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

Frankie

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

Splatypus

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

Welcome

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

Achoo!

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I Will Love You Anyway

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen, illustrated by Chloe Inkpen, is the story of little pug dog who is many times badly behaved and won’t stop running away. Dog thinks: “I lick your face, I bite your leg, I scratch the carpet, I steal your gloves, and they smell of you.” They tell me “Stop,” “Quit,” “Sit,” and “Leave.” “I run away.” Dog runs and runs and runs. He is out all night. He whimpers and cries. He hears a car! Help! Woof! Yelp! Then the car stops and Dog sees it’s his human who picks him up and takes him home. Dog knows if he could speak he would say: I will never run away again! But he wags his tail instead. Dog thinks: I don’t do “Sit!” and I don’t do “Stay!” But I will love you anyway. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Real Cowboys

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
When you see a cowboy in the movies they are usually hootin' and a hollerin', causing a ruckus, and generally shooting at people outside of old timey saloons. In Real Cowboys, by Kate Hoefler and illustrated by Jonathan Bean, we get to learn how cowboys really were. Cowboys worked hard every day to help drive massive herds of cattle towards the next town. They couldn’t be very loud because that would frighten the cattle and maybe cause a stampede. They couldn’t cause a ruckus because then one of the calves might run off and get lost. And they certainly didn’t shoot at anyone. They worked outside all day, in the blazing sun and in the freezing rain, and often had to make their way through prickly cacti and sharp bushes. Being a cowboy was also very lonely. Cowboys usually didn’t work with many other people, and because of that their dogs were often their best friends. Real Cowboys is a beautifully illustrated book that perfectly captures how tough and lonely it was to be a real life cowboy. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Not Quite Narwhal

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima is about a creature named Kelp. Kelp was born in the ocean. He lives there with his friends, the narwhals. He really thinks he is a narwhal. He just thinks he is a little different. His tusk isn't as long, he doesn't like the same food that they do, and he is not a very good swimmer, but his friends don't seem to mind. One day he gets swept away in a current. He sees land, and a creature that looks very much like him. As he goes exploring he finds these creatures and soon discovers he is not a narwhal after all. He is a unicorn. His new unicorn friends teach him all about being a unicorn. He was having lots of fun but he began to miss his old friends so he returns to the ocean. He begins to wonder what he should do. Should he stay with his old friends or return to his new friends? Then he realizes maybe he doesn't have to choose after all... See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who What Where

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Who What Where?, written and illustrated by Oliver Tallec, is a book that you may have to put your thinking cap on before you start to read. Similar to Tallec’s book, Who Done It?, every page is a little puzzle that the reader has to solve. “Who tracked paint in the house?” may seem like a simple question, but when there are four suspects staring at you, all pointing fingers and accusing each other, it may not be as easy as you think. Some of the puzzles are fairly easy, like “Who jumped too hard on the trampoline?” The answer seems to be the guy with the big bandage around his head.  But others like “Who is hiding under the tablecloth?” are much more difficult. Who What Where? is a great book to help your little one develop their problem solving skills, while having some fun along the way. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ten Tiny Babies

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Have you ever heard the old saying “the tiniest baby screams the loudest?” Well, Ten Tiny Babies, written and illustrated by Karen Katz, will have you and your little one screaming for joy as you read through this fun counting book together. What is more adorable than one tiny baby? Ten adorable tiny babies! Slowly, one by one, babies join together to wiggle their toes, jump around, and play silly games, until we have a total of ten cute babies. After all that activity they quickly tucker out and take a much deserved nap. This book is an excellent example of a counting book that will teach your child the basics of counting through the use of adorable illustrations of goofy babies. (Pro Tip: As you read the book to your child, pause on each page to count each of the babies, encouraging them to count with you!) See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Giant Squid

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
With poetic text from Candace Fleming and cinematic illustrations from Eric Rohmann, Giant Squid tells the story of a majestic and mysterious underwater beast. The giant squid lives in the deep sea and very little is known about them. Scientists must hypothesize on limited observations and apocryphal stories about how the giant squid lives day to day. We know of its long tentacles, its large eyes, and its beaky mouth. But less is known about how and why a giant squid can change the color and even pattern of its skin. Or how many eggs it lays and where. The back matter of the book contains information about the anatomy of the giant squid, information about the precarious study of the giant squid, and resources for further information about the giant squid. This would be a wonderful book to share with an elementary-school-aged child in your life! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Some Pets

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel is all about our pets. Everyone’s pet is different, whether it be a different breed of the same animal or different species altogether! Some pets are cuddly, some pets are scaly. Some pets crawl while others are small. No matter what type of pet you have, they are yours and yours alone! Check out the collection of pets at the end of the book to find what might be your next pet! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 9, 2017

You Are (Not) Small

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Everyone has felt small, or inconsequential, at some point in their life. Sometimes it can feel as if life, with all of its distractions and possible dangers, is just too big for any of us to really make a difference. You Are (Not) Small, written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, shows us that being small, and feeling like you don’t make a difference in the world, is all about perspective. In the story a pair of fuzzy creatures meet each other in the woods, one bigger and one smaller. But when more fuzzy creatures begin to appear, all in varying sizes, what exactly constitutes as “small” and “big” really starts to become blurred. If I’m the same size as all of my friends am I “big” or just normal sized? Even though on the surface this is a book that cleverly describes the difference between small and big for children, looking deeper there are certainly important lessons for adults as well. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Everything Is Awkward

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Everything Is Awkward is a picture book for children by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, creators of the website Awkward Family Photos. How do you explain "awkward" to a child? All it really means is: everything isn't perfect. Sometimes when you're eating, you get the food in your mouth, and sometimes you get it on your face! And that's awkward. Sometimes you go to sit on the potty, and sometimes you fall in the potty! Awkward! Family vacations can be super fun, but they can also be - you guessed it - super awkward. But you know what? Being awkward is okay. It just means you're being you! This book is full of gut-busting awkward photos that will have you and your little one laughing about the perfect imperfection of life! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Marta Big and Small

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Marta Big and Small is all about Marta, una niƱa. Jen Arena has a beautifully written bilingual book illustrated by Angela Dominguez. Marta takes off and explores the jungle, meeting many animals as she goes. Marta finds she is bigger than a bug but smaller than an elephant. She is faster than a turtle but much slower than a horse. That is until she meets a hungry snake who finds her very sabrosa, yummy. Some quick thinking pulls her out of a hairy situation. Learn more Spanish terms while reading this book or just check out the nifty glossary in the back. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

That Is NOT a Good Idea!

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
That Is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems is a story about a young, naive, duck who finds herself wandering through the city at dark. As anyone knows, the city can be a scary and potentially dangerous place at night. But lucky for her a very friendly, extremely well-dressed, fox approaches her to help her get safely out of the city. Oh, what a nice guy to help such a clueless individual in her time of need! To show up right at the perfect time can only be a coincidence and not by his own malicious design! Surely he doesn’t have any ulterior motives! I’m sure you think you know where this story is going… but you may be wrong… This is a fun story about how not everything may be as it seems at first glance. (Pro tip: if you can find a scarf and a hat acting out the parts of the fox and the duck can make this book a fun activity for you and your child!) See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Happy Hippopotami

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Who loves a sunny day at the beach? Hippos do! The Happy Hippopotami by the ever-popular Bill Martin, Jr., is one of my favorite stories, about a multi- generational bus trip to the beach. From happy hippopotapooses toddling across the sand, to happy hipppopatapoppas with dimes in hand for boardwalk treats, these beach-loving hippos find all kinds of fun at the shore. Hippos are everywhere, sunning, dancing, making music, competing in events, riding the carnival rides and seeing the shows, till the sun goes down and the tired hippos board the bus for home. The rhymes are creative and delightful and the hippos are beautiful in soft bright watercolor. It's a ton of fun at the beach! See this book listed in our catalog

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bunny Slopes

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Bunny Slopes written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda is an interactive book all about a bunny hitting the slopes. This very innovative book is sure to please the crowds looking for a little twisting and turning. When we meet Bunny, he is ready to ski. Well, there isn’t any snow, but with a little shake the reader creates snow! Tilt the book to help Bunny down the slopes and turn the book to help bunny avoid the cliff! Each turn of the page allows the reader to help bunny in his skiing endeavors. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 24, 2017

Take Heart My Child

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream by Ainsley Earhardt with Kathryn Cristaldi, illustrated by Jaime Kim. This lyrical lullaby is an endearing story meant to inspire new generations of children to follow their hopes and passions so that their dreams can come true. “Before you were borne, before you came to be, I dreamed a love song on a butterfly sea,” begins the journey of this song in words. Float along on waters and fly like butterflies. See polka dot trees, where you will never get tired and will dare to be different. Don’t be afraid of winter when leaves fall and fade and follow your heart. If you stumble, trust yourself and take a leap. These are the dreamed-of wishes for a new life written from life lessons learned and inspired by the life of a new baby. The beautiful illustrations are created with acrylics and are inspired by the illustrator’s childhood with the sun, moon, sky, and stars as her favorites. They always appear in her artwork. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Magic Word

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
The Magic Word by Mac Barnett is an adorable story about a little boy who learns the power of the magic word, a very specific and unique magic word. He uses the magic word to his advantage and gets all the things he believes he wants. Then he learns that having everything he desires is not all it is cracked up to be. He reverses his wishes and learns the magic of another word, “sorry.” This book remains comical while simultaneously teaching children valuable lessons about manners. The illustrations are engaging and fun. It is a great book for family story time! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Blobfish Book

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien is full of lots of interesting animals and fun facts. Blobfish, however gets really bored and tries to make every page all about him. Finally we get to the blobfish. Blobfish is so excited until he hears the fun fact. He doesn't like being called the world's ugliest animal! He gets so upset. In the end his friends draw him a picture and cheer him up. There is a little bit of science and humor on each page. You can laugh and learn something at the same time! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bear and Bunny

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Bear and Bunny by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. This sweetly illustrated story is about two friends, Bear and Bunny, who like walks, long talks, naps, and adventures in the woods. They obviously are besties, so much so, in fact, that “the bear is sure the bunny is a very small bear, and the bunny is sure the bear is a very large bunny.” But of course these kinds of things matter very little to true friends. One day the friends decide that what they need is a pet and they set off in search of the perfect one. Much wandering and careful discussion ensues - “Can a pinecone be a pet?” - until Bunny and Bear find just what they are looking for! See this book listed in our catalog
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