Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Father the Dog

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle two young children are convinced that their father is actually a dog not a human! They share their observations of the similarities between their father and the family pet. Both dad and pooch start the day with a good scratch before fetching the morning paper then clearing the room with a single "toot" (trying to look innocent). They make a quick pit stop by a tree, play a game, and enjoy a long afternoon nap. After a long day, they investigate a loud noise in the night, displaying loyalty to the “best family in the world.” The illustrations in this book accentuate the humor, especially in the physical similarities between the dad and the dog. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 25, 2013

I Like Myself

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont will have all readers ready to shout “I like myself too” as they follow this wonderful little girl through the pages of this delightful and inspiring book. The star of the book is nameless. She could be any child or anyone who needs a good boost of self-esteem. Whatever the situation, she bounds from place to place with a faithful dog and a glad heart, celebrating the joy of being “Me!” The illustrations, by David Catrow, perfectly depict the zany, carefree antics of this precocious little girl. Even a severe case of bedhead can’t slow her down! This is an important book for all kids to read and understand. Self-esteem and self-like are taught with rhyming humor and childlike grace. It's a must read! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 22, 2013

I Can See Just Fine

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
I was 25 when I got my first pair of glasses. I knew it was time to bite the bullet and go see the eye doctor. However, in I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barclay, Paige isn't quite as ready to accept that it may be time to get glasses.  Everyone else notices that Paige is having a bit of trouble with her eyesight, but Paige will need a little help to see things clearly. Barclay has written simple text that allows his lovely and hilarious illustrations tell this adorable story of a girl who is afraid of what will happen when she gets glasses. This will be a wonderful book for any family to share, but will be particularly useful when introducing the idea of getting glasses to a child. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
The Cinderella with whom you are probably most familiar is petite and delicate. Meet Cinderelephant – a LARGER than life version of the fairytale princess you have come to know and love. Having put up with her horrible stepsisters (the Warty Sisters – two warthogs who are incredibly rude, smelly, and have terrible table manners) for long enough, Cinderelephant is finally ready to step into the spotlight. So when Prince Trunky decides it’s time to find a girlfriend, Cinderelephant is excited to go the ball. With the help of her Fairy Godmouse, she knows she will have a glorious time. Of course when Cinderelephant loses her shoe, it isn’t the dainty slipper we all know. Instead, Prince Trunky must find the lady with some pretty amazing (and huge) shoes to fill.  Hilariously written and beautifully illustrated by Emma Dodd, Cinderelephant will be a new fairytale favorite. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wild About You

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Wild About You by Judy Sierra is a wonderful story of family, caring, helping and adoption! “Who’s new at the zoo? Brand new babies that’s who! Some popped from their mamas, some hatched out of eggs, and some walked right away on their long wobbly legs.” But for the pandas and the tree kangaroos there are no babies on the way and this is making them sad. An egg needs a home and the tree kangaroo steps in to adopt. He hopes that the bird will live in the tree and sing sweetly; however, the baby turns out to be a penguin! Regardless, the tree kangaroo parents love him completely. The pandas are blessed with a new family member, and in the end we are reminded that to raise a family “It takes a whole ZOO.” See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Plant a Little Seed

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
In Plant a Little Seed Bonnie Christensen’s vibrant illustrations and lyrical, rhythmic text describe a year in the life of two friends, and their shared plot in a community garden. The book begins with the friends leaning over seed catalogs, dreaming and planning, while snow is still on the ground outside. Each page shows another step in the progression from early spring planting and waiting for seeds to sprout, to summer’s first fruits, and finally the fall harvest. The friends enjoy their delicious fruits and vegetables by working together with their families to create a holiday meal, celebrating the goodness of the earth and being together with friends. Look for hidden animals tucked away on every page. Count the tomatoes on the vine, and identify the different insects you see. The last page in the book shares details about gardening, how to tell a fruit from a vegetable, and other interesting facts. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 8, 2013


Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Looking for a story that’s monstrously cute? “In a creepy old castle all covered with spines, lived twelve ugly monsters in two crooked lines,” begins Frainkenstein by Ludworst Bemonster. Little ghouls and boys everywhere will devour this spooky riff on the classic Madeline. Mad scientist Miss Devel (barely) manages a brood of young monsters ranging from a skeleton, a mummy, and a vampire, to a zombie and a werewolf, but the ugliest and scariest is Frankenstein, an adorable green little spook. When Frankenstein loses his head (literally), he’s whisked off by Dr. Bone to the laboratory, where chaos ensues. Fans of both Madeline and monsters will  delight in the many silly “scary” details, like the “CaldeNOT Horror Book” medal on the cover, and the spot-on old-fashioned style of the illustrations. Look for the picture of the mummy using his bandages as a swing, and the vampire’s coffin tucked into his bunk bed. On Halloween or anytime, Frankenstein kills. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tractor Saves the Day

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
Mandy Archer’s Tractor Saves the Day, with bright, colorful illustrations by Martha Lightfoot, takes us through a typical day on the farm with Tractor and Dog. Tractor has many important jobs to do around the farm, so Dog and Tractor have to get started by the time the sun rises. Tractor needs some special tools to help get all the farm work done. Dog attaches a bale fork to Tractor so they can pick up the hay and bring it to feed the cows. Dog and Tractor also use a plow, and a rope to help them complete their work. There are lots of fun action noises to say throughout the story: “Squelch! Vrrrooom! Honk, Honk!” In the back of the book, the different parts of Tractor are labeled, and there are more pictures that name other important farm equipment. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 4, 2013

Will You Be My Friend?

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Will You Be My Friend by Nancy Tafuri is a wonderful book about friendship. Bunny and Bird share an apple tree. Bird lives in the branches, and Bunny lives in a hole in the trunk. When Bird sings, Bunny comes out to listen. "Will you be my friend?" Bunny asks. But Bird is too shy to answer! One day a terrible storm comes. Bird is wet and miserable. Bunny invites Bird down to his home where it's safe and dry. The next day Bunny, and his other woodland friends, help Bird re-build her nest. She is overcome and sings Bunny a song of thanks. They are truly good friends now! This gentle story of kindness is sure to please, and Tafuri has written many other Bunny and Bird stories you may enjoy as well. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 1, 2013

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky is a story about a wonderful visit to a pumpkin patch in the fall. Two children go with Daddy to the pumpkin patch. When they get there, they go on a hay ride. Along the way, they pick shapes, and try to match them with the objects they see. The bale of hay they are sitting on is a square. The pumpkins and apples are round and circular. They see many shapes including diamonds, stars, and hexagons. This book is beautifully illustrated with lots of shapes for the children to find on each page, and wonderful fall colors. See this book listed in our catalog
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