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
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