Thursday, April 30, 2015

Room for Bear

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Room for Bear by Ciara Gavin is the heart melting tale of a special friendship between one big bear, and a group of little ducks. "One spring, Bear came to visit and never left." And this suited everyone just fine. Bear loved his duck family, and the ducks loved the big bear. However, bears don't fit comfortably in duck houses, and things got kind of uncomfortable. They tried to find a home they could share together, but it was difficult. Ducks don't care for roomy caves, and bears don't care for tiny house boats. Bear starts to worry: maybe he doesn't belong with the duck family after all. Bear, fearing he's become a "nuisance," decides to leave. But the ducks know: "Nothing feels right without Bear." And Bear misses the ducks and all the things they used to do together. Finally, Bear and the ducks find a home they can share, because they are indeed meant to be together. This is an adorable story that shows us that true family are the ones who love you most, and they don't have to look like you. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Adventures of Beekle

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. Ever wonder where imaginary friends come from? Well, on a remote island, far away from the real world, they are created, and they wait on the island to be imagined by a child. One of these creatures has been waiting a very long time. Instead of waiting any longer, he decides to set out for the real world to find his friend. When he arrives, he searches and searches for his friend, watching other imaginary creatures play and have fun with their own friends. He climbs to the top of a tall tree, but still doesn’t see his friend. Just as he is feeling very sad, a girl calls up to him. Gradually, the creature and the girl overcome their awkward first encounter (neither has ever had a friend before) and the girl introduces herself as Alice. The creature doesn’t have a name, so Alice names him Beekle. Beekle is so happy to finally have a name and a friend. This Caldecott Medal winner is a heartwarming story of friendship with vibrant illustrations. It is a must-read for any child and their imaginary friend. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. This classic is a timeless tale sure to be enjoyed by the newest generation. We journey with Harold, a well- prepared and careful child, as he searches for sleep. Harold’s purple crayon is his imagination’s tool; with it he builds skyscrapers, forms mountains, and creates fearsome dragons. He starts his quest with a walk in the moonlight and must conquer all kinds of obstacles before settling back into his cozy bed. The monochromatic illustrations might seem simplistic, but they remind us that a child’s imagination is not bound by color or form, but is an incredible and versatile tool for learning. Take this sweet story for a spin as your little one drifts off to sleep, where they are sure to dream of their own wild adventures. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Elmer and the Whales

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Elmer and the Whales by David McKee. Elmer, the patchwork elephant, and his cousin Wilbur decide to go on a journey to visit the whales after a visit with Grandpa Eldo. "When I was your age," said Grandpa Eldo, "at this time of year, I used to follow the river down to the coast and watch the whales go by." Wow! They both thought: that is fantastic, "let’s go see them” and they started on their way. Grandpa Eldo told them to just follow the river. On the way they met some crocodiles who suggested they make a raft to float down on instead. So they did. The jungle looked different from the raft. The river became faster and there wasn't anywhere to land as they went through a gorge with cliffs. All of a sudden they were in rapids! Oh no! They couldn’t stop even if they wanted to. "Hold on, Elmer!" shouted Wilber. "I am!" shouted Elmer. Eventually the rapids ended and they drifted out to sea. They fell asleep that night on the raft. When morning came they were at sea. At sea with the whales… See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Flora and the Flamingo

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle is a bright and cheerful wordless story about two unconventional friends who learn that sometimes not being perfect is lots of fun! Follow along as this pair synchronizes their dance moves and lift the flaps to see their next move. Watch as they point their toes, twist, swirl, and splash their way through until they find perfect harmony in their dance and friendship. And what’s more fun than making a HUGE splash with your friend? This 2014 Caldecott Honor Book is sure to impress your little one and have them splishing and splashing around to their own dance moves! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Goodnight Already!

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Goodnight Already by Jory John is a story about a very tired bear and a very bothersome duck who happens to live next door. Bear is so tired he just wants to sleep and sleep. Duck is up drinking plenty of coffee. Duck is so bored and so wide awake he wakes up Bear to see if he wants to hang out. Bear is not happy about being woken up, but Duck is not giving up. He asks Bear if he wants to play cards, watch a movie, make smoothies, even start a band. Whatever Duck suggests Bear is not interested. Bear just wants Duck to leave him alone so he can sleep. Bear tries to go back to sleep but Duck returns asking Bear if he can borrow ingredients so he can make cookies. Bear says "NO." Bear tries to go back to sleep. Duck returns with what he says is an emergency. Poor Duck has stubbed his beak. Bear tells Duck to get out so he can sleep. Duck finally gets tired and goes home and dozes off. Now, however, poor Bear is home wide awake. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 9, 2015

This Book Just Ate My Dog

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne is a fun, funny, interactive book that will have kids and their parents chuckling as they play along while reading. Bella is strolling along the pages of this book with her dog when all of a sudden she’s walking half a dog, then no dog. What in the world? The book has eaten her dog! Along comes Bella’s friend, Ben. Ben decides to investigate, then he is eaten by the book! A dog rescue van, a fire truck, and a police car all try to help. They all fall prey to this bottomless book. There is only one thing left to do. Bella will have to be the one to rescue her dog and everyone else who has tried to help. With a look of pure determination, Bella marches into the gutter of the book and vanishes. Some time later, a note appears. Bella has written a message for us! She has figured out a way for us to “shake and shake and shake” them from the center of the book (illustrated instructions included) and we all get to help save the day! Well, for the most part... See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Rudy and Claude Splash Into Art

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Is it time for an introduction into the world of art? Rudy and Claude Splash into Art by Adam McHeffey, is a colorful, fun, and very informative book to begin with. Rudy the mouse has met up with his friend, Claude, who is busily “making art.” Rudy wants to try his hand at art as well. Claude teaches Rudy (and us) about self-portraits, landscapes, still life, and found art. One by one, Rudy tries, but isn't very successful, at each art form. His self-portrait looks nothing like himself. His still life is a bit better, but not much. His landscape turns into a frightening escape from an angry goose! Just when Rudy loses his patience and makes quite a mess with the paint, he learns that he has finally become a “TRUE artist!” Not only is this a great book for learning different forms of art, it is also a fun book to follow along with while trying your hand at a self-portrait or a landscape of your own. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Secret Pizza Party

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Everyone knows that when things are kept a secret they become 100% better. Normal handshake? Boring! Super-secret handshake? Totally awesome to the max. In Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin, a raccoon learns this very important lesson when he discovers that raccoons are never allowed at regular pizza parties. Every time he tries to go to one he is chased off by angry people with brooms! Poor raccoon! All he wants is to get his cute little mitts on a slice of cheesy, ultra delicious, pizza!  He ends up deciding that if he isn’t allowed to go to regular pizza parties, then maybe he can have his own secret pizza party where he’ll (hopefully) be the guest of honor. “Get that raccoon another slice of pizza!” his guests would cheer! Secret Pizza Party is the story of one raccoon's struggle against a broom wielding society and how he overcomes all odds just to have a simple taste of the gooey cheesy-ness, sweet, sweet tomato-ness that is a delicious slice of pizza. See this book listed in our catalog
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