Friday, September 26, 2014


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


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 campaƱol 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


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


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

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