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
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