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


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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