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
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