Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ball

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
“BALL?!”  This is the only word that you will find in the aptly named book, Ball by Mary Sullivan.  It follows a dog as he spends his day wandering around his house desperately looking for someone to play catch with him. He loves playing catch so much that he sleeps with his small rubber ball in his mouth. When he awakes, he immediately wakes up his owner, a little girl that he was snuggled up with, and thinks “ball?” She then jumps out of bed, grabs the ball, holds it high over her head and yells “BALL!” just before hurling the ball down the hallway. He is ecstatic as he chases the ball down and brings it back to her, but she is already getting ready for school. No time to play fetch. No time for ball. The book follows this poor dog as he spends his day waiting for the little girl to come back from school, never letting his rubber ball stray too far from his mind or mouth. This story is an adorable reminder for just how one-minded our dogs can seem at times and why we love them for it. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Number One Sam

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Winning feels great, right?  That’s exactly how Sam feels every time he wins a race. In Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli, Sam is the best racecar driver he knows. He’s the best at driving fast, swerving around turns, and he always comes in first place. He is the best at driving racecars out of all of his friends, and that is simply a fact. Until one day… Sam doesn’t win. Poor Sam is so heartbroken that he switches his car number from one to (gulp) two. During the next race he is determined to come in first place, but he immediately slams on his breaks when he sees five little chicks standing in the middle of the road. He has to make a quick decision: save the baby chicks or try to win the race. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but let’s just say that Sam learns that there are some things that feel much better than winning a race. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 5, 2014

President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
We at the Kid's Book Blog think Mac Barnett is pretty swell. Looks like he's hit another one out of the park with President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath. We've all heard the rumors: President Taft had a special bath tub put in the White House to accommodate his size. This is true! And that prior to this he once found himself lodged in the White House tub, and 2 or 4 men had to free him with a gallon of butter. This is probably not true. But it makes for a great story! In this book, Taft, our beloved 27th President, gets stuck in the bath. 2 hours later the first lady, Nellie Taft, comes to check on him. "It's a disaster!" the President exclaims, "Call the Vice President!" When the veep arrives he says he's ready to be sworn in. "Blast that!" bellows Taft. "Call the secretary of state!" The secretary of state suggests some diet and exercise may be helpful to President Taft. "I need something fast!" says the President. "Call the secretary of agriculture!" Taft continues to summon more and more advisers until practically the whole Cabinet is working on a solution to get Taft out of the bath! This hilarious story will have your kiddo rolling in the aisles. Thanks Mac Barnett for this story that needed to be told! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lion Lion

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Lion Lion by Miriam Busch is a story about a boy and a lion. The boy is searching for Lion, and Lion is looking for lunch. The boy gives Lion several suggestions for lunch. He suggests grass, but Lion says it's too snappy because it is full of snapping turtles. He suggests mushrooms, but Lion says no they are too prickly because they are full of porcupines. What about berries? No, too stinky because of the skunks that are also enjoying the delicious berries. Lion really just wants boy for lunch. The boy suggests flowers. Lion says no, because birds are on the flowers and feathers make him sneeze. This gives the boy a great idea: while Lion has his mouth wide open the little boy and a bird jump in. He finds his kitten, named Lion, inside. He tickles Lion's throat with the birds feathers until Lion sneezes. The boy, bird, and kitten all fly out. The boy takes his little home along with all the other animals he has made friends with along the way, turtles, skunks, porcupines, and mice and feeds them all. Everything is fine until, uh oh, Lion the kitten is missing again. Could he have been eaten by crocodile? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 1, 2014

Small Medium & Large

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Small Medium & Large by Jane Monroe Donovan. A little girl who has just moved into a new house writes a letter to Santa. She doesn't ask Santa for new toys, but something more special. On Christmas morning she goes downstairs to find 3 boxes, each one a different size: one small, one medium, and one large. She opens the small box to find a cat, the medium a dog, and the large box contains a miniature horse! They head outside for a day of fun in the snow: sledding, making snow men and snow angels, and a snowball fight! After having fun they head indoors to bake fish and horseshoe shaped cookies, sit by the warm fire, and then snuggle into bed after writing a thank you letter to Santa. This almost wordless picture book is perfect for sharing with children one on one, or in a small group. See this book listed in out catalog

Friday, November 28, 2014

Winter Is Coming

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnson, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. A girl with her sketch book walks through the woods throughout the seasons of fall to winter. She quietly observes many of the forest animals as they begin to prepare for winter. In September, fall is on its way, but winter is coming and you can feel it. She is quiet, quiet as a red fox comes near. He sniffs a red apple. Wrinkled or not it is food. From her perch on an old wooden plank placed high in a tree, the girl can see many of the animals as they forage for food. Skunks waddle by. They smell not really bad but real. It is October and she sees woodpeckers hammering their holes and plugging them with acorns. Animals do not waste. November is here and chipmunks are chattering and busy eating seeds from pinecones. Deer come near nibbling, looking for food. Winter is coming. Canadian geese honk overhead and a flock of turkeys jostle by. She is quiet, quiet and then the snow is dusting her. It is late November and winter is here. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Being Thankful

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Sometimes it’s a challenge to remember to be thankful. In Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer, Little Critter is letting his wants get the better of him. Why can’t he have cool new sneakers, or a fancy new scooter? Why do other kids get to have big ice cream sundaes and trips to the movie theater when he only gets an ice cream cone and a dvd at home? Mom and Dad try to help him remember to be thankful for all the things he does have, but Little Critter is really having a hard time. One day, he goes a bit too far and takes his frustration out on his little sister. Mom and Dad think it’s time for him to visit his grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa live on a farm. While being their helper, Little Critter realizes how thankful each animal is for a place to live and the food they are fed. Just in case he forgets again, Grandpa gives Little Critter a “thankful rock” to keep in his pocket and bring out whenever he needs a reminder. Any fans of Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter will enjoy this latest installment, and anyone in need of a gentle reminder to be thankful will have a fun time being reminded. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tiptop Cat

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
In Tiptop Cat by C. Roger Mader a handsome black-and-white cat arrives in his new apartment home as a birthday gift to a young girl. The cat explores and is pleased to find that from his high-up balcony, he can reach the rooftops and be “on top of the world.” It’s a fitting home for a such a regal, confident feline. Then one scary day, the cat makes a serious mistake, and takes a very bad fall! He’s not hurt (though his careful owner takes him to the vet to make sure) but the proud animal becomes a scaredy-cat, too nervous to seek adventure any more. What will it take for the Tiptop Cat find his courage again, and re-take his rightful place on the top of the world? Cat-loving kids will adore the detailed, highly realistic pastel paintings and the cat’s wonderful expressions. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Backhoe Joe

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander, illustrated by Craig Cameron. Nolan is out playing when he finds a stray backhoe. He names the backhoe Joe and takes him home. Joe isn’t trained—he digs up the garden, revs at the mailman, and treads on the neighbor’s grass—so Nolan works hard to show him how to behave. One day, after finding a great place for Joe to dig, Nolan sees a “Lost Backhoe” sign. The picture on the sign is definitely of Joe. Nolan decides that he needs to return Joe to his owner, even though he isn’t sure he’ll ever see him again. Cameron’s illustrations are vibrant and perfect for the story. Alexander’s depiction of Joe as a backhoe makes this lost “pet” story appealing to any child who has dreamed of having their very own construction vehicle and the twist on the last page will make older readers smile too. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby Bear

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson is a beautiful book about a little bear who's wandered away from home. Feeling lost and alone, he seeks direction from other animals in the forest. The Mountain Lion suggests he retrace his steps, but Baby Bear wasn't really paying attention. The Squirrels say when they're lost they just hug a tree and think of home, but then any tree is their home really. Baby Bear thinks hugging a tree seems silly, but he tries it anyway. It doesn't work. Ram says when he's lost he climbs higher to see further, and that singing a song helps. Owl hears Baby Bear singing and tells him not to give up. Baby Bear's journey is long and arduous, but he keeps going with the help of his forest friends, until he's finally home. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pi-Rat!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Who’s the most rascally rat to sail the seas? Pi-Rat! by Maxine Lee. Pi-Rat and his fearsome crew, gray cat and orange squirrel, are enjoying a carefree pirate’s life. There are absolutely no rules on Pi-Rat’s mighty ship. They aren’t afraid of anything, not even crocodiles, hungry sharks, or even the dark. One day while searching for buried treasure on the beach Pi-Rat spots a scary sight in his telescope. There it was, the most gruesome beast, “A Pirate Queen.” They are surely doomed! Just when Pi-Rat's crew is taken, the bathtub plug was pulled. Standing at the tub with a warm towel was the terrible beast: it be momster! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Moonlight Ocean

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Moonlight Ocean by Elizabeth Golding. Have you ever wondered what happens in the ocean after dark? As you open this book prepare to discover what lurks in the ocean. A different sea creature is discovered on each page. There are interesting facts about each specific sea creature including a “Did you know” section. At the bottom of each page there are pictures of other creatures that would also live near that animal. Use the magic flashlight on every page to reveal the hidden creatures in the ocean’s depths! Each spread appears to be dark, but point the flashlight and watch brilliant aquatic life illustrations magically illuminate. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bear Sees Colors

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is a simple book about colors. Bear and Mouse are just walking along chatting when Bear sees the color blue. He sees blue flowers, blueberries and a blue pail. The author encourages the reader to find the blue things on the page. Then Bear and Mouse and their friend rabbit spy the color red and again the reader is encouraged to find the red things on the page.The story continues with the colors yellow, green, and brown. This is a cute story about colors and friendship. At the end of the story the animals all get together and have a big picnic with lots of food, lots of colors, and lots of friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Wolves in the Walls

Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. Everyone knows that it’s all over when the wolves come out of the walls. And Lucy just knows that there are wolves living in the walls of their big, old house. Her mom thinks it’s mice, her dad thinks it’s rats, and her brother thinks she’s bats, but Lucy knows it’s wolves. That night, while everyone is sleeping, the wolves come out of the walls, and the family flees to the bottom of their garden. What else do you do when the wolves come out of the walls? When Lucy realizes that she left her beloved pig puppet behind, she knows she must take back the house. Neil Gaiman’s quirky sense of humor will delight children who are not afraid of the things that go bump in the night.  Dave McKean’s unique artwork helps to make this book a delightfully scary, strange, and hilarious romp for children who like stories that are not all rainbows and sunshine. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just One More

Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli. Ruby is full of energy and always wants "just one more." One more minute to sleep, one more hair thingy, one more ride, until just one more is too much. Ruby learns a lesson about when enough is enough, but she is still enthusiastic about everything she does. Rolli's bright illustrations make this a delightful story to share with your little one. You and your child will both enjoy Ruby's "puppy dog" looks that win her "just one more." If you know a child that always needs just one more bedtime story or kiss goodnight, this book will be just right for you! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Book With No Pictures

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. “Why would any kid want to read a book with no pictures?” you might be asking yourself. True, this book has no pictures, from the front cover to the back. None at all. Only words. BUT, this book is special because it reveals a secret rule about books that you might not know. The rule is this: when a grown up reads this book, they have to say EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. that is written in this book. No matter what. Get ready to giggle while reading this interactive picture-less book with your kids. Even preschoolers can enjoy this silly book (I tested it on my 3-year-old, and was asked for multiple repeat performances!) where grown ups must make all kinds of ridiculous sounds, goofy voices, and even pretend to be a ROBOT MONKEY! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Meet Buddy and the bunnies in Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food, an official Bob Shea story. Buddy is a scary monster! He wants to eat all the bunnies! He's terrifying! But wait. The bunnies were just about to make cupcakes. Cupcakes? Maybe Buddy can wait to eat the bunnies and bake with them instead. The next day though he's definitely going to eat them. But wait! The bunnies were just about to go swimming. Swimming? That sounds like fun. Buddy can't eat the bunnies and then go swimming. He'd get a belly ache. But tomorrow those bunnies are getting eaten for sure. But wait! The bunnies are on their way to a carnival. Carnival? Buddy wants to go! And he would eat those bunnies if he didn't get sick on the rides... When Buddy shows up the next day, he's bound and determined to finally eat those bunnies. But wait! He's had so much fun with those bunnies the past few days, and didn't his mother always say never to play with your food? Maybe bunnies aren't food after all. Maybe they're friends! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills is a delightful board book featuring two lovable characters, Duck and Goose. When their friend Thistle walks by with a great big pumpkin, Duck and Goose are determined to find one for themselves. Although there are very few words on each page, we still enjoy a story full of fun! Duck and Goose search high (in an apple tree) and low (in a log) and everywhere in between to find a pumpkin of their own. Just when they think they've searched everywhere, Thistle shows up with a helpful pumpkin finding hint for them. Little readers will enjoy saying “No…” to all the silly places Duck and Goose search. The illustrations are beautifully done in oil and they set the scene for crisp autumn romp through the woods. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Little Boo

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli, illustrated by Tim Zeltner. What would you call a little seed who is trying to be scary? Boo! Of course! Little Boo is a seed but he kind of resembles a ghostly shape, which gives away what time of year it is. It’s Fall, and little Boo is making his way through the gardens and fields trying to scare other creatures. The wind tells little Boo that it isn’t time to be scary yet. What exactly does she mean? The snow comes and covers little Boo as he is resting underground for what seems like a very long time. Changes happen to little Boo as he is under the ground. When he finally feels the warm sunshine, he reaches for it. He stretches and reaches and begins to grow. Will he eventually become something scary? The wind knows. This is a delightful seasonal story for preschoolers and little ones. The illustrations are unique too. The artist used acrylic on plywood with stains and glazes for a wonderful effect. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meet the Parents

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
Meet the Parents by Peter Bently. Maybe you think that parents are just there to tell you what to do. To make sure you brush your teeth, eat your veggies, and go to bed on time. It’s true, parents do all of those things, but parents have many other jobs and uses that you may never have thought of before: they can be towels and heaters, sofas and tent poles. Wait, tent poles? With bright, playful pictures, this book shows the many things parents do for and with their kids. Parents will chuckle, shake their heads, and smile over the amusing pictures, and say “Yes, that’s true!” Kids will be reminded of the many different ways that parents can show how much they love their children. Snuggle up with your favorite little one, and share a sweet and silly story together! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Uni the Unicorn

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager. Uni was just like all other unicorns for the most part. She had the power to heal and mend. She could make wishes come true, and she had a magnificent mane and sparkly hooves (of course, her's were extra beautiful too). But there was one thing that made her different from all other unicorns that she knew. Uni believed that little girls were REAL. All her friends just laughed at her and said there are no such things. Her parents just smiled at her and nodded their heads. But Uni just knew that no matter what everyone says, little girls were real. She would imagine all the things that she could do with a real girl, like run through meadows, spin and twirl in the sunlight, and especially sliding down rainbows together. What Uni didn’t know is that somewhere far away, but not that far, there was a little girl, who thought unicorns were real too. Not just make-believe, just waiting for her to be their friend... See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bruno and Titch: The Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Bruno and Titch: The Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig by Sheena Dempsey is a story about a guinea pig named Titch who so desperately wants his very own big person. Titch is the only guinea pig left in the pet shop and he is so lonely. All he wants is a big person to come in and take him home. Then one day Bruno comes in and takes Titch home. Titch is so happy and so is Bruno. Titch does think his new home is a little strange though and it's going to take some time to get used to. Titch thinks Bruno eats some strange foods, he gets up very early, and he likes to play a lot. Titch goes along but some of the things Bruno plays aren't very fun for Titch. They can be a little scary for a guinea pig. Even though Titch and Bruno are very different they become the best of friends. One day Bruno starts acting a little strange: he doesn't take Titch out of his bed in the morning like he usually does, and he goes off by himself and leaves Titch. Titch is worried that Bruno is getting bored with him and he is afraid he is going to send him back to the pet shop.Then Bruno comes to get Titch and he shows him a big surprise. Bruno has been very busy building Titch a very special guinea pig palace complete with all of Titch's favorite things. He has a Jacuzzi, a fruit-salad bar, a private bathroom, and a comfy bed. What a wonderful friend! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Little Elliot, Big City

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato. Little Elliot is a small, polka-dotted elephant who lives in a big city. He loves his urban home, but his tiny size presents problems: Little Elliot is jostled in big crowds, and struggles to reach things like door handles, sinks, and the top shelf of his own refrigerator. With creativity and a can-do attitude, Little Elliot finds ways to work around most challenges, but his biggest problem as a small elephant is simply to be noticed. Cab drivers never see him waving, and when he tries to buy cupcakes, the bakery workers can’t see him over the high counter. Sad and cupcake-less, Little Elliot gives in to despair and starts home. Along the way, he meets a mouse and realizes that this smaller creature’s problems are much bigger than his own… and that he, Little Elliot, is big enough to help! By working together, Little Elliot and Mouse take on the Big City and finally get what they want… and need. Curato’s lovely pencil drawings, digitally colored, show the tiny pachyderm hero making his way in a bustling 1940’s cityscape, alone and self-sufficient in his small apartment (where strategically placed cushions and book stacks help him manage chores and mealtime), or just barely peeking over too-high countertops. Small children, vertically-challenged grownups, and anyone who’s ever felt overlooked will find a kindred spirit in Little Elliot, and cheer when triumph makes him finally feel like the tallest elephant in the world! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lazy Ozzie

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In Lazy Ozzie by Michael Coleman, we meet a baby owl named Ozzie. Ozzie’s mother thinks it’s time for him to learn to fly. Ozzie is perfectly happy lazing away and practicing being wise. Learning to fly looks like an awful lot of work to him. When his mother tells him to be on the ground by the time she gets back from gathering food, Ozzie decides to be wise. Instead of flying from his perch to the ground, he rounds up his barnyard friends with cries of “HELP!” and hops from the tallest to the shortest, gradually reaching the ground. His friends aren’t too pleased to learn that his cries for help were all part of his wise master plan. What Ozzie doesn’t know is that Mother Owl has been watching the whole time. As an added bonus, the illustrator, Gwyneth Williamson, has hidden Mother Owl on each page during Ozzie’s “flight” to the ground. Will Mother Owl let Ozzie get away with this trick, or is she a little too wise for that? You'll have to read to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Journey

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Journey by Aaron Becker is a wordless story book that follows a young girl as she journeys across magical realms through the use of a simple piece of red chalk. On one dreary day, she finds that her family is too busy to play with her. When she goes back to her room to mope, she discovers a piece of red chalk on her bedroom floor. On a whim, she uses the chalk to draw a door on her bedroom wall and discovers, to her delight, that the door becomes real, and that it leads to a beautiful forest. From there she goes on an amazing journey that takes her to airships in the sky and castles by the sea, all the while using the chalk to draw things into existence that help her on her adventure. The illustrations in this book are nothing short of breathtaking as they perfectly capture the limitless feeling of a child’s unbound imagination. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gaston

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Gaston, by Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Christian Robinson, is a gripping tale of two puppies SWITCHED AT BIRTH. Mrs. Poodle, a perfectly sensible French Poodle notices one of her puppies is not like the others. Gaston grew much bigger than a teacup, he "RUFFS" when his siblings "yip yip," he's not particularly graceful, and he doesn't look particularly pretty in pink. But Mrs. Poodle loves him all the same. One day she's showing off her pups at the park when they run into a family of French Bulldogs. Mrs. Bulldog notices one of her pups, Antoinette, bares more than just a striking resemblance to the Poodles. "It seems there's been a terrible mistake," she remarks, and Mrs. Poodle responds with a "Oui oui." So Gaston and Antoinette trade places. But it just doesn't feel right. To anyone. Gaston may be a Bulldog, but he was raised by Mrs. Poodle to be precious like a Poodle. And Antoinette may be a poodle, but she was raised by Mrs. Bulldog to be brawny like a Bulldog. So they trade back. And it feels right. From then on, the Bulldogs and the Poodles would meet every day to play. The Poodles taught the Bulldogs how to be tender, and the Bulldogs taught the Poodles how to be tough, and when Gaston and Antoinette fell in love and had pups of their own, they taught them to be anything they wanted to be. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paddington

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Paddington by Michael Bond, illustrated by R. W. Alley, is a story about a little lost bear, a bear that stows away on a ship headed all the way to England! The bear is discovered at the train station by Mr. and Mrs. Brown with a note around the bear’s neck that says “Please look after this Bear. Thank you.” “Wherever did you come from?” they ask. “Darkest Peru, I’m not really supposed to be here at all. I’m a stowaway.” he says. After chatting with the little lost bear, Mr. and Mrs. Brown decide they just can't leave him all by himself, and invite him to stay with them. He says he would like that very much, for he has nowhere to go, and everyone seems in such a hurry. They name him Paddington, after the train station. Paddington goes to get a snack with Mr. Brown while Mrs. Brown goes to collect their daughter Judy. Paddington is so hungry after only eating marmalade on his trip, he slips in the tart at the snack table, and slide in the cream, landing in a cup of tea! After an eventful trip home in the taxi (he got cream and jam on the cab driver's coat), they arrive home, and Paddington is welcomed into the family. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 22, 2014

Count the Monkeys

Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett. Right from the title page, Barnett breaks down the wall between a book and the reader. He talks directly to the kids reading, and encourages them to "count the monkeys." Unfortunately, a wide variety of creatures have scared the monkeys off each page, and the narrator needs children to help him get rid of them so we can count the monkeys. This book is a wild ride that invites interaction. With everything from shouting and hand motions, to banging pots and pans (if you've got them), kids will love Count the Monkeys! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 19, 2014

Scooter in the Outside

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Scooter in the Outside by Anne Bowen, illustrated by Abby Carter, is a story about a brave dog that learns an important lesson about going off on his own, and how the outside can be a scary place without a friend by his side. Every day, Lucy takes her dog, Scooter, outside for a walk around the block. Scooter gets so excited that his tail wags with a great THWAPPA-THWAPPA-THUMP! They pass all kinds of interesting smells, see other friendly dogs, and hear weird noises. They always walk to the end of the street and back, and Lucy is always there to keep Scooter safe. But what would happen if Scooter went outside by himself? What if he decided to walk past the end of the street? What if Scooter sees a giant red something that flies by with a loud WEEEEE-OOOOO-WEEEEE-OOOOO and he gets scared? This is exactly what happens when Lucy accidentally leaves the door open and Scooter decides to do some solo exploring. What results is a heartwarming story about a dog, his owner, and how the unfamiliar becomes less scary when a friend is by your side. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spike the Mixed-up Monster

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In Spike the Mixed-up Monster by Susan Hood Spike is no bigger than a lily pad. In fact, that’s where he spends most of the day: sitting on a lily pad, trying to look like a fierce, mean monster. But the other creatures who live around the pond think he is cute and adorable. El pato, el armadillo, and el campañol all agree he has a sweet smile! Spike feels like he is a horrible monster. A terrible monster! In other words, he is not good at being a monster. One day, el monstruo came by, and scared all the creatures away except for Spike! When Spike bared his teeth at el monstruo, the Gila Monster thought Spike was giving him a friendly smile, so he asked him for directions! This is a funny, entertaining, and expressive book for young school-aged children. It would also be suitable for a story time focusing on friendships and cooperation. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 15, 2014

Froodle

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
At the beginning of Froodle by Antoinette Portis all the animals in the neighborhood are making their usual sounds. The dog woofs, the cat meows, the crow caws, the dove coos, and the red bird chirps. The little brown bird always peeps, but one day, she just doesn’t feel like it. She wants to say something more fun... so she does! The other neighborhood birds soon join in the silliness and find their own voices. Little brown bird shows the neighborhood birds that they can be who they are, instead of who others think they should be. The animal sounds make this an excellent story to read aloud. Both kids and grown ups will enjoy creating new silly sounds for each bird. Portis includes some fun word play, and the illustrations are engaging and entertaining. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 12, 2014

Adventures with Barefoot Critters

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
In Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White animal critters are on an adventure to explore the alphabet throughout the seasons of the year. There are foxes in the A, attic in January trying on old clothes. Squirrel and Dear are building a B, bridge with branches over a frozen river. In February they C, catch colds and can’t go out to play. D, E and F have critters helping, dancing, keeping Robin’s eggs warm, and feeding ducks in the rain 'til spring. Throughout the year they are H, helpers, G, gardeners, and I, inventors with imagination. They make messes with mud in July and take long naps in the summer breeze. As fall approaches they use quilts to build a fort, and rake leaves as they fall. By winter’s cold, the critters build cozy campfires under the stars. They visit friends from afar, then in December go ice-skating, stay up 'til the New Year, and then fall asleep. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Naughty Kitty

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower, Lily wanted a dog, but instead her Mom bought her a kitty. Kitty wasn’t good at tricks, and was a bit scruffy, but Lily liked her new pet! He was cute and liked getting his belly tickled. But Lily left kitty alone for a moment, and it was a catastrophe! She left him alone for a moment again, and again Kitty was naughty! All morning he tore things up, ate Lily’s sausages, scared her pet fish, and whatever that mess was on the rug, it was revolting! Lily scolded Kitty and took him outside. Suddenly the fierce doggie next door was barking at them in the yard! Lily was afraid! Kitty yowled... and the dog ran away? Was Kitty really bad? Was the doggie really afraid of Kitty? Or is there something else, bigger, with stripes, behind all of this... Find out in this cute and funny book! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 8, 2014

Miss You Like Crazy

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
In Miss You Like Crazy by Pamela Hall Walnut the squirrel is feeling sad, because he wants to stay home with Mama, but she has to go work. Walnut worries that maybe Mama doesn't miss him while she is at work the way that he misses her. Mama reassures Walnut that she misses him “only like crazy!” She tells Walnut that he really is with her all day: on her computer screen, in a frame on her desk, and in the locket she wears around her neck. Walnut likes this idea, and asks for a little piece of Mama to keep with him, so that he can have her close to him all day too! This is a thoughtful story for working parents to share with their kids: even though parents may have to work, their children are never far from their thoughts! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 5, 2014

Verdi

Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
Have you ever had a day where you just didn't want to grow up? In Verdi by Janell Cannon, Verdi is a young python whose mother sends him out into the world and tells him to “Grow up big and green.” Verdi is rather fond of his bright yellow skin and racing stripes and doesn’t want to be green. All the grown-up, green pythons he meets do nothing to change his mind. Verdi is sure that if he turns green, he will be as slow and boring as the rest of the grown-up pythons. Verdi tries lots of ways to stay yellow and fast, but only ends up getting hurt and having to have the old greens take care of him. As he listens to their stories, he realizes that they were once young and yellow like him. Verdi still doesn’t want to  be a slow old green, but he finds a way to combine the best parts of staying young and growing up. Cannon’s beautiful artwork and witty dialogue really help capture the spirit of childhood. This book is wonderful to share with children of all ages. We all need a little reminder sometimes that you don’t always have to grow all the way up. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I'm My Own Dog

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein is a silly story about a cute little feisty dog. Dog says he is perfectly happy being all alone. Nobody owns him. He owns himself! He watches as the other dogs all have owners and he seems very content. He fetches his own slippers, he curls up at his own feet, he even plays all by himself. He gives himself a good scratch every now and then, but there is one spot he just can't reach. One day he needs that spot scratched so badly he lets someone scratch it. And after that, the little guy follows him home! Dog feels sorry for the guy so he puts a leash on himself and leads the guy around. Dog shows the little guy all kinds of things at the park, and he even teaches him how to play the stick game. Dog seems to be getting quite attached to the little guy... I think Dog is actually happy to have an owner, even though he thinks he is the little guy's owner. In the end, Dog and the little guy are the best of friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Yes, Let's

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
In Yes, Let's by Galen Goodwin Longstreth a family packs their backpacks with a picnic lunch and snacks, and heads out to the woods to enjoy nature and being together. The simple, rhyming text and funny drawings show some of the fun things you can do in the woods: hiking, playing in streams, stopping for a picnic, exploring, or just relaxing and spending time with your family. I love how realistic the illustrations are: this is a normal, imperfect family. There are muddy hands and feet, an argument over wanting to wear sparkly shoes instead of boots for hiking, and Mom doesn’t look like a supermodel in her swimsuit. Getting away from our screens and electronics and taking some time to bond with our families and enjoy nature is a great way to spend some free time. Reading Yes, Let’s might inspire you to plan your next family adventure! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Maira Kalman makes excellent books for children. She relays information kids are actually interested in in a way they can actually understand. Her biography Thomas Jefferson is a prime example. As a child, Jefferson was interested in EVERYTHING. He loved to read. He even said "I cannot live without books." He read books on every topic imaginable. His love of learning lead to an amazing life. In addition to being the third president of the United States, he designed his home, Monticello, on a mountain in Virginia, filled it with incredible collections, and surrounded it with magnificent gardens. He loved music and practiced the violin every day for three hours! He was friends with founding fathers Ben Franklin, John Adams, and George Washington. He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, and doubled the size of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase, famously explored by Lewis and Clark (and Sacagawea). But Kalman reminds us "the monumental man had monumental flaws." Jefferson owned about 150 slaves. Although he was reputedly kind to them, and even in love with one, Sally Hemings, owning slaves is just wrong, and hypocritical for a man who believed that "all men are created equal." But he was still an extraordinary man, of many great achievements. He wrote his own epitaph for his gravestone and it doesn't include anything about being president. Really, the story of Jefferson is not unlike the story of America as we continue to grow. Kalman says, "If you want to understand this country and its people and what it means to be optimistic and complex and tragic and wrong and corageous, you need to go to Monticello." See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Dot, The OK Book, The Long Long Line, and Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo

Submitted by our summer intern Ms. Alexis! (We had a great summer with you Ms. Alexis! You rock!)
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds brings forth creativity in Vashti, a girl who thought she just simply could not draw. This story shows how, with a little encouragement, one can become anything they want to be, even an artist who before could not draw. See this book listed in our catalog
“I’m OK,” is a phrase we hear quite often, but it is OK to be OK at a lot of things, as Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld show us. The OK Book teaches us to try a lot of things, and keep practicing, so that one day we will be excellent at something that we truly enjoy. See this book listed in our catalog
Travel through pages and pages of animals lined up for some sort of event, talking of how they can not wait for what is to come. Some even try to play a game because the wait is taking so long. In The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura not only do children relate to the feeling of waiting for what seems like hours in line, they also are introduced to all sorts of different animals, and can see the animals ranging from smallest to largest. In the end the line is worth the wait, so much so that some animals are willing to get back in line! See this book listed in our catalog
What supplies does one need to go to the beach? Help Lily and Milo pick out their outfits, and other appropriate items, for the beach. Once everything is loaded into the wagon, Milo begins to set out everything for a beach picnic... in the living room. Read Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud, and see what Lily and Milo decide to take with them on this excursion. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Daytime Nighttime and Animal 1 2 3

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Daytime Nighttime by Willliam Low. This is a stunning, simple yet lively book about the creatures you will see at different times of the day. The text is well suited for toddler age, and the illustrations just jump off the page with splendid color and vivacious detail: butterflies, robin, rabbit, frog, puppy, then fireflies as the sun sets. Day turns to night as bats and owls come to life on these pages. This book will delight small children as a lap read, but also in a story time setting. See this book listed in our catalog
Animal 1 2 3 by Britta Teckentrup. This is a fabulous book for counting from 1 to10 featuring different animals in splashy, full color illustrations. The wiggly worm, marching elephants, and tall giraffes decorate each page in turn. The actual number on each page folds out to expand the pages for more fun. This would be a great toddler story time book for a small  group doing a counting theme. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eddie and Dog

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Eddie and Dog by Alison Brown. Eddie is looking for a friend who likes adventure. When Eddie meets Dog the fun begins! The two become fast friends, and Dog sneaks into Eddie's backpack. Later at home, when Mom discovers Dog, she says he can’t stay, because they do not have a big enough yard. Soon Dog is put in the back of the "Happy Dog" van and driven away. The next day Dog finds his way back to Eddie - driving up on a motor scooter! Mom continues to send Dog to different places with a big yard. Dog's loyalty to Eddie is particularly compelling, as he repeatedly abandons bigger and better yards to be with his friend. Children will cheer each time he returns to Eddie, making this book a good read-aloud. Using their ingenuity, the two friends finally come up with a clever solution to the yard problem, making mom agree to let Dog stay. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Goatilocks and the Three Bears

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl is a story about a goat named Goatilocks. Goatilocks waited until the family of bears that lived down the street went out for the day and then she peeked into the bears' house. She found three bowls of porridge. She tasted them all but decided the little bowl tasted the best so she ate it all, even the spoon. Then she found three chairs and after trying them all she decided that the little chair was the best so she ate it all (even the cushions). Then Goatilocks was tired. She went upstairs and tested out all the beds and decided the little bed felt the best so she ate it , the blanket and pillows and pajamas too, then she fell asleep. The bears came home and they knew someone had been in their house.  Baby Bear's porridge, chair, and bed were all gone. When they found Goatilocks she woke up and ran home. The next day Goatilocks felt really bad about what she did so she decided to pay her bear neighbors a visit. She picked them a bouquet of flowers and delivered them to the three bears' door. The bears forgave her and they all sat down together and ate the bouquet of flowers. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me In

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Tuesday Tucks Me In, by Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, is an wonderful true story about an U.S. Army veteran and his service dog Tuesday. Every morning Luis wakes up to Tuesday licking his face. Tuesday helps Luis get dressed, and take his medicine. Luis has flashbacks, and gets nervous when there are people around, or sudden movements, or loud sounds. He lives in a city, so Tuesday sits with him outside their apartment and helps him calm down. When they walk together, Tuesday stays right by Luis's side. They go everywhere together. Even the bathroom! Every week they visit the veteran's hospital, and the park. Today they are taking a ride on the subway. The train in very crowded, so Luis hugs Tuesday while they ride. The ride seems longer than usual... Where are they going? The beach! What a fun day they have there! Back home Luis and Tuesday have dinner, brush their teeth, then lie down to sleep, together, of course. This is a lovely book about a brave man and his loyal dog, sure to pull on your heartstrings. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Big Bug

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Is a bug big? Or little? What about a leaf, a flower, a dog, a cow? It’s all a matter of perspective, and Big Bug is a beautifully simple introduction to perspective, scale, and comparison for young readers. Henry Cole’s gorgeous illustrations and spare text begin with a close-up look at a ladybug, which looks enormous, then zoom out to show how small the insect is compared to the big leaf it sits on. Or is the leaf little? By progressively widening the view, each page reverses the size perception until we see how small the world is beneath the “big, big sky.” Then the view draws nearer again, step by step, to a small and cozy scene of a “big dog,” curled up indoors taking a “little nap.” Very observant readers may find the tiny ladybug hiding in the final illustration. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Bus

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
My Bus by Byron Barton. “I am Joe. This is my Bus.” Joe drives his bus to town and picks up his first passenger. It is a dog. At his second stop Joe picks up two cats. At his third stop Joe picks up three cats. Then at his next stop Joe picks up four dogs. Joe has five cats and five dogs on his bus. Joe begins to drop off his passengers at different stops along his route. He drops them off at the boat, the train, and the plane. As he drops them off they sail, ride, and fly away. Finally at the end of his day Joe parks his bus and gets off. One dog gets off too. Joe drives one dog home: his dog! This is a very simple addition and subtraction book with colorful illustrations starring the bus driver Joe. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Some Bugs

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi is a story about all kinds of bugs. There are bugs that sting, bugs that bite, bugs that fight, crawl, flutter, and stink. There are bugs that hop, glide, swim, and hide. So many different kinds of bugs! At the end of the story, the book suggests going out and trying to find some bugs in your own backyard. The end pages show tons of bugs, and list the names of each, so you can identify them. See this book listed in our catalog
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