Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Hustle

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson is a Halloween story about a skeleton who loves to dance. There is going to be a Halloween party hosted by Ghost on Halloween night and Skeleton is invited along with many other scary monsters. Skeleton is very excited because there will be a dance contest at the Halloween party. He begins practicing his dance moves doing the "Halloween Hustle" on his way to the party. While dancing, he trips on a crack, and his bones scatter everywhere. Luckily he is able to put himself back together with the help of some rubber bands. He continues on his way to the party with his monster friends, but along the way he falls apart again after tripping on a black cat. He finally reaches the party and does the Halloween Hustle, but he trips over Zombie's foot and his bones scatter everywhere again! This time his skeleton friend is there to help him by gluing him back together for good with super strong glue. Now he can dance the night away and not have to worry about scattering his bones everywhere. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Skeleton Cat

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Skeleton Cat by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Dan Krall. Crash! Zap! Skeleton Cat wakes up, gives his bones a shake, stretches, and goes Rattle, Yawn. “Rattle. Rattle, Clink. Tip top. Purrrrrrrrrr. Ka-plink, ka-plink, ka-plink.” Some bats zip by, and the ghosts are moaning, when Skeleton Cat says “Where am I?” He sees that he is all bones as he jumps around. Just then a gust of wind blows a flyer by that says there's an audition for a drummer. Skeleton Cat has been dreaming all his nine lives about becoming a drummer. Well, the ghosts and the owls start laughing. A drummer in the living world? “You’re a spook! A ghoul! A phantom cat!” But Skeleton Cat is not deterred. He hurries on his way, all the while going “Rattle, clink. Tip top. Purrrrrrrrrr. Ka-plink, ka-plink, ka-plink.” Along the way, kids clap to the rhythm. Then he runs into trouble. A dog tries to bite him and a rat tries to chew him. Finally, he makes it to the audition! Find out how Skeleton Cat performs as he drums his way with rhythm and chills. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Me and My Dragon

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
In Me and My Dragon by Daniel Biedrzycki a boy lists all the reasons he wants a pet dragon, and describes how he would take care of it. The boy includes tips for selection (like why you shouldn't choose a three-headed dragon), discipline (like what to do if your dragon misbehaves), and diet (like why you should never give a dragon broccoli). It is a wonderful story for children and parents to enjoy. Why have a cat, dog, or guinea pig, when you can have a dragon instead? A dragon that is funny, can fly, and, best of all, helps you make perfect s'mores. Biedrzycki's illustrations are so vivid and alive, you feel as if you are part of the story itself. Oh, and if you look really closely, Biedrzycki has another little friend who makes an appearance on almost every page. Hint: It is not a dragon! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tiptoe Joe

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson. Tiptoe Joe, a large bear in red sneakers, tiptoes through the countryside. Kids will love watching Tiptoe Joe lead a group of his animal friends on an adventure. Joe instructs his buddies to be as quiet as possible. They tiptoe—as well as they can on their hooves, claws, and furry feet—through a field, across a fallen log leading over a stream, through the woods, and up a hill. When they arrive at Joe’s, he shows them something very special. It’s his brand-new baby bear cubs, fast asleep in their mother’s arms! See this book listed in our catalog

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Noni the Pony

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Noni the Pony by Alison Lester is a delightful story book in rhyme with full page illustrations of Noni and the farm she lives on in Waratah Bay. Noni is friendly and funny. Her mane and tail are the color of honey. She likes eating apples, and carrots, and hay. Noni likes to play all day long. She trots and prances, gallops and spins, canters and bucks. Her favorite animals to play with are her two best friends: Dave the Dog and Coco the Cat. Noni tells them stories and is gentle and kind. She never lets anyone get left behind. She might get a little spooked at night with the rustle in the trees from the breeze. Could it be monsters? But Noni and her friends snuggle down for a song, then they sleep all night long. See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Zebra who was Sad

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
The Zebra who was Sad by Rachel Elliot and John Bendall-Brunello. Zebra is sad. His best friend, Giraffe, is moving away! His other jungle friends try to cheer him up and play games with him. Even though he’s having fun, he feels sad that he’s having it without his friend Giraffe. It doesn’t take long for him to realize it’s okay to have fun and still miss your friend. Eventually he receives a letter from Giraffe who says he misses Zebra and all their other jungle friends. This gives Zebra the opportunity to cheer his friend Giraffe up, because that’s what friends do. They make you feel happy. The back of the book offers suggestions on what to discuss next with your child and how to go from sad to happy. This is a perfect teaching book for those who are moving away, or have someone close to them that is moving away. You can also discuss emotions and what causes them. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cat Dreams

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
If you were a cat, what would you dream? In the book Cat Dreams by Ursula K. Le Guin you’ll find out. Raining mice, runaway dogs, catnip trees?!? Enjoy dreamland with this cuddly calico with cute and clever illustrations by S.D. Schindler. Where’s the best place to nap? You’ll have to read to find out... Reading simple books such as this can be expanded upon by discussing the images in the book. You can count how many cats are in the catnip tree, or how many blue jays are singing. You can even ask your child: if they were a cat, what would they dream. This would be a great opportunity for children to use their imagination and share their amazing thoughts with you. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Big Dog

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
My Big Dog by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. Merl is a cat. A typical cat, who owns his home and everything and everyone in it. Until one day, when his people bring home a golden retriever puppy. Suddenly, Merl’s world is turned upside down. He can’t hide from the puppy and can’t figure out a way to get rid of him either. So there’s only one thing left for Merl to do: run away from home. Running away turns out to be not so great after all. True, he may be rid of his new foe, the puppy, but now he has to put up with painted claws and froofy bows and being left out in the cold and rain. It doesn’t seem like a very happy life for a cat who once owned everything! Merl is unaware that he’s missed and loved by a certain dog that eventually finds Merl and returns him home. Maybe they can be friends after all!?! This book has adorable illustrations and can be enjoyed by families who are getting new pets or experiencing issues involving running away. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Inside Outside

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Inside Outside is a wordless picture book by Lizi Boyd  In this book, you will journey with a boy, his dog, and occasionally his cat, inside their home and then outside. Each page features a cut out displaying something from the next scene. A bird on a snowman’s arm becomes a piece of art work hung on the refrigerator. This creative method helps children infer and predict facts about the story. Each detailed page tells many stories so that each time you open the book a different adventure awaits you. Wordless picture books are an important early literacy tool. Reading is more than just decoding the words on the page; it’s also about understanding the pictures and comprehending the relationship between the two. Those who struggle with letter recognition often feel defeated when seeing words on a page, but with a wordless picture book they will be drawn into an imaginative world where they can successfully read the story. This book gives the guardian many opportunities to ask questions. This may be a fun way to discover your child’s imagination; you never know how they might answer. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

To the Beach

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Rain. It’s no fun when you plan on going to the beach. But, if you have an imagination, a little rain won’t get you down. In To the Beach by Thomas Docherty, you’ll follow a young boy on his beach adventure. True, it might not be a “real” beach he’s traveling to, but it sure beats staring out the window wishing he were on a real one… in the rain. This imaginative little dude even hitches a ride on the back of a camel to reach his destination. This silly, quirky, beautifully illustrated book will surely get a giggle or two of out of your preschooler. So, read on, and check it out. His next adventure? How about a trip to a beach…on the moon. Anyone?!? See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Snatchabook

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
In The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty a rabbit named Eliza Brown reads a book each night before bed, like all the other residents of Burrow Down. But lately all the books have been disappearing, so Eliza devises a plan to stay up late and catch the book thief, using a pile of books as bait. Imagine her surprise when meets the Snatchabook, the small creature who has been taking all the books! When Eliza learns why the Snatchabook has been stealing books, she comes up with an idea to help him make amends. With beautiful illustrations and rhyming text, the Dochertys have created a bedtime story that is sure to make both parents and children smile as they read together. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Little Bit Scary People

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
The Little Bit Scary People by Emily Jenkins is about a little girl who uses her imagination to help herself feel better about the scary looking people she sees each day. Maybe the scary looking boy with the spiked hair likes to curl up on his bed with his cat. Maybe the mean, scary bus driver makes deliciously wonderful breakfasts for her family. And maybe the principal, with her scary fingernails, is lovely as she twirls during the dance class she takes each night. She knows for sure that the scary looking teenage girl wearing the leather jacket actually plays football with her brothers and always lets them win. She knows this because that scary looking teenage girl is her very own sister. Maybe, just maybe, some people aren't as scary as they seem. The illustrations, by Alexandra Boiger, are delightful. Each page expresses just what this little girl is feeling and thinking. This story is a modern lesson in not judging a book by its cover, and it’s a great way to help a child feel better about people who may look a little bit scary to them. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Who's on First?

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Who's on first. What's on second. I don't know's on third. The famous comedy routine by Abbott and Costello comes to life for a new generation in Who's on First the picture book! Abbott, the rabbit, is the newest player on Costello, the bear's, baseball team, and he's about to be introduced to some players with very interesting, and confusing, names! This hilarious story, with fun, colorful illustrations by John Martz, is sure to be a hit with kids who love to laugh, love animals, or love baseball (or all three)! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
In Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath a crew of dogs working on a construction site makes for a delightful picture book. Duke heads up a pack of construction worker dogs as they suit up in boots, gloves, goggles, and dirt-digging suits to build a park! The dogs get to use all kinds of cool equipment - a crane, dump truck, loader, bulldozer, and cement truck. Most fun of all, they get to dig. Like all dogs, they love digging. I love this book! It is a great book for the young boy crowd. The illustrations are so fun and well done, and the text is great for young kids who are learning to read. Grandparents (like me) should definitely have one of these around! The illustrations alone will inspire hours of interesting conversation with your young ones! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Extra Yarn

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett is a sweet tale of a little girl named Annabelle and her magical box of yarn. Annabelle lives in a dull grey town. One day she finds a box of every colored yarn so she decides to knit herself a sweater. When she is finished there is extra yarn so she knits a sweater for her dog too. There is still extra yarn. Annabelle knits sweaters for her friends, classmates, teachers, and doctors but somehow there is always still extra yarn. Next, Annabelle knits sweaters for all the animals and for things that usually don’t wear sweaters. There is always plenty of yarn. The dull grey town is transformed. The word spreads all over and people came from far and wide to meet Annabelle. One day an Archduke arrives in the town and offers Annabelle ten million dollars for her magic box of yarn but she won’t sell. The Archduke steals the box of yard only to find the box is empty for him. When the box finds it’s way back to Annabelle it is again full of extra yarn. Beautiful pictures and a magical theme make this a great read for little ones to enjoy as they guess when the supply of yarn may end and what will happen next. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Paul Thurlby's Alphabet

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet is a concept alphabet book for young pre-school aged children, which has more unusual elements than most alphabet books. Each page contains an image of an object or animal forming the letter and the results are very creative and unique. For example the letter F is for FIERCE and is formed in the shape of a lion roaring. M is for MOUNTAIN, so the letter is drawn as a mountain against a scene of sky, trees, and animals. The reader will no doubt have to be equally as creative while describing the artwork to the child, but this adds fun and variety to the experience. See this book listed in our catalog
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