Friday, January 30, 2015

It's Okay to Make Mistakes

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr sends a great message to everyone reading it. With a “mistake” on the left side of each two-page spread, and the resulting “fix” on the right, mistakes are shown to be normal, everyday parts of life. Each “fix” also sends a positive message that all kids can benefit from hearing. It’s okay if you are clumsy; you might invent a new move! The story, itself, can be added to with as many “Uh-Oh” situations and solutions that large groups or single readers can come up with. The illustrations are bold and colorful and bring humor to each little oops throughout the book. It’s okay to read this book! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Little Owl's Day

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan is a book about a little owl who is usually asleep during the day but he wakes up early and goes exploring. Little Owl discovers a whole different world. He sees things he has never seen before. He gets to see the sun and the beautiful flowers with their petals open. He sees birds tweeting and beautiful butterflies and dragonflies. He goes to see his friend Bear and Bear takes Little Owl to see a beautiful rainbow. He sees lots of animals he never gets to see. When it starts to get dark Owl returns home but before he turns in he goes back to see his friend Bear. He promised Bear he would show him the moon and so he does. When Owl returns home he tells his mama all about his adventure. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes is the tale of Lilly: a feisty, fancy, school-loving mouse. Lilly loves her teacher. She even wants to be a teacher (or maybe a surgeon or a diva) like Mr. Slinger. So, imagine how thrilled Lilly is to show off her brand new movie star sunglasses, shiny quarters, and purple plastic purse to her adored teacher. Unfortunately, her excitement repeatedly interrupts the day. When Lilly is reprimanded she becomes heartbroken and angry. She gives Mr. Slinger a mean picture she’s drawn, but the kind note she finds in her purse prompts Lilly to acknowledge her mistake. She must now try and apologize to the wonderful Mr. Slinger. Kevin Henkes’s humorous and expressive illustrations add even more fun to his delightful story, which offers a great opportunity to discuss patience and making amends. This title is also part of our “Side By Side” read-along collection. Check out the suggestions for activities to try with your child, found inside specially labeled copies. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'm Fast

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
From the author/illustrator team that brought us I Stink!, I’m Bad!, I’m Dirty!, and I’m Brave! comes their latest: I'm Fast! by Kate & Jim McMullan. A mighty train engine is challenged by a zippy red racecar to race to Chicago. The racecar has only himself to worry about, but before they depart the train loads up tons of freight in a variety of train cars. The racecar takes off - “vvvvrrrrrrooooom!” And the train chugs out of the railyard - “chooka chooka chooka…” At first it seems the smaller, zippier racecar has the advantage, but once the train engine gets rolling he won’t stop! He “chooka-chooka’s” straight through tunnels while the car winds up and down mountain roads, plows through heavy snow while the car needs a push a friend (fans of the series will recognize the backhoe from I’m Dirty!), and rolls through railroad crossings while the racecar waits in traffic. Along the way, the engine shows off each car in his train and what it carries. Across mountains and deserts, through countryside and busy towns, all day and thought the night, the two friends are often neck-and-neck. Who will reach Chicago first? Car and train fans alike will love reading to find out. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yoda: a Story of a Cat and his Kittens

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and his Kittens by Beth Stern. Yoda is a Persian kitten who dreams about becoming a supercat, but is living in an animal shelter, waiting to be adopted. It seems like all the other kittens are adopted before him, until one day a nice woman comes to the shelter and takes Yoda home with her! Even though Yoda is happy to have a home, there is something missing. Then he discovers that there are four kittens in another room of his new house and they are not being good kittens! Archie smells, Petunia is climbing, Sadie is scratching a painting, and Oliver is sleeping in his milk bowl. Yoda becomes a father figure to the kittens, teaching them to behave and snuggling with them at night. He has finally become the supercat he has always wanted to be! Readers of all ages will enjoy seeing Yoda become such a great foster papa and following the kittens’ antics perfectly captured by illustrator Devin Crane. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I Want a Pet!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
I Want a Pet by Cathy Morrison. One morning a little boy decides he wants a pet, but not just any pet will do. After gathering some items he heads for the zoo in search of the perfect pet. He finds a giraffe but decides it’s too tall, the cheetah is too fast, the turtle is too slow, the gorilla is too hairy, and the crocodile is just plain too scary! He sits on the ground and begins to cry when he finally notices the dog that has followed him all day. He thinks this one is just right as he cuddles his new found friend in his bed that night! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Just Right for Two

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Just Right for Two by Tracey Corderoy & Rosalind Beardshaw. Dog is perfectly happy all on his own with his big blue suitcase, which is just the right size for one. He is sure that he is happy with just himself and his suitcase filled with all his little treasures he has collected. Dog wakes one morning to find Mouse sleeping next to him on the big blue suitcase. After spending the day with Mouse, sharing all of his special things, Mouse leaves and heads out on his own, leaving dog with his special things. Dog discovers that he is very lonely with just his special things and searches for his new friend. In the end Dog finds his big blue suitcase is actually just right for two. See this book listed in our catalog
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