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

Friday, August 10, 2012

Move Over, Rover!

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Move Over Rover by Karen Beaumont is a story about a dog named Rover who is just taking a nap in his nice warm doghouse when a storm comes along. Rover is safe and warm in his doghouse, when along comes Cat looking for a dry warm place and saying "Move over, Rover!" So Rover moves over and makes room for Cat. Then along comes Raccoon looking for a place that's warm, and he sees Rover and Cat in the doghouse and says "Move over, Rover!" so Rover moves over and makes room for Raccoon. Then along comes Squirrel, then Blue Jay, then Snake, then Mouse. It's getting quite crowded in the doghouse! Then all of a sudden they all say "What's that awful smell?" and they all hurry out of the doghouse because they have discovered that Skunk is in the doghouse sleeping through the storm! Finally the storm is over, and all the animals can come out and play, and Rover, of course, finds his way back to his doghouse where he can nap and be happy that he is alone! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Absolutely Not

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Imagine being afraid of everything--where a winding river looks like a snake, an old log looks like a scary dog, and the shadow of a bicycle looks just like a giant! In Absolutely Not by Matthew McElligott, we meet two little bugs named Frieda and Gloria. Frieda is afraid of everything. She never wants to leave her house because it’s “frightening” outside. Gloria isn’t afraid of anything. She loves adventures! One day Gloria comes to visit. She wants to take a walk with her best friend, but Frieda says “absolutely not.” After a little coaxing, Gloria and Frieda head out for a walk. Frieda sees scary images in everything they see--scary things that would love to eat two little bugs right up! Gloria keeps convincing her that it’s only her imagination. When they come to a suspicious looking “tree,” Gloria learns that she must be more careful, and Frieda finally sees something that isn’t just her imagination! Readers will enjoy spotting the scary images on each page as the bugs walk along. Find the “frogs” in a pile of leaves. See if you can find the “someone” watching them as travel across a meadow. McElligott has done a wonderful job of giving us a scare using everyday things found in nature! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bird Talk: What Birds are Saying and Why

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Why do birds do the things they do? What are they trying to say? If you or a child you care for have ever asked these questions, you need to check out Bird Talk by Lita Judge. For instance, the Sage Grouse is puffing up his feathers and strutting about to capture the attention of a potential mate. He’s saying “I’m the strongest.” Or “Pick me!” And Emperor Penguin parents must find their chick among the thousands of other chicks when they return from fishing. They will call to each other until they’re reunited. Their trumpeting is their way of saying “Over here!” There are many birds featured in the book and the names of the species are color coded to match the illustrations of the birds on many pages. My favorite is the palm cockatoo. Not only does he look punk rock with his Mohawk-esque plumage, but he’s also known to break sticks and knock them against his tree to communicate his territory. How punk rock is that? See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 3, 2012

An Awesome Book

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Dreams can be amazingly awesome, if you let them be. Some people want ordinary things, so that’s what they dream of. But dreams should be different and special. They should make your heart smile and your mind happy. An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton explains that dreams should be big. They should be awesome! Young or old, if you need a little inspiration, pick up this book, and imagine a world where Big Dreams take flight, and believe that they could actually happen! Here’s a video about the book if you’d like to learn more. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Amazing Animals: Super Safari and Rainforest Romp

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
In Amazing Animals: Super Safari by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker join Rabbit, Mouse, and Bird as they bump across the savannah in their jeep and meet many amazing animals along the way. These animals are off to Africa for a safari. Landscape pages are filled with vibrant illustrations, details, and rhyming text that is packed with fascinating information. Hippos taking a mud bath, a pride of lions on the prowl, giraffes munching on tall trees, and more are all animals in this fun book. See this book listed in our catalog
Amazing Animals: Rainforest Romp by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker is another book in the Amazing Animals series for children. It is filled with delightful rainbow illustrations! Jungle animal explorers Rabbit, Mouse, and Bird, give the reader information about the South American rainforest creatures and their habitat. Children are encouraged to be extra observant by the last page: they can find the 9 rainforest animals listed on the last page that are "hidden" in the jungle illustrations of the featured animals and birds. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Road Work Ahead

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
If you have a child at home who loves construction vehicles, Road Work Ahead might be a new favorite for you! Written by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Jannie Ho, Road Work Ahead is a fun, simple book that will be great for young ones who do not like to sit for very long. Rhyming text gives this book a great rhythmic read, and the bright illustrations are engaging and fun. Kids will be able to point out different types of work trucks and construction jobs. The illustrations are also filled with fun things to look for. Kids can find the cupcakes that fell from the back of the truck, and count the ducks crossing the road. Whether your child is a fan of everything to do with trucks and construction, or you just want a bright, fun book to read together, Road Work Ahead will be a great pick. See this book listed in our catalog
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