Monday, April 30, 2012


Submitted by Ms. Allana!
LARF is a very witty story, and told in the most amusing fashion by Ashley Spires, who also drew the illustrations. LARF is a seven foot tall, vegetarian Sasquatch, otherwise known as a BIGFOOT, who lives a pretty ordinary life with his pet bunny, Eric. He has his hobbies, and his everyday chores, but steps out of his regular routine one day to investigate reports that a real live “sasquatch” is visiting a nearby town. He has to ignore the stares and comments of the local folk as he tries to discover if, indeed, there is another creature just like him in existence. I will be surprised if you can read this to your child without giggling through almost every page! See this book listed in our catalog

The Pirates Next Door

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle. When a family finally moves in next door to Matilda, she is thrilled, because the house next door has been empty for as long as she can remember. Here in DULL–ON–SEA, a sea-side town where she lives, there are very few kids to play with. Tilda hopes there will be a girl her age, or maybe a boy! A pirate boy! “AHOY!” she hears. He has a patch on his eye, and a wooden-legged dog. “We’re the Jolly-Rogers.” The boy introduces his family, and tells her all about them. They have their pirate ship with them. At dinner that night, Matilda says to her parents, “Life’s not boring anymore! Isn’t it fantastic that those pirates moved next door?” Her parents are not so thrilled, and neither is the neighborhood. Complaints pour in, and even a petition is formed against them. But eventually everyone changes their mind, and Tilda knows she is lucky to have a pirate friend. See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Doorbell Rang

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Here’s an oldie but a goodie: The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins has been in print since 1986! Does that make it a classic? In this simple story about sharing (and math), Mom has baked a dozen cookies. Mmmm! They smell as good as Grandma’s cookies! Sam and Victoria are about to share them, six cookies each, when the doorbell rings. Two neighborhood friends have arrived! If they all share the cookies, there will be 3 cookies each. Just as everyone is about to take a bite, the doorbell rings again… Over and over, the doorbell rings and more friends arrive. The children redistribute the cookies into ever-smaller shares until finally there is just one cookie per person… And that’s when the doorbell rings one more time. Who can it be now?! And how will they ever make the cookies stretch for any more visitors? My favorite part of this story is the way that Sam and Victoria are so willing to share their cookies with everyone who arrives, even when the shares dwindle almost to nothing. When I read it at story time, the kids’ favorite part is shouting “Ding-Dong!” every time the bell rings! (The sound effect isn’t written in the book, but hey, that’s what a doorbell sounds like, right?) Read The Doorbell Rang with your little ones today, and then go share some cookies! See this book listed in our catalog

Yuck! That's Not a Monster!

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Yuck! That's Not a Monster! by Angela McAllister, and illustrated by Alison Edgon, is sure to please kids with its general silliness. Mr. and Mrs. Monster eagerly await the hatching of their three eggs. They breathe stinky hot breath, and screech at them, until one stormy night, the eggs begin to hatch. Out of the first egg climbs a perfectly snarly monster. He has fangs and prickly spikes. He's absolutely frightful! Mr. and Mrs. Monster are pleased. They name him Frightful. The second egg cracks open and out climbs a monster baby with horny spikes and bristly warts. She's perfect! She's absolutely horrid! Her parents name her Horrid. Finally, the third egg begins to shake and crack open. Out pops a soft, pink, sweet little ball of fluff. Well, this certainly is a shock! What are they supposed to do with a sweet little ball of pink fluff? After thinking it over, they decide to keep him. They name him Little Shock. Frightful and Horrid are determined to make Little Shock into a proper monster. They try to teach him to snarl and howl at the moon. They show him how to squash and tromp and trample. Little Shock can't help himself. He is doomed to be a "cutie-pie." One night, the three monsters go into to the woods to do a little scaring. Frightful and Horrid scare a fox and a wild pig. Little Shock plays peek-a-boo with his blanket and a mouse. Frightful and Horrid come upon a hairy hump in the bushes. They let out a ferocious ROAR!!! The hairy hump was really only a part of a BIG, HAIRY MONSTER! Frightful and Horrid are terrified! Little Shock is picked up by the big hairy monster, and just when the worst could happen, Little Shock gives him a kiss, right on the cheek. "YUCK! HELP!" cries the big hairy monster, "It's adorable!" The big hairy monster runs home to his mommy. Frightful and Horrid find out that being cute can be useful after all. See this book listed in our catalog

You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Namaste! You are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo is a playful introduction to simple yoga poses. This book gives step by step directions to simple yoga poses for kids. The directions are supplemented with colorful illustrations of each pose. The lion, butterfly, cat, frog, and many more are shown simply on a white page with directions, and then in the habitat of the pose's namesake. This book is fun for caregiver and child alike. It will stretch and calm the littlest beast, encouraging them to relax and breathe. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, April 13, 2012

When the Moon Forgot

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Jimmy Liao is author and illustrator of many children’s fiction and picture books. His stories weave complex concepts through imagery and simple prose. In his book When the Moon Forgot he tells the story of an imaginative and lonely young boy who finds the Moon in a field. It’s lost and has forgotten to rise. The world moves on and they create factory produced moons to replace it, moons that never stop glowing. Everyone buys one. Meanwhile, the boy and Moon become great friends. The boy teaches the Moon many things, most importantly how to be brave. As manufactured moons begin to pile up, discarded in alley ways and streams, the real Moon begins to realize he is needed. The more he is needed, the larger he grows. He can no longer fit in the boy's home. He floats and spins. The moon finds his place in the sky, and “from then on the boy’s dreams are always filled with moonlight.” See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Otto the Book Bear

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
In Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson Otto is no ordinary story book character. When no one is looking, he comes to life! Otto loves to walk off of the pages of his book, but one day his book is taken away while he is off exploring, and he then sets off on a grand adventure to find a new home. He finally realizes that this is an awfully big world for such a small bear and he misses his warm book. Will Otto ever find the perfect home? The illustrations are sweet and the story will have young readers watching their bookshelves in hopes of spotting wandering book creatures. This charming story is sure to delight book lovers everywhere. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 9, 2012

Little White Rabbit

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes is a story about a little white rabbit who goes on an adventure on a beautiful spring day. Rabbit hops through green grass and wonders what it would be like to be green. He pictures himself green like the frogs, turtles, and grasshoppers. He hops along and wonders what it would be like to be tall like a tree. He imagines himself standing as tall as a fir tree. He even wonders what it would be like to be a rock and imagines himself being very still and not being able to move. Rabbit has quite an imagination. Rabbit wonders many things but he doesn't have to wonder who loves him as he arrives home to his mama. This is a cute story with beautiful spring illustrations. See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Moonlight, Dreaming, and Sweet Dreams

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
It’s sleepy time... Time to snuggle up with a good book. Here is a collection of stories sure to make for a quiet and restful slumber.
First we have a story about Rabbit, in the book Moonlight by Helen Griffith. Rabbit burrows into his hole where moonlight covers his world like butter. The buttery moon drops set the edges of tree trunks, mountain tops, and flowers aglow. The words are a bit silly, but when spoken out loud create a restful beat. See this book listed in our catalog
In the book Dreaming by Elaine Greenstein, readers will countdown to slumber... 10 silent houses, 7 stars shinning... all part of one whimsical scene. See this book listed in our catalog
In Sweet Dreams by Rose A. Lewis little ones will be ushered to sleep with thoughts of slumbering animals all resting under Mr. Moon’s careful watch. Images of nocturnal animals and plants awake under the moon light introduce children to a world not often seen by their young eyes. As time passes, Mr. Moon goes to sleep and the world awakes to Miss Sunshine and the company she keeps. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Doodleday by Ross Collins. This is a very amusing and entertaining story about a little boy name Harvey, who doesn’t realize what happens when you draw on “Doodleday!” At first it seems as though his Mom is being mean by telling him he can’t draw pictures. When she leaves the house Harvey thinks “One small drawing couldn’t hurt a fly.” So then he thinks it will be fine to just draw a fly. What was that noise in the kitchen? Written and illustrated by Ross Collins, with full page cartoon like pictures, this tale of mayhem and disaster from crayon drawings is charming and sure to delight young children of pre-school and early elementary age. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Pirate Cookbook

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Swab the deck (or get the kitchen ready) and raid the galley (or check the pantry) because your little pirate is hungry and only a proper pirate snack will do! A Pirate Cookbook by Sarah L. Schuette features seven delicious and nutritious recipes that are perfect for a young child to help with, or even make on their own. There's a section describing what tools and techniques you'll need to use, and then we're off! There's "Scurvy Soup," a fruity concoction full of vitamin C, "Parrot Punch," a yummy drink to enjoy while plundering the tropics, and many more fun foods, sure to please the bellies of the fierce seafarers in your home. Hopefully you and the child you care for will enjoy making the dishes as much as you do eating them! See this book listed in our catalog
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