Thursday, December 24, 2015

Monster Needs a Christmas Tree

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!

In Monster Needs a Christmas Tree by Paul Czajak, Monster sets out to get a Christmas tree. On the way to the tree lot, so many joyful things keep Monster from his mission. Sitting on Santa’s lap, sled riding, snowman building, with the inevitable snowball fight, and general snow merriment are hard to resist! Monster was having so much fun that when he finally got to the tree lot the last tree was being carried off by someone else. OH, NO! It was a long and sad walk home, but once he got inside, Monster had a brilliant idea! He gathered every houseplant he could find and he “built” a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree. Now, I wonder if Santa will leave Monster a present under his homemade tree. Take a fun-filled, rhyming romp with this book and find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Santa's Stuck

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a funny Christmas story about Santa Claus. Santa is almost done but before he heads up the chimney he decides it can't hurt to have just one more cookie. Santa takes a break and sits back and has a feast. He eats so much his buttons pop. When Santa finishes he heads back up the chimney to the waiting reindeer. The reindeer suddenly hear Santa yell "Help!" Oh no. Santa is stuck. Dog hears Santa and runs downstairs to see what is going on and he sees Santa's boots dangling from the chimney. Dog tries to push Santa while the reindeer try to pull, but no luck, Santa is stuck. Soon Mama cat and all her kittens join in and try to help Dog push, but no luck, Santa is stuck. Next little mouse tries to help but Santa just isn't budging. Mouse has a bright idea. Will Mouse's idea work? Will Christmas be saved? Read this humorous story to find out. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Robo-Sauce

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin. From the duo that created the delights Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party comes another tasty treat. Imagine if you knew the recipe for the super-secret, super-special sauce that would turn an ordinary, squishy human into a robot! The joy! The wonder! Well, crack open this adventure and find out not only how to make Robo-Sauce, but also what happens when the spread of the sauce goes unchecked. Is it ultimate disaster? Or a brand new world? And enjoy the surprise interactive, double-flap design. It just may blow some Robo-kid’s processors. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 21, 2015

Waiting

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Waiting by Keven Henkes is a story about a pig, a bear, a puppy, an owl, and a bunny all waiting for something marvelous to happen. There are five of them, each one waiting for something different. Owl is waiting for the moon, the pig with an umbrella is waiting for rain, and so on. Sometimes they sleep. Sometimes things disappear, and then other times things appear. They see so many wonderful things. Rainbows, lightning, fireworks, and all kinds of weather happen while they are waiting and sitting on a windowsill, looking out, happy to see what can happen next. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 18, 2015

Won Ton and Chopstick

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Won Ton and Chopstick by Lee Wardlaw is the all too familiar tale about the rivalry between two furry pets: a cat and a dog. Won Ton and Chopstick’s story is told in haiku and is all about their mysterious future. Won Ton was the only pet in the house and loved his kitty life. That is until Chopstick comes home and makes Won Ton barking mad. Won Ton tries to get Chopstick in trouble but results in his own booting out of the house. Slowly over time Won Ton and Chopstick learn to live with each other and realize that they both can be purrfectly happy under one roof. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Baby Tree

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall. Bring out your baby myths! A new baby is coming to his family and this soon-to-be big brother has a hundred questions. Most important of all is “Where are we going to get the baby?” Perplexed yet persistent, this curious youngster asks everyone he encounters throughout his busy day, but only ends up more confused. Baby Trees? Hospitals? STORKS?? Finally, at the end of the day as he is tucked in for bed, he asks Mom and Dad, who gently help him understand where babies really come from. It's just the right amount of information for a little one, with extra age-appropriate information in the back of the book to help parents give their young children the answers they need. The pictures are full of sweet details and I especially loved the chubby swaddled babies sprinkled throughout! If you’ve got a new baby in your family or if your littles are asking Those Questions, you’ll like this story. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

If You Love Honey: Nature's Connections

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
If You Love Honey: Nature's Connections by Martha Sullivan and illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Bees are known for collecting pollen and spreading it so flowers will grow. But did you know that dandelions hold nectar for bees and butterflies? Ladybugs eat bugs that hurt the plants and Goldenrod gives ladybugs a home too. Butterflies spread pollen so flowers will grow and Clover is a favorite place for butterflies to lay their eggs and give caterpillars a home. After eating a lot of clover they form a chrysalis which then becomes a butterfly. The clover depends on healthy soil which has nutrients and living things that your eye can’t see but your nose can smell lets you know it’s there. Earthworms, mushrooms, oak trees, blue jays, and blackberries all play an important part to form honey from nectar. Enjoy the most beautiful illustrations in this adventure connecting honey and nectar using animation and graphic designs digitally. “EXPLORE MORE” continues the story with even more information for kids, teachers, and parents following the story. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Knuffle Bunny Free

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems. In this third installment of the Knuffle Bunny series by the outrageously wonderful Mo Willems we once again tag along with Trixie and her parents (and Knuffle Bunny, of course!) on an epic adventure. In this tale we read of love, loss, and growing up. The story is adorably funny, heartwarming, and you’ll learn a little Dutch, too. To begin: Trixie and family set off for Holland, a country farrrrrrr away, where Oma and Opa live. Alas, after leaving the airport Trixie realizes that she has left Knuffle Bunny on the plane, gasp! Although Trixie pines for her dear friend, she soon realizes that she is growing old enough to be apart from good ol’ Knuffle Bunny. It is this thought that prompts Trixie to commit a selfless and kind act that will have you and your growing little one grinning. Share this wonderful book with your child, especially if they may soon be ready to move on from their special stuffed friends and cozy blankies. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Leaf Book

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington introduces new topics to children in picture book form. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching as we travel through a beautiful forest and learn all about trees and leaves. There is a strong non-fiction element to this picture book and those elements really bring the book to life. Children will be able to learn about leaves and see what they actually look like. There are ten different tree types along with various shapes that children can learn from. There are also different activities that kids can do at home and keep their own leaf journal. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 11, 2015

I Yam a Donkey

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell. Stop me if you’re heard this one before: a yam gets in an argument with a donkey about grammar. One day the donkey, a simple but harmless fellow, stumbles upon a rather persnickety yam.  He declares to the Yam “I Yam a Donkey!” and although he really didn’t mean anything by it, he severely offends the Yam. For better or worse, the Yam happens to take the various aspects of grammar very, very seriously. He attempts to correct the donkey's poor grammar by telling him “No, no, no it’s I AM a Donkey!” to which the Donkey responds (I’m sure you can already tell where I am going with this) “You are a Donkey!?” Throughout the course of the book the Yam proceeds to get angrier and angrier (to the alarm of some harmless green beans walking by) and ends up crossing a line with the Donkey. I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but let’s just say that the Donkey ends up getting “fed up” with the Yam and his "I know better than you" attitude. I Yam a Donkey is a great book that cleverly teaches the reader the basics of grammar by tricking them into thinking that they are just reading a fun book about a Donkey and some vegetables. Very sneaky, Cece Bell. ProTip: Read the Donkey in your goofiest voice and make the Yam sound like a fancy English gentleman. You won’t regret it. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Kids

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Kids by Dan Richards. Some monsters are actually scared of kid, but others are not. This group of monsters would love to have a kid as a friend. How is a monster to become friends with a kid when being helpful is hazardous, sharing is startling, sleepovers end early, and claws mixed with crafts are a calamity? Even after trying everything to show the children how thoughtful they are they still just don’t fit in. The monsters are about to give up when all of a sudden someone comes along who changes everything. Now the monsters enjoy spending time with all their new friends! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Little Santa

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Little Santa written and illustrated by Jon Agee is a story of how Santa came to be. Little Santa and his family of nine, if you include his parents and all his sisters and brothers, live in the North Pole. Life is hard there with plenty of chores to be done like chopping wood, ice fishing, stoking fires, and quilt mending. Everyone is miserable except little Santa. He loves everything about life at the North Pole. One winter the family decides to move to Florida. Santa is not happy about that. The next morning the house is buried under a huge snow drift during a snow storm. They are stuck in their house! The only way out is for Santa to shimmy up the chimney and go for help. Along the way Santa makes friends with a flying reindeer who helps him find a large house full of elves. The elves help his family and life is not so hard after that. Santa’s family still moved to Florida... But Santa stayed behind! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Princess and the Pony, Black Cat White Cat, and Traveling with Your Octopus

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
On Tuesday I shared some of my favorite non-fiction picture books of the year so far. Today I want to share some of my favorite fiction picture books of the year so far! Here they are:
Meet Princess Pinecone in The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. She lives in a kingdom of warriors! And for her birthday she always gets... cozy sweaters... which are... not very warrior like... So this year she’s made it very clear she wants a cool warrior horse. But what she gets instead is this pony. And as you can probably guess, this pony is kind of slow and dumpy (and gassy as it turns out), and just not what she wanted, BUT she takes him to “The Great Battle” anyway and... they end up being voted Most Valuable Warriors of the Day! I’ll let YOU find out how Pony saves the day, and how it celebrates, but needless to say it’s adorable! See this book listed in our catalog
Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando has got the best twist ending of the year hands down. It’ll be hard to beat anyway. This book totally lulls you into thinking it is just a story about a black cat and a white cat. The black cat only comes out during the day, and the white cat only comes out at night. Black, white, day, night. But then it has this amazing ending I’m obsessed with! I’ve been comparing it to the picture book equivalent of a Rickroll. I won’t spoil it for you, but kids who love “silly” books will eat it up. See this book listed in our catalog
International travel can of course be a mind opening and life enhancing experience. And who wouldn’t want to bring their beloved pet octopus along for the trip? But traveling with your octopus can be tricky! Luckily there’s this practical guide book, Traveling with Your Octopus by Brian Kesinger, with great tips and suggestions. For example, “Octopuses are known to be voracious readers, so it is recommended that one piece of luggage be devoted entirely to literary cargo.” What great advice! See the amazing places you can go with your octopus in this amazing book! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Trombone Shorty, Trapped, and Rad American Women

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I wanted to share some of my favorite non-fiction picture books of the year so far with you! Here they are:
In Trombone Shorty Troy Andrews a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, a famous jazz musician, tells the story of his childhood in New Orleans, where music is everywhere. He wanted to make music, so he and his friends formed a band (the "5:00 Band" because that's when they finished their homework). He played a busted trombone, and everyone called him “Trombone Shorty” because the instrument was twice his size. He was even called up on stage at the New Orleans Jazz Fest when he was just a little tyke, and played a song with Bo Diddley. It’s a sweet story about a person who followed his passion and is living his dream, and I think that’s important for kids to see. See this book listed in our catalog
I love Trapped: A Whale’s Rescue by Robert Burleigh about a humpback whale who gets trapped in a fishing net, and the humans who come to her rescue. I think it does a great job of educating children about whales. I thought the illustrations were really awesome, particularly at showing to scale how big the whale is compared to humans, and the book has interesting back matter. See this book listed in our catalog
Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz is a book about women who have changed American history in different ways, for every letter of the alphabet! They come from different backgrounds, and historical periods. They accomplished different things. They are activists, athletes, and artists. Women like Kate Bornstein, the Grimke Sisters, Patti Smith, and Ursula LeGuin. There’s even a letter for the “women whose names we don’t know” – women who history has forgotten, women in our personal lives (like mothers and teachers), and women who will change the future. It’s an inspirational book for anyone. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 23, 2015

Rita's Rhino

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Rita’s Rhino by Tony Ross is a story about pet ownership and knowing when you are ready. Rita wants a pet very badly but her mom isn’t allowing it. That is, until she finally agrees to small pet, and Rita isn’t happy with a small pet. She wants something just right... a Rhino! Rita sneaks a rhino out of the zoo and into her tiny city apartment. Rita didn’t realize hiding a humongous rhino in a tiny apartment would be so difficult. Having the responsibility of taking care of her pet rhino proves to be too much for Rita and Rhino. Rhino misses his comfy bed and doesn’t like riding in elevators, and Rita doesn’t like hiding Rhino’s huge poop and feeding him his special and expensive African grass. Rhino returns to his zoo home and Rita and Rhino sneak away for small vacations to still spend time together. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Not This Bear

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Not This Bear: A First Day of School Story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Lorna Hussey. It’s Bear’s very first day at Bear School! Mama assures him that all the little bears love school, but Bear says “Not this bear,” because he loves staying home with Mama. When it’s time for art, Mr. Brown the teacher encourages Bear to put on a smock like all the other bears, but Bear says “Not this bear,” because he’s not quite ready to let go of his own familiar jacket. At circle time, everyone likes to sit on a mat and hear a story, but “not this bear,” because Bear always sits on Mama’s lap for stories. Things go a little better  until it’s time for recess, when all the little bears want to run and play and swing and slide, but “not this bear,” because it’s all just a little too noisy and wild for Bear on his first day. But when someone else says, “Not this bear, either,” Bear finds a friend who’s feeling a bit shy and quiet just like him. By the end of the day, when Mr. Brown asks if everyone is ready to go home, “not this bear!” comes the answer, because school is too much fun! Not This Bear is a sweet and reassuring story about first-day nerves that won’t scare little ones with terrible disasters or mean bullies. Mr. Brown is a gentle, understanding teacher who doesn’t push, and Bear finds his own ways to join in the classroom fun despite feeling unsure. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Where's Walrus? And Penguin?

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Where's Walrus? And Penguin? by Stephen Savage is a wordless book with fun illustrations and a cute story. Walrus and Penguin leave the zoo one rainy day for a day out on the town. The zookeeper looks everywhere for them. Help your child look for Walrus and Penguin throughout the book and see if your child can pick them out. Walrus and Penguin try to disguise themselves to avoid getting caught by the zookeeper. Their disguises are pretty obvious and very comical. They hide from the zookeeper throughout the whole book until the end when Walrus gets injured playing baseball and has to go to the hospital where he meets the Walrus nurse and they all end up back at the zoo for the Walrus wedding in this very cute, entertaining book. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I'm Trying to Love Spiders

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Spiders have never really bothered me. I’ve always thought of them as our tiny, little, fly-eating friends, but my wife doesn’t exactly see them as our pals. She simply can’t stand them.  Every time she sees one creeping across our floor she puts me on “smashing duty” and I am tasked with smashing our little eight legged friends into tiny squishy bits. Exactly where am I going with this meandering thought? Well, I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton, made me instantly think of my wife. Every time I am tasked with smooshing a spider I tell her “but Amanda, without spiders there would be flies swarming all over the place, all over our heads, all of the time! Forever!” Does it work? No way. I’m Trying to Love Spiders is a fun story about how the author of the book tries to talk herself into not hating spiders. She describes some of the cool things that many of them can do, from cartwheeling to building trap doors, but it never really works. One of my favorite parts of the book is when the author exclaims “did you know that spiders produce web from proteins made from their own bodies? That would be like if we built our homes out of our own hair… and then used that hair house to catch our food!” This, of course, is accompanied by an adorable picture of a hair house with slices of pizza stuck in it. Anyone who has ever been afraid of spiders can relate to I’m Trying to Love Spiders. Along the way many spiders are smooshed, but we end up learning some cool things along the way. See this book listed in our catalog
   

Monday, October 19, 2015

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
In Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, young Llama Llama has yet another adventure, this time at school. In rhyme, author Anna Dewdney paints a picture of a day at preschool, singing and learning and fun with friends, until a bully spoils it all! Gilroy behaves badly, with kicks and shouts and name calling, until little Llama and his friend talk to the teacher, who intervenes with a long time out for Gilroy Goat. With time to think it over, Gilroy is able to change his ways, and he and Llama end on a friendly note. Large, colorful pictures and the amazing expressions on the young animals faces present the topic of bullying and give even young children the knowledge and reassurance that they can effect change in their world by asking for help, which just might turn a bully into a friend! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Day the Crayons Came Home

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Dewalt. In this adorable follow-up to the amazing The Day the Crayons Quit, we enjoy reading the hilarious postcards sent to our young protagonist, Duncan, by his many lost, forgotten, and neglected crayons. Pea Green crayon, for instance, is very upset that no one likes peas, the color or the food! So, he’s changing his name to... Esteban the Magnificent! And he’s headed out to see the world! Turquoise is making friends with Ted, the sock to whom he’s been melted, and Glow in the Dark crayon is shivering in the basement, awaiting rescue. As you explore this sequel you’ll love reading about this clever collection of crayons and their assorted journeys to find their way home. The laughs are a bonus! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Night Animals

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Night Animals by Gianna Marino takes us deep into the night as frightened animals quietly hide from scary night animals. Unfortunately, Skunk loses control of himself, Possum plays dead, and Wolf and Bear cower together before Bat lets them in on a little secret. They ARE night animals! Ohhhhhh! Their relief is short-lived when they find themselves in the spotlight of a camper’s flashlight, which has everyone running for cover! With bold illustrations, this delightful book helps us understand that we may not be the only ones frightened by things that go bump in the night. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Happy

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Happy by Mies Van Hou, lets us take a peek into the great varieties of emotions as depicted by fish. Children will love looking at all of the wonderful illustrations and guessing which emotion is represented by each fish. The colors are so vibrant, plus the dark background makes them pop off of the page and come to life! This is the perfect book for children discovering emotions in a fun and bright way. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Cousin Momo

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
My Cousin Momo by Zachariah O’Hora. Momo is kinda odd. He’s a flying squirrel that is too shy to fly in front of people. He wears weird clothes (red sweaters with weird sweatbands?!) and doesn’t play games like all of the other squirrels do. He’s from the city, so he does things a little differently, but still... weird is weird. At first his cousins are totally excited to hang out with Momo (I mean, he’s a flying squirrel! How cool is that!?), but after a while they decide that he’s not cool at all. But maybe, juuuust maybe, Momo is a little cool, just a different kind of cool from the rest of us. My Cousin Momo is a story all about how even though a person may look or act differently from yourself, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They might just be doing their own thing, and that’s kinda the coolest thing a person can do. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Get Out of My Bath!

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Get Out of My Bath by Britta Teckentrup. Ellie is an elephant and she loves her bath. Ellie takes her ducky with her into the bath. We can help Ellie make some waves in her bath. Shake the book and turn the page to see what happens. “Good job! Look at the waves! Now tilt the book to the left, the right. “Hooray!” This is fun! Oh no, there’s a crocodile in her bath. Ellie is not happy. Let’s tell him to get out. “Get out, Crocodile!” Oh dear, now there is a flamingo in her bath too! SPLASH! A tiger! Eeek! A mouse! Too many animals in Ellie’s bath. Ellie has had enough. She sucks up all her water in her long trunk. The animals are cold now. “Let’s go!” they say. When they are gone Ellie squirts her water back into her bath. Aaaahh! That is nice. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Mermaid and the Shoe

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
The Mermaid and the Shoe by K. G. Campbell is a lovely story about a young mermaid and how she finds her gift. Minnow, one of King Neptune’s fifty daughters, had no accomplishments. Her sisters were excellent gardeners, fish trainers, and singers but she was only very good at asking questions. That is until the day a pair of beautiful red shoes floats into her path. Determined to figure out what this is, Minnow sets off on an adventure to new depths of the sea. She returns with new knowledge and figures out that her gift is that of being a daring explorer. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 28, 2015

Waking Dragons

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
From Jane Yolen, author of the How Do Dinosaurs… series, Waking Dragons is the fanciful tale of dragons’ morning routines. From brushing their teeth to eating yummy waffles, these dragons are getting ready to head out the door. They must put their jammies in the hamper and put on their outdoor clothes so they can take their young charge off to Knight School. The richly colored paintings of Derek Anderson and the lively, rhyming story bring to life these mundane tasks as well as these mythical creatures, making this a fun and engaging book, perfect for a little one learning how to wake-up in the morning for school. See this book listed in our catalog

The Land of Lines

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot. In the land of lines, anything is possible… There are red and blue lines everywhere, crisscrossing each other to form a forest of scruffy trees and pointy rocks. They twist around to form canyons and mountains, waterfalls and swamps, and even weird shapes that seem to sprout from someone’s imagination. Amidst this chaotic forest of blue and red lines are two individuals, seemingly lost. One is a boy drawn in blue, the other a girl in red. Once they find each other, they embark on an adventure that is both dangerous and exciting. This wordless picture book has such a unique art style that it’s almost difficult for the reader to take their eyes away. It consists entirely of three colors: blue, red, and another mysterious color that emerges about halfway through the story. The Land of Lines paints a world where anything is possible, and readers young and old alike are sure to find it charming. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Elsie Times Eight

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Elsie Times Eight by Natalie Babbitt. Elsie’s fairy godmother loved her very much. She came by frequently to see how she was doing. One day Elsie's mama was telling the fairy godmother that Elsie didn’t always do some of the things she did before. Her fairy godmother thought she heard her say “Elsie should be four,” instead of “before.” Well that started it. Godmother thought to herself “Dear me! Still, I guess I could do it.” She waved her wand and turned Elsie into four! Four Elsies that is. And each time someone in Elsie’s family said “NO Wait!” Godmother would hear a number: Eight, and she waived her wand again turning her into eight Elsies! This caused all kinds of trouble. There was only one bed, and too much noise, nervous goats, and annoyed neighbors. Finally the Mayor complained, and they had to move away. No town wanted them to stay. The Elsies were too noisy. Finally the fairy godmother saw them while sitting in a tree and asked, "Why are you moving?" Her family explained, and the fairy godmother promised to change Elsie back to one. As soon as she figured out which Elsie was the first Elsie... See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wink the Ninja Who Wanted to Nap

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Wink, the Ninja Who Wanted to Nap by J.C. Phillips. When last we saw Wink (in Wink the Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed), he had finally found the place where he belonged: Not sneaking through shadows like most ninja, but front and center at the Lucky Dragon Circus. As the “Nimble Ninja,” Wink gets to wear bright colors, travel all over Japan, and show off for his adoring fans every day. But all those adoring fans can get to be too much, even for a ninja who loves to be noticed. After so long on the road, Wink is tired. Wink needs a break. He travels home to his village, visits old friends at Ninja School, and at the wise suggestion of Grandmother tries to take a restful nap. But every time Wink settles down to sleep, more fans want to talk, snap photos, and see him do tricks. Poor sleepy ninja! Even his best stealthy ninja skills can’t keep him from getting noticed long enough to catch some Z’s. It will take an idea from Master Zutsu and the help of all the Ninja at Summer Moon School to get Wink the rest he so dearly needs. If you love ninja, or have ever just really really needed a nap, this book is for you. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 21, 2015

Itty Bitty Kitty

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Itty Bitty Kitty by Joan Holub, illustrated by James Burks. “Mom? Dad? Can I get a cat?” asked Ava. Ava wants a cat really, really bad. And even though she promises to take really good care of it…Her mom and dad said no. Ava is mad and disappointed. She stomps down the steps and goes outside. Suddenly she hears a noise. It's an itty bitty sound. She looks around and finds a box with a little kitten inside and a sign that reads “Free Kitten.” She runs home to see if she can keep it. But her mom and dad are still in a “NO” kind of mood. She decides to hide the kitty for a while and names her Itty Bitty. He is her secret. He is a good kitty too. Good at dress up, and pouncing, and pajama parties. There is only one problem. Itty Bitty is growing up to be a very large kitty! One morning he dashes off through the house and gets discovered. Her mom and dad says he has to go. Until Itty Bitty does something amazing! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek. Little Mouse was admiring the beautiful full moon one night. As she went to sleep little Mouse wished for her very own piece of the moon. When Mouse peeked out her window the next morning she found her wish had come true and a bright yellow piece of the moon was on the ground. Mouse thought the moon smelled so delicious, she decided to take a small nibble. Before long, half the moon was gone! Mouse was so upset until her friends Rabbit and Mole took her to the top of the hill to watch the moon rise. The moon was big and full. Mouse was so happy to find she hadn’t eaten the moon. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain by Harriet Ziefert is a book all about rain. It's a story about a little girl whose kitty has gone missing outside in the rain. As the little girl goes out in the rain to look for her kitty she learns all about rain. What is rain? Do cats like rain? Do ducks like rain? Do butterflies like rain? Read this book to find out! As the rain clears, and the sun returns, she finds her kitty. The book also has questions you can ask your child at the end of the book, and activities to do with your child. This book is fun and informative for young readers. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sea Rex

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Sea Rex by Molly Idle is the tale of another adventurous day with Cordelia and her prehistoric friend, Rex. As Cordelia and Rex are visiting the beach, they come across many fun things to do. There are loads of new crustacean friends, water fun, sun bathing, and even more dinosaur friends to find, that happens all in one day at the beach! Dinosaurs have tons of fun if salty water and sandy toes are involved. Follow along as Rex makes huge waves, gets a little sun burnt, and relaxes at the beach. Rex and Cordelia are always busy, and this is just another stop on their adventure train! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred)

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider is the story of Fred, a very busy little boy whose to-do list is just too long to allow him to sleep. As we enjoy Schneider’s humorous story and playful illustrations we journey through the jungles, farms, and oceans as Fred checks one activity after another off his very long list, and although we learn that all the birds and beasts must sleep, Fred remains determined to continue his chopping, jumping, hunting, and shouting. The chickens doze drowsily along the way, and even the monkeys we encounter just can’t believe Fred is still wide awake. But wait! Is that Fred closing his eyes? Shhh! Fred is finally asleep. If bedtime is your little one’s least favorite time of the day, try this absurd sleepy story and have them drifting off right alongside Fred, but just be careful to close the book softly so as not to wake Fred! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The World in a Second

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
“Every time a second crosses the world… millions of things happen, here, there, everywhere…”  This is how The World in a Second by Isabel Minhos Martins perfectly sets up the premise of the book. Right now, at this exact second, I’m at the library typing this book blog, my wife is at Food Lion buying groceries, and my grandmother is in Mississippi walking her dogs. At this exact second, a student may be learning to fly an airplane over the California coast, a fiddler in Croatia may be earning money by playing for a group of tourists, and a family may be watching a lion roar as they enjoy an African safari. The World in a Second takes one second and follows it around the globe, stopping in different time zones along the way, to show what may be happening all around the world within that single second. What results is an interesting book that within each page gives you a little snapshot of what’s happening in that part of the world at that time. Some things are very important, like a volcano rumbling with the warnings of eruption, while others are less so, like a man deciding to sit down for a little break during his walk to work. The World in a Second shows us how within one single second millions of things are happening around the world, at that same exact time, and although we may not always realize it, we’re just one tiny piece of a much, much larger world. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Supertruck

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Mild-mannered garbage truck by day, SUPERTRUCK by night! Stephen Savage’s Supertruck takes us through a city full of brave trucks. The bucket truck takes care of sparking power lines, the tow truck saves broken vehicles, and the fire truck helps put out blazing fires! The garbage truck just coasts along, quietly collecting the trash. When a huge blizzard hits the city, the mild-mannered garbage truck sneaks into the garage and becomes SUPERTRUCK! Supertruck goes all over the city plowing the streets and making them safe. Because of his crafty disguise (an added plow and the removal of his eyeglasses), no one knows just who this superhero is. With bold, illustrations and text, youngsters are sure to enjoy this super book! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Duncan the Story Dragon

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll is all about a friendly little dragon who loves to read! Except he has one huge problem: he can’t finish a story. His imagination soars while he reads, and it also springs to life with flames, as do the stories. Duncan just wants to finish a story. He asks all kinds of friends like Raccoon, Possum, and even a bull but can’t find anyone to help him. He only wants to hear the sweet sound of the last two words of the story, “The End,” like the last sip of his favorite chocolate milkshake. Duncan finds a pal who loves stories just as much as he does and together their imaginations soar (without any burnt books) and together they read until “The End.” See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Churchill's Tale of Tails

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Churchill's Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu is a story about a very proud pig named Churchill. Churchill was very proud of his tail. His tail made him feel great. One morning Churchill woke up and his tail was missing. He searched everywhere but could not find his tail. His good friends, Billy and Gruff, had a good idea: they thought maybe Zebra could help Churchill. Zebra just happened to have a spare tail, and so Churchill gave it a try. It just didn't feel quite right, so he thought maybe he should try other tails. He tried many tails. He tried a peacock tail, a fish tail, an alligator tail. Trying so many different tails made him feel good. He was so busy with his new tails he didn't have time for his old friends. Then Churchill met a tiny bird who had something on his head. The bird said he didn't know what it was, just that he found it in a bush, and he had grown quite fond of it. Churchill realized that what the bird had on his head was his very own special tail. The bird very graciously returned it to Churchill, and he felt like his old self again. He was very grateful to the little bird. Churchill had made a new friend, and this reminded him of his old friends. He threw all his friends a party, and told them how sorry he was for not being a good friend, and they all forgave him. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Home

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Everyone has a home. Whether it’s a cottage in a grassy knoll, an apartment in a big city, or a giant seashell at the bottom of the ocean, everyone has a special place they call home. In Home, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis, the idea that a home can be different things to different people is explored through the use of beautiful illustrations. You'll see where raccoons live, French people live, and even where Kenyan blacksmiths live. Many different types of homes are shown, from bee hives to moon bases, and each one proves to be a special place to someone different. Whether the reader happens to be an insect, a moonian, or anything in between, Home is a lovely celebration of that special place we all hold in our hearts. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Interstellar Cinderella

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood is true to most of the elements of the original fairy tale, but this Cinderella is a girl living in outer space who dreams of fixing rockets. She spends her time fixing robot dishwashers, but she studies rocket ship repair every night. When Cinderella is forbidden from attending the Royal Space Parade and Gravity Ball, Murgatroyd the mouse calls on the fairy godrobot, who gives Cinderella a new space suit and a power gem to power her rocket…but only until midnight. On the way to the parade, Cinderella spots the prince, whose rocket ship has broken down. She fixes his ship and they ride to the Gravity Ball together. At midnight, Cinderella has to leave, but she drops her socket wrench. The prince searches far and wide for the owner of the wrench and when he finally finds her, this Cinderella ends her story with a bit of a twist on the classic version. With Cinderella re-imagined as a smart, independent girl, and rhyming text that adds to the classic feel, kids and adults alike will enjoy this fractured fairy tale that proves with a bit of determination, your dreams can come true! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 29, 2015

Juna's Jar

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino. Juna’s family always keeps a large jar of kimchi in their fridge. When it’s gone Juna gets to keep the jar. Juna’s best friend is Hector. Hector and Juna always put interesting things in the jar when they go on adventures in the park. Colorful rocks, caterpillars, and bugs have all had a turn in the jar. One day, when Juna goes to get Hector at his grandmother’s apartment for another adventure, she finds that he had moved away with his family. She wasn’t home when he came to say goodbye. Juna is very sad. Her brother Minho wants to cheer her up, and takes her to find something new to put in her jar. She gets a fish, a bean plant, and then a cricket. Each night after everyone goes to sleep, Juna climbs into the jar with each new thing and goes on a magical journey in search of Hector. Soon Juna finds Hector asleep in his bed next to the old kimchi jar filled with colorful rocks that she had given him. “Bye Hector,” she whispers and flies home. The next day Juna takes her jar to the park where she makes another friend. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beautiful Birds

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
What makes Beautiful Birds, by Jean Roussen, illustrated by Emmanuelle Walker, such a special book is its vibrant illustrations. I know that as a librarian I’m probably supposed to judge books by quality of the story, but to be perfectly honest, with this book it’s all about the pictures. The actual text of the book is special too: it is an alphabet book that cleverly uses names of different species of birds for each letter. But it really is the illustrations that make this book something to behold. The style is a mix of art deco and water colors. Every page of the book looks like an old timey post card that you could receive from a relative that is visiting a far off land. It really is gorgeous! Each bird, from albatross to zosteropidae, is beautifully rendered in vibrant colors, so much so that at times it is almost hard to look away. This is certainly one book where is okay to judge a book by its cover! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Miss Rumphius

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney begins long ago with the arrival of Alice Rumphius’s grandfather on the shores of America. Alice loves to hear her grandfather’s tales of distant lands. It inspires in her an ambition to see these faraway places, but also a desire to return to live by the sea. Her grandfather encourages her in these dreams, but admonishes Alice to also do something to make the world more beautiful. Eventually, after many adventures in faraway lands, grown-up Miss Rumphius returns to live in a place by the sea. It is there that she finds her act of beauty: she plants lupines all over the hillsides and towns. The beauty she creates in shades of blue, purple, and rose inspire the narrator, her young great-niece, to search for her own adventures in foreign lands and to be sure to do something to make the world more beautiful. Miss Rumphius is a touching and thought-provoking read, filled with gorgeous paintings in acrylic and pencil. Share it with school-aged kids who may also dream of beauty in faraway places! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Sandwich Swap

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Tricia Tusa, is a wonderful story for young people about inter-cultural appreciation. Salma and Lily are best friends! They play together, and draw together, and eat lunch together every day. BUT every day for lunch, Salma eats a pita and hummus sandwich, and Lily thinks it looks disgusting! And every day Lily eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and Salma thinks it looks revolting! Honestly the two friends each feel bad for the other one that they have to eat such an icky lunch! One day the truth comes out. Lily tells Salma her sandwich looks yucky! And Salma tells Lily her sandwich smells gross! There are hurt feelings on both sides of the lunch table. The hurling of sandwich insults eventually turns into an actual hurling of sandwiches in a cafeteria-wide food fight! The two friends are really ashamed of themselves. The next day, they decide to try each others' sandwiches and Lily discovers hummus and pita tastes divine! And Salma realizes that peanut butter and jelly can be scrumptious! And the girls have a fabulous idea for a school event celebrating food from around the world! This book shows how important it is to not jump to conclusions, and judge anyone based on their culture. Someone might look different, or speak different, or eat a different sandwich than you, but that doesn't mean they can't be an amazing friend! See this book listed in our catlog

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Julia's House for Lost Creatures

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke. Julia’s magical travelling house has just settled into a new location by the sea. It’s a beautiful spot, but a little too quiet. Julia feels lonesome, so she goes into her workshop to makes a sign: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” She posts the sign by her front door and waits. Before long, lost creatures of all descriptions begin to arrive: a patchwork kitty, a sad troll, a family of goblins, a dragon, a ghost, and some gnomes. All the house guests are good company, but soon Julia’s feeling overwhelmed with the amount of cooking, cleaning, and chores needed to care for everyone! Fortunately Julia is a good leader, and with a new sign, bit of work, and some proper organization, everyone begins to work together to make the House for Lost Creatures into a happy home. Even so, something is still missing… Julia will need to make just one more sign before her new family is complete. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 12, 2015

Where Are My Books?

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Where Are My Books by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Spencer loves his books, especially Night-Night, Narwhal. He puts the books back where they belong every night, but each morning he finds one of them missing, with a mysterious flower, nut, or bolt resting on his diminishing bookshelf. His parents are busy and have no idea where the missing books might be. The determined youngster hatches a plan to catch the book thief. He ties some string to his beloved plush narwhal and waits until morning. Imagine his surprise when he discovers... a group of squirrels behind the hedges with all of his missing books! Spencer tells the squirrels they could borrow his books, but there will be rules. The final page feature a big brother reading Night-Night, Narwhal to his baby sister, surrounded by engrossed squirrels, as a bewildered mom and dad peek through the bedroom door. See this book listed in our catalog
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