Thursday, May 31, 2012

Creak! Said the Bed

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Creak! Said the Bed by Phyllis Root is an adorable tale of bed time that many kids can relate to. Who hasn’t climbed in bed with Mom or Dad when they are scared at night? The rhythm and onomatopoeia make for a great bed time, story time, or any time read aloud book. The story takes place in the middle of the night as Mama and Poppa are in bed asleep, when SQUEAK goes the door, and Mama’s eyes fly open. Who is awake? First, Evie wants to climb in bed because she is scared. Creak! said the Bed. Next, Ivy climbs in bed to warm up. Creak! said the Bed. Then, Mo wants to climb in bed to be safe from the storm outside. Creak! said the Bed. Poppa keeps snoring away - snurkle, snark - unaware of the storm, or his full bed. Then BOOM goes the thunder, and then Fred, the dog, wants in the bed. Finally awake, Poppa says “STOP!” but Fred leaps in anyway. CRACK, said the bed, and everyone but Poppa snores on. Finally Mama, Poppa, Evie, Ivy, Mo, and Fred are all settled in the broken bed when Creak, said the floor... See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five by Valorie Fisher. This is a truck full of knowledge presented in a fun and captivating way. From numbers to shapes, opposites, colors, seasons, and more, you could spend hours with a young one exploring the pages of this delightful book. The amazing photography shows an array of animals, objects, people, and actions, which will help young children of a preschool age learn and discover a world of every day things. Little and big, open and shut, and empty and full are some of the words explored in this eye-catching work. You can also look at pictures of different types of weather. This could be a complete treasury of what you need to know by the time you’re five! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, May 28, 2012

Faster! Faster!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli. A day at the park has never been more exciting than seeing just how fast Daddy can go. A little girl starts out asking Daddy for a ride. As she sees a dog running very fast, suddenly Daddy turns into the dog, with the little girl saying "Faster! Faster!" Next she sees a bunny and Daddy turns into the bunny, with the tired out dog on the ground. This continues through the book as she imagines Daddy turning into many different animals going faster and faster. Each animal Daddy turns into is wearing his purple neck tie. Eventually Daddy turns into a slow turtle that crawls onto the shore. Then he returns to his human self lying on his belly with the little girl on his back. The book ends with the little girl hugging Daddy, telling him how fast he is. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, May 25, 2012

Animal Soup

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Animal Soup by Todd H. Doodler. This book combines two animals together to create a new and unusual animal. On each two page spread a brightly colored animal appears on each side describing one of their traits. When you lift the flap on the second page the new animal is revealed along with a new name for the creature. The first set of animals combined are a bird with wings and a slow turtle. As you lift the flap you’ll see bird + turtle = BIRDLE. This book is great to use with one child or in a group setting. Children will enjoy making up their own animals. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pip's Trip

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Loopy Coop Hens: Pip's Trip by Janet Morgan Stoeke is a story of three hens who want to see the world. The chickens are ready for some adventure, or so they think. They watch every day as the farmers truck drives away and, of course, they are curious. They wonder where the truck goes and what the world looks like beyond Loopy Coop Farm. One day they decide they are going to climb in the truck and go for a ride. However, Pip climbs in and Midge and Dot chicken out. Pip starts to get really scared when he realizes that he is all alone and he hears the truck start up. He closes his eyes and when he opens them again he is still at the farm but he thinks he has been on a ride. He is very proud of himself until his friends tell him that he never went anywhere at all. They tell him the truck never moved. But his friends still make him feel brave and Pip decides he would rather just stay at the farm than see the world. In the end Pip, Midge, and Dot decide a wheelbarrow ride is much better than a truck ride and they can see all they want to see from right where they are. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Tree Is Nice

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
You can swing from a tree, climb a tree, seek shelter under a tree… trees are nice. You can plant one, live next to one, eat fruit from one. Trees are a vital part of our existence. They are everywhere and we couldn’t live without them. A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry, is a classic, but is as relevant today as it was when it won the Caldecott award in 1957. Through simple, easy to read text, the author describes the many roles trees have in our lives. Ink and watercolor illustrations by Marc Simont alternate with ink illustrations and allow for bold contrasts and highlight many key phrases in the book. If you go out exploring, or want to teach your child something important about the world we live in, this may be the book for you. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

If You're a Monster and You Know It

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley. Children will love this book. Yes, it's the old classic "If You're Happy And You Know It" done with a delightful monster twist. Fans of the Emberleys' previous works will recognize these goofy monsters (not too scary) and will welcome the chance to sing along with them. Children will even get a chance to "snort and growl," "twitch your tail," and wiggle their warts! It is sure to be a favorite! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
More by I.C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies, is a wonderful book, offering many opportunities to have meaningful conversations with the child you care for. I'm partial to it mainly because it features a beautiful bird called a magpie. Magpies are fascinating creatures. They are thought to be one of the most intelligent species of all animals. Many superstitions surround magpies. In the U.K., for example, to see a lone magpie is considered bad luck, and one ought to salute the magpie, as a sign of respect. However, they are probably best known for their propensity to collect things, particularly shiny objects. In More, we meet a magpie who has nothing. Soon though, he has something! And soon after that he has several things. Lots of things. Plenty of things! Perhaps he has too many things, his mouse friend tries to relay, as our magpie fills not only his nest, but every nest in a tree with his treasures! The mouse finally convinces the magpie he doesn't need everything, he only needs enough. This book is filled with fantastic vocabulary. It's also quite thought provoking--in a materialistic society, let's teach our children that friends are more important than things, and we don't always need more, we just need enough. The illustrations are to-die-for. Who knew a bird could be so expressive? And our magpie friend sports a noticeable ring around his leg, which can lead you into a discussion about people who study birds, and why they might do that. More is a fabulously layered story, and I sincerely hope that you give it a try! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, May 14, 2012

"I Have a Little Problem," Said the Bear

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
"I Have a Little Problem," Said the Bear by Heinz Janisch and Silke Leffler is a book that teaches an important lesson, in my opinion, for children to learn. Meet the bear, with a problem. "I have a little problem," he says. "You see, I..." but as he is about to explain, he is interrupted. First, by the inventor, who is sure that the bear's problem is he is too heavy, so he makes the bear wings, so that he'll feel lighter. Then the tailor, who is sure that the bear's problem is that he has no scarf to wear. Then the hatter, who is sure a fine hat is the cure for whatever problem the bear might have. The bear visits many folks, but no one lets the bear tell them what his problem is! They just assume they can fix it with some new thing. Finally a fly sees the bear moping, and asks what's the matter. The bear says "I don't want to talk about it. No one listens to me anyway." But the fly is willing to listen. It turns out the bear's little problem is that he is afraid of the dark, and needs a friend in his cave with him at night. It just so happens the fly would be happy to stay in the bear's cave, and be his friend. Being a friend means being a listener, and the moral of this story is when someone has a problem, we should listen, instead of just assuming we know what's best for them. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, May 4, 2012

Dolphin Baby

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Dolphin Baby by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Brita Granstrom. Dolphin Baby is beautifully illustrated with water color style paintings of dolphins on every page. Each page shares the story of a newborn dolphin baby’s experiences. In addition to “Dolphin Babies” adventures, there is a dolphin life fact. Dolphin Baby “POPS out into the blue,” tail first, head last. His first breath is taken when he swims up and his blowhole touches the air. Dolphins must come to the surface to breathe because they are mammals like you and me. There are things baby dolphins are born knowing. There are things baby dolphins learn. He stays with his mother for about four years where he can learn all there is to learn as he grows. This book includes an index where you can find lots of facts about baby dolphins and what each page has, like clicking, diving, echoes, whistling, and breathing, just to name a few. If you love dolphins, especially bottle nose dolphins, you will be enchanted by the Dolphin Baby story. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

One Special Day

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer is the story of a wild and carefree boy who is about to become a big brother. Spencer is a boy. He is all boy. Rough and tumble, and ready to go! The book’s front end pages show Spencer doing handstands, jumping over rocks, and wearing a super hero cape. In the story, we learn about his animal-like characteristics. As we read along, we can guess which animal he will resemble next. He is strong. Strong as a…(turn the page) BEAR! He is funny. Funny as a…(turn the page) MONKEY! The illustrator, Jessica Meserve, has done a delightful job carrying us from animal to animal through the antics of one small boy. One day, Spencer’s parents bring home a new baby. Now Spencer is strong, fast, tall, loud, funny, wild, and, with his new baby sister, he is gentle. The back end pages show two kids instead of just one. Spencer is teaching his little sister how to be carefree too! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Bear Griz

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
In the tradition of "Calvin and Hobbes" comes My Bear Griz by Suzanne McGinness. Meet Billy. He really likes bears. Especially his bear, Griz. Billy imagines he is best friends with an enormous brown bear. Billy and Griz go exploring together, they eat "peanut-butter-and-honey" sandwiches, and play hide and seek. (Billy usually wins. I mean, where are you really going to hide if you're a Grizzly Bear?) Griz is a great partner for napping, and star gazing. He's really good at keeping secrets, and tells hilarious jokes. At the end of the book we see Griz as others see him--Billy's teddy bear. This book has big illustrations, and simple text, making it great for young readers and listeners. The pictures are charming and kid friendly, and any child with a favorite toy they take every where, especially a boy with a bear, is sure to relate. See this book listed in our catalog
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