Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's An Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

One ant decides to make a window in the stump. With the help of a lively imagination, trouble ensues as the ants think an orange aardvark is after them.

Thoughts: Too funny. I love Michael Hall's books and can't wait to use this one. I really like the cut paper illustrations.

Themes: Ants, Colors 

(Greenwillow, 2014)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray

illustrated by Kenard Pak

Each bird has its own call or song, but not the nesting bird. She is quiet. Why?

Thoughts: A very nice book. Some of the birds' songs will be troublesome to reproduce, but I'll have fun trying. I liked the interview with the birds at the end. I learned more than I ever knew about nesting birds. Lovely illustrations--reminiscent of Jon Klassen.

Themes: Birds, Spring

(Houghton Mifflin, 2014)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Big and Small by Elizabeth Bennett

illustrated by Jane Chapman

Friend big (a bear) and Small (a mouse) are off on an adventure. Along the way, Small needs some help. Big is always there.

Thoughts: Lovely! A sweet story with gorgeous illustrations. I have enjoyed using this book in storytime. I would love to see the series continue.

Themes: Bears, Mice, Picnics, Friendship, Spring

(Tiger Tales, 2014)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum

illustrated by Jen Corace

A killdeer chick hatches and spends the whole day getting to know his world.

Thoughts: The chick as the narrator is fun. You can feel his energy as he runs and runs some more. This will be a nice addition to my birds storytime. Lovely illustrations. I look forward to trying this out on my storytime kids.

Themes: Birds, Spring

(Dial, 2014)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

The Pigeon is back. This time instead of wanting something--like a bus, a hot dog, a later bedtime, a puppy, or a cookie--he doesn't want to do something: take a bath. But pigeon, are baths really that bad?

Thoughts:  Pigeon books are always crowd-pleasers. This one isn't as interactive as the others, but it is just as funny. I love his change of heart.

Themes: Bathtime

(Hyperion, 2014)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Maple by Lori Nichols

Named for a tree, Maple loves the tree her parents planted for her and her name. She sees her tree as a friend. Being friends with a tree turns out to be excellent training for becoming a big sister.

Thoughts: Such a sweet story. It reminds me of Sophie's squash. Lovely illustrations, especially the maple leaves.

Themes: Siblings, Friendship, Seasons, Trees

(Nancy Paulsen, 2014)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison

Jane is a circus dog. There's only one problem. She doesn't have a talent.

Thoughts: A cute book. Perfect addition to my circus storytime. Beautiful illustrations--bright with good use of white space.

Themes: Dogs, Circus, Being Yourself

(Dial, 2014)