Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be by John Harris and illustrated by Adam Gustavson. In 1857, John Lord Pierpont was inspired to write a new Christmas song during an unusually hot Savannah, Georgia day for the Thanksgiving concert at his church. He was telling is daughter Lillie about the cold and snowy winters in Boston when he was younger, and realized she had never seen or felt snow. "What’s snow like exactly?" asked Lillie. He started describing the crisp, cold air, and a sleigh with sleigh bells. Later, while at the keyboard of the church's pipe organ, he tapped the keys three times plink-plink-plink, then did it again. Jingling bells, that’s what they sound like. He sang along, and before you know it he wrote a song originally called "One Horse Open Sleigh" for the children of the congregation to sing. As they finished the song, complete with strands of bells, and feathers thrown like snow, the audience burst into applause. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Storm Is Coming

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Storm Is Coming by Heather Tekavec, and illustrated by Margaret Spengler, is a fun, colorful lap book, with plenty of humor, drama, and even a bit of suspense. When the farmer and his dog start rounding up the farm animals because a storm is coming, they all run wildly, warning one another to hurry, and get to the barn! Once huddled in the barn, they wonder who this “Storm” could be. He must be mean. He must be scary. He must be very big! All of a sudden, the sky gets dark, the wind starts blowing, heavy rains come, lightning flashes, and thunder booms! The animals cheer their good luck. Hurray! Storm can’t possibly get them when the sky is hiding them in the dark, the rain is washing away all of their tracks, and the flashing lights and booming thunder will surely scare him away. All day long, they waited for Storm to come, then all of a sudden everything stops. The sky is silent, then there is a thump, thump, thump, and a click, click, clang, and a creeeeeak of the door. Someone is coming, and the animals are really scared. To their great relief, it is only the farmer coming to let them out. They all run happily into the sunshine, grateful that Storm had not found them. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dinosaur vs. the Library

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
When last we met our friend the Dinosaur, he was out defeating bowls of spaghetti, giant slides, and talking grown-ups. And, while bedtime did indeed defeat the Dinosaur in the end, we all knew he would be back to “Roar!” another day. In Bob Shea’s Dinosaur Vs. The Library, our friend the Dinosaur meets many new friends, and teaches them how to “Roar!” Soon cows, baby chicks, and even shy turtles and sad owls are roaring away with the awesome Dinosaur! But what will happen when the Dinosaur goes to the library? Will he be able to use his inside roar? When it’s story time, will he be able to keep his roars to himself altogether? Bob Shea’s illustrations are funny and adorable. Anyone who has a little dinosaur at home will recognize just how hard it can be to use inside roars sometimes. However, as the Dinosaur learns, when you stay quiet to hear a book at story time at the library, everybody wins. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 19, 2011

Grandpa Green

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith is a heartwarming story about a boy and his memories of his grandpa. His memories are all very vivid, and seen in a garden of topiary trees. His grandpa was, of course, born a long time ago, before there were any cell phones, or computers, or even television. His grandpa was an average boy who lived on a farm, and who had chicken pox which he didn't get from chickens. His grandpa wished to study horticulture, but he went to war instead. He was a soldier, a husband, a grandfather, and a great artist. His grandpa doesn't remember everything anymore like he used to, but what he doesn't remember, the garden remembers for him. A great story about love, aging, and family. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 16, 2011

That Pup!

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George is a great story about an adorable golden retriever having a good time digging in the yard. She smells an acorn and decides to dig for more acorns in various places around the yard. This lovable pup finds 10 acorns in all. The puppy happens to see a squirrel that is very sad. The squirrel wants to know why the pup has dug up all of the acorns that she buried for the winter. The pup immediately decides they can play a new game called "Put Back the Acorns." The next page shows the puppy and the squirrel returning the acorns to their original spots. This is a perfect book for toddlers! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gulliver Snip

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Gulliver Snip by Julia Kay. It’s bath time for young Gulliver Snip, but, in this little boy’s vivid imagination, the ordinary tub becomes a mighty clipper ship, with Gulliver for a captain! In rollicking nautical rhyme, Captain Snip’s adventures grow wilder with every passing page: A storm rages, the mast crashes, the ship is swamped and sunk! Brave Captain Snip leaps overboard in a suitcase, washes up on a tropical island, and climbs tall trees to escape a marauding tiger… but the young sailor’s fantasy comes crashing down when Mom discovers a soggy reality: someone has overflowed the bathtub, flooded the hall, and broken a lamp. The mess is mopped up, and Gulliver is dried, dressed in pajamas, and sent to bed, where he dreams of tomorrow’s journey. Throughout the book, wildly colorful full-page paintings show Gulliver’s imagined adventure, contrasted on the facing page with a much smaller image of the little boy’s real-world mischief. Read this book aloud to feel the rhythm and rhyme, and let your little sailors chime in on the refrain: “the clipper ship, that his mother called the bathtub!” See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas and One Christmas Night

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long is the traditional Christmas song with nothing added or adapted, however it is set in the most beautiful full page illustrations. From cover to cover it looks like one spectacular holiday or post card after another, with blended tones of gold, silver, red, blue, and green. It is a delightful book for the season. See this book listed in our catalog
One Christmas Night by M. Christina Butler and Tina Mcnaughton is a very simple and heartwarming tale of how a hedgehog begins to appreciate the importance of having friends around his house at Christmas time, and how special they are. His tree has no sparkle, and his house does not look very “Christmasy,” but with the help of his rabbit and mice friends, and even the fox, it all comes together for a glittery, sparkly, happy ending. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What Animals Really Like

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
What Animals Really Like is a book by Fiona Robinson, and a song by Mr. Herbert Timberteeth *wink wink* the beaver. This ambitious beaver has composed an operetta about what animals like most, starring all his friends. Lions like to prowl, wolves like to howl, pigeons like to coo, cows like to dig. Wait, what? Cows don't like to dig! But apparently they do! The animals begin informing their frustrated conductor of the things they actually like to do, which aren't in line with what the beaver, and the rest of us, might assume. For instance, the warthogs like to blow enormous bubbles! (They're going for a world record!) And the shrimp like to ski! (Really! They just got back from Switzerland and had amazing weather.) Mr. Timberteeth finds out you can't judge a book by its cover as he learns his song is all wrong and his friends have diverse hobbies and interests he'd never dreamed of! (Except the mice. They really do like cheese!) The book features fun fold out illustrations, and will hopefully inspire you and your little one to laugh and sing along to one of the silliest musical productions ever staged in children's literature! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 5, 2011

Elliot's Christmas Surprise

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Elliot’s Christmas Surprise by Andrea Beck. Elliot (a stuffed moose) wakes up on Christmas Eve morning to discover a giant red box waiting at the foot of his bed. What could it be?! Elliot, who has been extra-good this year, guesses that it must be a Special Delivery from Santa - an early present just for him! Elliot is so excited! But wait… none of the other stuffed animals in the nursery have Special Deliveries. What if Elliot’s friends feel left out and sad? Elliot gets out his craft supplies and makes an extra gift for each of his friends, so that everyone will have a Special Delivery to open. But when the little moose finally opens his own Special Delivery, he finds the box is empty! Poor Elliot! Now he’s the only one without an extra gift. At first Elliot is terribly disappointed, but then something magical happens: each of Elliot’s delighted friends comes running to say “thank you” for their thoughtful gifts, and with each friend’s arrival Elliot feels better and better. Together the animals discover that the empty big red box is a present after all - Lionel gave it to Elliot to use for crafts. Now completely recovered from his disappointment, Elliot shows everyone how to make the box into a pretend sleigh, and they all spend the day happily playing Santa and Reindeer. This delightful holiday story is just right for preschoolers - Elliot’s feelings of excitement, concern for his friends, and disappointment are very realistic for a young child, and the gentle message about the joy of giving and the importance of gratitude makes a great antidote to the holiday “gimmes.” You can read more about Elliot in the other “Elliot Moose Stories.” See these books listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Can We Save the Tiger?

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Some kids don't like to get books for a holiday gift. Like, this kid, for instance. But if the elementary school aged child in your life loves books, and loves animals, might I suggest checking out Can We Save the Tiger by Martin Jenkins, with illustrations by Vicky White. This is a beautiful book about endangered animals, featuring words that are accessible and kid-friendly, with sketches that are life-like, and gorgeous. Can We Save the Tiger is informative for folks of all ages, explaining simply how some species become threatened, and what we can do to help. It is somewhat ludicrous to me that the tiger could become extinct, but it is sadly a very real possibility. There may be a generation in the not-so-distant future that will never see one alive. Or a polar bear. Or even vultures and iguanas. You can see this book listed in our catalog, or you could consider giving it at a gift during this year's festive season. You might pair it with a symbolic species adoption through the World Wildlife Fund. When you make a donation, you can receive a plush toy of your chosen animal, as well as a certificate. What a terrific way to make the little one (or grown ups) in your life more aware of conservation efforts! And for more ideas of fun ways to give good books for the holidays, check out my friend Pam Coughlan's blog!

Snowmen At Night

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner is a cute story that tries to solve the mystery of what snowmen do at night. Have you ever wondered, when your snowman looks a little droopy, what snowmen do at night? This book has lots of interesting suggestions. Maybe snowmen wait until dark, then they slide onto the street, and into the park. Maybe they stand around with other snowmen drinking ice-cold cocoa. Maybe they have snowman races, and go ice skating. Maybe they play baseball, and have a snowball fight. Maybe they go sledding with all their snowman friends. After all that excitement they get sleepy, and return home. So if your snowman has lost his height, and his grin is crooked, read this book to find out what snowmen do at night! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze!

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright is a silly tale about the Autumn Breeze, a Big Bear, and the start of Autumn. It begins with Big Bear walking through the woods on a nice autumn day when, right as the wind blows, he lets out a big sneeze, and the leaves blow off the tree. Bear is so upset that his sneeze blew all the leaves from the tree that he tries to nail them back onto the branches. The wind tries to tell Big Bear that the leaves fell from the tree when the wind blew, but Big Bear believes that the leaves fell down when he sneezed ACHOO! The wind grows stronger as Big Bear walks on, till he comes to a tree where apples grow, and just as he approaches, he sneezes ACHOO! The tree branches shake in the wind’s strong gusts, and all the apples fall to the ground. Once again Bear thinks that his sneeze made them all fall down. Big Bear goes on sneezing through the forest, and misunderstanding the changes that autumn brings. Finally the Autumn Breeze explains that he causes the leaves and apples to fall from the tree, and even causes Big Bear's sneeze. The illustrations and rhyme makes it a great story to read aloud to kids of all ages. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 25, 2011

Who Has These Feet?

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert. This delightful picture book will have children taking a look at their own feet. The question “Who has these feet?” is asked over and over, while displaying a colorful picture of a set of feet. The following page shows what animal the feet belong to, and how they are adapted to their habitats. Each colorful two page spread shows the animal in action using their feet in amazing ways. The conclusion of the book brings all 9 animals together with the animal’s heads on one side with their feet on the opposite side asking “Who has these feet?” When the flaps are open, a full display of all the animals appear answering the question with “We have these feet!” See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting for the Biblioburro

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Reading is something that many children do every day with their families, but for children who live in places without a library nearby having new books can be a very special treat. In Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, with illustrations by John Parra, we learn the true story of Luis Soriano Bohorquez, a traveling librarian who brought books to children in small villages all across the country of Columbia. In the story we meet Ana, a young girl who loves to read but has not had any new books since her teacher had to move away. One day the Biblioburro comes to town! Ana is happy to learn that libraries don’t have to be in buildings, and can even travel by burro, or donkey. Ana borrows many books, and waits impatiently for the Biblioburro to return. While she waits, she writes her own book about the Biblioburro, which the traveling librarian adds to his collection so that other children can read her story. Anyone with a love of books and libraries will be enchanted by this book. If your child wants to know more about the Biblioburro, the author includes information about the real librarian that inspired the story. With gorgeous illustrations, and beautiful storytelling, this is a book that children and adults will enjoy together. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 21, 2011

Max's Castle

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Max’s Castle by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. When Max finds a box of forgotten blocks and toys under his bed, his brothers ask what’s so special about that. Max tells them “I’m going to make a castle.” He begins with the walls, and pretty soon the castle has many walls. His brothers Karl and Benjamin soon decide that they would like a room too. Then, as they build, they rediscover old favorite toys inside each room, and adventures begin to happen. With the help of the letter blocks, they turn each addition of the castle, and its contents, into what they want; words like BATTLE into BABBLE, and SWORD into WORDS. This is a sequel to the books Max’s Words and Max’s Dragon, where unscrambling word adventures, and colorful full page drawings, add to the fantastical story, and the joy of discovering again your favorite things. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
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Woof Meow Tweet Tweet

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Cute, cute, and cute! These are the three words I would use to describe Woof Meow Tweet Tweet by Cecile Boyer! I love the concept of the characters being the sound each one makes. The illustrations, also by the author, are bold and simple, and each “character” moves through the storyline showing what they like to do, how mischievous they can be, and what fun they have. This is so original and funny. It will definitely amuse your young listeners, and suit young children who are learning to read. This is a uniquely charming picture book that shows what happens when words make the pictures! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Grandpa's Tractor

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Take a trip down memory lane as Grandpa Joe relives his childhood on the farm in this very charming, beautifully illustrated book, Grandpa's Tractor by Michael Garland. Grandpa Joe and Timmy take a road trip to visit the place where Grandpa Joe grew up. What was once a beautiful place, filled with open fields and cow pastures, is now a winding neighborhood, filled with rows and rows of houses. Soon, they come upon a small patch of land with a boarded up house and a barn with a collapsed roof. As they explore the yard around the broken down farmhouse and the dilapidated barn, they discover a rusted old tractor. Timmy listens as Grandpa Joe’s voice carries him back in time, to a time when that rusted, old tractor was a shiny new red tractor, when Grandpa’s own father let him sit on his lap and steer that very tractor around the farm as they planted crops, harvested crops, and rode to the orchard to pick apples, or to the woods for their Christmas tree. Timmy can picture the farm the way it used to be, the way Grandpa Joe remembers it. This is a lovely book. It helps us remember just how special grandpas are... and little red tractors too. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Book with a Hole

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
The Book with a Hole by Hervé Tullet is very interactive, and will definitely use a child’s imagination to answer the questions on each page. There is a hole in the middle of the book, literally. The author wants the child to fill in the hole with an eyeball, a building, food, etc. The author has inventive ideas on every page. This will surely be a favorite with children that love to use their imagination. The author wants the readers to become active participants in the book. The Book with a Hole is a great book for imaginative play! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 14, 2011

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods and the intention of opening a branch of his brother's New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, "You should have brought pants!" saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last. Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Stacy Innerst, is a “fairly–fabricated story” about the invention of denim jeans, or blue jeans, as they are usually called. A witty and captivating story from the start, this is a very tongue in cheek book. “GOLD!” somebody yells, which sets the time period and place for this fascinating children’s book. As the prospectors struggle to keep their pants together, they are reduced to wearing barrels as clothing. The illustrator provides excellent drawings to convey the dilemma, frustration, and discomfort of the men. The story is woven in a way that is entertaining to young children, but has elements of real history too. I would recommend this book to lower elementary grade readers. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Busy Beaver

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland is a story about a beaver who is just so busy, he never has time to stop and think about anything. He starts to become very careless. He leaves a mess everywhere he goes, with half-chewed trees all over the place. He becomes so careless he chews a tree and it lands right on top of a bear. He doesn't pay attention, and starts chewing on moose's leg thinking it is a tree. He even chews a tree down and destroys a bird's home, leaving the bird and his family homeless. Finally, one day, the beaver is so busy, he chews down a tree, and it falls right on him. He ends up in the hospital, with lots of broken bones, cuts, and bruises. Now he has no choice but to slow down and relax. He then realizes all the messes he has made. When he gets well, he returns to the forest, apologizes to all his friends, and does a lot of cleaning and fixing up all his messes. In the end, he realizes the importance of taking his time and thinking things through, and taking care of people and the world around him. This is a good lesson for children and adults as well. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 4, 2011

Polka-dot Fixes Kindergarten

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
For many kids, the first day of school can be a harrowing experience. Everything is new and strange, and you don’t know who your friends will be. In Polka-dot Fixes Kindergarten, written by Catherine Urdahl and illustrated by Mai S. Kemble, we meet Polka-dot. Polka-dot is beginning kindergarten, and that means that she will have to be a big girl, and take care of things by herself. Up until this point, her grandpa has always fixed everything with his handy fix-it kit. When Polka-dot ripped her skirt, Grandpa was there with duct tape. When she scraped her knee, he was ready with dotted bandages. So when Polka-dot starts kindergarten, and meets a little girl who isn’t always nice, Polka-dot doesn’t know if she is ready to fix things on her own. For anyone who can remember how daunting that first day of school was, this will be a great book to share. Polka-dot makes mistakes at school, like everyone else, but when she’s called upon to help out, she is ready and willing to step up. The illustrations are bright and lively, with a realistic touch that will bring you back to your first day of kindergarten. If you’re looking for a book to help your little one feel more confident beginning school, this would be a great pick! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cloudette

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Cloudette is a cloud, a very small cloud (also known as pipsqueak, shortcake and small-fry). She lives in a neighborhood full of big clouds who go off and do big cloud things like make rainbows and thunderstorms with lightning. Cloudette longs to be like the others. One day a huge storm happens. It was far larger than any she could remember (it was probably a hurricane). It was so strong it blew her right out of her own neighborhood! She didn’t know anyone in this new place, but they seemed friendly enough after awhile. When she meets a frog, she finds him in a shallow pond, all shriveled up into barely a puddle. Feeling sad for the frog, she huffed and puffed a little and, for the first time, let it pour. The puddle became a larger puddle, then a pond, then an even bigger pond. The frog was so happy, and so was Cloudette! She realized that even though she’s small, she still has a place and a purpose in the world. So, off she went to explore and make puddles into ponds for everyone. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld is a delightful little tale about weather and fitting in. Who knew that humans and clouds had so much in common? If you like Duck! Rabbit!, give this one a try too! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gathering Sparks

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
There is a concept in the Jewish religion known as Tikkun Olam which theorizes that doing good deeds fills the world with holy light. In Gathering Sparks, the Sydney Taylor award winning book by Howard Schwartz, illustrated by Kristina Swarner, a loving grandfather tells his grandchild about Tikkun Olam. Being environmentally aware, taking care of our family, and being kind to animals are all ways we can make the world a better place. In the back of the book there is information about Rabbi Issac Luria who is known for popularizing the idea of Tikkun Olam in the sixteenth century. This is a sweet and gentle book, wonderful for a little one fascinated by the night sky. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Have You See My Potty?

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Have You Seen My Potty? by Mij Kelly is a fun rhyming romp through the farmyard in search of Suzy Sue's potty. Suzy Sue had something very important to do. Something important she did everyday until someone snatched her potty away! Oh no! Now Suzy Sue is on the hunt for her potty. Meanwhile, the animals on the farm are amazed at how clean the farmyard is now that they're using the wonderful "poo pot" they have found. As the animals take turns using it, Suzy Sue asks each of them if they have seen her potty. Unfortunately, the animals don't know what a "potty" is and really, they are a little too busy to help her. Just when Suzy Sue has given up hope, just when she is about to "go" without her potty, the animals all shout "STOP!" and say "Haven't you learned, or have you forgotten, always poo with a poo pot under your bottom!" With fun, colorful illustrations by Mary McQuillan, potty trainees are sure to learn the importance of using their potties! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 24, 2011

Brownie and Pearl

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
The first Brownie and Pearl book I read was Brownie and Pearl Step Out. I immediately fell in love with this little girl named Brownie and her cute orange cat named Pearl. In Brownie and Pearl Step Out Brownie is invited to a birthday party. She and Pearl are going, but right when they get there Brownie gets nervous. With Pearl’s help she is brave and goes anyway. They both have a great time playing party games. and eating cake and ice cream. They have a great time at the party and are glad they went. The next release of Brownie and Pearl was Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up. In this tale Brownie and Pearl both put on makeup and jewelry, and dress up in their nicest clothes. The author, Cynthia Rylant, is able to write an easy to read, simple story that engages children. Brownie and Pearl exemplify a relationship between a girl and her best friend that is endearing. Together they go through normal childhood adventures, whether it is going to a party, or playing dress up. Check out all of their adorable tales like Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip, Brownie and Pearl Hit the Hay, Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite, Brownie and Pearl Go For a Spin, and Brownie and Pearl See the Sights. See these books listed in our catalog

How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box by Linda Heller. There is a Jewish tradition of charity and caring called tzedakah, and this is the story of how one little girl teaches her brother and friends the value of it. When Dalia learns from her teacher about making tzedakah boxes she rushes home to make one, and when her inquisitive little brother asks what’s inside, she replies “A big yellow comforter” and explains the tradition to him. So begins the wonderful project that Dalia will share with Yossi, her friends, and the whole community. To one community member, Mrs. Ross, it becomes a very special gift when the children get together to surprise her. This story warms the heart, and teaches us about the power of giving and sharing. The illustrations by Stacey Dressen McQueen enhance the story with vibrant and colorful cheer. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Higher! Higher!

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
There are only five different words used in this story, but it’s packed with as many words as your imagination can come up with. Higher! Higher! written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli takes you on a wonderful ride through a child’s imagination as her daddy pushes her higher and higher on her back yard swing. Read along and find out if swinging higher than a giraffe’s head, or higher than a tall building, or even high enough to make friends with a space creature will ever be high enough. This is a fun lap book that will have small children, who love to swing, wanting to go higher and higher! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hide and Squeak

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Hide And Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick. This rhyming picture book is perfect for getting your toddlers ready for naptime or bedtime. A very mischievous baby mouse leads his father on an hide and squeak adventure after he is told it’s time for bed. Mouse begins outdoors, hiding under plants, then slipping through the mouse-door of a large house. The baby mouse has a great time sliding down a leaf, sitting on the minute hand of a large clock, and doing a cannon ball into a bubble bath. His father eventually catches him by his tail, then lifts his child up for a kiss and hug before tucking him in bed for the night. Now it’s daddy’s turn to relax in his chair with a wedge of cheese and the newspaper. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Because

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Because by Richard Torrey is an adorable picture book about a little boy who’s mother says “because” is not a real answer to a question. Each page displays a picture of the little boy, and his faithful dog, in the middle of some sort of mess they have made. Above each of the pictures is his reasoning, starting with “because,” followed by why he has made the mess. His big, smiling face makes it difficult to be upset with him for the messes he has made. Each page is illustrated in bright colors, full of detail, making it very clear what he was attempting to do when he causes all of the trouble. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Scariest Monster in the World

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
The Scariest Monster in the World by Lee Weatherly and Algy Craig Hall is a great book for story time! The monster tramps through the forest, and scares all the animals in his path. One day he gets the hiccups! All the animals try to help him get rid of them, and finally they scare them out of him by showing him an image of himself in the mirror. He also becomes friends with all the animals in the forest, and he is able to scare the hiccups out of anyone who needs help getting rid of those pesky hiccups. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 14, 2011

What About Bear?

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
What About Bear? by Suzanne Bloom is a cute story about friendship. Bear and Duck are the best of friends. They have lots of fun playing together, until one day Fox appears, and he wants to play too. Bear and Duck play with Fox until Fox decides that he doesn't want to include Bear. He wants to play a different game, and Bear is just much too big to play. Of course Duck is not happy about this, and Bear is so sad. Duck keeps saying "What about Bear?" and Fox always has some reason that Bear can't play. Bear is too grumpy, or Bear is too far away. Finally Bear is so sad he starts to leave. Duck stops Bear, and tells Fox that Bear is his big, old, sometimes grumpy friend. Duck tells Fox that he can be his and Bear's new friend, and they all play together happily. This is a great story about sharing and how it is always nice to be nice to others. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Melvin and the Boy

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
As a person who has often seen a woodland creature, and wanted to take it home, I could totally related to Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo. This story is told in first person, from the perspective of a little boy who really wants to have a pet. His parents disapprove of animals that are too large, "too much work," or too noisy. When the boy connects with a particular turtle at the park, he decides to name him Melvin (because Melvin is a good name for a turtle) and take him home. But he quickly learns that Melvin is perhaps not meant to be a pet. Melvin stays in his shell most of the time, and generally doesn't seem happy. The boy makes the tough choice to return Melvin to the park, and realizes that this is where turtles truly belong: in the wild, with their own kind. Although the boy is disappointed, he knows he's done the right thing, and will return to visit Melvin in the park whenever he comes. Reading this book is a wonderful way to introduce the idea that not all animals are meant to be pets, especially to a child who may be really wanting to keep the latest creature they've found in their backyard. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Woods

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
There are some things that must take place for bedtime to work. Stories must be read, blankets must be tucked, and the favorite doll/teddy/stuffed friend must be snuggled. But what happens when that dear snuggly friend goes missing? In The Woods by Paul Hoppe this is the very scary question that must be answered. When the intrepid hero of our story misplaces his special bunny, he knows he must find it. Readers will think of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are as our little boy imagines a forest in his bedroom. But where Max had to tame the wild things, this little boy finds that the monsters in his room just need a little love. After sharing his story, nightlight, and a hug, he finally finds his bunny… with a “very big, hairy, scary monster!” But soon the little boy learns that even big scary hairy monsters get lonely, and he invites all of his new friends home to share his bunny. This is a great story for kids who are scared to go to bed. With sweet and silly illustrations, this book makes going to bed a happy experience. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ferret Fun

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Ferret Fun by Karen Rostoker-Gruber. Einstein and Fudge are ferrets who live with a human named Andrea. They love their hammocks, playing chase, and raisins. One day Andrea brings a visitor home: Marvel. Marvel’s human is away on a trip, and Marvel is… a CAT! Andrea leaves the three animals to get acquainted, but Fudge and Einstein soon find out that Marvel the cat is a bully! She calls them “rats,” and threatens to eat them! But what can the ferrets do about it? Should they hide? No, Marvel will just find them. Should they ignore her? No, she’ll probably just bug them more. Should they run away? No, if they run away who would feed them? At last, Fudge and Einstein hatch a plan to stand up to Marvel, with spectacular results! But now Marvel is afraid of THEM! Can a cat and two ferrets ever find a way to get along? Told in comic-book style with Paul Rátz de Tagyos’s wonderfully expressive marker-and-ink drawings, this simple tale of bravery and friendship is sure to be a hit with young animal-lovers. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Car

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
My Car by Byron Barton is a very simple story for very young readers. Sam describes in simple detail how he drives his car, how he takes care of it, and where he goes with it. Sam’s car has many parts, and when Sam drives he obeys all the laws, and reads all the signs. Sam loves his car. But when Sam goes to work, he drives a bus! This story is really fun to read in chant form. In between the pages we enjoy pretending to drive a car (use your hands as a pretend steering wheel) saying in a sing-song chant “I’m driving my car yea, I’m driving my car.” The children join in, and then the book becomes an interactive adventure! See this book in our catalog

Monday, October 3, 2011

In the Meadow

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Some books send us back to a time and place once forgotten. Often such stories remind us how beautiful the world is around us and how it is to feel alone – and then have someone find you. As adults we forget the joys such simplicity gives us. In the Meadow by Yukiko Kato, pictures by Komako Sakai, is a book that explores this simple, natural world; a book that will encourage adults who read it with their child to pause, stop the clock, and put down their modern devices. The images and words will take you back to the time of running through meadows, chasing butterflies, finding crickets, and hearing the rush of a river in the distance, or the song of a bird. You’ll remember the feel of grass touching your skin as if you were standing all alone, in a sea of green, green grass. Check it out, give it a try, then go explore a meadow with your child and see what you can find. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 30, 2011

Along a Long Road

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Along a Long Road by Frank Viva. Peddling up and down hills, along a long road, through tunnels, over a bridge, and stopped by a bump in the road. Follow the silky yellow line from page to page in this creative, repeat over and over again, roundabout tale about a boy on his bike. Sure to entrain those fascinated with “things that go.” An interesting way to introduce the concept of travel and distance to your child, discuss directions such as up and down, or talk about colors. Inside the cover you’ll find a twisty, curvy map of all the places you can go, along a long road. Top this book off with a bike ride, draw your journey, make a map, and talk with your child about what you saw. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Follow Me

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Follow Me by Tricia Tusa begins with a girl on a swing, embracing the colors of the sky and earth as she swings back and forth with the breeze, getting lost in her imagination. She tumbles with the leaves, and flies with the birds. She twirls, hums, and drifts down, until she finds her way back home. Colorful water color illustrations reflect the message of the words, which flow beautifully. A perfect naptime story sure to incite many whimsical daydreams! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 23, 2011

Farmyard Beat

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
The whole farmyard is awake in Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig. The chicks, sheep, cat, cows, and dog can’t sleep. Why? Because they have the beat, the Farmyard Beat! Farmyard Beat is a fun and bouncy story of a farm dance party of animal sounds. The farmyard is filled with Peep, Tat, Puuurrrr, Swish, Clank, Woof, and Whoo, then Farmer Sue joins the romp when all the racket wakes her up. The Farmer and her animals party till they drop... off to sleep. The repetitive, predictable text makes for a fun read, while the colorful collage art adds to the joyful mood. Farmyard Beat is a great book to sing along with. This book is a hand clapping, feet stomping good time, that you will want to read over, and over again! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mr. Duck Means Business

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Mr. Duck is cranky. He doesn’t like it when someone interrupts his routine. Sound familiar? If it does, then you should give Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer a try. When reading this book, children will gain a sense of why Mr. Duck is grumpy, and they’ll learn what it means to compromise. It takes some time, but Mr. Duck finally realizes it's okay to want things his way, but that it's also important to share experiences with others. The reality is “sometimes life calls for a little noise…especially with friends.” The illustrations by Jeff Mack are entertaining and will surely incite a giggle or two. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Tiger Rose is a loved cat, one that has lived a long and full life. Now it is time for her to go, so she sets out to say goodbye to all that have loved her, and find a final place of rest. The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye by Jane Yolen is a sad story, but an important one. If you are having a hard time explaining the loss of a loved one, this book may be the instrument you need. Illustrated beautifully by Jim LaMarche, this tale will surely induce tears, but is told in a peaceful, natural way. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 16, 2011

Frangoline and the Midnight Dream

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Frangoline and the Midnight Dream by Clemency Pierce, illustrated by Rebecca Elliott. Frangoline is a very well behaved, red haired little girl during the day. But at night, after midnight, she puts on a dark cape, and goes on a night time, frightful adventure. She faces all kinds of creatures, when she wakes them up with her dancing, prancing, hip hopping, and skipping feet. Frangoline, not being scared of anything, lets out an “Arrrgh! I’m not scared of big bad beasts! I’m Frangoline!” As she continues on her way, the moon urges her to go back to bed! Will Frangoline learn her lesson? Is it all just a dream? Find out, and enjoy this story told in rhyme of an adorable little red haired girl ,who is just a little naughty during her night time adventures. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Boo Hoo Bird

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard. Good friends Bird and Raccoon are playing catch when the ball hits Bird on the head--BONK! It hurts, and poor Bird starts to cry. Raccoon tries to kiss it better, but Bird’s bonk still hurts, and Bird keeps crying. Fortunately, Bird and Raccoon have lots of caring friends. Rabbit offers a hug, but Bird still cries. Beaver says, “you can fix any problem with a cookie,” but even a sweet treat doesn’t help Bird feel better. Sheep suggests distracting Bird with a fun game, but Bird isn’t distracted. Not even a band-aid from Fox can stop Bird’s tears. By now everyone is so upset about poor Bird’s boo-boo that they ALL start to cry! “BOO HOO HOO!” Oh dear! Will the Boo Hoo Bird and his friends ever stop crying? Jeremy Tankard’s bright and cartoony ink-and-digital illustrations are perfect for this sweet and silly story. Bird’s dramatics, and his friends’ caring attempts to soothe him, are hilarious, and sure to have you laughing and “Boo-Hooing” along! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chicks Run Wild

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is a delightful book about just what goes on after five little chicks are tucked in for the night. Written in rhyme, “Mama kisses each dear child, but when she leaves...those chicks run wild!!” we laugh our way through those chicks’ antics. They wiggle. They jump. They giggle. They thump. They also hop back into bed when they hear Mama coming. Find out what happens when Mama makes one too many trips to re-tuck in her chicks, and decides she’d like to join in on the fun. Should they invite her to play? Will she out-dance, out-play, and out-last them? The illustrator, Ward Jenkins, does a wonderful job of creating adorable, very playful looking chicks. One little chick, wings behind his back and whistling, wears an expression that clearly says “it wasn’t me” when Mama catches them in an epic pillow fight. This is a great lap book. It reads with an easy flow, but be warned: this book may put ideas in your little chick’s head! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rrralph

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert. Typically bright and flashy, this Lois Ehlert book featuring Ralph, the talking dog, is highly entertaining. Just as an excitable dog would move, you move through the book rapidly, finding out what Ralph is going to “say” next! The lovable pet is also very curiously and craftily put together! Part of the fun with reading this book to younger children will be having them construct their very own “Rrralph” as part of an after reading project. This would be so much fun, as is the book! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 12, 2011

Animals Home Alone

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Animals Home Alone, by Loes Riphagen, explores the potential private life of the animals we leave at home when we go out. Not just the goldfish, or the house cat, but animals in pictures on walls, or in story books, stuffed animals... even the bugs hidden in the house get in on the action! In the front of the book, Riphagen gives names to all the animals you're about to meet (real names, like Bert, and Katherine). Over the next 24 pages, the animals go wild! They watch TV, eat snacks, try on clothes, even fall in love and have babies, all while the little girl of the house and her daddy are out. At the end of the book Riphagen quizzes you on what you just saw: What was Bibi looking for? Why does Piggy have a stomachache? And more! This wordless picture book is a hoot to flip through over and over again, to make sure you haven't missed out on any of the animals' fun! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Underpants Zoo

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach is a story about a zoo where animals wear underpants just like us. The animals all wear silly underpants to match their personality. Of course, Lion is king of the beasts, so his underwear should be royal purple with crowns. Even though zebras have stripes, they prefer underpants with stars. Leopard, of course, prefers spots, and Hippo is such a romantic she prefers hearts. Elephant needs size extra-jumbo gigantic, and Kangaroo's boxers have basketballs on them, because they need plenty of bounce. Octopus can wear four pairs of underpants at a time, and the cute little penguins chill their underpants in the freezer. The animals at the zoo seem to love showing off their undies, until they discover they have gotten ants in their pants, so the zoo has to close for awhile, for underpants de-antsing. The story is cute and funny, and the illustrations are adorable. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Croaky Pokey

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
The Croaky Pokey by Ethan Long. As you may have guessed by the title, this is the Hokey Pokey amphibian style, which has lots of kid appeal. As the story/song begins, children are invited to join the frogs and follow the lyrics and movements (“Put your right hand in, / Put your right hand out”) but then the words change: “Hop the Croaky Pokey / As we chase a fly around, / Right in the frog’s mouth! WHAP!” The cute cartoon illustrations feature animals at a pond, including a number of frogs, none of whom are skilled at catching bugs. The humor continues as the fly stays just out of reach and can’t be caught. Children will be giggling, singing, and dancing in no time. They will especially like the surprise ending. A great choice for humor and fun. See this book listed in our catalog
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