Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
The time has come. For me to announce my favorite children's picture book of 2010. I know. It's kind of a big deal. My favorite book last year won the Caldecott. This year my favorite book has this and this to contend with, among many, other, fabulous books, so I won't get my hopes up. But this book has already won my heart, and that's all that really matters :) My favorite children's picture book of 2010 is A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Every morning, Amos McGee gets up, has his oatmeal and tea, and heads to the zoo, where he plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise (the tortoise always wins), sits quietly with a very shy penguin, has a hankie ready for the rhino with a runny nose, and reads stories to the owl, who is actually afraid of the dark! But one morning Amos wakes up not feeling well at all. He must stay home from work. But his friends at the zoo miss him too much! And so, the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhino, and owl hop a bus and visit Amos at home! I would argue this endearing tale of cross-species friendship and devotion is impossible not to love, so do you and your little one a favor and check it out today! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 20, 2010

Pink Me Up

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Pink Me Up by Charise Harper. Do you like the color pink? The little rabbit in this story definitely does. Every year for the last three years Violet and her mama have a special Mama-and-me day. They are going to the 3rd annual Pink Girls Pink-nic! Violet is so excited. “We will be pink, pink, pink” she hops and sings at the same time, all the way to Mama's room. But when Mama wakes up with pink spots all over her face, Violet realizes she didn’t put them on for the party. Mama is sick. Daddy offers to take her. But Violet tells Daddy he's a boy! Daddy finds one pink tie in his closet, and then they decide that daddy can be pinked up. With painted pink polka dots, tape stripes, pink paper, and pink stickers Daddy is perfectly pink! They have the best day ever. "Now all the girls want to Pink UP their daddies, just like me” says Violet. This is a perfectly pink-tastic, pink-abulous book, for the pink at heart! See this book listed in our catalog

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pip & Squeak

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Pip & Squeak by Ian Schoenherr is a cute winter story about two mice named Pip and Squeak. Their friend Gus is having a birthday party and they are running late. In all the rush they forget Gus's birthday gift of cheese! Now they have to find Gus a present on their way to the party. They find flamingos, and a bird house, but decide that neither one would be good gifts for Gus since, of course, they are not cheese. Then they spot something big and orange right in the middle of a snowman face. They think it is cheese, so they scramble to get it, only to discover it is not cheese at all! They are out of time so they decide to give it to Gus anyway, even though he probably won't like it. But Gus, being a rabbit, thinks their carrot present is just perfect! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Martin MacGregor's Snowman

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Martin MacGregor’s Snowman by Lisa Cook. Martin MacGregor lives to build snowmen. Last year, be built the biggest snowman in the neighborhood! But this winter, day after unseasonably warm day passes without snow. Month by month, snowman-crazed Martin hatches more and more wild plans: turn his little sister into a snow-baby with flour! Make a snow-dog by covering the family pooch with cotton balls! What about a marshmallow snowman? A shaving-cream snowman? A mashed-potato snowman? But Martin’s efforts just land him in bigger and bigger trouble. By April, he’s given up all hope of a snowman. But wait! Can a freak springtime storm finally grant Martin’s snowy wish? Kids who live for snow will love this book. Adam McCauley’s ink-and-watercolor pictures are priceless, revealing Martin’s obsessive zeal for snow, and his comical disappointment after each failed plan. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 13, 2010

Oh No!

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
From the brilliant minds of Mac Barnett (author of Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem), and Dan Santat (illustrator of Chicken Dance), BEHOLD the fantastic, Godzilla-inspired Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World. The story begins with a young girl lamenting "Oh no... Oh man... I knew it. I never should have built a robot for the science fair." For said robot is currently rampaging through the streets! She made other mistakes as well. For instance, she should have never given it a superclaw, or the ability to control dogs' minds. She should have given it ears so that it'd hear her when she screams "Hey, robot! Knock it off already!" She finally finds a way to stop her creation. Of course, maybe she shouldn't have enginineered a biologically enhanced giant frog to do it... Laugh along with the possibilities of, and cultural references abound in, Oh No! See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Paddling of Ducks

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I have a confession to make. I am a huge nerd. For multiple reasons, one of them being that I have an until-just-now secret fascination with knowing the proper terms used to describe groups of animals. That is why A Paddling of Ducks by Marjorie Blain Parker and Joseph Kelly is the perfect book for me, and possibly your curious little one. Told from A to Z, and morning to night, it lists the names of animal groups like: a bask of crocodiles, a party of jays, a crash of rhinos, and a swarm of yellow jackets! And the illustrations are not to be missed! They lavishly depict our furry, feathered, scaly, or insect friends doing things they don't normally do like: an anteater typing on a laptop, quail driving scooters, toads knitting, and wolves playing chess! This book is a fantastic tool to reinforce alphabet skills, and knowing what different animals do and don't do. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Life in the Boreal Forest

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Life in the Boreal Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin, provides a glimpse into the world's largest freshwater ecosystem. The boreal forest makes up a third of the earth's total forest area, and yet few people know very much about it, or how desperately in need of protection it is. The boreal forest is home to more than 200 species of birds, including 90% of Tennessee and Connecticut warblers, and the last few hundred whooping cranes fighting extinction. It is also home to bears, beavers, lynxes, hares, moose, and caribou. Hear the "Aoohooooo!" of hungry wolves, and the "Whoom, whoosh!" of a sledder on a toboggan, as you learn about this amazing wild land and the creatures that live there. After the book, have a conversation with your child about what you can do to help save the boreal forest. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 6, 2010

Swim! Swim!

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Swim! Swim! is the story of Lerch, a fish, and his desperate attempts to make a friend. He tries to befriend the pebbles, the plastic diver in his tank, the bubbles, and then, well, the cat. The cat arrives outside his tank and talks to Lerch, but he calls him "Lunch." Young readers and story time audiences will be greatly relieved by the final, friendly twist to the story, and the comic book setup is just perfect for this book. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hugless Douglas

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Hugless Douglas by David Melling is an adorable book I fell in love with the minute I picked it up. Douglas is a brown bear who wakes up one spring morning and goes in search of a hug! He looks for a BIG hug, but when he hugs a rock he finds it is too heavy. He looks for a TALL hug, but when he hugs a tree he does it all wrong and gets splinters. Next he looks for a comfy hug in a bush, but finds the bush is filled with sheep who do not want to be hugged by a bear. Poor Douglas doesn’t know where to look next, so he asks an owl for a hug, but that just makes the owl angry. Then he finds a rabbit. The rabbit doesn’t want a hug either, but he knows where Douglas can find a hug. The rabbit takes Douglas by the paw and leads him to a cave. When Douglas goes in the cave to look for a hug, he finds someone he knows... his Mommy! Douglas then snuggles into the biggest, warmest hug! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Twelve Prayers of Christmas and The First Christmas

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Twelve Prayers Of Christmas by Candy Chand, illustrated by James Bernardin, presents the Christmas story in beautiful verse and illustration. Each page features a prayer from a witness to the birth of baby Jesus. From Mary, to the donkey she rode on, Joseph, an angel, the wise men, and finally baby Jesus. This book is a nice change from “The Night Before Christmas,” but of course could be read in addition to the old favorite classic. It’s a lovely book for families to share on Christmas Eve or any time around the Christmas season. See this book listed in our catalog
The First Christmas illustrated by Sophy Williams (a changing-picture book) is a wonderful version of the Christmas story. It's simply told, but features changing picture panels on every other page to make it even more interesting and special. The images of all the key characters are charming, but when you slide the last panel and see Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus, it really shines. See this book listed in our catalog
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