Friday, December 28, 2012

Except If

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Except If by Jim Averbeck is a simple yet whimsical tale told in one long run on sentence. It is the story of an egg that challenges what a preschooler knows to be true and questions what might be instead. The story begins with an egg that you think could hatch a baby bird EXCEPT IF it is a baby snake EXCEPT IF it is a lizard EXCEPT IF it is a dinosaur and on the tale goes till we end up back with an egg. It is a great chance to talk with little ones about how what they think might be certain can also be so much more or something else altogether. This story can come off the page and into the reader’s everyday life when you ponder... EXCEPT IF. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lizzy's Do's and Don'ts

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
The word "don't" has become an awfully tiresome word to hear for Lizzy and her mom lately. Lizzy enjoys bringing sand home from the beach, and cutting her hair, and really is there anything wrong with occasionally licking the dog? Her mom's "don'ts" have gotten out of control, and Lizzy decides to take a turn with some "don'ts" of her own for Mom. In Lizzy’s Do's and Don'ts by Jessica Harper and illustrated by Lindsay Harper DuPont, after dishing out long lists of "don'ts" to each other, Lizzy and her mom decide to give each other a list of "do's." Do hold me close. Do tell me when life seems unfair. Do tell me you love me. This delightful book teaches compromise and understanding in a non-threatening way. Parents and children alike will certainly recognize themselves in some, if not most, of these "Do" and "Don't" examples. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

More Bears!

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
What does every story need? Why, MORE BEARS! Of course!  In Kenn Nesbitt’s More Bears! an unassuming author simply wants to write a simple story with absolutely no bears at all. But somewhere beyond the pages children keep calling for “More Bears!” Wanting to make the children who will read his story happy, the author adds a bear. But this is simply not enough. The children want more and more bears. As the story goes, the bears begin to take over the book until there are so many bears, it seems that they will pop off the page. This book would be a fantastic choice for a read-aloud. The story moves quickly and children will love shouting “More Bears!” throughout the story. Just be ready for the end when the author bans all bears from his book. But don’t worry.  This simply will leave room for MORE CHICKENS! See this book listed in our catalog

My Heart Is Like a Zoo

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall. In this unique and special picture book, twenty zoo animals are illustrated in a boldly colorful graphic style, with each illustration made up almost entirely of heart shapes. Strange as it may sound, the result is charming. Brief white-on-color lines of text use the attributes of each creature to describe the unseen narrator’s heart: “Eager as a beaver, steady as a yak…” Young readers will enjoy identifying the familiar animals in these unusual and appealing illustrations, and chuckle at the sillier images, which include hippos drinking apple juice through straws and a caterpillar wearing several pairs of knitted socks. The final 2-page spread closes the book on a comfortably sleepy note, making for an ideal bedtime read-aloud. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 21, 2012

Not a Box and Not a Stick

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
It is that time of year, when kids of all ages will be getting amazing, carefully planned, long sought after gifts from their parents, grandparents and even Santa Claus... only to play with the BOX it comes in! Not a Box by Antoinette Portis is about a bunny who, through simple line drawings, insists that his box is Not a Box. When asked what it is, he reveals it is a race car, a mountain, a burning building, a robot, and many other imaginings of a child! It is a great lap sit book to be read and enjoyed, and to spark the imagination of its readers! Not a Stick by the same author follows the same simple pattern of Not a Box. This time Pig pretends that his “Not a Stick” is a fishing pole, a paintbrush, a dumbbell, and so much more. Antoinette Portis captures the pure brilliance of a child's imagination in these simple yet creative interactive books. See these books listed in our catalog

Slither Slide What's Outside

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
I really love this happy picture book and the way it inspires playful creativity. Slither Slide, What’s Outside? by Sheryl Shapiro is meant for preschoolers, but I think any child willing to move to his or her right-brain will find the freedom of thought and movement each page challenges its readers to enjoy. The poetry is fast, fun, and conveys excitement and joy. This book is one that adults will not get tired of reading to their little ones. Some poems are punchy and some use alliteration. I see parents playing right alongside their child, laughing, smiling, and creating. The bright, cheerfully colored illustrations add to the imaginative flow of the book, and it could be used in a STEM program for the library! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Michael Hague's Treasury of Christmas Carols and Christmas Is Here

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Michael Hague’s Treasury of Christmas Carols. Bound in red velvet, this book has a festive look and feel before you even open it! Inside are the lyrics to classic carols such as "O Christmas Tree," "Deck the Halls," and of course "Jingle Bells." The cutest little animal characters are portrayed in seasonal images worthy of any greeting card. Michael Hague has also illustrated The Wind in the Willows and The Velveteen Rabbit. See this book listed in our catalog
Christmas Is Here illustrated by Lauren Castillo. With words from the King James bible, this beautifully illustrated book is a perfect addition to Christmas reading for families who enjoy the nativity story. "And the angel said to them 'Fear not! For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.'" See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 17, 2012

I Like Old Clothes

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
As a child I was constantly playing pretend. One of my favorite ways to play was to dress up in old clothing that had once belonged to my mother and her sister, or my grandparents. I Like Old Clothes written by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Patrice Barton reminded me of all the fun I had playing dress up as a child. A young girl explains that old clothes aren’t something to throw away, but instead can tell stories, become toys, and just be fun and lovely. Barton’s watercolor illustrations give the book a soft, warm look that captures the feel and memory of dress up clothes perfectly. These, along with Hoberman’s rhyming and repetitive text, are a perfect mix. This book will be good to share with any child who loves to play pretend and has a wonderful imagination. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 14, 2012

Henry's Freedom Box

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is the true story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box. Though short and simply told, the story is powerful; even young readers will understand the emotions Henry felt when he watched his wife and children, who were owned by a different master, being sold like animals and sent away. Losing his family made Henry determined to escape slavery forever, and he hatched his dangerous plan: friends would nail him inside a wooden crate and ship him to abolitionists in the free city of Philadelphia. If Henry were caught, he would have faced severe punishment, and so would the friends who helped him. The journey itself was difficult and dangerous too, since Henry was trapped inside the box for days and could have been smothered, crushed, or bashed along the way! Kadir Nelson’s beautiful illustrations add a great deal to the story, especially by showing cutaway views of Henry inside his box as it is bumped, thrown, and dropped upside down on the long trip to freedom! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Don't Want to Be a Pea!

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
I Don't Want to Be a Pea by Ann Bonwill is a story about friendship. It is about Hippo and Bird. They are both very excited about the fairy-tale fancy dress party. They have to go in costume and, of course, they have very different ideas about what their costume should be. Hippo thinks they should go as the Princess and the Pea and, of course, Hippo should be the princess and Bird should be the pea. Bird has other ideas. She does not want to be a pea. A pea is just too green and small. She thinks she should be a mermaid and Hippo should be her rock. Hippo does not want to be a rock. After all a rock is just too gray and blobby. How about Cinderella and her pumpkin? Bird would be Cinderella and Hippo would be the pumpkin, but Hippo does not appreciate being painted orange, even though he does look rather nice in orange. The two argue until they decide they don't want to go to the party anymore. After they think it over they decide they don't want to go to the party without each other, so they both show up at the party dressed as the pea, and they are both happy. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 10, 2012

Boris and the Wrong Shadow

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Boris and the Wrong Shadow by Leigh Hodgkinson. After one of his delightful naps, Boris the cat has a feeling that things are not quite as they should be. Something is strange... Boris woke up with the wrong shadow! In fact, it's the shadow of a very tiny mouse! Not wanting to ruin his afternoon, Boris goes for a walk and all the other cats snicker at him--even the birds don't bother to look at him. He finally finds his shadow skipping by without a care in the world. Boris has to convince Vernon the mouse (who has borrowed Boris's shadow) to give him is shadow back. Eventually, Boris is able to reconnect with his shadow and show his new, small friend that you don't have to be BIG to be a superstar. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Junkyard Wonders

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco. Tricia stays with her dad and Grandma for the school year. In her new school she believes no one will realize that she was in a special class. But when she gets to her classroom she finds out that she is in a special class. Then she meets her new teacher, Mrs. Peterson, and all the special people in her class, known to the school as “the junkyard.” With the help of Mrs. Peterson, who reminds the class that genius is neither learned nor acquired, and that the definition of genius describes every one of them. The class goes to a real junkyard and collects items that they think they can make into something new. The class project takes them all the way to the science fair when they unveil a repaired model plane they named “the junkyard wonder.” They launch it from the roof and watch as it appears to fly all the way to the moon. Tricia and her friends in class are filled with inspiration and the confidence to believe in themselves through their experiences in “the junkyard.” This story was based on Patricia Polacco’s own experience, and the inspiration she received from her teacher and friends to believe. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Otter and Odder

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
There were many wonderful picture books that came out this year that I love (like this one, this one, this one, and this one). But this one is my favorite. Otter and Odder: A Love Story by James Howe, with illustrations by Chris Raschka. "The river sparkled the day Otter found love. He was not looking for it (love, that is). He was looking for dinner." What he finds instead, or in spite of that I suppose, is a beautiful fish named Myrtle. It would seem impossible that an otter should fall in love with a fish, but when he gazes into her eyes for the first time, "he knew that he had found what he had not known he was looking for." And as for Myrtle, she is equally smitten, for when she looks in Otter's eyes she sees "the sparkling river reflected and a tender and lonely heart revealed." And so, the otter and the fish swim into a new and surprising future together. In a perfect world, "an otter could fall in love with a fish, and a fish with an otter, and that would be that." But the world is not perfect. Soon "the talking" begins. It's not right. It's not natural. It's not "the way of the otter." And in a way that's true. How can Otter love Myrtle, but still eat fish? "They're right." Otter thinks. "It is impossible." And yet, he can't stop himself from thinking about Myrtle. "Is it the way of the otter... to be alone?" he contemplates miserably. One morning he meets wise Beaver along the river bank. Beaver asks Otter if he'd like an apple. Apples are tasty. Tastier than fish. "Have you ever eaten fish?" Otter asks. "No," replies the beaver, "but I suppose I might if I ever fell in love with an apple." And thusly, all hope is restored. Many things are more delicious than fish. In fact Otter wonders what he ever saw in fish, except for Myrtle, "Except for you, dear Myrtle," he explains upon their tender reunion. And so "they lived happily ever after." This is an amazing story of conquering obstacles, knowing what's truly important, and not letting people's opinions sway you from what you love. It is poetically written, and craftily illustrated. It is piece of art I think children and adults can appreciate, and a lesson we all need to learn. To quote Catherine Ryan Hyde, “Love always looks nice. I don’t really know anyone who doesn’t enjoy it when they see it. Anyone who doesn’t, I don’t really want to know them.” See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 3, 2012

Making a Friend

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
In the picture book Making a Friend a girl makes a friend out of snow and watches him fade away. She soon discovers that he exists in the rain, ocean, streams, fog, frost, and leaves. “What you love will always be with you” even when it vanishes and can no longer be seen. In her book author Alison McGhee speaks of the seasons and the changing of time. It can be interpreted in many ways: to explain the water cycle, seasons, or the passing of a loved one. Soft illustrations by Marc Rosenthal compliment the rhyming verse. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 30, 2012


Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Mice, a quirky poem by Rose Fyleman, tells the tale of two nice mice.    The poem, though simple, can be extended by asking children to explain what’s happening on each page. Certain images have a word next to them, which may be helpful for those children learning language. Lois Ehlert’s clever scrapbook-esque illustrations are easy for children to duplicate, and can be made out of basic shapes of paper. At the end of the poem, you’ll discover that it is being narrated by a cat, which may incite a giggle or two. Check out these Lois Ehlert inspired arts and crafts on pinterest or see this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey is a story about Thanksgiving that is told in a way that resembles "Twas the Night Before Christmas." It is a very cute story about eight children who go on a field trip to a turkey farm on the day before Thanksgiving. They arrive at the farm and meet Farmer Mack Nugget, who slightly resembles jolly old St. Nick. The children get to meet the turkeys, who actually have names. The children love the turkeys, and they hug them and play with them. Then they spot Farmer Mack Nugget's ax by the door and ask him what it is for. The children are frantic when they are told that the turkeys are to be chopped up and roasted for Thanksgiving feasts. While Farmer Mack Nugget goes to fetch water to calm the children down, the children have a great idea. They each hide a turkey under their shirts and then they waddle back onto the bus. The next day they all have wonderful Thanksgivings with the turkeys as their guests. With the exception of Farmer Mack Nugget, everyone is happy, especially the turkeys. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hurry Up and Slow Down

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Hurry Up and Slow Down by Layn Marlow. “Hare is always in a hurry. Tortoise, however, is not.” It is a familiar tale, and a fable well and often told, but this adaptation is just as charming, delightful, and entertaining. There is no "race" in this version but we can see clearly, from the pictures and text, the stark contrast between hare’s fast paced, impatient lifestyle, and Tortoise’s easy-going, mellow one. After playing catch-up with Hare for most of the day, Tortoise finally gets things calmed down a bit, although in the end, Hare is on board with taking things a bit slower.This is an enjoyable read for all young children, and a nice new spin on an old fable. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 16, 2012

Can You Make a Scary Face?

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas is an interactive, fun-filled book that is sure to wiggle giggles out of any reader. The book begins with a somewhat bossy ladybug giving instructions. Stand up. Sit down. No, stand back up. And then, the fun begins! While you pretend there is a bug on your nose, in your mouth, or on your shirt, you’ll find yourself wiggling and dancing around trying to get rid of this imaginary bug. Readers are sure to have fun with their imaginations as they laugh their way to the end of the book where they will need to make a scary face to finally get rid of that pesky bug! This book is great for one-on-one reading and even large groups! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Owl Howl

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
What could be causing that terrible howling in the forest? In Owl Howl by Paul Friester and Philippe Goossens, we find a baby owl crying and crying in the middle of the forest. All of her neighbors take turns trying to help. They try to comfort the baby owl with yummy nuts and a necklace made of flowers. She just shakes her head “No” and continues to cry and cry and cry. A little tough love is tried, but that makes her cry even harder! Finally, after a gentle hammock rocking, the little owl flies back up to her mother’s lap. When Mommy Owl asks what’s wrong, all of her animal friends stop everything to listen. The little owl stops crying, sniffs a bit, and quietly cheeps, “I forgot.” Little ones and parents alike are sure to catch glimpses of reality with this delightful story. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The House on Dirty Third Street

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
The House on Dirty Third Street by Jo S. Kittinger and illustrated by Thomas Gonzales. “It’s perfect,” said Mom. “It doesn’t look perfect to me,” I said. “It’s perfect because we can afford it.” When I saw the house on Thirty Third Street, I thought it should be called Dirty Third Street. Before we could move in we had to move out the trash, and do a lot of fixing up. My mom said it was a new start, and I needed to look at it through the eyes of faith. Clearing out the trash and dirt was so much hard work, and it still looked ugly. Then Mom got real sad! I knew it was up to me cheer her up. We decided to go to the church we saw a few blocks away the next morning. While there, I shared my prayer to help me see our house that needs so much fixing up with eyes of faith so my mom won’t cry anymore. When we got home, a knock at the door turned out to be some of our new friends from church, and neighbors who had come over to help us fix up our house. After a lot of hard work from everyone, I know our home will be happy, and I won’t call it Dirty Third Street anymore. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bear Says Thanks

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is the latest in the great Bear series that began with Bear Snores On. In this installment, ideal for the Thanksgiving season, Bear wants to thank all his friends, for being such wonderful friends, with a big feast! Unfortunately, he has no food... But Mouse stops by with a pie. Hare has a fresh-baked batch of muffins. Badger's just been fishing. Owl, Wren, and Raven bring fruit and herbs. Pretty soon, the feast is in full swing, and Bear hasn't provided a thing! He is positively mortified. But, Mouse points out, he does have great stories he can share. And so Bear and his friends spread a picnic blanket across his cozy cave floor and enjoy their food and, most importantly, their friendship! Hopefully you and the little one in your life have good friends, family, and food to be thankful for this season! (And your librarians are very thankful for you!) See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
When the little artist of I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont is caught by his Mama painting the ceiling, walls, curtains and door he is told, “YA AIN’T A-GONNA PAINT NO MORE!” However, that is not the case. As the story continues, the black and white pages are filled with color as he creates a work of art. The rhyming text is written to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More.” Each verse stars the little one painting a part of his body a different color. Red for his head, green for his neck, pink for his chest, and on and on 'til he comes to his butt… Too bad there is no more paint! All out of paint, and in the bath tub, he promises, “I ain’t gonna paint no more!" This adorable story of a precocious artist is written in a bouncy beat, with beautiful black and white illustrations that slowly gain color as the story progresses. This a great book to read to talk about color and body parts. It can be read or sung--either way it is an enjoyable tale that any parent and child can relate to. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 26, 2012

Animal Pants!

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Animal Pants by Brian Moses. All the animals "from the biggest gorillas to the tiniest ants" are happily showing off their brightly colored underpants. Among the animals participating in this story about undies are a warthog, skunk, cat, frog, hippo, crab, seagull, and even an octopus. There's a cat who buys her pants from a catalog, and a frog who wears pants when he's off for a jog. Not to mention, a penguin with frozen pants, or the difficulties of finding undies for an octopus. This book includes great rhyming text and silly colorful artwork! Giggles are guaranteed while reading this fun book! Toddlers will love this book as they are at the age where they are also trying on underpants. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bear Has a Story to Tell

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Bear Has a Story to Tell is the latest from the magnificent duo of Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead, creators of the award winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. It's a wonderful book to share with your little one this autumn, as the weather grows colder, and the leaves begin to fall. Bear is about to go down for his long winter nap, but first he has a story to tell. Unfortunately, most of his friends are busy preparing for the fast-approaching winter. Frog needs to find a warm place to hibernate. Duck needs to fly south. Mouse needs to gather seeds. Bear helps all his friends, but doesn't get to tell his story. When warm weather returns, Bear is excited to finally tell his story! He welcomes all of his friends, one by one, to the balmy spring of their shared forest. Once they are all settled and ready to hear Bear's story... he's forgotten it! "It was such a good story," he laments. Can Bear's friends help him remember or come up with a new one? (You bet they can.) Bear Has a Story to Tell is a lovely, and gently illustrated, story about changing seasons, and helping friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Because Amelia Smiled

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein. Amelia smiled and it spurred a chain of positive reactions across the globe. Because Amelia smiled, a man from Paris asked a woman in Italy to marry him, a four year old boy in Israel discovered he liked to dance, a woman in New York made a scarf for her niece, and the list goes on and on. The message is clear: when you act, there is a consequence. This book is a positive way to explain the concept of “cause and effect” to children. The illustration style, while very detailed, is done with a technique that could be easy for children to emulate. You can extend the message by asking children to create an image, like the pictures from the book, of their good deed and its consequence. This book is joy to read on any occasion and at any age.  Sometimes you need to read a book like this to be reminded that your good deeds may find a way back to you, even if it was just a simple smile started the whole thing going. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Jungle Run

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The Jungle Run by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees. Cub shows up to take her place in the Jungle Run, but the others say “You’re too small to race.” Parrot squawks to start the fun as the animals run off, leaving poor Cub in a cloud of dust. As they enter the clearing, the larger animals get tangled and twisted in the big vine net, while Cub is able to slip straight through, taking the lead. Next, Cub swings across the stream, leaving poor elephant being used as a stepping stone, lying in the water. Finally, they all grab a mat at the top of the slide to surf to the bottom where the finish line awaits them. Elephant’s mat goes out of control--he loses his balance and starts to roll, bringing all the animals into one big whirl. They all land safely in the lake at the finish, where there’s juice and cake. But where is Cub? This is a book you’ll enjoy reading again and again, as children search high and low to spot all the animals following the race. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 22, 2012

Traffic Pups

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Traffic Pups by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Dan Andreasen. When last we saw these intrepid stuffed dogs from Pilot Pups¸ they were flying high in the sky in their planes and helicopters. Now they’re back, and this time they’re patrolling the busy roads on motorcycles. The Traffic Pups have their work cut out for them: chasing down speeding mice and frogs and a red-light-running goose, and rescuing a teddy bear from a crash. Next they lead a parade, and finally race home to their police station (the toybox) just in the nick of time to avoid discovery by the boy whose toy vehicles they’ve borrowed. Michelle Meadows’s bouncy rhymes add to the fun of the pups’ motorcycle adventure, and Dan Andreasen’s whimsical illustrations capture the action and excitement perfectly. Young readers will love the silly details and toy-sized perspective as the tiny pups race around the playroom floor: a discarded book becomes a ramp for jumping, blocks become a cityscape, and furniture legs are giant obstacles.  If you like dogs, vehicles, or fun and zippy stories, check out Traffic Pups today! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 19, 2012

If All the Animals Came Inside

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder. Children and adults alike will enjoy this funny and rhythmic book. A young boy imagines what would happen if a menagerie of animals moved into his house. As he envisions all the excitement the animals would create, he slowly realizes that perhaps having a house full of wild animals would be less fun than he originally thought. Eric Pinder’s fun, rhythmic, and rhyming text make for an excellent read-aloud. Children will be chanting along with the repeated line at the end of each section. Marc Brown’s energetic artwork is a perfect match for the text. Much like his fun Dancing Feet, these bright and beautiful cut-paper illustrations are filled with humor and delight. This is an entertaining and funny book that will be a great addition to story time as well as lap-reads at home. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Magritte's Marvelous Hat

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D.B. Johnson. While you might think that surrealism would make a poor subject for a children’s picture book, you would be incorrect. Children will be able to relate to the simple story of a painter who loses track of a favorite hat. Paired with D. B. Johnson’s beautiful illustrations that pay homage to the famous surrealist painter, RenĂ© Magritte, children are given a fantastic introduction to the world of surrealism. The pictures will have children and adults alike returning to the pages to find all of the strange and wonderful treasures and tricks hidden in the fantastic illustrations throughout the book. An author’s note at the end of the story gives an interesting and succinct description of the surrealist art and may encourage children with an artistic bent to learn more about this fascinating world of art and imagination. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ten Tiny Toes

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by Marc Brown. This delightful peek into a baby and toddler's life as they grow shows us many clever observations of ten tiny toes. A baby’s toes are sweet and tender to patty-cake and kiss when first born. They are rocked and swung as they grow. They wiggle and dance, they crawl and prance. Then ten tiny toes soon will crawl, and will be hopping and bopping all on their own.  There is nothing so sweet and loved evermore than ten little toes. The cute collage and colored pencil illustrations in this story book are just right for young children and new parents to celebrate the joy of little ones and their ten little toes. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oh, No!

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann begins when Frog falls into a deep, deep hole. He can't get out and he yells for help. Along comes Mouse. She tries to help Frog by reaching down, but she falls in too. Now they are both trapped. Loris comes along and tries to help. She inches down from her tree, but then she sneezes and falls in. Oh, no! Now Frog, Mouse, and Loris are trapped down in the hole. Then along comes Bear, and Monkey, and they both fall in. Along comes Tiger, who looks down in the hole and sees all the animals stuck, and he licks his teeth as he sees a tasty feast. Oh, no! The animals don't want Tiger's help. Then along comes Elephant shaking the ground as he comes to help the others. All that shaking causes Tiger to fall in. Elephant reaches in his long trunk and pulls out Frog, Mouse, Loris, Bear, and Monkey. They are all safe from the hole and from Tiger. Will they help Tiger out? Oh, No! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
For dog lovers and pet owners small and tall, Shaggy Dogs Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell is a delightful book about some of our best friends. Donald Wu’s wonderful illustrations show perfectly the expressions of each shaggy or waggy dog, and the verses are charmingly funny. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, colors, and breeds, are captured in this rhyming picture book which is sure to entertain the pre-school age child. Whether your pup is itty-bitty, sly or bold, thin or saggy, sleepy or playful--the best thing your doggy likes to do is love you! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 12, 2012

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a most amusing story about a policeman and his dog. Officer Buckle has a very important duty as part of his police work. He is a safety officer, and has taken his safety tips presentation to some schools in the area. However, the student audiences are not very excited about learning these tips. In fact, they become so bored, they most often fall asleep! Officer Buckle is about to give up, when he is introduced to Gloria, his new canine partner. He takes Gloria along to his next presentation, after making sure that she will sit and behave during his speech, and the results are amazing. Officer Buckle doesn’t understand why his listeners have become so enthusiastic, until one day he sees himself and Gloria on a TV show. This is a great read aloud book for pre-k and early grade level children. The illustrations are hilarious, and the premise of the story is as catchy as the characters are charming. See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, September 29, 2012

House Held Up By Trees

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Driving down our quiet country roads, it isn’t rare to come across an old, abandoned farm house. Sometimes you’ll see them in the middle of a field, surrounded by trees. In fact, sometimes it looks as though the house is being held up by trees. In the book House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser, with illustrations by Jon Klassen, you’ll learn about the life cycle of a house: how it was built to become a home, a place where people once lived, learned, and grew. In time the people changed and moved away. The house remained. Sometimes, old houses are bought and remodeled, redecorated, made new. Sometimes they sit, alone, abandoned to become part of the landscape, to become a house held up by trees. The next time you drive past an abandoned building, encourage imaginative thought by asking your child who may have lived there, what colors they painted the walls, etc. Then ask if they think anything lives there now? A possum family, maybe? See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Very Greedy Bee

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman. All the bees work hard making honey and cleaning the hive, except the very greedy bee. He spends all his time gobbling up pollen and guzzling nectar, refusing to share with anyone. One day the very greedy bee finds a meadow full of flowers and decides not to tell anyone so he can keep it all for himself. The greedy bee whizzes from flower to flower, slurping and burping, growing fatter and fatter, until at last his tummy is full. After a nap the greedy bee tries to fly home, but is too heavy to fly, and falls to the ground! Alone and scared, two fireflies and some ants help to get him home safe. The greedy bee invites everyone to enjoy a midnight feast of yummy, runny honey. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 24, 2012

Good News Bad News

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Using only 4 words, Jeff Mack tells a fabulous story of two good friends, with very divergent world views, in Good News Bad News. If there were a glass in this story, Rabbit would think it's half full, and Mouse would think it's half empty! "Good news!" Rabbit proclaims, presenting a picnic basket to Mouse. "Bad news!" Mouse grumbles as it starts to rain. But "Good news!" Rabbit has brought an umbrella! Oh "Bad news!" The wind has picked up and threatens to blow the umbrella (and Mouse) away! The story continues in this way, as Murphy's Law seems to plague the pair, Rabbit ever optimistic that things will get better, Mouse pointing out way after way things can only get worse. When I read this book for the first time I wondered will Mouse eventfully crush Rabbit's cheery perspective? Or will he learn to embrace Rabbit's joyful philosophy? I was happy with the ending, and think you will be too! Check out Good News Bad News today and remember to always look on the bright side of life! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 21, 2012

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Ian Falconer has done it again! He has told a hilarious tale featuring the ever loveable Olivia! In Olivia and the Fairy Princesses Olivia is depressed. Olivia does not want to be like everyone else, she does not want to fit in, and she does not want to be a fairy princess. Everyone wants to be a fairy princess. At birthday parties, dance class, and school her friends always want to be fairy princesses, even some of the boys! “Why is it always a pink princess?” Olivia wonders. Why not a princess from Africa, Thailand, or even China? Olivia has had it with princesses. She thinks perhaps she could be a nurse, or a reporter, or maybe she could adopt orphans from all over the world. Then it hits her: Olivia will not be a princess… she will be Queen! This is a great picture book to teach little ones to be themselves. It is OK to be different and to dream big! Who else shares Olivia’s dream? I know I do! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How I Became a Pirate

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Rain Brings Frogs

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In Rain Brings Frogs: A Little Book of Hope by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, a young man named Nate helps readers to see things through optimistic eyes. As the rain pours over his mother’s umbrella, she says, "I hate rain," and Nate replies, "Rain brings frogs!" In the kitchen, Ben hovers over a huge banana split, insisting he doesn’t have enough to share, while Nate, holding a small cone, holds it out to share with the dog. As his sister cries about how ugly her hat and scarf, are Nate happily embraces the warmth of the clothing. At the end of the swimming race, Casey is upset she came in second place, Nate is happy he finished the race, coming in 5th place. This book encourages children and adults to have a optimistic view on life. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kite Day

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
It’s a perfect day to fly a kite! Not only fly one, but Bear and Mole decide to make a kite. That is half the fun! Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is a perfect book for toddlers. The fun and excitement of flying your very own kite is portrayed beautifully in this story; the “ups” and “downs” as it were! The expression on Bear’s face when the string breaks is astonishing, and the events which unfold after that put a smile on the reader’s face. If you like Kite Day, check out Spring Is Here, the very first “Bear and Mole” adventure, also written and illustrated by this author. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cindy Moo

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen. One night on the farm the cows in the barnyard overhear a little girl reciting “Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat in the Fiddle, the Cow Jumped over the Moon!” After a lengthy discussion among the cows about how they couldn’t possibly jump over the moon, Cindy Moo decides she is going to prove them all wrong. The other cows make fun of Cindy. She tries several nights, and is about to give up until... it rains one night and Cindy notices the shadow of the moon in a puddle! Cindy goes out and jumps over the shadow of the moon in the puddle. (The other cows were secretly watching and said “A cow can really jump the moon, as long as she knows how!”) This is a great read aloud book for bedtime! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Bed of Your Own

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In A Bed of Your Own by Mij Kelly, Suzy Sue and her barnyard friends use delightful rhyming whimsy to teach us the importance of sleeping in our own beds. Suzy Sue is getting ready for bed. She’s brushed her teeth and climbed into bed. She’s turned out the light and grabbed her Ted. But, her usually comfy bed is suddenly UNcomfy. She finds out why when a cow, a horse, a sheep, and a goat all pop up from under the covers. They are wondering why her bed is feeling a bit cramped, too. Suzy Sue takes them back to the barn, tucks them in, and reads them a bedtime story. They still aren’t quite ready for sleep, so she begins to talk to them with a dreamy, drowsy voice, so very dreamy and drowsy that they are sure to fall asleep soon. Can you guess who falls asleep first? The illustrator, Mary McQuillan, has given us adorable characters to follow throughout the story. Their expressions are sure to bring giggles to kids and adults, and the story itself is sure to help little ones drift off to dreamland, too. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Little Nelly's Big Book

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Little Nelly's Big Book by Pippa Goddhart is a story about an elephant named Little Nelly. Little Nelly looked in a book and read about mice and thought she was a mouse. After all, she was gray and she did have big ears and a skinny tail, so she must be a mouse. Little Nelly looked in the book to see where mice sleep, and then she found a hole in the wall and tried to creep in. The mice were very surprised of course, and they thought Little Nelly was an awful big mouse, but they accepted her and were very nice to her. Little Nelly liked the mice, but she just felt like she didn't really fit in. She was always hungry after her little bit of cheese, and she was so much bigger than the other mice. One day Granny Mouse said she knew where there were other mice like Little Nelly at a place called the zoo, so they went there. All the "zoo mice" were very nice, and Little Nelly got big helpings of food. The zoo mice invited Little Nelly to live there at the zoo with them, and so she did. Little Nelly's friend Micky mouse came running, and told Little Nelly that he had been reading a book and discovered that he was not a mouse after all, but an elephant. He said, "I am gray and I have big ears and a skinny tail so I must be an elephant" but he told Little Nelly that they could still be friends. This a funny story about friendship and acceptance. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 3, 2012

Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo by Jim Aylesworth and illustrated by Brad Sneed. This story shows life on the farm in rhyming text with lots of animal sounds. “Cows all moo in the milking shed. Cluck, cluck, cluck hens are being fed.” This family’s daily life is colorfully and playfully illustrated in this “days of old” story showing a working farm and all that happens in everyone’s day. Six children and Grandma too help the Dad and Mom do their part to take care of the animals and chores. Mom rings the dinner bell triangle gong to bring everyone into supper. It can be heard from out in the field where Dad is working. In the evening the brothers and sister read and play games to pass the time. No TV or computer games to play with in this story, just good old fashioned fun. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 31, 2012


Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Oink-A-Doodle-Moo by Jef Czekaj. A game of telephone in a barnyard goes terribly wrong in this hilarious picture book. Children will love to make the wacky animal sounds. Look closely at the characters on each page. Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, children’s book author, and illustrator, which could be why his animals have such personality. Make sure you read this book more than once, as you and your child might miss some details, like the tiny sound effects of the animals’ feet, the first couple of times through. The chicken goes flit flit. The cow goes galump galump etc. On the last few pages of the book, when everything has gone horribly wrong, the pig has a look of delight and mischief on his face. This book will make children want to play the telephone game all day! A great story time choice..."Pass it on." See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 24, 2012

Duck Sock Hop

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter. In bouncy dancey, rhyming text, a flock of multicolored ducks throw a sock hop! First they dig through their big box of socks, finding matched pairs in many colors and patterns. Then the duck musicians start the tunes with their banjo, accordion, and harmonica. Soon the whole flock is boogying, line-dancing, and rocking out! They snack and drink (never mind the crumbs and spills!), and dance the night away until their feathers droop and their socks wear out. Happy and tired, the ducks head home to sleep at last. But it won’t be long before they’re back at the Duck Sock Shop, looking for new footwear and dreaming about the next Duck Sock Hop! Porter’s illustrations are a perfect match for Kohuth’s bouncy text, full of bright colors and intricate patterns on the ducks and their socks. We love this book so much, we added it to our “Side By Side” read-along collection! Look for specially labeled copies at the library, and you’ll find suggestions inside for related activities to try with your little one. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Zoe Gets Ready

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Deeney Murguia grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it. The glitter on the cover just screamed out to me! The story inside is simple and cute. Zoe’s outfits are chosen for her every day by her parents, but on Saturdays Zoe gets to choose what she will wear! This is a big decision for Zoe. What she will wear will determine what type of day she will have. The possibilities are endless. Zoe goes through her whole closet searching for the right outfit. At first she thinks she will have a pocket day, a day full of collecting critters and treasures, in her hoodies full of pockets. But then again, she could have a twirling day, in her big purple skirt. On the other hand, she could have a cartwheeling day, or an exploring day, or a standout day, or maybe even a touch the sky day. She just can’t decide what to wear! With the contents of her closet all over the floor, Zoe decides she will have it all, with an outfit that says it all! Zoe’s search for the right outfit is not unlike my own each morning. Her quest for the perfect outfit is one that any girl or boy can relate to! What kind of day are you having today? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Curious Garden

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
“There once was a city without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind. Most people spent their time indoors. As you can imagine, it was a very dreary place.” The Curious Garden is a delightful and intriguing book about a young boy, Liam, who ventures out one day down the line of an old railway. He discovers some sad looking plant life and decides to be the “gardener.” At first his attempts seem feeble, but he keeps trying, and improving, and eventually achieves amazing results. Not only does the old dreary railroad start to brighten up, but Liam’s care and attention affect the whole city. Peter Brown wrote and illustrated this book which will be a joy to share with young children of all ages. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Song for My Sister

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson and illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. A big sister makes a wish in the wishing well and four years later her wish comes true. Mira wanted a baby sister and finally she has arrived. The problem is she only says one thing: "Waaaaa! Waaaaa!" What’s her name? "We’ll announce it on her eighth day" says dad. That will be her simchat bat - her naming day - the day she is welcomed into the world. When Mira is asked what she thinks would be a good name, she thinks of what the baby does all day. Waaaaa! Waaaaa! How about "Siren," she says, "You can pop her on a police car." Needless to say, her parents are not happy with that answer. The baby’s naming day arrives and so does the Rabbi. Family and friends come over too, and soon the ceremony begins. Find out what Mira’s baby sister is named, and what finally makes her stop crying, in this funny story about siblings that includes a Jewish ritual for welcoming baby girls into the world. See this book listed in our catalog
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