Friday, March 29, 2013

Silence

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
When was the last time you sat in silence? In our busy lives, we often forget to notice the amazing things around us. The sounds of the changing seasons, your feet while dancing, the waves crashing. In the book Silence you will be re-introduced to silence, and your child will open their mind to imagination and curiosity. This book is written and illustrated by Lemniscates, a studio of artists and designers in Barcelona.  After you read this book, take a moment with your child. Be still. Listen. How many things can you hear? See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Railroad Hank

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Railroad Hank by Lisa Moser, illustrated by Benji Davies. Railroad Hank has a very fine train that he chugs up and down the track. One day, as he’s headed up the mountain to see Granny Bett who is feeling blue, he stops by Missy May’s farm to chat. He tells Missy May about Granny Bett feeling blue, and she says “A plate of scambly eggs always perks me up.” She tells Hank to take some of her eggs to Granny Bett. But Hank rubs his chin and wonders: where do you get eggs? “From my hens, of course,” said Missy May. “Okay Dokey,” says Hank and takes the hens. As the train is leaving, Missy yells “take the eggs, not the hens!” But Hank is already on his way to his next stop at Dandelion Dairy, where he chats with Country Carl. Country Carl offers creamy milk from his cows. But Hank wonders where creamy milk comes from, and ends up taking whole cows with him. “Wait!” yells Country Carl. “Take the milk not the cow!” But the train is pulling away, as Missy May and Country Carl are running after. Where else will Railroad Hank stop on his way to see Granny Bett, and what other crazy cargo will he put on the train? Full page colorful pictures accompany this story with lovable characters. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wee Rhymes

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Nursery rhymes are important! When children hear rhymes, they learn the sounds of different vowels and consonants. They also learn how to put these sounds together to make words. Rhymes are patterns repeat, which allows children to easily recall and memorize sounds. They also make great facial exercises for children’s tongues and mouths, which may help with speech later on. Not to mention, nursery rhymes are fun! Together you and your child will make lasting memories that will forever bond you. If you are interested in sharing rhymes with your child, check out Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book, a collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and original rhymes by Jane Yolen, with illustrations by Jane Dyer. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Martha Doesn't Say Sorry!

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry by Samantha Berger, we meet Martha. Martha can do lots of great things. She makes presents, shares her snacks, and reads stories. What Martha doesn’t do is say she’s sorry. Ever. Sometimes Martha does things that aren’t very nice. She sticks her tongue out, and throws things, but she never, ever says she’s sorry. One day, Martha does some really bad things. She spills batter on her mother, paints her father’s back red, and makes so much noise that her baby brother can’t take his nap. After her time out, Martha wants one of the cookies her mother just made. She wants a piggy back ride from her father. She wants a hug from her baby brother. She soon learns that cookies, piggy back rides, and hugs aren’t given to little girls who can’t say they’re sorry. Find out if Martha decides to give apologizing a try. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lottie Paris and the Best Place

Submitted by Ms. Melissa
What’s your best place?  Well, if you’re Lottie Paris or Carl, your best place would be the library! At the library you will discover books about stars, planets, and dinosaurs.  You can even learn about new things, and make new friends! Lottie Paris and the Best Place by Angela Johnson, with illustrations by Scott M. Fischer, is the “best” book for children discovering the magical world of libraries. If you haven’t already – check out your local “best” place, the St. Mary’s County Library: “My place to Learn, Discover, and Relax!” While there, find books about the stars and planets, under the call number J 520, or check out a book or two on dinosaurs in the J 567.9 section.  If you aren’t able to visit your library, you can always visit us online, and read a tumble book or two.  To access Tumble Books, visit our website at www.stmalib.org , under the “Kids” tab, select “Tumble Books.” See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Have you ever lost something only to realize you had it the whole time? Duck has in Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting and Sergio Ruzzier. This simple mystery is filled with repeating words, and flows with rhythm and rhyme. Duck cannot find his socks. He knows they are new, and they are blue. He asks his friends the fox, and the ox, but they have not seen his new, blue socks. He looks down by the rocks, but still cannot find his new, blue socks. Finally, he asks the Peacocks, and they have seen Duck’s new, blue socks! He is wearing them! In the end, Duck is happy to find his new, blue socks. This book is great for lap sits, bed time, and story time. Children can guess where Duck might find his socks, and help him look for them along with Fox, Ox, and the peacocks. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 11, 2013

999 Frogs Wake Up

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kimura is a delightful tale about frogs and friendship! Wake up! It’s springtime in the swamp! As 999 young frogs awaken, they panic to find that all of the other animals are still asleep. First they wake the biggest frog… then the tortoise, the lizard, and the ladybugs. But when they hop down a hole and all pull together, they find someone they don’t want to wake--a big, long snake. Don’t wake him up! Luckily for the frogs, the tortoise carefully carries the snake away. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 8, 2013

Tickle Monster

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
In Tickle Monster, written by Josie Bissett and illustrated by Kevan J. Atteberry, a Tickle Monster from outer space has come to Earth to put his tickling talents to use! The Tickle Monster will tickle your neck, your tummy, and everything in between! With bright and engaging illustrations, and fun rhyming text, this will be a fantastic book to share! Have your child guess what will be tickled next, and let them tickle you right back!  And remember that the most important part of tickling, is telling someone that you love them so much! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Z Is for Moose

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
In Z is for Moose, written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, it is alphabet day and everyone is excited to take part in the ABC show! All of the alphabet friends get ready to go on stage and show off their letters. A is for apple! B is for ball! C is for cat! D is for Moose?! Moose is so excited to be part of the alphabet; he keeps showing up before it is his turn. Over and over again Moose shows up for the wrong letter, until finally it is time for the letter M! But has Moose made a mistake too many times? Will he get to be part of the alphabet show at all? With goofy illustrations and a simple but funny story, kids will enjoy both learning their letters and seeing Moose find his place in the show. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Olive Branch: Red & Yellow's Noisy Night

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Red & Yellow's Noisy Night by Josh Selig is a story about conflict resolution. Red and Yellow are two creatures that live in the branches of an olive tree together. Most of the time, life is harmonious. But occasionally, Red and Yellow do not see eye to eye. Like when Yellow thinks it's time for bed, and Red thinks it's time to play his "strummy." Yellow tries to impart the importance of a good night's rest to Red, but Red just wants to make music. "Stop playing your strummy so I can sleep!" says Yellow. "Stop trying to sleep so I can play my strummy!" says Red. But before anyone can get too upset, they reach a compromise. If Red plays his strummy soft and sweetly, it will actually help Yellow get to sleep, and then they can both be happy! This book is a product of the Little Light Foundation which was inspired by Selig's experiences working in children's television with Israelis and Palestinians. The goal of the Little Light Foundation is to create media which helps children learn to treat each other with respect, and I think this book accomplishes that purpose in a beautiful way. We all have something to learn from Red, Yellow, and their strummy. See this book listed in our catalog and learn more about The Olive Branch.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Princess In Training

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer is a book about a princess named Viola Louise Hassenfeffer. Viola is not an ordinary princess. She loves karate, and diving, and skateboarding--things that ordinary princesses just don't do. The king and queen want desperately for Viola to be a proper princess. One day Viola receives a letter inviting her to Camp Princess, where she can learn to behave like royalty should, and be the darling of her kingdom. Viola decides to give this Camp Princess a try. At the camp, they try to teach the princesses how to wave properly, and how to have good posture. Viola can't get the hang of it, and she decides to do some karate moves instead. Next, her instructor tries to teach the girls how to dress and walk. Viola decides she is too hot in all those clothes and goes for a swim. When they are being taught how to dance, Viola decides to get her skateboard out and do some moves on that. Viola is about to give up on her princess training when suddenly a dragon appears. All the princesses are frightened. Except Viola. Viola stands up to that dragon, and she gives him a karate chop! She dives in the fountain, and splashes the dragon! Then she skateboards circles around him, until the dragon collapses on the floor. All the other princesses crowd around Viola. She is their hero and they all want to learn her moves. Viola wasn't proper, but she was the darling of her kingdom. See this book listed in our catalog
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