Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Don't Touch This Book!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Don't Touch This Book! by Bill Cotter. Larry an adorable purple monster with green horns has a new super cool book. You probably want to read it, but… Don’t touch this book! Larry is not very good at sharing. He decides who gets to play with his new super cool book. He decides you can play, but you can only use one finger, then all of your fingers. Each page invites you to do as Larry says, wiggling, spinning, walk and talk like a robot and flap your arms. After saving Larry from a big green dinosaur he invites you to play any time you like. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cat Knit

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Cat Knit by Jacob Grant. Cat and Girl are great friends. One day Girl brings home a guest. His name is Yarn. Cat and Yarn become the best of friends. They do everything together. They have so much fun. They are inseparable until Girl takes Yarn away. When Yarn returns he is no longer a fun cuddly ball, he has changed. Yarn is now a nice warm sweater for Cat. Cat is mad. He tries hard to lose the sweater. Cat does not like the sweater. It is itchy and stuffy. When he finally does get rid of it he realizes it wasn't so bad after all. It did keep him nice and warm. Cat puts the sweater back on. He now knows that sometimes change is good. Even though Yarn has changed they can still be friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 9, 2016

Otters Love to Play

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Otters Love to Play by Jonathan London, illustrated by Meilo So, takes you through the life cycle of the playful otter. A book that is filled to the brim with knowledge and facts is also filled with beautiful illustrations and fun text. Otters make use of left behind beaver lodges to make homes for themselves. There, otter pups are born and begin their journey through life. Otters are just like kids and love to play tag and wrestle. Once otter pups have their furry coats, swim lessons begin. Swimming is essential for otters and that’s why they start quite young. Soon the pups become underwater acrobats! As the otter pups progress, so do the seasons. This book not only illustrates otters beautifully but also the changing of seasons. As winter approaches, otter pups have fun in the snow just like you! Otters don’t hibernate and get to enjoy all four seasons. An otter’s day is full of play and so should yours! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Museum of Modern Art, New York. “Color gives me a headache,” says young Charlotte, filmmaker. She wishes other people could see what she sees, that black and white are the best colors, but the colorful people just don’t seem to get her. She takes her camera everywhere, filming black and white things, especially her cat Smudge, and making her movies in black-and-white. She loves outings with her parents to the Golden Theater (black-and-white movie night!) and most of all to the Museum of Modern Art where one day she makes a new friend, Scarlet. She gives Charlotte just the encouragement she needs, and helps Charlotte share her talent, and her black-and-white perspective, with the world. A great story about the journey of a young artist. Oh, and by they way, this book is actually written by the Publications Department of the Museum of Modern Art! How cool is that?!? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 5, 2016

Henry & Leo

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski. Leo the lion was Henry's best friend. Leo had movable parts and glass button eyes which made him look like he knew important things. To Henry Leo is real. One day Henry’s Papa took the whole family on a walk in the woods. “Hurray!” said Henry. “Leo loves walks in the woods.” “Leo is a stuffed toy not real.” Said his sister. But Henry knew he was. The family walked a long time and then Papa carried Henry back because he was tired. At bedtime Henry realized something was wrong. “Papa where is Leo?” He asked. The whole family searched but Leo was lost. They would have to wait till the morning to search for him. That night something magical happened. The woodland animals came to help Leo and bring him home to Henry's house. The next morning Henry shouted “Leo! You found home!” He was back. His family said they had looked in that very spot and he wasn’t there last night. Henry and Leo are special friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 1, 2016

One Day, The End

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
All good stories have a beginning and an end, of course, but oh, the middle! The middle is where the story really happens, and the young storyteller in One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Fred Koehler, shares her stories with us to that effect. Each page has a large text beginning and end, but the pictures actually carry the middle where her story is found. In “I Went to School. I Came Home. The End” we are offered small glimpses of the triumphs and failures she experiences during one day at school. In “One Day I Made Something. I Gave It to My Mom. The End” we watch as the storyteller’s creativity splashes (literally) across the kitchen in pursuit of the perfect gift for her mother, with the last story summing up all of her tales! A beautiful cross between word-book and wordless-book, this story is great for lap time reading with pre and early readers, and for helping teach your young writers learn about story structure. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Peace Book

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
If there's anything I think we can all agree on, it's that the world needs more peace. The Peace Book by Todd Parr defines peace by offering easy ways we can all promote peace in our every day lives. For instance, peace is making new friends. Peace is helping your neighbor. And peace is being free. But peace is also listening to different kinds of music, reading different kinds of books, and wearing different kinds of clothes. Peace is keeping water and streets clean. Peace is planting a tree, and giving shoes to someone who needs them. Peace can be as simple as watching snow fall, or taking a nap. And peace is as epic as having enough pizza in the world for everyone. If you and your little one want to meditate upon peace, check out this book today. Peace! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Books and Blocks

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Melissa!
Children love building with blocks. You can expand their imaginative play skills by encouraging them to use blocks as objects or props in their play. Books can also be read while building to model these behaviors. Check out the books below for ideas on how you can incorporate books in your block play activities.  
The House that Zack Built is written and illustrated by Alison Murray. After reading this book, encourage your child to build their own house. Re-enact the story as The House That [insert your child's name here] Built. In addition to their house, have them use blocks to represent the fly, cat, milk, etc. Allow them to thumb through the pages for reference and make a story of their own using new characters and actions. See this book listed in our catalog.
In Blocks by Irene Dickson, children will learn about primary colors and the value of sharing. You can also use the book to discuss structures. If you have colored blocks, you can sort them as they are in the story, and each build with one color. When you combine multiple colors you can discuss how much can be built when you share the blocks. See this book listed in our catalog.
In Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix, children will explore shapes and can build the objects mentioned using combinations of various shaped blocks. This is a great way to make the images on a page come to life. For example, by using rectangular shaped blocks children can build a ladder just as it’s illustrated in the book. After reading this book take a walk around your house or yard to see what can be built. See this book listed in our catalog.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

My Friend Fred

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
My Friend Fred written by Hiawyn Oram is a precious book about friendship and sharing. Grace believes their family dog, Fred, is hers and hers alone. She believes this because they do everything together. Unfortunately, Grace learns a lesson in sharing and happiness when she locks Fred up to keep him from having fun with her sister and her sister’s friends. She watches Fred becomes very sad. Realizing she is keeping Fred from being happy, she lets him out in the yard with all of the family and family’s friends. At the end of the story Grace admits she made a big decision allowing Fred to play with all his friends, but secretly she still believes he is just her dog.  This book is fun to read aloud with different voices. Adults will find the end entertaining and children will love the illustrations. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Bath Monster

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The Bath Monster by Colin Boyd. Jackson loved all things that made him dirty and messy: playing in mud, rolling down hills, and climbing trees. Every night, his mother would say, “Look at you! Go and have a bath now or the Bath Monster will come and get you.” Boys and girls everywhere are told about the Bath Monster’s second favorite food, dirty bath water. He waits at bottom of the drain with his special red and white straw to slurp up the dirty water. One night Jackson refuses to take a bath declaring he no longer believes in the bath monster. Everyone knows what the bath monster's second favorite food is but that night Jackson finds out what his favorite food is! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 10, 2016

1 Big Salad

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
1 Big Salad by Juana Medina is a delicious counting book that kids and adults will equally love with it's nutritious fun elements. From 1 through 10, each ingredient for the big salad is depicted as a fun little animal. We begin with 1 Avocado Deer and move to 4 Carrot Horses to 7 Radicchio Lions to 10 Clementine Kitties. Each page will help kiddos practice their counting skills as well as use their imagination to see the fruit/veggie animals. All ten ingredients make up a wonderfully healthy salad that might even grab the attention of the pickiest eaters. There is also a quick and simple recipe for salad dressing in the back! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I Don't Want To Be Big

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In I Don’t Want to Be Big by Dev Petty we catch up with Frog from I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. This time Frog doesn’t want to eat his dinner and grow big. Being big means you have to give up all the fun things in life, like being small enough to be carried from place to place, and being really good at hiding during Hide-n-Seek. He has plenty of big friends who can reach things in high places for him. And who wants to be big enough to see a bunch of bug-eyed tree frogs anyway? With his father’s, and his big friend Pig’s, help Frog decides that growing up won’t be too bad after all. You can be grown up and still act little, sometimes. Taking a bath, on the other hand, may become the subject if a third book is in the works. This is a great book for lap reading or story time fun. The illustrations, by Mike Boldt, are vibrant and full of humor. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 3, 2016

This Is Our Baby Born Today

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
This Is Our Baby Born Today by Varsha Bajaj and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. A new baby elephant is born today. His Mama is loving and proud. There are aunts who are caring, and the earth that is fertile to support this baby born today. The sisters are sweet and eager to cuddle the baby. The herd who trumpet the baby born today is united and strong. The lagoon is calm and waiting to bathe the baby, and the cousins are ready to muddy the baby. A Banyan ancient and pure shades the baby, and neighbors are swinging and calling to the baby born today. The sparkling stars bless the baby and the glowing moon smiles on the baby born today. The baby who is wrinkled and gray warms the hearts of the world today. See this book listed in our catalog 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In a Cloud of Dust

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
In a Cloud of Dust written by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines. In a remote Tanzanian village a school gets a special visitor: the Bicycle Library truck! The children choose bicycles, except Anna, who is inside completing her homework. Anna lives so far from the school that it is too dark for school work when she gets home. By the time Anna gets outside, all the bikes have been checked out by others. Anna is disappointed, but chooses to help and cheer on her friends as they practice. In the end Anna’s kindness is rewarded when one of her friends helps her to get home on his bike! A very accessible tale of a simple idea that is changing the lives of many children around the world. Be sure to read the author’s note at the end for a deeper explanation of the importance of bicycles in third world countries. There is also a list of non-profit groups providing bicycles globally to folks at no cost. Perhaps your family would like to help out too! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 28, 2016

Everyone Loves Bacon

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Bacon. What can we say? Everyone loves it. Except maybe vegetarians. The book Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio with illustrations by Eric Wight goes behind the scenes with Bacon, giving us insight into the life and times of our favorite food. Egg loves Bacon. Pancake loves Bacon. French Toast does not love Bacon (but he doesn't count because French Toast doesn't like anyone!) And Bacon loves being popular! He gets attention wherever he goes. The other breakfast meats feel left out. But Bacon doesn't care! Soon Bacon's face is on t-shirts and hats! He's a big time celebrity! He forgets all about his friends, like Lettuce and Tomato. Bacon even starts driving a fancy car, and growing a fancy mustache. Has Bacon finally gotten too big for his britches? Find out what happens in this charming cautionary tale. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Not your average "Look and Find" books...

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Melissa!
Children love Look and Find books. Typically these books have few words or are completely wordless, but there are many ways you can make them about literacy. Check out the list below for some ideas on how to use such books.
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole is a beautifully illustrated story about a cat named Spot and his boy living in a city. There's so much you can talk about while following their adventure. Have your child search for Spot and encourage them to tell you the story in their own words. There are also opportunities to tell a story within a story. For example, have your child tell you about what's happening in each of the row houses, or about the people running in the park. See this book listed in our catalog.
Are We There Yet? by Nina Laden and Adam McCauley features many objects on the first few pages which can be found throughout the book. Not only will you have a chance to talk about the words on the page, but you can also talk about the sequence of events each of the objects is going through during the story. See this book listed in our catalog.
Starfish, Where Are you? by Barroux challenges the reader to find the starfish, jellyfish, and clownfish in each scene. That sounds simple enough, but there's something much deeper occurring in this tale. The fish will draw your attention to what's happening and will give the reader an opportunity to discuss the environment in which the fish live. See this book listed in our catalog.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

When a Dragon Moves In Again

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!

When a Dragon Moves in Again by Jodi Moore. A young boy and his father build a castle, which in this case is actually a crib with castle detailing for the new baby. Soon after, a bright red dragon moves in joining the young boy in the castle until the rest of the family reminds them that the crib belongs to the new baby. As he adjusts to his new role, he experiences the ups and downs of being a big brother. After his dragon is charmed by the baby he decides he’s had enough of this baby business. When he goes to check on his dragon he finds the baby crying. After calming him decides he can stay after all! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Piece of Home

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts, illustrated by Hyewon Yum. In Korea Hee Jun was ordinary. Hee Jun and his family have just moved from Korea to West Virginia. In Korea, his grandmother was a wonderful teacher and could find the extraordinary out of the ordinary especially in her garden. At school he was just like everyone else. His father accepted a position in a West Virginia school and the family has moved. Grandmother seems different too and her eyes don’t gleam anymore. Here, he is different. As time goes by, he am surprised. He learns new words like bathroom and please. He makes friends. Grandmother and little sister Se Ra are learning too. Se Ra’s teacher gets advice from Grandmother. One day when my friend Steve invites him over, they discover a plant in Steve’s mom’s garden, a “Rose of Sharon.” It’s the same as a plant Grandmother had in Korea called Mugunghwa. Steve’s mom sends a blossom and a shoot home for Grandmother. “A piece of Heaven,” Grandmother says. “A piece of home.” She plants the shoot and at summers end, she sews a blossom onto her new teacher friend’s wedding dress, like the family did in Korea. See this book listed in our catalog 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mother Bruce

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Bruce is a bear. But he isn’t just any bear; he’s a grumpy bear. You can tell from his big ol’ grumpy bear eyebrows. Anyway, one day Bruce was shopping for some food. He took his grocery cart and waded out into the river to catch some salmon. Then he pushed his cart through the forest to grab some honey from a local beehive. He only ate local--it’s good to support local business, you see. Then he grabbed some eggs from Mrs. Goose, but only after asking if they were free-range organic. Once he had all the ingredients needed to make a new recipe (hard-boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce, YUM!) he found himself in a predicament. You know those eggs he took from Mrs. Goose? Well, they totally hatched into four adorable little goslings. And you know what else? They thought Bruce was their mama! BWWAAAAA?!? Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins is a story where a grumpy bear transforms in to a marginally less grumpy bear because of the love of four baby geese… Or maybe he stays completely grumpy forever.  You have to read the book to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lenny and Lucy

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Lenny and Lucy by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead, is a sweet imaginative tale about a boy and his dog in need of friends. After a long drive through the woods Peter, his trusty canine sidekick Harold, and his dad arrive at their new house. Peter thinks it is a terrible idea to move here and wants to go back, but no one hears. Convinced that terrible things lurk in the dark woods beyond the little bridge by his new house, Peter and Harold build Lenny, a pillow-stuffed, blanket-wrapped Guardian of the Bridge Into the Woods. The faithful Lenny keeps the woods at bay through the night, but as Peter and Harold watch out the window they worry that he might be too lonely out there by himself. Next morning Peter builds leaf-stuffed Lucy to watch with him. The four friends eat soup, play marbles, and watch together, until a new friend comes to play. When you have good friends, maybe moving to new house at the edge of the woods isn’t so bad after all! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tad & Dad

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein is a story about Tad the tadpole and his Dad. Tad loves his Dad so much he wants to spend every minute with him. He loves swimming, catching flies, and hopping with his Dad. Tad even wants to sleep on the same lily pad as his Dad. The problem is Tad wiggles and kicks and pokes and croaks so much his Dad can't sleep. Dad tells Tad he is driving him bananas and Tad agrees to sleep by himself because Dad snores anyway. Will Dad finally get some sleep? See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dojo Daytrip

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Dojo Daytrip written and illustrated by Chris Tougas. The six little ninjas from Dojo Daycare are back for another adventure! The excited ninjas board the minibus for a field trip to a farm with their Master. Instead of experiencing the joys of farm life, however, Master becomes embroiled in disaster after barnyard disaster, giving the mini-ninjas opportunity to flaunt their mad ninja skills. From kicking down fences to climbing the scarecrow, letting out the animals, and generally ignoring their ninja creed - “Always help someone in need” - they are out of control. Finally, when Master gets into real danger, they remember what to do and with ninja speed save the Master and put the farm back to rights! Your children will enjoy these books about little girls and boys having fun and learning to be proper ninjas. See this book listed in our catalog 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is a very cute rhyming book. Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob are dust bunnies. They love to rhyme. Bob seems to have some trouble though. No matter how hard he tries he just can't seem to rhyme. Bob does however save the dust bunnies from the big scary broom. Will he be able to save them from the big scary vacuum? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, July 18, 2016

Diana's White House Garden

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Diana’s White House Garden by Elisa Carbone and illustrated by Jen Hill. Diana who is ten years old lives in the “white house.” Her dad Harry Hopkins was the president’s chief adviser in 1943. She lived there with lots of other people that worked there including President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. President Roosevelt wanted every citizen to help with the war effort. When he asked that everyone plant a garden to grow food for our soldiers, Diana wanted to help too. The gardens were called “Victory Gardens.” Diana worked with George the grounds keeper to turn the soil, fertilize, and plant the seeds. She went every day before and after school to tend the garden. When the plants were almost grown reporters came to see it. They asked Diana “how does it feel to inspire the whole country and help with the war effort?” “It feels very good,” she said. An article went out a few days later and the headline read “Diana Farms Her White House Plot”. It explained how the president’s plan was working and how she was an important part! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, July 15, 2016

Alan's Big Scary Teeth

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
The titular Alan of Alan's Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis is a very scary alligator with a very scary set of teeth. He's renowned throughout the jungle for his scariness. Every morning he brushes his razor sharp teeth. And every day he brandishes them to all the other jungle animals, frightening the living daylights out of them! And every night he... takes out his false teeth and hides them! Nobody knows that Alan's big scary teeth are fake! Until one day Barry the beaver stumbles upon Alan's hiding place, finds his dentures, and snatches them! Alan discovers he's not very scary without his teeth. All the animals laugh at him, until he begins to cry. The animals offer to give Alan his teeth back, but only on one condition... Find out how these animals learn to compromise by reading Alan's Big Scary Teeth today! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wearable Books

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
You'll have tons of fun with the Wearable Books series by Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz. Simply open to any page, place to book up to your head, and enjoy! On every page of these colorful board books is a new thing to wear on your head. With the Book-O-Beards you can sport facial hair like a lumberjack's bushy beard, or a police officer's impressive mustache. With the Book-O-Teeth you can try out new chompers, like a vampire's fangs, or beaver's dam building teeth. With the Book-O-Hats you can try on the headgear of several occupations, like a firefighter's helmet, or a construction worker's bright orange hard hat. And with the Book-O-Masks you can disguise yourself as a superhero or a ninja! I realize the best way to explain how awesome these books are is to just show you some action pics, so here you go:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Loula and the Sister Recipe

This summer we'll feature some blogs written by the library's summer interns. Here's one from last summer's intern, Ms. Elisa!
Loula is tired of being the only girl among her brothers, she wants a sister! Loula and the Sister Recipe by Anne Villeneuve tells the story of Loula’s journey to make herself one! Her parents inform her that there are certain “ingredients” necessary to make a sister: a papa, a mama, butterflies, a full moon, a candlelit supper, kisses, hugs, and chocolate! Loula sets off to gather her ingredients with Gilbert, the family chauffeur. They buy chocolate at best chocolatier in town, catch butterflies, and make cheese tartines for dinner! She gives kisses and hugs to her cat, because she’ll never hug her brothers! The moon is full and they’re missing just two ingredients, a mama and a papa! By the time she gets them, however, a hungry dog comes and eats all the cheese tartines! Loula is ecstatic, her sister is here! Her sister it seems, is actually a Mister but Loula is not deterred. She takes care of her new pet and loves him as her sister. A cute story for children, and a laugh for adults, Loula supplies a healthy dose of determination and sass in this adorable tale of finding friendship. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This Is Sadie

This summer we'll feature some blogs written by the library's summer interns. Here's one from last summer's intern, Ms. Elisa!
This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary is about a little girl with a big imagination. Before she even has breakfast, Sadie sails across the sea in an enormous boat! She puts on her favorite dress and spends a perfect day with her friends, real and fictional. She lives under the sea, becomes a boy raised by wolves, has adventures in Wonderland, and is the hero in a world of fairy tales! Afterwards, she climbs her favorite tree and has a chat with the birds. She has wings, just like the birds, they are just very hard to see. Her wings take her everywhere, but they always bring her home at the end of the day. Sadie fills her days with games of make believe but her favorite things are stories because you don’t need boxes or cushions to create them. Sadie’s story is filled with beautiful illustrations that will inspire any child’s imagination. You can have anything, from a boat to your very own wings, all you need is a little imagination. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 27, 2016

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat

This summer we'll feature some blogs written by the library's summer interns. Here's one from last summer's intern, Ms. Elisa!
Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood is the story of a tricky cat who wants to meet the Tooth Fairy. He plants the tooth of a comb under his pillow but is sorely disappointed when the Tooth Fairy is not fooled. The Tooth Fairy, however, has left Cat a job: If he can help her with her duties, she will gladly meet him! There’s a catch though: Cat has to dress up as the Tooth Fairy and be partners with Mouse. Cat and Mouse are not pleased to be working together, but soon they are grateful for their differences. Mouse can climb in Gopher’s hole to get his tooth, and Cat can climb up the tree to give Squirrel his coin! They discover the importance of teamwork when the last tooth belongs to a bear. Mouse bravely takes up the task but (oh no!) his dress is stuck under the bear! Cat heroically tickles the bear and frees Mouse! The deliveries are done and it’s time to take off their costumes but Mouse has a surprise… He’s actually the Tooth Fairy! Cats aren’t the only ones who can play tricks! This silly story of looking past differences and helping one another is sure to make any child or adult laugh, but the lesson of the story remains: don’t try to trick a fairy! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 24, 2016

One Word from Sophia

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail. Sophia’s birthday is coming soon, and she really wants a giraffe. A real giraffe. Sophia really, really wants a real giraffe. But to get one, she’ll have to convince the four grown-ups in her house: Mother, Father, Uncle Conrad, and Grand-Mamá. Sophia carefully crafts a plea to each adult: with Mother (a judge), she makes a legal argument. To Father (a businessman), she presents the financial benefits of giraffe ownership. To convince Uncle Conrad (a politician), she shows him the highly favorable poll results for giraffes. With strict Grand-Mamá, she tries a good old-fashioned buttering-up job. Poor Sophie’s attempts to convince her elders of the advantages of giraffe ownership all flop--her pleas are just too verbose, effusive, loquacious, and failed to get to the point. In short, Sophia is using too many words. Our would-be giraffe-keeper is not a quitter, though, so it’s back to the drawing board to find just the perfect word that will win her a real giraffe. Will Sophia’s giant quadrupedal dreams come true this birthday? You'll have to read to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stanley the Mailman

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Stanley the Mailman by William Bee. Stanley is a hamster, and he is also the mailman of his animal neighborhood. Stanley works hard at his job. He gets up before dawn to sort all the mail, then rides his scooter from house to house making deliveries. It seems like everyone has gotten mail today! Some neighbors receive big packages from far-off stores, or presents from loved ones. Some get piles of love letters! At least one neighbor gets mail they’d rather they didn’t, but that’s not Stanley’s fault. There’s one last package left at the end of the day- for Stanley! Young readers who love bright pictures, gentle animal stories, and reading about jobs people do will love this book, and can also look for Stanley’s many other adventures as a farmer, builder, cook, and mechanic. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bob the Artist

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Bob has extremely skinny legs. He is an otherwise handsome bird, but those legs, holy moly, they are soooooo skinny! When Bob walks by the owl always says “Oooh! Look at that funny stick walk!” The other birds cry “OH! How puny your legs are!” whenever they see Bob and his stick-like legs strolling down the street. Of course, this makes Bob feel pretty darn bad about himself. I mean, can we blame him? How do you think you would feel if everyone teased you and made fun of your skinny legs? Luckily Bob discovers art, and is incredibly inspired. Like, crazy inspired. And that inspiration turns into an idea. And that idea becomes a way to show the world that he is more than a simple pair of chop sticks walking down the road. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars is an adorably illustrated book about how a bird can show the world his true worth with only his imagination and a little bit of paint. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Tower of Giraffes

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups by Anna Wright is a gorgeous book filled with animals, illustrated in inked collage. This book will teach your thoughtful little one more about collective nouns. From a parcel of penguins to a scurry of squirrels, you’ll never be at a loss to describe a group of animals again! This book is a wonderful way to teach new vocabulary while enjoying the beautiful aesthetic she’s created. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 20, 2016

Miles of Smiles

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
When I wake up, yawning as I stretch my back, I look out my window and smile at my neighbor as he waters his front yard. Later, as he carefully shaves before going into work, he smiles at his wife as she comes in to brush her teeth. She carries that smile with her all morning until she decides to pass it to a little girl trying to help her mom push a shopping cart at the grocery story. Later that day, that little girl smiles at her sister, who laughs out loud and smiles in the direction of some kids riding by on their bikes. Those kids go on to smile at other people, who smile at other people, who keep smiling until that single smile has been passed all over town. Miles of Smiles by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Luciano Lozano, is a beautiful book about how all it may take to make the world a better place is a single smile pointed in the right direction. As infectious as a cold, but much more fun, a smile can travel from person to person, brightening up everyone’s day in a matter of minutes. This book seeks to answer the question “How far can a smile travel?” with an enjoyable read that is sure to brighten up the day of every reader. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 17, 2016

Flying Frogs and Walking Fish

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Animals move in different and interesting ways. There are some interesting and different types of animals too. Some marine animals like the frogfish uses jet propulsion, which is forcing water from his gills to surge forward. A vampire squid forces water through a tube on his body to glide backwards, while a pacific sea nettle pulses through the sea by contracting and pushing water from its bell. Other animals use different kinds of ways to maneuver. Some jump, pound, or spring into motion like the springbok who bounds straight up. Or the ring-tailed lemur who vaults from tree to tree. The agama, a leaping lizard, can leap several times its own body length. Many different kinds of animals can walk, leap, climb, and swim. Or they can glide, fly, and propel. They come equipped with legs, fins, wings, or even tentacles, and more which help them get to different places in surprising ways. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Carnivores

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds. All Lion, Wolf, and Shark really want is to fit in. They just want friends, but the zebras, bunnies, and little fish can be so mean. The ugly looks they get, just because they eat a few gazelle here and there. It’s lonely being a carnivore! What if they try vegetarianism? Can Lion and crew subsist on seaweed and salad? Can they leave their carnivorous ways behind? This is a hilarious story that reminds us to be ourselves! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bear Is Not Tired

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Bear Is Not Tired by Ciara Gavin. Bear and the ducks live happily together. Because they are such a happy family, Bear often forget that he isn't actually a duck. When winter weather starts chilling the air, Bear knows that soon it will be time for him to go to sleep, but he doesn't want to go to sleep. He doesn't want to miss out on all the fun the ducks will be having without him, so he decides to stay awake! His plan doesn't work too well. Even though the ducks try to help him stay awake, Bear often falls asleep at very inconvenient times. Not until Mama Duck assures him that he won't miss a thing, does Bear decide to give in and go to sleep. The ducks go about their daily business, including Bear whenever they can. One spring morning, Bear wake up! True to her word, Mama Duck has made a photo album to share with Bear when he woke up. Bear hadn’t missed a thing. His family made sure to include him, and he had the pictures to prove it! With illustrations that are soft, and full of expression, this is a perfect book for snuggling up with before taking a nice, long nap. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Airport Book

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
The airport is an interesting place. People are coming and going from all over the world, often dressed or looking much different from what we’re used to. While they may look strange to us, we probably look strange to them. There are so many cool things to see, from the planes constantly taking off and landing, to the strange, mysterious pieces of luggage people push as they hurry to their flight. People hug, some cry as they say their goodbyes, and you can’t help to watch, soaking in this tiny snapshot of their life. Although while at the airport you spend most of your time either in line or waiting to be in line, if you enjoy people watching you will never truly be bored. The Airport Book, written and illustrated by Lisa Brown, is a book written for fans of people watching. Although the plot follows a single family as they travel to visit relatives, the observant reader will spot a multitude of stories hidden in plain sight behind the main characters. Who is the man with the huge cowboy hat going to visit? What is inside the small man’s strangely shaped package that is marked “fragile?” Did the husband truly remember his airline tickets, even after being repeatedly reminded by his wife? Just as watching people at the airport affords us only a tiny glimpse into the lives of others, the book provides us with many, many hidden stories that are as interesting as they are brief, and is sure to be interesting for readers of every age, especially those who are about to go on a trip! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 13, 2016

Olive the Alien

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Olive the Alien by Katie Saunders. Archie has a new baby sister named Olive. She is pink and frilly and looks a little like a marshmallow. Archie doesn't understand his new sister and her behavior is confusing. He loves her but she speaks a language like boo ba de foo goo that sounds strange to him. She cries a lot and is loud. Maybe she is an alien from outer space! She does strange things and her meals were always messy. Whenever Mommy takes them out people always made funny faces at her. Archie begins to think she has strange powers that make normal people act strange around her. Mommy says Olive is not an alien from outer space and that she is just a baby. But Archie is not convinced. Finally Archie’s cousin William comes over with his baby brother. He acts a lot like Olive. William explains that that is how babies act and what babies always do. They speak the same strange language. They put everything in their mouth and cry loudly. Finally Archie tells Olive he is sorry. “You're not and alien, you're just a baby.” Until Olive makes a very terrible smell! It smells out of this world! Maybe he wasn’t wrong after all! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 10, 2016

Game Changer

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy. In 1944 there was a secret basketball game played. Why was it a secret? Because in North Carolina, 19 years before Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, segregation was the norm. In fact this game, featuring white and black players, was illegal at the time. But courageous coach John McLendon and this group of players were willing to defy the law to break down prejudice and racism. This is a story of bravery and strength. It is a great introduction to a difficult portion of American history, told through the lens of basketball, the American-invented sport. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 9, 2016

My Garden

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
In My Garden by Kevin Henkes a little girl and her mother work in the garden. As they are working the little girl starts to imagine what it would be like if she had her very own garden. In her garden things would be quite different. Inside this little girl's imagination we see a very unusual garden where flowers keep blooming and never die. We see flowers that change color and grow right back when pulled. In her garden the rabbits would be chocolate and seashells would grow. She could plant jelly beans and grow a jelly bean tree. She would also grow tomatoes the size of beach balls and invisible carrots because she doesn't like carrots. Her garden sounds absolutely amazing! When she is done dreaming about her garden she plants a seashell. After all, you never know what might happen... See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Imagine a World

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
At first glance children are walking a low tightrope down a cobblestone walkway, but upon closer inspection they seem to be balancing precariously a hundred feet above a Venetian city.  Two swimmers are diving below the surface of the sea, but when the reader looks again the blurry surface of the water becomes a swirl of clouds and it appears as if those two swimmers may actually be flying through the air. Imagine a World, written and illustrated by Rob Gonsalves, is a book that forces the reader to consider the impossible with incredible drawings that play with perspective in a variety of interesting ways. The way Gonslaves uses drawing techniques that exploit our conceptions of perspective and space to “trick” the eye into thinking that one of two things may be happening simultaneously is nothing short of amazing. A row of buildings before a solitary guitar player becomes a crowd of cheering fans, changing what was a somewhat solemn scene into something exciting. But if you “shift” the way to look at the drawing it quickly changes back to a simple scene of a lonely guitarist. This book will challenge the way the reader views each picture in a way that would possibly make M.C. Escher jealous. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Frog on a Log?

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
What do you do when a bossy cat tells you to sit on a log? Well, if you’re a frog who doesn’t want to sit on a splintery log, you start asking why you can’t sit on something a little more comfortable. In Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray and Jim Field, the frog would rather sit on a mat, or a sofa, or a chair. Mats, sofas, and chairs are for cats, gophers, and hares. Frogs sit on logs, parrots sit on carrots, storks sit on forks, and lions sit on irons. When the frog points out that some of these things sound very comfortable, the cat declares “It’s not about being comfortable, it’s about doing the right thing.” This fun book is filled with countless animals and their respective seats. The illustrations are bold and whimsical, and the story begs the readers to come up with even more things that even more animals must sit on. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 6, 2016

Beastly Babies

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Beastly Babies by Ellen Jackson and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. Babies can be messy and whine a lot. They wail and fuss and can be naughty. Sometimes they are smooth, and sometimes they are hairy. From whales to quails or dromedary (that’s an Arabian one humped camel) they are one or many! There are tiger babies that creep, pounce, and fail when they aim for mama’s tail. A jumbo sized elephant mom might drowse and doze, but her babies ram and slap which ruins her noontime nap. Baby rhinos will grow large and they practice how to ram. Momma mouse and bird gather grass and leaves to weave, and shred leaves to make a bed or nest. Then their little ones called kits, chicks, or pups wiggle around and mess it up. Puppies slobber, gorillas can’t sit still, while baby piglets wallow, and baby ducklings do not follow. They are making mischief and having fun. But beastly babies grow up by and by. And when they are all grown, they have beastly babies of their own. See this book listed in our catalog
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