Thursday, June 27, 2013

Diary of a Baby Wombat

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Diary of a Baby Wombat By Jackie French. Our wombat friend from Diary of a Wombat is back, and she’s got a joey now! (Baby wombats are called “joeys” just like baby kangaroos and koalas.) This new book is a diary of the little joey’s days: she sleeps a LOT, like all wombats, but like babies everywhere she also loves to bounce and play! She goes exploring, makes a strange new friend to play with, and when she and her mother start to outgrow their burrow, she goes looking for the perfect hole to make their new home. The joey finds hole after hole, and even tries digging one with her friend, but none are quite right. Will mama wombat and her joey ever find a new place to live? Read Diary of a Baby Wombat to find out the surprising answer! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Maisy Learns to Swim

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
In Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins, Maisy is going swimming for the first time, and she is a little nervous, but her two friends Eddie and Tallulah are going too. Eddie is a natural in the water, but Maisy and Tallulah are slower getting into the pool. Soon all three of them are kicking and floating and even blowing bubbles. In this child-friendly book, the words explain the pictures, and the illustrations are bright, colorful, and cute. Whether water-shy or raring-to-go, young readers will find it easy to relate to Maisy as she experiences swimming for the first time. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Penguin on Vacation

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon. Penguin sighs, and decides he needs a vacation. Penguin has skied, and skated. He has sledded, and made hundreds of snowballs. He would like to go somewhere different. Maybe somewhere tropical! So he packs his suitcase, says goodbye to Grandpa, and pushes off, heading north. The waves get higher and higher, and the sun gets hotter and hotter, until finally he reaches the beach. Penguin isn’t expecting some of the things that happen in the sand at the beach. He soon finds out that you can’t ski and sled on sand.  Eventually though, Penguin meets a crab and they become friends. Crab shows Penguin just what can be done at the beach. They play and play! Penguin loves his new friend. But all vacations come to an end, and it's time for Penguin to go home. Find out what happens to Penguin and Crab while they are on vacation, and where Crab vacations next! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 24, 2013

Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks!

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Eric Braun’s Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks! is a retelling of the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, told from the giant’s point of view. There are lots of interesting things to learn about giants from this book. For example, did you know that "Fee, fi, fo, fum" can mean "Go on home now. I promise I won’t eat you?" Or that giants have trouble finding shoes that fit? And humans--don’t even get a giant started on humans--they’re “a real pain,” laughing behind your back and calling you names. One human in particular, Jack, has become a big problem for the giant. Jack is hiding in the giant’s house and stealing his gold, his goose, and his harp. The nerve! What will the giant do? Try reading this story in conjunction with a classic version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and compare and contrast the two. How does the point of view change the story? See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 21, 2013


Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman. Mr. Rally and his dog Lightning love to dig! That’s good, because Mr. Rally’s job is to drive a backhoe and dig up lots and lots of dirt. Today Mr. Rally has five important digging jobs to do. Readers are encouraged to count to five and find the numbered signs at each job site, as Mr. Rally and Lightning help put up a bridge, pile up a new hill, dig a swimming pool, clear away a landslide, and build a new zoo. A rhythmic, rhyming chant keeps the story moving as Mr. Rally digs his way through the busy work day, to a fun and surprising ending. Alert readers will notice that Lightning has been working on a digging project of his own along the way! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Big Guy Took My Ball!

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Mo Willems has done it again with another great new Elephant & Piggie book entitled A Big Guy Took My Ball! This time he has included concepts like big and small, along with social skills like making new friends, playing together, and helping your friends. Once again, Gerald and Piggie are dealing with an important kid issue in a very engaging and thoughtful way. Piggie found a big ball and was so happy but then a big guy came and took it! Piggie is heartbroken. Gerald is angry. “Why do big guys have all the fun," he wonders, until he realizes that he is a big guy! Gerald is determined to get the ball back for Piggie until he finds that the big guy who took Piggie’s ball is a really, really big! He is a whale! Of course Gerald and Piggie come up with a sweet solution that teaches a great lesson for little readers. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Harry Goes to Dog School

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Harry Goes to Dog School by Scott Menchin. Harry is a little boy who wants to be a dog. His parents keep trying to get him interested in boy things, but Harry just growls and ruffs and licks. Finally his parents decide to send him to dog school. Pavlov Royal Academy is the name of the school, and Harry is the newest student. For Harry it is a dream come true. All his classmates are dogs. Harry loves everything they do until lunch... It is not what he expected. As the day goes on Harry finds that he misses a lot of things that little boys do, like baseball and riding his bike. He also finds out that there are some things that he doesn’t like about being a dog. Dogs can’t color or build with blocks. Finally, at the end of the day, Harry announces at dinner: “I think I would like to be a boy again.” Harry’s parents are OK with that. Then Harry goes to a new school with kids and behaves like a boy... most of the time. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Otis and the Tornado

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long. Otis the tractor and his animal friends around the farm have a happy life of games. One day they decided to play follow-the-leader and everyone joins in, except the bull, who would "snort and snarl and huff hot air" if any of the animals got too close to his private pasture. When a tornado is spotted in the near distance, the farmer runs for cover without even checking on the animals. Otis heads for the barn and unlatches the stalls so that the animals can go to lower ground. Just then, Otis hears the bellowing of the bull, whose pen is directly in the path of the tornado. He chugs as fast as he can to release the mean bull. The bull joins the other animals in the shelter and, in the aftermath of the storm, becomes a new playmate. Otis and the Tornado is about friendship and loyalty. It is also a remarkable weather story that would fit well into early science curriculum. The vivid description of the tornado is well matched with the art and shows the impending danger of the storm. Listeners are certain to cheer Otis on in this tale of doing what is right, despite the dangers. Loren Long stated it very well: “I hope you'll share Otis with a little one in your life. And together you'll get to know a friendly little tractor who works hard and plays hard and always has time for another friend. I hope that new friend is you.” See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 17, 2013

Soo's Boo-Boos

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In Soo’s Boo-Boos by Tilda Balsley, Soo enters the house holding up boo-boo number 10! A scratched arm. She goes through her boo-boos one at a time explaining each one to her mother. Her toe rubs inside her shoe, her lips are chapped, her nose drips, she has burned her tongue on a hot waffle, and the list goes on, until she reaches number 10. Mom thinks for a moment, then quickly has a solution for each of the boo-boos. She puts a hot pink band-aid on her arm, new shoes for her toe, cherry flavored Chap Stick for her lips, a cold popsicle for a burnt tongue, and soft tissue for her nose... Once mom has taken care of each boo-boo, Soo heads back outside for more fun! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lucky Socks

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Lucky Socks by Carrie Weston, with pictures by Charlotte Middleton, is sure to resonate with your superstitious child, or your child who just has a favorite piece of clothing or outfit they want to wear every day (I think you know what I'm talking about)! On Monday Kevin wore his red socks. It was a bad day. He spilled his milk, and was late for school. On Tuesday he wore his green socks. It was a bad day. He got his spelling wrong, and popped one of his bicycle tires. On Wednesday he wore his blue socks. It was a bad day. It rained, and he dropped his sticker collection. On Thursday he wore his striped socks. It was a bad day. His pet beetle escaped, and lunch was "meat loaf surprise." On Friday he wore his yellow socks. IT WAS A FANTASTIC DAY! Mrs. Riley chose him to be the star of the school play! The next time he wore his yellow socks, he went camping, and had ice cream! The next time he wore his yellow socks, his ball didn't go over the fence, not even once! Obviously these socks are lucky socks... So what might happen if one day Kevin can't find his yellow socks? Will disaster strike? Or can mom some how save the day? Find out what becomes of Kevin and his socks in the cute, funny, and relatable Lucky Socks. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Crown On Your Head

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
The Crown On Your Head by Nancy Tillman is a wonderful poem turned into a fabulous picture book for young children. I was instantly attracted to the cover art, and when I explored the pages I was immediately captivated. It is a charming, very touching poem describing the love that you have for your child. The breathtaking illustrations whisk both parent and child away to the colorful, magical realm within. “I always knew what your crown meant. It said that you were MAGNIFICENT. You were born to shine.” These are beautiful, loving words, both encouraging and inspirational. This book will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling as you cuddle up with your little prince, or princess to read it! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 6, 2013

AlphaOops! The Day Z Went First

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis is an alphabet book. The story starts out with A of course, until Z appears and demands A stop. Z and Zebra are sick and tired of always being last in line. They demand free and equal treatment. Y agrees it's time for a change. All the letters agree to give it a try. They start out going backwards in order until P decides to go out of turn because he is sick of being stuck in the middle all the time. They agree P is right and so the letters start going out of turn. A thinks this is just a mess but Z thinks it will be great.The letters all argue about where they get to go in line and how many things they get to say that begin with their letter. It all gets pretty confusing. By the time A gets his turn at the end, A has had so much time to think he comes up with lots of things that begin with the letter A! Everyone agrees that was a marvelous ending and it didn't turn out so bad after all. But they do all agree they should go back to normal, and if Z ever wants to try this again all he needs to do is ask! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Smelly Bill

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In Smelly Bill by Daniel Postgate, we meet Bill. He’s a fun-loving dog who enjoys romping through garbage bins, rolling in mud puddles, and stinking in general. His family has tried many times to get him into a bath tub, but Bill is also very smart and fast. They’ve never been able to hold him long enough to get him cleaned up, until Aunt Bleach comes for a visit. While the family is at the beach one day, Aunt Bleach starts scrubbing the house from top to bottom. When her nose catches a whiff of Bill, the fun really begins. Aunt Bleach is determined to bathe Smelly Bill and she has a few tricks up her sleeve to get him into a bath tub. This is a fast-paced rhyming book that will have you chuckling at Aunt Bleach’s attempts to catch Bill as he tries to stay one step ahead of the bath! See this book listed in our catalog
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