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
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