Friday, December 22, 2017

Yoga Bunny

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” - Dalai Lama. For many of us, this is easier said than done. As hard as we may try, in practice it’s extremely difficult to not let events in the news or the negativity of others affect our mood. This is, in essence, what Yoga Bunny is all about. Written and illustrated by Brian Russo, Yoga Bunny follows a bunny hoping to find someone to perform yoga with them, with very little apparent success. A fox running by in a huge rush, a passing bird that is overly critical of the bunny’s technique, and a lizard that hates everything about mornings (including morning yoga routines), all threaten to bring the bunny down. Bunny continues their routine despite the surrounding negativity and eventually two mice join in the yoga, followed by the bird, the lizard, and eventually the hurried fox. By focusing on the “now” and by maintaining their inner calm, Bunny is able to rise above the negativity surrounding them and even helps to bring some inner peace to their fellow animals. One of the final lines of the story, delivered by the often busy and irritable fox, perfectly encapsulates the idea of focusing on the “now”: “I know where I’m supposed to be,” said Fox, not so angry anymore, “It’s here.” Recommended for: Readers interested in animals, yoga, Zen, and finding inner peace. Pro-tip: The inside cover of the book shows Bunny demonstrating a variety of yoga poses. Try these out with your little one while focusing on how your body responds to each of the stances. Remember that there are no mistakes and have fun! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Would You Dare?

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Would You Dare? by Min Flyte is an interactive story that takes you on an adventure through the fierce jungle with a young boy. As the boy gets ready for his big adventure his mom reminds him to brush his teeth before he leaves. The book has lots of flaps to keep the reader engaged and to help the character make choices. Will he choose to go past the fierce lion or the hungry tiger? Will he go past the big elephant or the huge rhino? All through the story the boy is also being followed by someone or something. As he travels through the jungle this thing is always right behind him. The boy is more afraid of the thing following him than he is of all the scary jungle creatures. When he returns home he discovers that the thing that has been following him has followed him home. What or who could it be? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 18, 2017

What About Moose?

Submitted by Ms. Andrea!
What About Moose? is a story book with a lesson written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi. The forest animals are ready to get to work constructing a tree house. Each has arrived on time with a tool box in hand and donning a hard hat. Then out of nowhere Moose shows up and takes over. He is bossy and spends his time yelling instructions and demands. The other animals are constantly asking "What about you Moose?" He insists he is the overseer of the project. The animals are dutiful in the tasks; unfortunately Moose is not. He finds himself in a tight situation and has to apologize for his actions. In the end Moose learns it is better to be part of a team than to be all alone at the top. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 15, 2017

Woodpecker Wants a Waffle

Submitted by Ms. Andrea!
Woodpecker Wants a Waffle is a delightfully delicious story written and illustrated by Steven Breen. Woodpecker finds himself awoken to the smell of something wonderful. After some diligent investigation he learns that aroma belongs to a food called a waffle. Leading with his grumbling tummy he sets out on a mission to obtain a waffle. Unfortunately for Woodpecker, it is not a simple task. To his credit, he never gives up. After countless attempts, he decides to enlist the help of his friends. His woodland friends believe his efforts are in vain and he should resolve to not eat a waffle, but Woodpecker is not deterred. He devises the ultimate plan to obtain a waffle, which ends on a tasty note. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway. Do you love to play in the dirt, fly kites, and go swimming? So do Mac and Will! Mac is a good apple and Will the worm is his new best friend. Ever since they met, they have had a great time playing together and reading stories. They even finish each other’s sentences! Mac and Will have the best day ever until they run into the other apples in the orchard. The other apples bully Mac and call him a bad apple because his friend is a worm. Defeated, Will decides that maybe Mac would be happier without him and he leaves. Fortunately, Mac doesn’t let those bullies get in in between him and his best friend and he searches high and low until he finds Will. This is a charming story of an unlikely pair who let nothing stand between their friendship. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 11, 2017

Rock-a-bye Baby

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Rock-a bye Baby written and illustrated by Jane Cabrera. Rock a bye baby on the tree top, when the wind blows the cradle will rock. A familiar and popular lullaby is put to use in this beautiful story using woodland animals. Rock-a-bye squirrel cozy as can be. Baby Robin in a nook in the tree is as snug as can be. Caterpillar hangs, gently swaying and cocooned. While Owl in his hidey hole is as safe as can be. Spider in his delicate web is as sparkly as can be and Bat is nestled upside down as dark as can be. Rock-a-bye snake on the branch of the tree, coiled round and round and tight as can be. Little Mouse is under the roots; he gets rocked to and fro. Fawn is in the shade of the tree in sweet scented flowers. Bunny burrows under the tree and is hidden away warm as can be. Last of all is Baby: Happy as can be. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 8, 2017

We Are Family

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Every family is different, but beautiful in its own right. Although every family works in its own unique way, they all ultimately do the same thing. Your family is there to keep you safe, to laugh at the funny moments in life, and to make you smile when you are sad.  They look out for you in a way that few others will. Sometimes family members will fight with each other, but there is a bond there that cannot be easily broken. I believe this is true for every family, no matter how it looks or what members it is comprised of. We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty, and illustrated by Ryan Wheatcroft, shows many different families caring for each other, and it is nothing short of heartwarming. The illustrations by Wheatcroft perfectly highlight how each family is so similar, despite their differences and what results is a very amazing book. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pajama Pirates

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Get ready for an exciting tale of adventure on the salty seas! Pajama Pirates written by Andrew Kramer and illustrated by Leslie Lammle encourages readers to use their imagination and transform the world around them. As the pajama pirates prepare for bedtime, they see beds transform into boats and carpets become rippling seas. Enchanting watercolor illustrations bring the story to life as the pajama pirates set sail and encounter rival ships. By thinking hard and working together, they are able to outwit their foes and return safely to shore. I love an opportunity to use my pirate voice and this book does not disappoint! Pirate encounters on the stormy seas also offer great moments to engage readers with exciting sound effects including splashing waves, cannon balls, and thunder. Although the story is full of excitement, it is also written in rhyme which can be easily transformed into a gentle, singsong story that works perfectly for bedtime. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 4, 2017

Also an Octopus

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies starts like every story does: with nothing. It needs a character. Why not an octopus? Who plays the ukulele? And wants to travel to space in a shiny purple spaceship? Why not? But you can't get a spaceship at the drug store. And the octopus isn't a rocket scientist. And neither is his friend, the adorable bunny. The octopus is despondent. He'll never get to travel to other galaxies. Or will he? When the octopus is sad, he plays his ukulele, "because music is good for the heart." And when he plays, people come to listen, and some of those people are rocket scientists! Yes, it's true! And you know what happens next? Well, that's really up to you to decide. Because the ending of one story is the beginning of another, and everyone has what it takes to tell a story, because every story, like we said, starts with nothing! If you've got a little storyteller in your life, I'm sure they'll love this book! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, December 1, 2017

One Bear Extraordinaire

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
In One Bear Extraordinaire by Jayme McGowan, Bear wakes up with a song in his head, as usual. See, Bear is a rambling musician, traveling through the forest, entertaining all the creatures there. But this song needs something unique. He's not sure what it's missing, so he goes looking for it! Along the way he meets a banjo playing fox, an accordion playing raccoon, and a fiddle playing rabbit. They all sound mighty fine making music together but there's still something missing! The band meets a wolf pup who's an aspiring musician. Bear unloads his supply of instruments, but none of them quite strike Wolf Pup's fancy. But that night, when the band is gathered around a cozy campfire, jamming, they discover Wolf Pup is a great singer! And that's just what the song needed! And now, not only does Bear have a great song on his hands, he's also made some pretty great friends! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Carrot & Pea

Submitted by Ms. Karen

Carrot & Pea: An Unlikely Friendship written and illustrated by Morag Hood. “We go together like peas and carrots” it has been said. But, hold up! Peas and carrots are NOTHING alike! How is it that they can be friends at all? Lee is a pea and knows all about this veggie dilemma. All his friends are peas, except Colin who is a carrot stick. Colin is different from the peas in so many ways (too tall, for one) and for obvious reasons cannot do the things peas love to do like roll and bounce. But Colin’s carrot-y qualities give him some mad skills that Lee and the peas have come to deeply appreciate and that make Colin a super friend to have! A great little story for young readers and listeners about friendship in spite of, and even because of, our differences. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Book of Mistakes

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Mistakes. We all make ‘em. But what if, instead of stopping with a sad “Oh no. I made a mistake,” we said “Hey look I made a mistake, and so I used it to…” The Book of Mistakes, written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken is a creative, wonderful story of what can come out of things that go wrong, when you take a closer look. An accidental ink splat on the drawing of a girl’s face? No matter, she needs a helmet so she can roller skate through the story. Tiny ink smudges across the sky? Wait, they look as if they could be leaves blowing up and away on the wind! Each mistake is not lamented but changed and adds another layer to the ever-expanding story, as the artist sees with new eyes, and what an artist she is! This is a unique and lovely book that encourages its readers to see their mistakes in a very different light, and discover how a big mistake can actually lead to a whole new idea! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 17, 2017

Double Take

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
The philosopher Alan Watts once said “Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.” By saying this, he meant that how we perceive the world around us makes up our reality. Double Take! A New Look at Opposites, by Susan Hood and illustrated by Jay Fleck, explores this fairly complex concept in a way that children can understand. Throughout the book a little boy and his friendly elephant companion show us that there are always multiple ways to see any situation and that they can all be considered “correct.” For instance, one page shows a little mouse high above the boy in a skyscraper; in this instance the boy is LOW and the mouse is HIGH. But, when it’s revealed that the Elephant is up on the tippy top floor of the building it’s clear that both the mouse and the boy can be considered LOW. If something was even higher than the elephant, perhaps up in space, them all of them would be LOW. The idea that your viewpoint influences how you see the world, and that everyone has a different viewpoint is an important lesson for adults and kiddos to keep in mind. Double Take elegantly makes this lesson clear to children and drives this point home on one page with the message “Point of view (where you are) can affect what you see. Go in close. Then back up - you’ll see differently!” See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thank You Mr. Panda

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Thank You, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is a book about friendship and giving. Mr. Panda has brought special gifts for all his friends. He gives mouse a sweater that is too big, and goat a tie that is too long, and Octopus gets six socks even though he has eight legs. Mr. Panda's friends all seem ungrateful but thankfully Lemur reminds them all that it's the thought that counts. Will Lemur remember this when he gets his special gift from Mr. Panda? See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 26, 2017

On a Beam of Light

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne, with illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky, is a biography of Albert Einstein for children. Einstein lead a remarkable life. As a child he was intrigued by mysteries and asked so many questions his teachers told him he was a distraction to the rest of the class, and he'd never amount to anything! But he continued to learn and read and imagine. Some of his greatest contributions to the world were the discovery of atoms - tiny stuff that everything is made of - and the realization that we are all constantly moving through space and time - even when we are standing still. He was always thinking, and doing things to make himself happy so that he could think better, like eating ice cream, playing his violin, and not wearing socks. Einstein hated socks. I think it's important to encourage young people to think, and to question, and to investigate the world. Because of Einstein's dreams, and thoughts, and questions, we've accomplished amazing things, like traveling to space. What will your child's questions lead us to one day understand about the universe? See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

XO, Ox

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
XO, Ox by Adam Rex and Scott Campbell is an unexpected love story told through correspondence between an ox and a gazelle! It begins with a letter from Ox to Gazelle. "For some time now I have wanted to write a letter to say how much I admire you." he writes. Gazelle, being a jungle celebrity, beloved by many, sends back a form letter. Ox writes again, and receives a form letter again. He writes again to note he received two letters from Gazelle with the exact same words, meaning she must be very smart and have "such a tidy mind," and that he hopes Gazelle knows he loves her for her beauty AND her brains. Gazelle personally responds to this, not liking the thought of being repetitive, but assuring Ox, "There is no need to write me again." But that won't stop persistent Ox from writing again and again to tell her why he loves her, and Gazelle, who is initially convinced Ox is hopeless (she couldn't love anyone so stout, and smelly, and clumsy, could she?) eventually opens her mind, and heart, to the possibility of returning Ox's affections. This is a lovely story about writing letters - a lost art! - and not judging people based on preconceived notions. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 20, 2017

If You Plant a Seed

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
If You Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. I love books about growing things so it is no wonder I love this book, with its simple presentation of how seeds provide us with food. However it is just as much about growing people, and communities, through even the smallest “seeds” of kindness. Mouse and Rabbit dream of a garden and plant a few seeds. When the plants are grown, the birds arrive, super-interested in eating some of their yummy veggies. Rabbit and Mouse refuse, and an argument quickly ensues, which devolves into an all-out fight, destroying the little garden in the process. Sadness, despair, and resentment all abound, until little Mouse decides to offer the last unbroken tomato to... their enemies, the birds! You’ll love how this one small act of kindness, recognized and returned, changes everything and gives Rabbit and Mouse a garden beyond their wildest dreams with lots of new friends thrown into the bargain. There are very few words here; the ground-eye view paintings of the animals and birds carry most of the story. The close-ups of plants and animals are astonishing! We can see the wonder on an animal’s face as it gazes at a new seedling, and feel the anger and tension that erupt into violence when the creatures “plant seeds of selfishness” and refuse to share. By turns sweetly funny, sad, and heartwarming, If You Plant a Seed gently encourages readers of all ages to use their power for kindness and compassion with its non-preachy, beautifully told story. This author also wrote Baby Bear and We Are the Ship. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur, and the Noise at Night

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Duck, Duck Dinosaur and the Noise at Night by Kallie George and illustrated by Oriol Vidal. Feather, Flap, and Spike are feeling very big and very brave. Mama Duck says they are getting too big to sleep with her and are ready to sleep in their own nest. Feather and Flap, who are both ducks, are getting big! Spike, who everyone thinks is a duck (but is a baby dinosaur), is getting bigger! It's exciting and scary to sleep in their own nest. “We can do it!” they say. Until they fall asleep and awake to a very loud GRRORE! What was it? “Hide!” says Spike. So they all hide. At last they fall asleep again. GRRORE!! “Run away!” So they run to the pond. Finally they settle back to sleep. GRORRE! “Make noise and scare it away!” So they make a lot of noise. But Spike is so exhausted that he falls right over in a deep sleep. That’s when they hear it one more time. GRRORE! It was Spike! The GRRORE was a snore! Flap and Feather laugh just before they all sleep in their own nest all night. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 16, 2017

Before Morning

Submitted by Ms. Josie!
Who doesn’t love a good snow day? For some, a snow day means not having to go to school, sipping hot chocolate, or building snowmen. For others, a snow day is a chance to stay home and snuggle close to loved ones. In Before Morning by Joyce Sidman the young daughter of a pilot wishes for a snowfall that will shut down the airport just for one day. Wishing “just this once--change the world before morning,” the young girl gets her wish as her mother returns home from the airport. Together, the young girl and her parents enjoy a family snow day full of sledding, cuddling by the fire, and eating warm desserts. Written in the form of an invocation, a poem that invites something to happen, this heartwarming tale reminds us of the power of words. This book is a quick read in terms of the amount of text, and the muted tones of the illustrations mimic the dreamy and slow pace of falling snow. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 13, 2017

What Is Chasing Duck?

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
What is Chasing Duck? by Jan Thomas. Quack! Something is chasing Duck! Duck is running away! Duck runs into friends Sheep, Donkey, and Dog as he flees, and each friend asks: “What is chasing Duck?!” It’s something wild and hairy - so scary! It has big teeth - so scary! With each revelation about what is chasing duck, another friend joins in running away. What could it be?! Who will be brave enough to face what is chasing Duck?! Like all Jan Thomas stories, this short and zany tale has a hilarious twist - two, in fact - and simple, fun, cartoon-style illustrations. Read it along with The Doghouse  and  Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy for a trio of tales about facing what scares you. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Frankie by Mary Sullivan. Frankie is a small white pup with black spots, who has just been adopted and is SO EXCITED to have a new home and a new person. Nico is a small black dog with a white belly, who already lives in that home with that person. Frankie wants to explore, taste, and play with everything! But Nico doesn’t want to share anything. The toys, the bones, the blankie, the bed… Nico firmly claims all the good stuff, leaving Frankie to scrounge and make do, until a gift from their human tips the balance. Now Frankie has all the best stuff! Will Nico and Frankie learn to live together and share their treasures? This sweet story is told from the perspective of the two dogs, through the wonderful expressive pictures, and very simple words. Read Frankie with your little dog-lover, or anyone who needs a gentle story about sharing and feelings. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bruce's Big Move

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Bruce's Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins is a story about Bruce the bear. Bruce lives with his four adopted geese and his house is very crowded. He also has three mice living in his house that just will not leave. The mice love Bruce and the geese but Bruce wants them gone. The mice always make a mess and are quite noisy. He tries his best to get rid of them but no matter what he does they just won't leave. Bruce decides that the only way to get rid of the pesky mice is to move. Bruce packs up the geese and goes in search of a new home. He has trouble but eventually finds a nice home. He likes it there, except for his too friendly neighbors, but the geese are sad because they miss the mice. Bruce tries to cheer them up but nothing works. One day the moving van arrives with all of Bruce's things including the pesky mice. The geese and the mice are so happy to see one another. Will Bruce have to move again or will he welcome the mice as a new addition to his family? See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 6, 2017

What Color Is a Kiss?

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
What Color Is a Kiss? by Rocio Bonilla. Monica is a lively girl with definite ideas of what she likes and dislikes! Her favorite thing is painting and she has painted a million colorful things but has never painted a kiss. But what color IS a kiss anyway? Monica thinks of all the colors she loves (Is a kiss red like spaghetti sauce? Maybe green like crocodiles, but NOT like vegetables...) and colors she definitely doesn't love, like grey (but she does love elephants and hippos). Hmmm. Now Monica is more confused than ever! How will she ever figure out how to paint a kiss? In her frustration she turns to her Mommy for help, and together they find the best answer to Monica’s big color question! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Splatypus by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic. Platypus lives on the bay. He is feeling lonely and he wants to play. He tries different things. Can he jump like a kangaroo? Skipping hopping, dipping, dropping. Oh no! Splatypus! “This is not for me. Wait and see and I will find a place for me.” Dingo’s chase, possums bound. So he hobbles, bobbles, wiggles, and wobbles. Oh no! Splatypus! “Not again,” he says with a with a sigh. “I’ll have to go somewhere else and try.” Fruit Flies fly, Bats fly high. Flapping, flipping, plopping, double. Uh-oh! Splatypus! Nothing is easy and he is getting discouraged. “I am through trying!” But the next day Platypus spies some swans swimming by. Then some penguins say a soggy hi. Platypus decides on one last try. Feeling shy. But to the water, teeter totter, jump on in with a splitter-splotter. Ker-sploosh, ker-splash, Splatypus! Diving, dipping, sliding, slipping, wait a minute, Splatypus is swimming! It’s the perfect place for Splatypus. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 2, 2017

School's First Day of School

Submitted by Ms. Josie!
Looking for a book to read on the first day of school? Look no further! School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex is perfect for helping young readers understand those “first-day jitters”and the new experiences that come with starting school for the first time. All summer long, School and Janitor spend many afternoons together and become very good friends. But tomorrow is the first day of school and School is… nervous! What if something goes wrong? What if the children don’t like him? What if School isn’t ready to be a school? Janitor kindly reminds School that everything will be fine. And so, School’s first day of school begins. Many children begin arrive... many more than School thought! The children seem to be everywhere - running, playing, laughing. But a few students are not quite so happy to start school. They are bored, disgruntled, and generally displeased with School. This makes School sad because really, he is trying his best. Then, to make matters worse, School’s fire alarm accidentally goes off... how embarrassing! School’s first day is not going well at all. As the day goes on however, the mood lightens. The children begin to make friends, tell jokes, and sit nicely while listening to their teachers. School even learns and thing or two! The initial nervousness of the day seems to dissipate and School starts warming up to the children. With wise insight from Janitor, School begins to see just how lucky he is to be a school. In fact, he can’t wait for his second day of school. Heartfelt and imaginative, this book promotes empathy as it reminds readers that sometimes, everyone feels nervous and that is completely okay. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 29, 2017

Laundry Day

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Laundry Day written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley, is a story about two little badgers. Two little bored badgers. When Ma Badger suggests reading a book, building a fort, and fishing to help combat their boredom, Tic and Tac tell her that they’ve already done all of those things. But when Ma Badger suggests they help her hang laundry on the line, they become very interested. Once Ma teaches them how to hang the laundry, she asks them to finish the job while she runs to the market. And while Ma runs to the market, Tic and Tac hang the laundry, and everything else they can find! Tic and Tac empty the house of everything not nailed down. They’re feeling mighty proud of themselves when Ma Badger comes home. Ma Badger is a little surprised to see that they actually forgot to hang a couple of things on the line. That’s okay, she takes a few clothespins and hangs them up herself! This is a fun book to read one-on-one. There is an endless supply of things to find hanging on the crisscrossing clothesline in the Badgers' backyard. Kids will have fun searching for the funniest, or most ridiculous, thing on the line. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Big Bear, Small Mouse

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
In Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson, and illustrated by Jane Chapman, a small mouse and a big bear discover all the opposites among their friends. Some animals are big and some animals are small. Some friends are short and some friends are tall. We can see opposites everywhere. Bear is big, big, big and mouse is small, small, small. Bear and Mouse wave to Badger as he goes by. Badger is very slow. But Hare is very fast! There is a flutter in the sky and Wren is flying low while owl is soaring high. The sun is setting outside and it’s getting cold and wet out there. But Bear’s lair is nice and warm. All the animal friends gather together inside. 
"Cold night, warm lair. Quiet woods, loud friends. High Owl, low Wren. Slow Badger, fast Hare. Small Mouse and BIG BEAR!" See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Trains Don't Sleep

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Rosenbaum, illustrated by Deirdre Grill. Trains don’t sleep. All through the night and every day, trains keep moving. In every kind of weather, over every kind of terrain, trains keep moving. There are steam trains and diesel trains and electric trains, freight trains and passenger trains, and even circus trains. With rhythmic, rhyming words and gorgeous paintings, this book shows all kinds of trains moving all kinds of people, cargo, and creatures from city stations, through countryside and canyons, over trestles and through tunnels, wherever they need to go. Train lovers of all ages will be all aboard to read it again and again. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Best Frints in the Whole Universe

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Learn the true meaning of frintship in Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis! Meet Yelfred and Omek! They've been frints (friends) since they were blobbies (babies)! Which is remarkable considering they live on the planet Boborp, where teef (teeth) are long and tempers are short. Not like here are Earth. *WINK* These frints do everything together! They have yunch (lunch). They play kratch (catch). They even share their blurfday (birthday) gifts! Things get tense when one frint steals the other frint's spossip (spaceship) and shmackles (wrecks) it! And then one frint bites the other frint's tail off! Good thing tails grow back, and they can fix the spossip with a sturpler (stapler) and some taypo (tape). Because being frints isn't all just fun and games. Sometimes it requires patience and forgiveness. But it's always worth it, as our new alien frints teach us! Learn about alien language and culture, and maybe have a conversation about Earthling language and culture, as you read this exciting, colorful story! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ideas Are All Around

Submitted by Ms. Josie!
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead. Philip C. Stead is an author. That means it’s his job to write stories. The only problem is...he doesn’t have any ideas! So instead of writing, he decides to take his dog, Wednesday, out for a walk. This is when the magic happens. Because as Mr. Stead goes on about his daily business, he discovers that ideas are actually all around. Each event in the story propels the imagination of both the author and the reader. A seemingly normal walk around town develops into an imagination-packed and thought provoking adventure. Colorful illustrations paired with Polaroid photos from the author’s actual walk interestingly juxtapose the reality of the world with fantastical imaginings. The text in this book meanders along slowly, reflective of an actual walk. The author also subtly mentions more complex ideas such as those about personal reflection, war, poverty, and environmental change. These mentions could become great discussion points for older children. Overall, this story is charming and heartwarming as it reminds us of the beauty in ordinary things. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea is a comical tale written by Andy Stanton and illustrated by Neal Layton. The story follows Danny and his older sister Frannie on a trip to the sea. The book takes a fun twist when the two siblings start squabbling, as siblings often do, with Frannie betting Danny he cannot do certain tasks like drink the sea. Danny is victorious and so he is encouraged to do bigger and better things like swallowing a tree, a bird, a bee, a cat, London, and chim chim cher-ee! Frannie is astounded, but manages the final laugh. What happens? Read and see! The story is nonsensical, but highly entertaining. The rhyming words encourage the story to be read faster and louder as Danny swallows more things. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Story of Sea Glass

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
The Story of Sea Glass written by Anne Wescott Dodd and illustrated by Marth Beth Owens is a beautiful book that teaches about life's lessons and how even the curious accidents can turn around in unexpected ways. The story starts with a young girl and her nana on a crowded beach. The young girl is searching for shells among the many beach-goers. The girl's nana is reminded of the quiet, remote island she grew up on. The two take a trip to find treasure and are successful in finding many pieces of sea glass, including one unique piece of red. This jogs the nana's memory and a story unfolds of a mistake she made as a young child: accidentally dropping her mother's red glass vase on the floor. Could it be the red piece of sea glass was once a part of that beloved vase? The reader may never know, but the lessons of life are easy to see. The illustrations are lovely and feel quite beachy in their almost water paint style. This is the perfect family read after a day at the beach. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

There's a Bear on My Chair

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins is a story about a bear and a mouse. Mouse has a chair. He comes to find that his chair has become occupied by a bear. Mouse is not happy about this at all. He tries many things to try to get Bear to get out of his chair. He gives him a nasty glare, he tempts him with a pear, he even tries to scare Bear by jumping out of a box in his underwear. Bear doesn't seem to notice any of these things. Bear is just relaxing in Mouse's chair. Mouse finally gives up and leaves. Bear then decides to get up and go home. Oh no! Bear soon discovers he has a mouse in his house. This is a good story and also incorporates rhyming. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hi Pizza Man

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Hi Pizza Man by Virginia Walter, with illustrations by Ponder Goembel, is a veritable children's classic! If you haven't read it before, you should treat yourself and check it out. Who doesn't love pizza? Better yet: a pizza delivered to your house! But it can be HARD to wait for the delicious cheesey, saucey, crusty goodness to get to you. Vivian is experiencing this problem directly. Her mother tries to encourage her to be patient by playing a guessing game. What will you say when we finally open the door? "Hi, Pizza Man!" BUT what if it's not a man? What if it's a pizza woman? OR a pizza... cat? A pizza dog, duck, or cow? Who else might deliver your pizza and how would you greet them? You and your child will have fun playing along with Vivian and her mother until that fateful moment when it's time to scarf some slices! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rulers of the Playground

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
What’s better than playing at the playground?  Being the undisputed ruler of the playground, of course. In Rulers of the Playground, written and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler, a young boy named Jonah crowns himself king of the playground by climbing to the top of the highest slide and proclaiming, “Promise to obey me and I’ll let you play in my kingdom!” And since his kingdom had some pretty sweet slides, everyone pinky promises to obey him completely. There is a golden period of peace in Jonah’s kingdom until… a girl named Lennox decides to claim half his kingdom (the half with the best swings) for herself. Some of Jonah’s followers decide to cross their hearts and live under Lennox’s rule. As you can imagine things escalate from there with neither one of the young rulers happy with their circumstances. At its core this is a story about how heavy one’s head gets when it wears a crown, and that playing with others is more fun than bossing them around. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I am NOT a Chair!

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
I am NOT a Chair! by Ross Burach is a comical case of mistaken identity. Poor Giraffe endures quite the adventure on his first day in the jungle: he has been mistaken for a chair by all his animal friends. He goes to great lengths to get the animals in the kingdom to understand that he is just like them and certainly not a piece of furniture for lounging on. Children will enjoy all the onomatopoeia and interactions with the reader, while adults will find humor in the surprise ending. This book is definitely a great read-aloud story. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Too Many Carrots

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson is, at its core, a book about hoarding. Rabbit LOVES carrots. He collects them, and is very proud of his collection. But there's a problem: the collection is just too big. He's got so many carrots in his home, he can't even find a place to sleep at night. Rabbit's friends, who clearly care deeply about him, one by one offer up their homes to him, in his time of need. Unfortunately when Rabbit comes to stay he brings - can you guess? Carrots. Lots of them. Pretty soon none of them have a place to sleep either because Rabbit's carrot problem is totally out of control. Finally, one day Rabbit realizes that having all these carrots isn't making his life better, it's making his life worse! Luckily there IS a solution. Check out the book to find out how Rabbit gets his life back on track, with the help of his very good friends! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Being a baby can be a confusing time. They are tossed out into the cold world without a clue of what is going on around them, or who these mysterious giant people are that force them to drink milk and wear clothes. There are strange faces looking at them all the time, and weird rules (don’t poop on people) that just don’t make sense to you at all. Luckily for these babies, Mo Willems has written “Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals.” This hilarious children’s book designed to look like a handy instruction booklet, complete with faux warning labels, is a lot of fun to read out loud to your little one. In the section entitled “Please Enjoy Your Stay” it describes that “many activities are available for you to enjoy, including, but not limited to: sleeping and waking, eating and burping, pooping and more pooping.” The images set in high contrast colors are sure to catch your baby’s eye, and the observational humor about babies and what they do is sure to appeal to grown ups that know all too well what taking care of a baby is really like. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mervin the Sloth Is About To Do the Best Thing In the World

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Mervin the Sloth Is About To Do the Best Thing In the World  written by Colleen Venable, illustrated by Ruth Chan. What? Giant falling letters? A bold announcement? “Mervin the sloth is about to do the best thing in the world.” So cool! But what IS the Best Thing in the World? Animal friends from far and near begin arriving and try to guess what the Best Thing might be. Surely flying is the Best Thing? Maybe digging? Or time travel? But Mervin is a sloth, and sloths move S—L—O—W—L—Y. So slowly that the animals just can’t figure out Mervin’s plan. As they watch and debate, page by page, they begin to lose interest and wander away, all but the little red panda that has been there from the start. “Come back, you’re going to miss it!” the excited panda cries. The animals hurry back just in time to see… the Best Thing in the World!  Watch each page for Mervin’s tiny movements and see if you can guess what he will do! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Brief Thief

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo is, at its core, a story about ethics. Leon the chameleon is having a normal day. He eats a hearty breakfast, then goes out to sun himself. Suddenly he feels the urge... to relieve himself. Look, we've all been there! Leon finds a nice tree to hide behind to do his business but - bad luck - no toilet paper. He does however happen to see a pair of underwear. He utilizes and discards it. But then he hears a voice chastising him for the deed. There's no one around. Is this voice... his conscience? It reminds him its not nice to use other people's things, and how does he know those underwear don't belong to someone who was coming back for them. Leon knows the right thing to do is to clean the underwear and leave them where he found them. Someone DOES come back to reclaim them, and who it is will have you and your child giggling with delight. Check out this mysterious story today! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In Plain Sight

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Sophie’s grandpa plays a game of seek and find with her every day after school. Grandpa hides something and it’s always a surprise. They both live with Sophie’s mom and dad. Grandpa, who uses a wheelchair, stays near the window so he can watch Sophie as she comes and goes. He calls and waves to her as he looks out. Then every day after school she looks in on him and says “Here I am, Grandpa. How was the morning?” Grandpa always replies with a surprising statement and asks her to help him find the things that he “lost.” Paperclips, rubber bands, drinking straws are eventually found in an unusual places and in plain sight by Sophie. This book depicts a close relationship of a wheelchair bound grandfather and his sweet and considerate granddaughter who enjoys playing along. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Still a Family

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Sometimes it is easy to forget to be thankful for all the little things in life. The fact that we can find food whenever we want, or that we have a roof over our heads is something that many people, including myself, often forget to be thankful for. It is easy to get caught up in the concerns of the day and stopping to be grateful for something that may seem simple, like the fact I can see my daughter whenever I want, may not occur to me all the time. Still a Family written by Brenda Reeves Sturgis, and illustrated by Jo-Shin Lee, is a story of a young girl who lives in a homeless shelter with her mom. Since their shelter doesn’t allow men, her dad has to stay in a different shelter. Even though they don’t get to spend every day together they are still a family. Even though her dad isn’t there to tuck her in at night, he is, and will always be her dad. Even when they have to make a lean-to and sleep on the streets together, they are still a family. I double-dog dare you to not shed a tear while reading this sweet story.  Even though it is sad, it helps to remind us how fortunate we all are and to take a moment to reflect on that fact. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read

Submitted by Ms. Josie!
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley and Kate Berube. One summer day, Nick decides to teach his two best buddies, Stevenson and Verne, how to read. There’s just one problem--Stevenson and Verne are cats! They don’t know how to read! Nick, who loves doing everything with his cats, persists with his idea anyway. If he could learn to read, so could his furry friends! Nick plans out a thorough lesson plan starting with the basics of spelling. He first tries to teach his cats words that might appeal to them like “ball,” “food,” and “nap.” The cats continually ignore him. But Nick doesn’t give up! After a few trials, his cat Verne becomes interested in books about fish and is soon reading all by himself. Stevenson, on the other hand, becomes more and more agitated by the idea of reading (*gasp*) and hides from Nick and Verne. Stevenson's reluctance to read worries Nick. Will he ever be able to share his love of reading with Stevenson? One afternoon, Nick and Verne discover a pile of colorful drawings under the bed--Stevenson has illustrated an entire story about pirates! So Stevenson was interested in reading after all! But instead of using words, he preferred to use pictures to tell a story. Nick and Verne decide to add to Stevenson’s story by writing in words. For the first time, Stevenson seems intrigued by words. The very next day, Stevenson is found with his whiskers in another book about pirates. Through understanding and encouragement, Nick is able to assist both of his cats as they build their individual reading skills. During this process, the cats even discover subjects that enhance their love of reading. This story kindly reminds us that each reader is unique and that building reading skills comes more easily to some than to others. With a bit of patience and persistence, young readers can attain a strong foundation for early literacy skills as well as a lifelong love of reading. See this book listed in our catalog 

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
Achoo: Good Manners Can Be Contagious! by Mij Kelly is a hilarious guide of manners for children through the eyes of farm animals. This comical tale explains why practicing good manners is so important, just ask any animal on the farm! Miss Suzy Sue takes a manner-filled journey around the farm learning not to fight like a cat, stink like a dog, or eat like a pig. This hilarious book teaches children manners in a fun fashion with easy to remember rules about having good manners. It is a great read to be enjoyed by the whole family, and perhaps the family pet. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Goodbye Book

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Sometimes it’s very hard to say goodbye to person you care deeply for. You still remember all of the good times, but those memories that used to make you feel good now make you feel very sad. You may feel angry at those around you, or that you don’t even want to talk about it with loved ones. The Goodbye Book written and illustrated by Todd Parr explores the topic of losing a loved one in a way that will make sense for children. In it, a little fish has lost his friend, and over the course of the book goes through all the stages of grief until he finds acceptance. In a style that is typical for Parr, the story as well as the illustrations are simple but still serve to tell a touching story. On the final page, he writes “Of all my books, this was the hardest to write - because it’s never easy to say goodbye.” See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I Am (Not) Scared

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Being afraid is something everyone feels at some point. This book is a fun, funny way to learn that being scared can also be exciting! In I Am (Not) Scared, written by Anna Kang and and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, we meet up with two fuzzy friends from You Are (Not) Small. This time, the friends are trying to convince each other (and maybe themselves) that they are not scared of riding a roller coaster. There are much scarier things than a roller coaster, right? Snakes! A tub of hairy spiders! A pit of hot lava! When a roller coaster, carrying a snake, (What!) whooshes to a stop in front of them, they decide to be scared together. What better way to overcome fear than by screaming with excitement while hanging onto a dear friend!  The simple text, bold illustrations, and subject matter make this book a fun read for all ages. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hello My Name is Octicorn

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe. This uplifting story is about a brave and friendly octicorn named Octi. Yes octicorn, as in half-unicorn, half-octopus. This, as you may imagine, causes Octi more than a little trouble fitting in with both unicorns and octopi (and pretty much everyone else). However, the cheerful Octi is undaunted in the search for a friend and earnestly lays out for the reader the wonderful reasons why we should think about having an octicorn for a friend. Octicorns can juggle! They are good at all sorts of sports and games! Octicorns give great hugs! Octi knows that octicorns looks different than everyone else and though sometimes it causes Octi a little sadness, s/he is okay with who s/he is and knows that our differences are never as important as the things we have in common. Friends, anyone?! This is a charming and positive book about living with our differences and making friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Have You Seen Elephant?

Submitted by Ms. Josie!
Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow. In this wonderfully entertaining book, an elephant proposes a game of hide-and-seek to a young boy. The boy agrees that a game of hide-and-seek would be fun and he instructs the elephant to hide first. The elephant warns the young boy, “I am very good.” The young boy states he will try his best and counts to ten. Let the hilarious game of hide-and-seek begin! It turns out that the elephant is indeed very good at hiding, even when his enormous form appears in plain sight. He hides underneath curtains and blankets, behind the television, inside of a lamp shade, and behind a tiny tree. Talk about an elephant in the room! These colorfully illustrated scenes speak directly to the reader, cluing them in to the seemingly obvious hiding spot of the elephant that the young boy continually overlooks. Children will laugh at the elephant’s comical hiding spots and will also delight in pointing out where the elephant is hiding--a great chance for young readers to practice those prepositions of place! After searching all afternoon, the young boy gives up and the elephant finally reveals himself. Shortly after being reunited, the boy and the elephant are approached by a turtle who suggests a game of tag. However, the turtle warns them that he is very good at playing tag. The story ends with a cheerfully smiling turtle decked out with a racing stripe on his shell and a sweatband on his head. The readers can only guess that (despite the fact that turtles are known for moving slowly) this turtle turns out to be very speedy indeed. A great message that this book subtly presents is if we put stereotypical assumptions aside, we can see that anyone can truly be good at anything. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Penguin Day

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Penguin Day: A Family Story by Nic Bishop is a nonfiction story of a typical day in the life of a Rockhopper penguins that live near the sea. Their family is in many ways similar to ours. Rockhopper penguin parents take care of their babies. The baby penguin is hungry and momma penguin goes out to get food. The daddy stays behind to keep an eye on the little one. Momma must go hunting so she and other penguins will travel a long way over hills, climbing down cliffs, and hopping across sand to get to the sea. The sea is a dangerous place filled with predators like orcas and sea lions. The penguins are nervous but there is safety in numbers and they all jump in at once. They are hunting for fish and krill to eat among the waves and underwater. When full, they make their way back home. If the baby penguin wanders away, the skua (a wild bird) can swoop down to get him. Fortunately the daddy is close by and scares the skua away. He leads the baby back to the colony and safety. When the momma penguins arrives back home there is a lot of excitement as everyone recognizes each other and the baby penguins get fed. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
I Dissent by Debbie Levy, with illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley, is a great book for Women's History Month, as it is the biography of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a history making woman in many respects! You could say Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life has been one disagreement after another. She has been disapproving, objecting, resisting, and, yes, dissenting her whole life, to old ideas, unfairness, and inequality. As a child she disagreed that girls should not go out into the world and do big things. As a young woman she disagreed that women should not go to college and become lawyers. As a lawyer she fought many cases against inequality because she disagreed that women and men shouldn't have the same opportunities. And as Supreme Court Justice she has written many dissenting opinions. In fact, she has a special collar she wears over her judges robes especially for when she dissents! She most often disagreed with Justice Antonin Scalia, but though they often had conflicting views, that didn't stop them from having a long fun-filled friendship! Justice Ginsburg is a hero to many people, paving the way, affecting change, and fighting for equality. This would be a great book to share with an elementary school aged child in your life. See this book listed in our catalog
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