Friday, July 27, 2012

I Will Not Read This Book

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
I Will Not Read This Book by Cece Meng, illustrated by Joy Ang. A small boy does NOT want to read his bedtime book. At first he’s full of excuses - before he can read he just has so many other important bedtime tasks! When the delaying tactics run out, he lays down the law: He is NOT going to read this book. And you can’t make him. Not even if you do terrible things to him. In fact, he provides a list of all the terrible things you could do to him, starting with hanging him upside down by one toe, but he will still not read this book. Nope, no way. Even if he is in mortal peril (and set upon by foot-tickling monkeys), he won’t do it. But wait! Is there one thing, after all, that will get this reading resister into bed to share a story? Cece Meng’s text, building up line by line as the young hero grows more determined, perfectly captures the boy’s stubborn-but-silly resolve. Joy Ang’s richly colored digital art deftly shows the increasingly desperate peril of the imagined threats (sharks! lightning! a speeding train!). “Read it again!” will be your kids’ reaction to I Will Not Read This Book. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pilot Pups

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Pilot Pups by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Dan Andreasen. Pilot pups take to the air in a toy airplane as they cruise around the house in search of abandoned toys... I mean buddies! During this flight the Pups are on patrol, climbing higher, curving, swerving, zipping, and zooming… Pilot Pups! They swerve around the mom and dad in the kitchen, avoid the "fog" from the tea kettle, and fly around a pointy peak (or pile of dishes) in the sink. They find some stranded buddies in big trouble, and call a chopper on the double! The Pups don’t stop until they are done and everyone is safe and sound. This adventurous book illustrates the pups' rescue mission as they find their missing friends, and provides plenty of entertainment as they navigate their rescue operation. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chloe and the Lion

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Feel as if you’re part of an audience at a play as you read Chloe and the Lion written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex, Hank Blowfeather, and also Mac Barnett. This story begins with Chloe, a young girl who loved to ride the merry-go-round on Saturday afternoons. One Saturday, she rides so many times that she becomes dizzy and ends up lost in the woods. Once in the woods, she meets up with a HUGE lion. Wait...maybe not a lion. Maybe she should meet a HUGE dragon instead. Aren't dragons cooler than lions? The author, Mac Barnett, has written that Chloe meets up with lion. The illustrator, Adam Rex, has decided that a dragon would be cooler. The story is taken over by the author and illustrator "discussing" each of their opinions on how the story should be told. After drawing Mac wrapped as a birthday present and a cowboy, Adam is fired. Enter Hank the artist. Hank the artist doesn’t quite capture the fierceness that Mac is looking for in a lion. After a few tries, Hank suggests Mac use a dragon instead. A dragon would be cooler. Hank is fired, too. Mac decides that he will be the author AND the illustrator. Things go from bad to worse as Mac realizes, with Chloe’s help (mostly because Mac has drawn Chloe badly, really badly) that books need authors, illustrators, and characters all working together in order to create a successful book. With hilarious dialog and wonderfully silly illustrations, this book is great for older readers who are ready to learn about how a book is produced, and for all readers and listeners who enjoy colorful, silly illustrations. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sora and the Cloud

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Sora and the Cloud by Felicia Hoshino, translated by Akiko Hisa. Sora is a little boy who loves to climb. One day he climbs a tree and catches a ride on a cloud. The cloud floats away and takes Sora way up into the sky. They soar with kites and airplanes. The cloud is soft and fluffy; a very comfortable place to nap, so Sora rests his head, and dreams of earthbound things, like splashing in puddles and digging in sand. The cloud returns to the tree and promises Sora future adventures with the wink on an eye. This beautifully illustrated book is written in both English and Japanese, and includes notes to readers in the back to help explain the cultural significances mentioned in the book. Dream Big, Read… on a cloud, way up high in the sky with Sora… or in your imagination. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bustle in the Bushes

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Be prepared to meet some of the wiggly, creepy, crawly bugs that may live right in your own backyard, like the earwig, stick insect, or the amazing centipede, in Bustle in the Bushes by Giles Andreae. Children will have the opportunity to meet fifteen amazing insects in this journey through the yard, while learning some interesting facts about each one. The bright, cheerful illustrations mixed with the fun rhymes will keep children turning the pages to discover what lurks by the water, on the ground, or in the air. Children will most likely be begging to explore their own yard to see what insects they can discover after taking this backyard adventure! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm a Truck Driver

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In I’m a Truck Driver, by Jonathan London, children will discover twelve types of big trucks and what they are used for. The friendly pictures feature a boy and girl taking turns operating each piece of heavy machinery, along with the help of an adorable orange stripy cat and a white dog. Each two-page spread features expressive faces on the trucks along with a description of the use of the truck and the sounds they make. Children will quickly pick up on the details in each picture, like the cat sitting by the fish that was flattened by the steamroller, or the sad look of the dog riding in the crashed car being towed by the tow truck! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Pirate Girl's Treasure

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
The Pirate Girl's Treasure: An Origami Adventure is the simple tale of a young pirate girl in pursuit of treasure, with a twist. The pirate girl receives a letter from her pirate grandfather and discovers it is a treasure map! She excitedly follows the directions to find the treasure. The twist is that with each leg of her journey there are imbedded steps for the reader to fold a paper into an origami boat and then a shirt. In each illustration, the reader can see the paper being folded to give an example of how the reader’s paper should look. Her journey, and origami, take her up and down a mountain, through a valley, into a cave, and then to a beach, where is finds a small boat. She takes the boat through the water to Treasure Island. On her way, she encounters a storm, and a shark that tears her boat in half. She finally makes it to shore on Treasure Island, and finds that X marks the spot, so she digs and digs to find the treasure. When she opens the treasure chest she finds a note and a pirate shirt from her grandfather. She is proud of her journey and excited for more amazing adventures. This creative story to teach paper folding is a cute tale and a fun craft. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tom's Tweet

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Tom’s Tweet by Jill Esbaum has wonderful characters, a witty story, a surprising friendship, and a happy ending! With rhythmic verse, in Limerick style, the story bounces along to the amazing, artful illustrations by Dan Santat. Tom, the mean, pudgy cat, is about to make a meal out of teeny little Tweet, when he decides that Tweet is too little and skinny to eat, so he decides to try to put him back in his nest. That was a mistake, because Tweet’s mommy thinks that the big hungry kitty is coming to eat her chicks! The situation becomes stranger and funnier as Tom, who has to care for and feed Tweet (chewed worms), develops a bond with Tweet, and realizes he likes to have the wee bird in his life (not that he has a choice)! This is a great story for parents to read to young pre-school aged children--even better if the grown up can chant the poetic prose in a sing-song style! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dog In Charge

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Dog in Charge by K.L. Going is a story about Dog, who loves his owner and is a very good dog. He sits when told to sit. He stays when told to stay. He even dances when told to dance, then, of course, his owner rewards him with scrumptious doggie treats. His owner thinks he is the best dog in the world. When his owner goes to the store, she leaves Dog in charge of the cats--all five of them. Dog thinks it's no big deal He can handle it. Until he realizes what mischief those crazy cats can get into! They make a big mess! One spills milk all over the kitchen, while another makes a mess in the fireplace, scattering ashes everywhere. They topple over books, and break flower pots. They are such bad cats! Dog is worried how is owner will react when she returns to find the huge mess. After all, she left Dog in charge! Dog is so exhausted from chasing after the cats, he falls asleep, and while he sleeps, the five cats decide they really do love Dog. They decide to clean up their mess, and then they curl up next to dog and take a nap. When the owner returns, she is very happy with Dog and she gives him scrumptious doggie treats. Dog dances around and thinks the cats are such good cats--the best cats ever. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Wouldn’t it be great if we never made mistakes? Or maybe it wouldn’t be so great after all. Meet Beatrice, or as she is more popularly known, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by author/illustrator Mark Pett, and Gary Rubinstein. Beatrice’s days start like anyone else’s. Two socks that always match, two shoes always on the correct feet, and sandwiches made to perfection. When Beatrice opens the front door to leave for school, she always remembers to say “Good Morning” to the crowd. Crowd? Beatrice is somewhat of a celebrity in her town. She’s never made a mistake. Ever! Even when she was a baby, her building block towers were perfectly perfect. Her juggling act is sure to win the talent show for the 4th year in a row. On the morning of the talent show, Beatrice has a near miss with a few flying eggs. She had almost made a mistake, and her “almost mistake” has her worrying for the rest of the day. That night, she’s very nervous before the talent show. When things don’t go as planned, Beatrice finds out that making mistakes can be funny and fun! This book will help little perfectionists see that making mistakes is okay, and it can be a lot of fun, too! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 9, 2012


Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Peepsqueak by Leslie Ann Clark is a story about a baby chick who is ready to explore the world. As soon as he comes out of his shell, he is on the move. What Peepsqueak wants more than anything else is to fly. Of course, all the other animals on the farm keep telling him he can't fly, but he doesn't listen, because he is on the move. He keeps trying and trying, until finally the old gray goose gives him a ride and he gets to fly! Now all the animals are very happy and excited that Peepsqueak got to fly. Then Peepsqueak sees a pond, and decides he wants to swim. Of course, all the other animals tell Peepsqueak he can't swim, but he doesn't listen, because he is on the move... This is a cute story about a chicken who never gives up, no matter what! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 6, 2012

Animal Masquerade

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
A grumpy rhinoceros disguised as a… sweet yellow chick! It’s an animal masquerade! What a colorful way to learn about animals and actions. Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc is an adorable book sure to delight child and care giver alike with its action packed, clever wit, quick pacing, and simple illustration. This book could be read again and again, and in many different ways. Reading can be extended by talking about animal noises. You and your child could talk about the zebra in the book and decide whether or not it could go to a masquerade dressed as a mouse! Such discussions will help your child learn about the basic concepts of size, texture, and physical attributes, to name a few. Or, you could throw an Animal Masquerade in your living room with all your child’s stuffed animals. Books aren’t meant to be read, they are meant to be experienced! Give Animal Masquerade a try and let your imagination run wild. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ellen's Broom

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Before slavery was outlawed in the United States, the marriages of slaves were not protected by laws. Men and women who wanted to be married could only pledge themselves to each other and symbolize this by jumping over a broom together. But after slavery was done away with, former slaves could be legally married. In Ellen’s Broom, written by Kelly Starling Lyons, and illustrated by Daniel Minter, we see the story of one family’s joy in finally being officially married. The story is told from the perspective of the couple’s youngest daughter who feels it is important to keep the tradition of the broom alive, even if her parents can be legally married now. With rich and colorful illustrations, the reader witnesses a beautiful story based on history. The author’s note at the end of the book will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to discuss how the United States has changed and how our country is a better place now that slavery is outlawed. This will be a wonderful picture book to share with elementary school students. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 2, 2012


Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I'm a sucker for a book about a magic ukulele (I happen to think all ukuleles are magical). Unfortunately the only one I know of is Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger with illustrations by Michael Hays. Fortunately, it's a fantastic piece of children's literature. Pete Seeger adapted this story from an African folktale. He says that when he'd put his kids to sleep, he'd sing them a lullaby, but "when children get to be three of four years old, they realize that lullabyes are propaganda songs" and they'd demand a story instead! Abiyoyo is about a boy with a ukulele, and his magician father. The folks in their town don't appreciate the boy's ukulele playing, or his father's practical jokes involving making things disappear with a "Zoop!" of his magic wand. That is, until the giant, Abiyoyo, comes. Everyone is petrified, as Abiyoyo shakes the ground and swallows livestock whole. Everyone except the boy and his father. They have a plan, that involves that ukulele and that magic wand, that will rid the world of the terrible Abiyoyo, and make them town heroes! This is a wonderful story, with beautiful pictures, and a rollicking ukulele soundtrack. Check it out today! See this book listed in our catalog
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