Monday, February 28, 2011

All Change

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
All Change by Ian Whybrow and David Melling is a story about a tiger who is very upset because he didn't get a present for his birthday. Miss Lollipop tries to cheer Tiger up by taking him for a birthday ride. First they travel by car, then train, then boat. They even travel by whale! Each time they change mode of transportation, they add passengers who travel along with them, and they all shout "All change!" At the end of their journey they shout "all change" one last time, and they all change into their pajamas, and jump into their bed! Tiger ends up having a fun birthday after all. This book is great for showing children different kinds of transportation in a funny way. See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I Want My Light On

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
I Want My Light On, written and illustrated by Tony Ross, is a little princess story. The little princess loved a bedtime story, but when her dad turned out the light... "I WANT MY LIGHT ON!" SHE SAID. "Why?" asked her dad. The little princess goes on to explain about the ghosts in the dark that are probably under the bed. "Don’t be silly, there are no such things as ghosts" is what she is told, not only by her dad, but the admiral, the doctor, and eventually the maid. But what the maid tells her helps a little, since, after all, she is not so much afraid of the dark, she’s more afraid of the ghosts. The maid’s explanation at least helps her to be able to turn off the light, but then when she hears a noise that sounds very much like a ghost, she hides under the bed. Find out what is under her bed, and enjoy this little princess picture book. See this book listed in out catalog

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Polar Opposites

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
My closest friends throughout life have always been very different from me and lots of ways. Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks is an adorable book that teaches friends aren’t always alike; they can be very different. Such is the case of the main characters in this picture book. Alex and Zina are friends. Alex is a polar bear from the Arctic, and Zina is a penguin from the Antarctic. They are Polar Opposites because they live on opposite sides of the world, and they are also opposites in many other ways. Alex has white shaggy fur, and Zina is black and smooth. Alex is messy, and Zina is neat. Alex is loud, and Zina is quiet. Alex stays up late, and Zina rises early. Even though Alex and Zina are so different, they are still best friends, and each year they agree to meet in the middle, the Equator, for vacation! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 21, 2011

Good Dog, Aggie

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Good Dog, Aggie by Lori Ries. Ben loves his little dog, Aggie. She is a good dog; she runs fast, and she is a good eater. But Aggie does not listen to what Ben tells her. Ben takes Aggie to Doggie School to learn "sit" and "stay," but Aggie doesn't learn. Aggie is so naughty that she gets sent home! Next Ben tries teaching Aggie "sit" and "stay" on his own, the same way they do it at Doggie School, but Aggie still doesn't learn. Aggie jumps up, chases squirrels and cats, and gets Ben into trouble by making a mess. Is Aggie really a bad dog after all? Poor Ben! Poor Aggie! Just when it seems that Aggie will never learn "sit" or "stay," kind Mr. Thomas helps Ben see what Aggie is good at doing, and that she can learn. She just needs to learn a different way than the way they do it at Doggie School. Once Ben finds out what works for Aggie, their hard work and perseverance start to pay off. Good dog, Aggie! I especially love Good Dog, Aggie because this story reminds me of my own adopted doggie, Oscar. Like Aggie, Oscar wanted to be a good dog but didn't know how! It seemed like no matter how hard I tried to teach him, Oscar just didn't learn. But just like Ben and Aggie, Oscar and I found someone to help us, and now Oscar is finally learning to be a good dog too! See this book listed in our catalog or find more stories about Aggie and Ben

Friday, February 18, 2011


Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland. Join in as we venture into the lives of newborn zoo critters and explore their world together! One page provides you with interesting text that introduces you to each newborn and gives facts about the animal, the other page displays an amazing close up full color photo of the adorable newborn animal. Located in the back of the book is a silhouette for each baby including its name, zoo location, and conservation status, accompanied by a paragraph with interesting facts for children that just can’t get enough of these adorable animals. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yip! Snap! Yap!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Yip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge. Children will love joining in on the fun as they explore different dogs, and the sounds they each make as they do doggie stuff. The double page spreads, with bright colors and wonderful illustrations, are sure to capture the attention of young readers. The children are invited to make the sounds along with each dog, from the hungry dog, (Chomp! Munch! Chew!) to the itchy dog, (Scritch! Scratch! Scruff) to the yappy dog (Yip! Snap! Yap!). In the end, you’ll be singing along with the puppy dogs... Aroo! Aroo! Aroo! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Beach Tail

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
It might be cold and wintry, but I feel warm and sunny when I read A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams, with illustrations by Floyd Cooper. This book invokes the experience of being a child at the beach, and discovering the gifts of the ocean, so clearly that I can almost hear the roar of the waves, feel the sand between my toes, and smell the salt in the air! It's the story of a boy named Gregory, who is spending a lovely day at the beach with his father. Gregory draws a lion in the sand, and names him, naturally, Sandy. Sandy needs a long tail, but Gregory promises not to go far from his dad, on the dolphin towel, under the blue umbrella. Sandy's tail grows longer and longer, as Gregory encounters a jellyfish, a horseshoe crab, and a ghost crab. Gregory gets a little carried away with his drawing, until suddenly he can no longer see his dad! But it's alright, because Sandy's tail will lead him all the way back to the dolphin towel, and the blue umbrella, and Gregory's father, who suggests they go for a swim! If you want to take a break from reality, check out A Beach Tail, and pretend you're relaxing on the beach too! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interrupting Chicken

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Looking back, I’d say that I was a precocious child. My parents were very patient with me as I asked: if the road sign said 35, then why did Mommy’s dashboard say 47? They were also patient as I insisted on correcting their reading of bedtime stories. There were the books that I had memorized down to the word, and then there were the books that I insisted had to end a certain way (even if the author did not agree). In Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein, we meet Little Red Chicken, who is very excited about her bedtime story. She promises her Papa that she will not interrupt the story, but when Hansel and Gretel wander up to that little old lady in her candy house, she just has to jump in and stop them! And when Little Red Riding Hood begins to talk to the Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Chicken just has to jump in and remind Red Riding Hood not to talk to strangers! Finally, tired of all the interruptions, Papa chicken insists that Little Red Chicken tell the last story. Do you think Papa might interrupt? This funny book is a great one to read aloud with your child. You can even come up with your own version of the story, and choose which classic stories you’d choose to interrupt! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 14, 2011

The 2010 Cybils Awards

Ms. Tess had the esteemed honor to serve as a judge for the 2010 Cybils Awards, literary awards given each year by the blogging community. She helped judge the Fiction Picture Book Category, and the winner was Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein! The official Kid's Book Blog review of Interrupting Chicken publishes tomorrow, but Tess would like to take this time to thank her fellow judges, who made the experience so wonderful, and encourage you to visit their blogs! Thank you Becky Bilby, Katie Davis, Melanie Greenberg, Danielle Smith, and our magnanimous Panel Organizer Pam Coughlan! Also, check out the other finalist books, that were so close to winning: A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams, Chalk by Bill Thomson, The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton, and A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead. Oh, and happy Valentines Day everybody!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Big Bouffant

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I love Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown, and find myself relating to the main character Annabelle: I too like to stand out from the crowd, enjoy things that are a bit retro, and get bored if my hairstyle stays the same for too long. In this story, Annabelle is appalled by her classmates' lack of imagination where hairstyle is concerned. Look at all those boring ponytails and braids! Annabelle needs a hairstyle with pizazz! When she sees a photo of her grandmother, sporting a striking bouffant, she has her eureka moment. Annabelle tries to build her own bouffant (with honey, and mayonnaise, among other unconventional implements) leading to a "hair emergency!" Luckily mom is there to save the day, and Annabelle heads to school the next day with a beautiful (and stable) bouffant. A few students snicker, but the bouffant really takes off, and soon everyone wants high hair! But as soon as she starts the trend, Annabelle grows tired of it, and is on to the next. No girls at school are wearing homemade gowns... If you have a future fashionista in the home, be sure to read them Big Bouffant! (Warning: exposure to this book may lead to ACTUAL bouffants among elementary aged children.) See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Holler Loudly

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Holler Loudly by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Holler is the young son of the Holler family. His loud voice has always been a problem for him. His parents, teachers, and friends have hushed and shushed him his entire life, but it never helps. He continually gets in trouble for his loud voice. He ruined fishing trips, was kicked out of the movies, and scattered all the animals at the state fair's hog-calling contest. He's finally convinced to settle down. But when a tornado comes toward his town, Holler decides there are times to be quiet and times that require LOUD. He decides to take action: he shouts down the tornado, and breaks it up into harmless bits of breezes. Readers, as well as listeners, will have fun with this animated story, and its southern twang. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 7, 2011

Me and You

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Me and You by Anthony Browne is a fascinating take on the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." The illustrations, which I felt were pleasantly evocative of Wes Anderson's film Fantastic Mr. Fox, portray simultaneously a cheery family of bears in their lovely house and, in stark contrast, a gritty urban setting, home to a small girl with blond hair. As the family of bears take a leisurely stroll through the park (while their porridge cools), the young yellow-haired girl discovers their door ajar, after a distressing walk through a neighborhood full of graffiti, broken windows, and barbed wire. When the bears return to find their belongings obviously tampered with, they are understandably alarmed. Our Goldilocks is also understandably alarmed when she's discovered where she doesn't belong, and flees the scene as hastily as possible. "I wonder what happened to her?" the baby bear wonders, but we get to see the girl run into the arms of a caring mother. This is a great book to demonstrate that there is more than one side to every story. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 4, 2011

Everything but the Horse

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
From Hollie Hobbie, author and illustrator of the Toot and Puddle series, comes Everything but the Horse: A Childhood Memory, a wonderful picture book, derived from a very special childhood memory! I love the beginning: how the reader is introduced to this little girl’s world. The description in each page’s words and drawings endears you to the main character, and involves you in her desperate longing for a horse of her own. She watches with admiration and yearning as the other girls who live nearby ride their "tall and glossy" horses past her house. Some of the antics she performs to make it feel like she really does have a horse of her own are amusing. Will she ever have her own horse? One day, a birthday surprise awaits her in the barn... See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hello My Name Is Bob

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Hello My Name Is Bob by Linas Alsenas. There are different types of friendships, and different kinds of friends. Friends can be different! They don’t have to like the same things or do the same things. Consider Bob and his friend Jack in this book. Bob and Jack are friends, but they are very different, and that is OK! Bob is a boring bear. He doesn’t like to play chase, or travel, but instead likes to count toothpicks, or practice humming. What he really likes to do is sit... just sit! Jack is wacky, and not boring at all. He does wild and crazy things! Jack takes Bob to the ice cream shop, and the alligator swamp, and even to the amusement park! Bob just likes the parking lot at the amusement park, where he can sit (Bob thinks sitting is great). Even though Bob and Jack are so different, they are good friends because Jack can be just a boring as Bob--when he is asleep! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mystic Horse

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Mystic Horse by Paul Goble. "There was a man who dearly loved his horse. But when the man died the horse was no longer cared for, and was continually passed from one person to another." This book is written and illustrated by Paul Goble, who won the Caldecott medal for his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Goble, who grew up in England, has a special interest in the culture and history of the Plains Indians. The bond he feels is clearly portrayed in this wonderful telling of a Pawnee legend about an abandoned and unloved horse that is taken in and cared for by a poor young Pawnee boy who lives with his grandmother. One day the horse speaks to the boy, and guides him to a great victory, but because the boy did not heed a warning given by the horse, he is struck by tragedy. This book is suitable for elementary school aged children who may be beginning to learn about the culture and history of America. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Not All Princesses Dress In Pink

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
When I was growing up, I was sure that there was nothing more fun than making mud soup, or rolling down a grass hill. Yet at the same time, I was definitely a very girly girl. In Not All Princesses Dress In Pink, by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Anne-Sophie Languetin, we meet a multitude of princesses who have their own way of being themselves. These princesses do not spend all of their time dressed in ball gowns and drinking tea with their little finger in the air. Instead they play baseball, take care of animals, have fun with friends, and defeat dragons (okay, maybe not real ones) all while wearing their best sparkly crowns. Yolen and Stemple have written a great book to help remind young girls that being true to yourself is what’s really important. Languetin’s bright and lovely illustrations are delightful; her princesses are having so much fun being themselves. This is a great book for any girl, whether she has a crown on her head, cleats on her feet, or both! See this book listed in our catalog
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