Monday, January 25, 2021

The Tiny Baker by Hayley Barrett

A tiny bee owns a tearoom. She bakes sweet treats for her insect guests with the help of her ladybug staff. When the ladybug swarm, what's a tiny baker to do? 

Thoughts: Such a sweet story! I love all the details in both the text and the illustrations. The rhyming couplets add a lovely cadence to the story. I look forward to sharing The Tiny Baker with my storytime kids. I would love to have a tea party themed storytime. Alison Jay's illustrations are some of my favorites. I love the pastel colors and the effect of the crackle varnish. Here are a few books that I think would pair well with The Tiny Baker: Brimsby's Hats by Andrew Prahin, The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman, Tea Rex by Molly Idle, Chimpanzees for Tea! by Jo Empson, Alice in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party by Joe Rhatigan and Charles Nurnberg, Tea with Oliver by Mika Song, The Little Bitty Bakery by Leslie Muir, There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach, and Tea Party Today: Poems to Sip and Savor by Eileen Spinelli. 

Themes: Bugs/Insects, Tea, Sweets, Eating Out 

(Illustrated by Alison Jay. Barefoot Books, 2020.)

Friday, January 22, 2021

Find Fergus by Mike Boldt


Finding Fergus is too easy. Can you give him some tips on hiding? 

Thoughts: What a fun book! I feel the need to create a hide-and-seek storytime. The illustrations are colorful and Fergus is adorable. I love "Fergus's List of Other Things to Find on the Huge Fold-Out Page" at the end of the book. I know kids will enjoy looking for the fourteen things. 

Find Fergus would pair well  with Hide & Seek by Il Sung NaEverybunny Count! by Ellie Sandall, and Peek-a-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice and The Elephants' Guide to Hide-and-Seek by Kjersten Hayes for a hide-and-seek storytime. For a bear storytime, pair Find Fergus with More Bears by Kenn Nesbitt, No Bears by Meg McKinlay, The Bear Who Wasn't There by LeUyen Pham, and Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris.  

Themes: Hide-and-Seek, Bears

(Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2020.)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Goodnight, Anne by Kallie George


It's time for bed, but before Anne can go to sleep she has to say goodnight to everyone and everything she loves. 

Thoughts: A lovely tribute to Anne Shirley and L. M. Montgomery. I think this book paired with Kallie's other Anne picture book, If I Couldn't Be Anne, would be a great way to introduce the youngest children to Anne as a character. I look forward to adding this book to my bedtime storytime rotation. The illustrations are soft colored and detailed. I love the texture the mediums Godbout used give the illustrations. It's impossible to chose a favorite. 

Themes: Bedtime

(Illustrated by Geneviève Godbout. Tundra, 2018.) 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Cozy by Jan Brett


All alone on the tundra, Cozy the musk ox feels it will be a very lonely winter. But when a variety of other arctic animals use his thick winter coat as shelter, he finds winter is better with friends. 

Thoughts: Cozy is beautifully illustrated with an engaging albeit lengthy story. It reminds me of Jan's earlier books The Hat, The Mitten, and The Umbrella. I love seeing all the arctic animals come to life in Jan's illustrations. My favorite illustration is when Cozy gets spring fever. I love seeing all the other animals nestled in his fur. I look forward to sharing this book during the winter. 

Themes: Winter, Winter Animals, Friendship

(G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2020.) 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Louis by Tom Lichtenheld


Louis is a stuffed bear who has had enough. He's leaving. Well, he will right after...

Thoughts: Too funny! I think this book will inspire many children to consider what their favorite stuffed animals or toys might be thinking. Louis' grouchy attitude is on point. Simple text paired with colorful boldly outline illustrations make this a perfect books to share during storytime. I don't have a favorite illustration per se, but I love Louis' expressions in each illustrations. I think this book would pair well with Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman and In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House by Laurie Purdie Salas

Themes: Stuffed Animals, Toys 

(Illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.) 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez


Federico is going to the store for his abuelo. He's to go straight there and back. A chance encounter with a wolf in the woods changes his story. 

Thoughts: There's so much to love about Federico and the Wolf. I love that Federico is a boy and he's going to visit his grandpa. Almost all the other Little Red Riding Hood variants I've read feature a girl as the title character going to visit her grandma. I like the Spanish words that are included in the text as well as the pronunciation and definitions at the end of the book. The illustrations are bright and colorful. I especially like the wolf's expressions throughout the story. The pico de gallo recipe extends the story. I'd love to see families cooking together after reading this story. I can't wait to add this book to my fairy tale storytime theme and also pair it with my other favorite Little Red Riding Hood stories, Little Red Hot by Eric A. Kimmel and Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith

Themes: Fairy Tales, Little Red Riding Hood stories, Bilingual 

(Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. Clarion Books, 2020.) 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Julia's House Moves On by Ben Hatke

sequel to Julia's House for Lost Creatures 

The house is getting restless so it's time to move. Julia has a plan to make sure the move goes smoothly. But you know how it is with plans--they often go awry. 

Thoughts: I'm so glad Julia and her house got a sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and Julia's House Moves On is no different. The text is simple and the illustrations are gorgeous. I love seeing all the different creatures. I think I'd like to use the Julia books for a houses and homes storytime. The illustrations are so detailed, I wish I could give each storytime kid their own copy to look at while I read. 

Themes: Houses & Homes, Imaginary Creatures

(First Second, 2020.)