Thursday, February 25, 2016

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Miss Moon by Janet Hill is a unique and lovely book about Miss Wihelmina Moon, governess to sixty-seven dogs on an island off the coast of France. She learned a lot while caring for her beloved canine charges, and this book contains twenty of her most important lessons like... Lesson one: "Friends can come in many shapes and sizes." Lesson six: "A good book will chase away the dark." Lesson nine: "The impossible can become possible with a little creativity." Lesson twelve: "Make the most of any weather." Lesson fourteen: "Always give the warmest of welcomes." And lesson twenty: "Celebrate your accomplishments with family and friends." Each lesson is accompanied by a beautiful oil on canvas illustration. This book is sure to delight dog lovers of all ages. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Shhh! This Book is Sleeping

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Shhh this Book is Sleeping by Cedric Ramadier and Vincent Bourgeau is the perfect book for bedtime! It goes through the typical bedtime routine many children fight, but for a book. The book is getting sleepy! Ask if it brushed it's teeth and did it go "pee-pee." Then read it a little story. Is the book warm enough? Does it need another blanket? Now give the book a hug and a kiss and turn the light out. Your child should be ready for bed in no time after this relaxing story! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by April Chu, tells the amazing life story of one of history's most important inventors, that not many people have heard of, Ada Lovelace! As the daughter of Lady and Lord Byron (the famous poet), Ada grew up with a love and passion for math and science, however she was troubled by poor health. She did not let that stop her though. She continued to invent, learn, and explore, despite her health problems, and as an adult she continued to pursue her interests in math and science, despite it being the popular belief at the time (the early 1800's) that these were not appropriate pursuits for women. She impressed famous mathematician Charles Babbage. He invented the first mechanical calculator, the Difference Engine, and he and Ada collaborated on plans for the first mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Ada created the algorithm, or instructions by which the computer would solve complex problems, essentially making her the world's first computer programmer! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 22, 2016

Some Things I've Lost

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
An umbrella left behind on the front porch. A pair of binoculars left in the backyard after a meteor shower. A lawn chair left near the campfire after a marshmallow roast. Some Things I’ve Lost by Cybele Young is a list of everyday items gone missing and on the surface doesn’t seem like anything too special. At first glance many of the items appear to be perfectly normal, but as the reader turns the page the items transform into things that are beyond imagination. This is done through the amazing ability Cybele Young has for creating exquisite paper sculptures. Some of these items, ranging from old bags to wrist watches, transform it to things that are outside of explanation. Some Things I’ve Lost invites readers to consider the inevitability of change and the power of imagination. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Thing About Yetis

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel. Have you ever wondered how Yetis survive those long, cold winters? Well, it helps that Yetis love winter. But do they ever get tired of all that snow? And what about summer? Do they like summer? Vogel tells us exactly how Yetis deal with the dark and chilly winter months. From hot cocoa to snow castles, Yetis make the most of the snow. And when the Yeti gets cold (after all, everyone gets cold in the snow), he comes up with a good plan for warming up. It might give you and your little ones some good ideas for braving the winter! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett Krosoczka is a take on the classic motto of “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Losing your balloon is tough, but what if that balloon flying high in the sky makes someone else’s day better, like grandma as she is flying overhead in an airplane? Krosoczka takes tough childhood situations and shines a light on them to make them bright and cheerful. Dropping your pb&j in the sand makes a day glum, but for a seagull a pb&j in the sand means lots and lots of food and a happy seagull! Don’t ever forget to smile and take every day with a grain of salt. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Somewhere a light saber hums to life in the darkness. An x-wing zips by as it enters light speed. The slow, steady, breathing of Darth Vader accompanies the sound of laser blasts ricocheting around the room. There are some who say that once a child becomes a fan of Star Wars that it stays with them for the rest of their life. With the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, released just a few months ago, interest in the property is growing by the day. Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight covers the events of the first three original movies in a way that leaves all of the really scary stuff out of the story. Sure, there are light saber duels and space battles, but it never gets too violent. All of the artwork for the book is taken from original concept pieces made by Academy Award winning artist Ralph McQuarrie during the production of the original films. They are sure to be simultaneously familiar and strange for readers, but are gorgeous nonetheless. If you have a younger child that may be interested in hearing stories from the Star Wars universe Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi is a great book to read with your child. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What's in Your Pocket?

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
What’s in Your Pocket by Ruth Symons and Laura Watkins. Josh loved to snuggle into his mom’s soft, warm pouch to sleep at night. When Josh grew bigger his mother told him to sleep on the grass like the older kangaroos. His mother had a surprise inside her pocket, “It’s tiny, but it will grow bigger. You can play with it, but not yet. It needs lots of love and care.” Josh couldn’t think of what it could be, so he went to ask his friends for help. After asking his friends, Katie the koala, Peter the parrot, and Terry the termite he returns home. When he returns home his mother reveals the surprise--a teeny tiny joey poked his head out of her pocket! Josh thought this was a very good surprise. See this book listed in our catalog

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Worm Loves Worm

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian is about, as you may have guessed, two worms in love! And they want to be married! But "Wait!" says Cricket! You need someone to marry you! And "Wait!" says Beetle! You need a have a best beetle. And "Wait!" say the bees! You need bride's bees! All the bugs know something else the worms need to be properly married. "That's how it's always been done" Cricket says. Worm and Worm shake things up though when it's time to decide who is the bride and who is the groom. "I can be the bride," says Worm. "I can, too," says Worm. "I can be the groom," says Worm. "I can, too," says Worm. But "Wait!" says Cricket, "That isn't how it's always been done." "Then we'll just change how it's done," says Worm. "Yes," says Worm. And everyone lives happily ever after! Read this triumphant story of love (and worms) today! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 12, 2016

North Woods Girl

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Grandma is not like other grandmas. She doesn’t bake cookies, she wears Grandpa’s old flannel shirt, and she wears oversized boots for muddy walks in the woods. When Grandma grabs her walking stick, the “North Woods Girl” runs to catch up with her. North Woods Girl by Aimee Bissonette, is about a little girl who goes on forest adventures with her grandma. In the spring, they trudge through the mud and use binoculars to spot wildlife. In summer, they grow vegetables and can them to share with friends. In winter, the cold doesn’t stop them from taking long walks through the woods. Grandma says she isn’t a good looking woman, but to her granddaughter, she’s perfect the way she is. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 11, 2016

B is for Bear

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
B is for Bear: A Natural Alphabet by Hannah Viano is not just another alphabet book. In this book the author and illustrator combines elements from animals, the weather, plants, and humans to create a walk among the alphabet. She writes, "I i ICEBURG, most icebergs only show part of their total size: another 90 percent is hidden underneath the water." Or "C c CLOUD, a cloud is made of water droplets suspended in air." In this alphabet book the illustrations are created by cutting away black paper to reveal the shape of the image. The author was inspired by running a little wild through forests and mountains with her son in the Pacific Northwest. My favorite part of this book is when she asks "what is another creature that belongs outdoors? Kids! So kids go outside and explore." See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to Bake a Book

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Imagine a cupboard full of the ingredients for a great story. A box of Fantasy Fudge, a jar of Giggle Word Jelly, and a shaker of Capital Letters are some of the ingredients our adorable protagonist finds in her pantry. She uses them skillfully in order to cook up her tasty tale. In How to Bake a Book, Ella Burfoot writes a sweet and savory story complete with illustrations that include all the whimsical components needed to concoct a good read, such as: carefully cut out characters, a spoonful of good, and a pinch of bad. Enjoy this flight of fancy with a little one who loves to help in the kitchen and spin their own delicious stories. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Farmer and the Clown

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee. A small clown boy bounces unnoticed off of the circus train out on the wide empty prairie. Empty, except for a solitary old farmer, who comes to the rescue of the boy. Too far away to signal the train, he takes the little clown by the hand, and returns to his tiny home to care for the boy 'til the train might return. With muted color and simple pictures that somehow convey so much (watch the priceless facial expressions), this wonderful wordless book describes the “Now what?” as the unsure old man and the lost little clown begin a friendship, eating, working, and playing together. Egg juggling anyone? At last, when the little clown’s family comes for him, the tiny clown and the farmer part as dear friends, and all is well. Your littles will love telling you this story as they “read” the pictures to you. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chopsticks

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon is the tale of Chopsticks, best friends since forever! The pair of sticks are quite the elegant pair. That is until the big accident. The dynamic duo must learn to lead separate lives while the one heals. Chopstick is unsure about whether he can handle life on his own. Chopstick soon realizes that the fork in the road he was forced to deal with has opened his eyes to the abundance of possibilities the duo can now share together. Chopstick learns to be the instrument to tell if muffins are ready to come out of the oven, participate in pick up sticks, and even pole vault! This story is a fantastic(k) one of coming into your own! See this book listed in our catalog
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