautiful art" through words, pictures, and music! The book comes with a CD of jazz music that corresponds with the story. My favorite track is "Blue Jazz Blue" in which Miles sings the "I Ain't Got No Cookie Blues" lamenting "I got my milk, but I want my cookie too!" If you like this kit, look out for other books in the "Baby Loves Jazz" series like Charlie Bird, Duck Ellington, and Ella Elephant. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ned's New Home

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng. Ned is a worm that loves apples (because they are red) and apple pie. Ned lives in a red apple, and he is perfectly content until his apple starts to rot! He decides to look for a new home, but has many problems. The pear is too wobbly, the lemon too sour, and the blueberry is too small. A bird comes along and takes him, and his future cherry home up in the sky. He uses an umbrella to float down to a tree where he finds his perfect new home. It is an apple still on the tree! This book has many possibilities: It is perfect for talking to your child about the life cycle of an apple from seed to fruit. It also is a good introduction to different fruits and their taste, size, and color. See this book listed in our catalog

An Apple Pie for Dinner

Submitted by county youth coordinator Janis!
An Apple Pie for Dinner by Susan VanHecke. This is a cumulative story from an old English folktale, “The Apple Dumpling.” Granny Smith (notice the play on words) wants to bake an apple pie. There is only one problem--she does not have any apples! She takes the plums she has and trades them for feathers, and then flowers, etc. until she trades for a basket of apples. All of the people she meets along the way go back to her house and help her make the pie and then eat it. The baked clay and mixed media illustrations really add dimension to this wonderful book. There is an apple pie recipe included, as well as a website for fun activities to do with your child. See this book listed in our catalog

I Am a Rainbow

Submitted by Amanda from Lexington Park!
I Am a Rainbow by Dolly Parton is an adorable book that associates colors with emotions that every boy and girl experiences. Written in rhyme, it connects each feeling and color with a great picture to illustrate the point. Pink- as sweet at cotton candy! Red- as angry as a bear! Blue - bored and sad! It goes on and on. The author shows that everyone has feelings as different as colors, and urges the reader to understand those feelings in others. She goes on to explain that everyone is a rainbow of different feelings, and “It’s not up to you, the way that you feel. But how you act IS a different deal.” See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Big Storm

Submitted by Tammy, driver of the WoW van!
The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book by Nancy Tafuri. Count along from 1 to 10 as Bird, Mouse, Rabbit, and their friends take shelter from a storm. This book describes a storm, from the dark black clouds gathering, to the wind blowing, leaves swirling, lightning cracking, rain falling, and the rumble of thunder. Children will enjoy counting the animals as they gather in the hill hollow to take cover from the fast approaching storm. The animals find they are all safe together for the night as they wait for the storm to past, but who else is hiding in the hill hollow with them? And what will the animals find when they come out of the hollow after the storm is over? See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Submitted by Tess from Lexington Park!
I've fallen in love with Loren Long's Otis, the tale of a little tractor that could! Otis the tractor loves his farm. He loves to work! And he especially loves the calf that sleeps in the barn with him. They are best friends! They do everything together, until one day the farmer brings home a bright, shiny, brand new tractor, and Otis is put out to pasture. One day, when the farmer is about to enter her in a baby cow beauty contest, the calf gets stuck in the mud and no one can get her out! No one, that is, of course, except for Otis. Finally the friends are reunited! This story might not make the most sense, but it's full of rich, emotive illustrations that I just can't get enough of. Hopefully you and your child will love Otis too! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How Do You Wokka-Wokka?

Submitted by Jill from Leonardtown!
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle is a rhythmic treat with a boppin’ beat. “Some days you wake up and you just gotta wokka… get you dance on.” That’s the case with one youngster who wakes up on a fine morning and sets out through his friendly, culturally diverse city neighborhood to gather up his friends. Each neighbor, when asked the question “How do you wokka-wokka?” shows off their own special dance. Some dance like “flamingos in a flocka,” others like “a clock go ticka-tocka.” As the crowd of dancers grows, the day turns into a rocking, “wokka-wokka party on the block-a” complete with balloons and whole dancing families. You’ve just got to read this book aloud, and follow it up with your own special wokka! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Porcupine Named Fluffy

Submitted by Carol from Charlotte Hall!
A Porcupine Named Fluffy written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger is a cute story about a porcupine who has been given the name "Fluffy." Fluffy spends his time trying to live up to his name. He tries his hardest to be fluffy, which can be rather difficult for a porcupine. He tries everything from soaking in a bubble bath for hours to covering himself with whipped cream. It's a story about friendship and learning to be yourself. Fluffy finally meets a rhino and learns a valuable lesson. Read and find out if "Fluffy" ever becomes "fluffy." See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Let's Do Nothing

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
Ever been so tired that you don’t want to do anything? In fact, you just want to do nothing! In Tony Fucile’s Let’s Do Nothing! two little boys are so tired from games, sports, baking, coloring, and every other thing they can think of, they decide to just do nothing. While the one, Sal, is able to relax enough to enjoy the prospect of doing nothing, his friend Frankie is less settled. Trying to imagine himself a statue in central park leads to shooing pigeons, and being a tree in the forest makes for a wet situation with a puppy. In the end, the boys decide that maybe doing something is just a bit more fun, especially with a friend. See this book listed in our catalog

Bartleby Speaks

Submitted by Catherine from Charlotte Hall!
Crickets chirp, the wind blows, and birds tweet. But if you’re yelling and carrying on, you’ll never hear any of it. In Bartleby Speaks! written by Robin Cruise, and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, young Bartleby Huddle simply does not speak. He’s a happy baby, but a relatively quiet one. He’ll coo and chortle, but words just aren’t his thing. As he grows older, his family worries about his lack of words, so they try everything (as loudly as possible) to get young Bartleby to speak. But alas, no amount of opera, cello playing, tap dancing or woofing can convince Bartleby to chime in. But in the end, it’s Bartleby that teaches his family that you need to stop and listen to really have something to say. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates

Submitted by Sue from Leonardtown!
Henry & the Crazed Chicken Pirates by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by John Manders. The Buccaneer Bunnies are back with another adventure starring Henry and the crew of the Salty Carrot! Henry finds a message in a bottle. The message isn’t friendly at all, and Henry is worried. The rest of the crew is busy playing games, like coconut bowling, and sail swinging, when Henry tries to tell them about the note. “Stop worrying about that old note,” says Black Ear. Henry can't, and starts reading everything he can about it. Soon he has enough information to start his own book, which he calls “Henry’s Plan for Impending Danger from Unknown Enemy Who Wrote the Scary Note.” When crazed chicken pirates finally arrive, Henry must warn everyone and save the day using his own advice from his book! Does Henry’s book help? Will the crew be saved? And what will happen to the crazed chicken pirates? If you like adventure and pirate stories, join Henry and the crew of the Salty Carrot for a swashbuckling good story. Arrrrr! See this book listed in our catalog
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