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
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