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
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