Monday, April 16, 2018

Goodbye Kid's Book Blog, Hello On the Shelf!

There's a new blog in town. That's right. After many great years, the Kid's Book Blog is riding into the sunset. But don't you fret. Your favorite St. Mary's County Librarians will still be suggesting their favorite picture books, as well as other books, movies, music, and online resources, on our new blog, On the Shelf. So head over there for our latest recommendations, and thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp. One moment Babysaurus was eating leaves with his Mamasaurus and having a lovely day. The next thing he knew, he had slipped all the way down her very long tail and he was completely lost! Babysaurus embarks on a journey to search for Mamasaurus and he runs into many friends along the way. Each dinosaur asks a question to help Babysaurus find his Mama. Little readers are able to join in on the investigation by hearing each dinosaur describe their mother and comparing them to Mamasaurus. The illustrations include dark backgrounds that allow the vibrant characters to pop on each page. This charming book offers a great opportunity for children to think critically and recognize colors. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, April 6, 2018

Can I Be Your Dog?

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Can I Be Your Dog? is the title of this delightful book by Troy Cummings, and it's also the question that Arfy, the protagonist dog of this story, is asking everyone on Butternut Street, via letters sent to each house. First he writes to the "people at the yellow house." He lets them know he is potty trained and he loves to play. He knows they have a cat, but he's willing to work with them! Unfortunately the reply with a "no." Next Arfy writes the "butcher lady." He'd be a great butcher shop dog! He'd keep the floor super clean! But she's not interested either. Arfy writes the fire department, the dump, and even the last house on Butternut Street, which appears to have been abandoned, but Arfy isn't picky, just really lonely. Poor Arfy! But someone is very interested in having him as a dog... The mail carrier who has been delivering all his letters thinks he's great! This is a heart warming tale of animal adoption that may inspire you to take home your own shelter pet one day! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Be Brave Little Penguin

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. Little Pip-Pip is the smallest penguin in his family and he is very scared to go swimming in the big Antarctic ocean. He sees all of the other penguins having tons of fun playing in the water and it looks like so much fun! Unfortunately, Pip-Pip is too afraid of the cold and the monsters to try. The other penguins call him names like “Scaredy-Pip-Pip” which makes him feel very lonely. When his mommy sees how scared he is, she reminds him that everyone has fears and that he can be brave and enjoy the swimming just like everyone else. Created by the author of Giraffes Can’t Dance, this charming and brightly illustrated story told in rhyme will encourages children to conquer their fears. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 2, 2018

Professional Crocodile

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
As we go about our day, meeting the various people that come our way, we all subconsciously develop ideas about those people. The older woman on the bus with the yellow coat? She looks like she might be a mom, maybe really good at baking. That man who waved at you as you checked the mail? He clearly is sporty, probably likes to run all the time… for fun. That crocodile with the very snazzy tie who gave you a polite smile on the subway? Who knows what his job is, but it’s clearly important. Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli, and illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio, is a wordless picture book that asks you to challenge those assumptions. It follows a very professional looking crocodile as he goes about his day before going into work, and what he actually does for a living may be a surprise for some readers. The beautifully detailed illustrations offer a rich view into city life, displaying a wealth of details. Professional Crocodile helps to teach us that no one is what they seem at first glance, and that everyone is much more complex than what you see on the surface. Recommended for: anyone interested in city life, anthropomorphic animals, beautiful illustrations, acts of kindness, and fancy ties. Pro-tip: When reading this book with your child, see if they can guess what the Crocodile does for a living. Is there anything hidden in the book’s illustrations that might offer a clue? See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I Am a Story

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Stories are all around us, but how did they start? Who told them, and how did they tell them? We love stories because they make us feel all the feels: happy, sad, excited, even angry. I Am a Story, written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, tells the story of Story, told by storytellers in the dark around campfires, told in paintings on cave walls, inked with woodblocks, typed on a laptop. Story has been spoken and danced on stage, kept in all sorts of libraries private and public, even dispensed from vending machines! This book is just the right start to the history of Story for your youngest readers, with great pictures to show how stories and information lived and continue to live all around us. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
It’s fun to think about what we might be when we grow up and Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, illustrated by Andy Robert Davies, shows so many options. Each time we turn the page, we find a simple rhyme that gives us several clues and asks a question. Who would wear the overalls with a big straw hat? Who would wear an apron, oven mitts, and tall white hat? The illustrations transform this book into the perfect guessing game. We examine all of the clues and use our investigative skills to figure out the mystery jobs. We might even decide what we want to be when we grow up! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, March 5, 2018

Teddy's Favorite Toy

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
In Teddy's Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer, and illustrated by Madeline Valentine, the titular Teddy has a lot of cool toys. He's got a hula hoop, and blocks, and puzzles, and a karaoke machine. But his absolute favorite toy is a doll: Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica. Bren-Da has great table manners, and fierce fighting skills, and she can pull off a number of looks. Yas, queen! But one day Bren-Da's leg snaps off! Teddy tries to put her back together to no avail, and when he sadly heads off to school his mom accidentally throws Bren-Da away! When Teddy gets home he immediately realizes what's wrong, and his mom springs into action! She chases down the garbage truck and saves Bren-Da! This is a heart warming story about a cool kid, a cool toy, and cool mom. Yas, queen! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, March 2, 2018

Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Jawzia Gilani-Williams, with pictures by Chiara Fedele, is the story of two friends who live on neighboring date farms. Yaffa is Jewish, and Fatima is Muslim. They do a lot of the same things, they just do them a little different. For instance, they both love to pray. Yaffa prays in the synagogue and Fatima prays in a mosque. They both celebrate holidays. Yaffa celebrates Yom Kippur and Passover, Fatima celebrates Ramadan, and Eid. And they both wish each other peace. Yaffa says "Shalom," and Fatima says "Salaam." One year, there was very little rain, and so there were very little dates to eat or sell at market. Yaffa can't sleep at night wondering if Fatima has enough, so she loads up her donkey and carries a supply of dates over to her friend's home. Meanwhile Fatima's been lying awake at night wondering if Yaffa has enough, so she loads up her donkey and carries a supply of dates over to her home! In the morning they both wake up to find more dates than they thought they had, and plan to repeat the scheme that night, which they do, but this time they run into each other in the field between their farms. They hug and laugh, and thank the other for thinking of them! This is a lovely story that shows we can be friends with people from different backgrounds as us. We may find we're actually very similar in all the areas that count, like kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bob and Joss Take a Hike!

Submitted by Ms. Andrea!
Bob and Joss Take a Hike by Peter McCleery. Bob and Joss are back and picking up right where they left off in Bob and Joss Get Lost! This time they are sure to get things right... or are they? Join this two lovable characters as they explore the great outdoors. The lovable characters are sure to be a big hit, Bob with his boredom inducing adventures and subsequent panic attacks, and Joss with his laid back, easy going style. Grab the whole family and take an adventure with Bob and Joss in this laugh-out-loud book. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 23, 2018

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced this month. It is always an exciting event for librarians when our peers announce their choices for the best children's books of the year. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, with illustrations by Gordon C. James, received 4 honors, and they were very much deserved in my opinion! Crown is about the transformative power of a really great haircut. It is a tribute to the beauty of African American hair, and "the shop," a sacred place in African American communities, where barbers elevate their clients with empowering style. A great haircut can make you look like a CEO, make you look majestic, make you look fly. A great haircut can make you feel like royalty! Hello world! Experience the fantastic poetry and paintings of Crown for yourself. You'll be glad you did. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Anna and the Tooth Fairy

Submitted by Ms. Andrea!
Anna and the Tooth Fairy by Maureen Wright. Losing a tooth is very exciting business, but something is not quite right about Anna’s Tooth Fairy... she believes it is her baby sister! Her baby sister’s rattle looks just like a magic wand, she is always sleeping during the day and up at night, and she is even learning to fly! Anna takes this very special opportunity to ensure her baby sister becomes the best Tooth Fairy ever. Join Anna and her family in this Tooth-rrific adventure. This is a great read aloud for the whole family to enjoy. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chewie and the Porgs

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." begins Chewie and the Porgs by Kevin Shinick, with pictures by Fiona Hsieh, a story about some of our old and new favorite Star Wars characters! On a remote island, on a remote planet, Ahch-To, lives Luke Skywalker, last of the Jedi Knights, but this isn't a story about him! This is a story about porgs, native creatures who live a peaceful existence until a spaceship, the Millenium Falcon, arrives, carrying a girl, Rey, a droid, R2-D2, and a Wookiee, Chewie. The porgs are most interested in Chewie, and follow him around the island as he looks for food. Chewie tries fishing, but the porgs eat all the grubs he found for bait! Then when he gets back to the ship, he finds the porgs having a party! Chewie remembers he has some snacks on the ship, but the porgs eat those too! Chewie is furious until he realizes: they landed right on the porgs' nest, crushing their supply of food for the winter! No wonder they won't leave him alone. Good thing Chewie has a plan to make things right, and fill everyone's bellies. Chewie, R2, and Rey arrived on Ahch-To with questions. They leave with some answers, and some delightful new friends, the porgs! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 12, 2018


Submitted by Ms. Sue!
In Horses by Seymour Simon we learn about their evolution and the more than 300 hundred breeds. This non-fiction book aimed at elementary ages 6-12 provides us with facts about horses from tens of thousands or years ago throughout history. During the Ice Age people made cave drawings of horses. Five thousand years ago people tamed and herded them on the plains of Europe and Asia. During the Babylonian, Greek, and Roman civilizations, people trained horses to draw war chariots. Medieval knights carried their armor upon horses into battle. The cowboys and Native Americans of the western plains rode them and are part of American history. Mr. Simon provides the basic facts, physical traits, interactions among themselves, and the various breeds from the past to the present. The clear and simple text and stunning photographs in this book help us learn that horses have been an essential part of human lives. We can learn all about their strength, speed, foals, and breeds. Horses need food, water, shelter, grooming, and exercise, just like people. In return they give us companionship and trust. They continue to capture our imaginations and it appears that they will be with us in one way or another throughout time. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, February 9, 2018

Hooray for Today and Hooray for Books

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Hooray for Today by Brian Won. Hooray! It’s going to be a good, good day! Owl is wide awake, has loaded up her wagon with her favorite things, and is ready to play! She just needs a friend to play with her. Small problem: Owl’s “day” is the middle of the night, and she can’t seem to tempt anyone out of bed for a playdate. She offers her silly hat, her trumpet, balloons, and a stack of books to her friends, but only gets the same answer: “Not now, I’m sleepy!” Poor lonely Owl… it’s turning out to be a bad, bad day. The sun is rising as she straggles back to her nest to sleep, all alone. But wait! Will a surprise ending turn her bad, bad day around? Read along to find out.
Hooray for Books by Brian Won. Turtle is looking for his favorite book. This wouldn’t be so hard, except that Turtle and all his friends LOVE to read and LOVE to share their books with each other - Hooray for books! But all that reading and sharing means there are stacks of books everywhere, and Turtle’s favorite could be in any of them. Everyone tries to help by offering Turtle some of their own favorites to read - would he like a book about unicorns from Zebra? A story about eagles from Owl? How about Giraffe’s roller-skating book, or Elephant’s how-to-juggle guide? But no, sometimes only your own favorite book will do. Will poor Turtle ever get to read his very favorite story again? Follow along in this joyful celebration of reading and sharing to find out.
Don’t miss Hooray for Hat either! See all three books listed in our catalog
(Full disclosure: Brian Won is a very nice person who sent me lovely stickers after I tweeted about Hooray for Hat being an awesome storytime book, which makes me like all of his books even more.)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Swallow the Leader

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Swallow the Leader: A Counting Book by Danna Smith and illustrated by Kevin Sherry. Take a dip under the sea with a group of fantastic rhyming fish friends! You can swim and play together with the turtles, whales, rays, blowfish, and crabs. We watch our aquatic friends and pretend to be a different underwater creature on every page. Follow the leader is a super fun game to play with lots of friends, everyone can pitch in. Can you splash like a fish? Can you snap like a crab? Can you count to ten? We count and we rhyme and we play and we swim and we might have forgotten to LOOK OUT FOR THAT SHARK! AAAGHHH! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, February 5, 2018

Strong as a Bear

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Strong as a Bear written and illustrated by Katrin Stangl, is the perfect book for any new reader. Featuring only one short sentence per page, and vibrant illustrations that draw the eye, it is a great book for a new reader still sounding out many of the words they see.  Each page features simple phrases like “quiet as a mouse” and “shy as a deer,” that can be easily sounded out with the help of an adult. More a collection of similes than possessing a coherent story, it is nonetheless a great tool for getting kiddos familiar with words that they might use all the time. Recommended for: new readers and fans of animals. Pro-tip: Reading through this book with your little one would be the perfect time to introduce the concept of a simile, a phrase where something is being compared to another with the word “like” or “as.” See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Letting Go

Submitted by Ms. Shannon!
Letting Go by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Three hens, Midge, Pip, and Dot, were sitting in the shade of an apple tree one day when suddenly an apple fell down. Then another apple fell. Then another! They assumed that there must be some nefarious character sitting in the tree and throwing apples at innocent chickens. Dot bravely climbs the tree to investigate but what she finds is not what she expected. Letting Go is a charming story about curious chickens who use their investigative skills to solve a mystery. These three hens learn all about the effects of gravity and have a lot of fun in the process! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pup and Bear

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Pup and Bear by Kate Banks, illustrated by Naoko Stoop. The Arctic is a big place. The Arctic wolves know that the Big Freeze is on its way. They shelter in a snowdrift. When the bitter-cold turns warm and the Big Melt begins, one lone little wolf pup finds himself afloat on a sheet of ice. He slides into the water and swims and swims until he finally reaches land. He pulls himself onto a snowbank and falls asleep. When he wakes he is face to face with Polar bear. “Will you eat me?” he asks. “Not this bear.” She takes him to her den where she licks him, cleans him, feeds, and keeps him warm. “I am not your mother but I can keep you safe.” Another Big Freeze comes and goes. The bear nudges the wolf who is not a pup anymore. The wolf nuzzles back. Then the wolf sets out into the big wide world. The wolf finds other wolves. Soon he is leading his own pack when he comes across a polar bear cub huddled in a snowdrift. “Where is your mother?” But the cub didn’t know. The wolf sniffs the cub and rubs its fur with a wet nose. “I am not your mother,” said the wolf, “but I can cuddle you and keep you warm.” See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Bad Mood and the Stick

Submitted by Ms. Andrea!
Lemony Snicket dives into the subject of bad moods and how they affect us all, transferring from person to person in his latest children’s book, The Bad Mood and the Stick. What does a stick have to do with a bad mood? Everything! It starts the chain of events that causes one bad mood to travel all around the world to many different people, even you! Children will love finding the bad mood and who has it on each page. They will also enjoy the comical illustrations and how the stick comes into play. This is a great read aloud book for the whole family. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Littlest Viking

Submitted by Ms. Andrea!
The Littlest Viking written by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Isabel Roxas tells the tale of the littlest Viking, a young boy named Sven. He might be the littlest, but his cry is the loudest, his teeth are the sharpest, and no one dares try to stop him if he wants something. Yes, Sven is a mighty little Viking, but someone is about to come along who is littler, louder, and has sharper teeth. Will Sven become displaced? Read along with Sven and see how he boldly passes on his legacy to the new littlest Viking. This adorable novel is great for children who are about to become big brothers or big sisters. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, January 12, 2018

Night Night, Groot

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
It's bedtime for baby Groot in Night Night, Groot by Brendan Deneen with pictures by Cale Atkinson. This story is sure to be a hit for your little fan of Marvel superheroes because they are all in this book! And they are all helping little Groot guard the galaxy one more time before heading off the dreamland! Because right before Groot is about to hit the sack for the night, Rocket Raccoon rushes in, grabbing him for one more mission. Or is Groot just dreaming of hanging out, flying spaceships, and beating up bad guys with his friends Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and more? Who cares! With soothing rhyming text, and joyful illustrations, superhero fans, young and old, will want to read this book every night! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Roger is Reading a Book

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Roger Is Reading a Book written and illustrated by Koen Van Biesen.
Shhh. Quiet. Roger is reading a book. Well, he's trying to anyway, but his young neighbor Emily, cooped up in her apartment on a dark and rainy day, is busy being creative, and athletic, and musical… and very noisy! Roger knocks and KNOCKS on the wall to explain that he is reading and would she please be quiet, but to no avail. At this point of course, Roger is not reading a book, he is thinking. What to do? Roger makes up his mind, coat on and out the door. Soon, he is at Emily’s front door. With a Present! What is it? Will it make Emily be quiet? Will Roger ever finish his book? Find out the answers to these burning questions when you read Roger Is Reading a Book. You’ll enjoy the humorous twist in the tale at the very end, told largely through the wonderful mixed media illustrations. See this book listed in our catalog
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