Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Construction by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock. The hardworking crew and machines from Roadwork are at it again, and this time they’re building something really special. Bold, rhythmic text, full of rhyming sound effects, and expertly detailed colored ink drawings show every stage as a multi-racial crew of men and women dig the foundations, pour concrete, raise the steel and wooden structure, install the roof and windows, lay the plumbing and electricity, and paint the walls. The final two full color spreads reveal the secret of what they've been so hard at work to build, and it’s something wonderful for the whole town to enjoy! The last page shows each piece of heavy equipment and explains its job, along with a diagram of a construction worker's safety gear. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 27, 2015

Little Lola

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Little Lola by Julie Saab, illustrated by David Gothard. Little Lola is a cat. But that doesn’t stop her from wanting to try everything she can. Everyday Lola makes a list of what she would like to do. One day she wakes up early and has an idea! After she stretches, reads the paper, hides, juggles, and plays games, Lola decides to have an adventure. Where will Lola go for an adventure? She gets on a school bus. “Hooray! Lola is going to school!” There is a place for everything at school. Even a curious cat. Lola writes, adds, reads, plays, swings, and does many other wonderful things while she is at school but... when Lola pulls out a mouse for show and tell... well, what a disaster! Things go a little crazy. Lola has to put everything back in its place. Almost everything that is... See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Coming Home

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
In the beautifully illustrated book Coming Home Greg Ruth touches on one of the most difficult and wonderful experiences for many families: the moment when a service member returns home. The nearly wordless story demonstrates through the detailed water color and pencil drawings the intense amount of emotion that both those coming home and those waiting for loved ones may feel in those last few hours and minutes of separation. The joy and relief displayed on the characters’ faces will bring a smile (and maybe a tear) to the face of readers. This would be an especially appropriate and book to read and discuss with a little one getting ready to see mom or dad after a long absence. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Day the Crayons Quit

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. You spend all day coloring all manner of things, from space dragons to ocean liners, but have you ever stopped to think about how your crayons feel about it? Sure, it’s easy to spend all day coloring things all willy nilly without a care, but did you know that they are deeply emotionally invested in the things you color? The blue crayon is all tired out from coloring the ocean every day, the pink crayon is angry because she feels like she isn’t used as much as the other colors, and the orange and yellow crayons are constantly fighting over who gets to color the sun. All of these issues can add up to a very stressful day for the poor crayons. In this book we find out just how close our crayons are to reaching their breaking point and why they may eventually decide to quit on us! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Matilda and Hans

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Matilda and Hans by Yokococo. Matilda is a good cat. Hans is a naughty cat! Matilda is always quiet and well behaved. Hans is always loud, and ALWAYS up to something. They couldn't be more different! One night, Hans breaks into the zoo, and sets all of the animals free to wreak havoc all over town. He must be stopped. The police offer up a reward to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the mischievous Hans. Kind-hearted Matilda tells the police she knows EXACTLY where they can find Hans. That night the police apprehend that ne'er do well Hans! Suddenly Hans removes his disguise to reveal... Matilda?!?!? "Can I have the reward now please?" she asked very sweetly, and promised that Hans would be very good from now on. If your child likes a good whodunit mystery, they'll be sure to enjoy the intriguing Matilda and Hans! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Story of Fish & Snail

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
In The Story of Fish & Snail Deborah Freedman writes and illustrates a captivating tale of two friends: Fish and Snail. These two buddies live in a story book! One that is nice and safe, which is fine by Snail. But Fish is looking for adventure! While Snail is content to stay at home and pretend to be kitties, Fish wants to show Snail his new book: it has a whole new ocean, secret treasure, and even a pirate ship! When the two disagree, Fish leaves. This makes Snail very distraught. He is compelled to follow his friend into the new story book, despite his fears. Once he arrives they mend their friendship and compromise, playing kitty-pirates! This is a fantastic book for the imaginative child. The suspension of belief required to immerse yourself in the land of a story book makes this a beautiful and entertaining read. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Marveltown by Bruce McCall is one of those books that can feel nostalgic for some readers while seeming like a completely new experience for others. Marveltown is an amazing place: seemingly inspired by comics like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, it looks as if it came straight out of old comic strips from the 1930's. In Marveltown children sky-ski on their way to school, have fun rocket-jumping by moonlight, and use the city’s floating freeway to visit the mechanical-animal zoo on their weekends. It is a city of geniuses, where all of the citizens work together to come up with fantastic inventions to make life better for the entire city. But what happens when the inventions of the grown-ups fail, causing an army of rogue robots to attack the city? The children of Marveltown will have to step up to the plate and invent something to save the day! (Pro tip: try reading the book to your child using your best “old timey radio voice!”) See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 2, 2015

One Winter's Day

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
One Winter's Day by M. Christina Butler is a story about a little hedgehog. Hedgehog gets caught in a blustery storm that blows his cozy house away so he decides to go stay with his friend Badger until the storm passes. Hedgehog has a nice warm hat, scarf, and mittens for his journey. On his way he bumps into a family of mice. Their home has also been blown away by the storm and they are so cold. Hedgehog gives the family of mice his cozy hat so they can be warm. Hedgehog is so generous, as he continues on his journey and ends up giving other animals his mittens and his scarf. When he finally reaches Badger's house he is frozen! Badger lets him in and warms him up. After the storm passes, Badger and Hedgehog head out to build Hedgehog a new home.... when they discover that all the animals that Hedgehog was so nice to have already build him a nice, cozy, new home, for being such a thoughtful, kind Hedgehog. See this book listed in our catalog
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