Friday, December 22, 2017
Review copy provided by publisher.
Join a family as they pick out a tree for Christmas. There are many choices, but choosing is just the first step. Once your choice is made it's time to decorate and turn your pine tree choice into a Christmas tree.
Thoughts: A wonderful celebration of a Christmas tradition. We had live trees growing up, but we (the kids) never got to do the picking. My dad just found one in the woods. I love the inclusion of what happens to the tree after it's picked. Decorating the tree is such a magical thing. The illustrations are detailed and fun. The lack of outlines make the illustrations brighter. My favorites are the different trees at the tree lot, all the different tree decorations, and the Christmas tree. Pick a Pine Tree is a great book to read before going to pick out your Christmas tree. I think reading the book could become an annual tradition.
(Candlewick Press, 2017)
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Review copy provided by publisher.
Bear has never really celebrated Christmas, but he's read about the traditions. This year he and Mouse are going to celebrate Christmas with a party. Mouse is disappointed that Bear's party doesn't include presents. Mouse is sure Bear is kidding so he goes looking for his present in all the usual places: under Bear's bed, in the hall closet, and in the Christmas tree.
Thoughts: Bear and Mouse have been some of my favorite characters since I discovered the first book, A Visitor for Bear, back in 2010. I'm glad to see them have a Christmas adventure. Even though they are friends now, I like that Mouse can still exasperate Bear. It makes this book a hilarious read aloud. I enjoyed reading it to some first graders this month. The illustrations are lovely and just what I've come to expect from Kady MacDonald Denton--soft colored and detailed. This is a great addition to the Bear and Mouse series as well as Christmas picture books.
Don't miss the other books in the series! (links to my reviews)
A Visitor for Bear
A Birthday for Bear
A Bedtime for Bear
The Sniffles for Bear
A Library Book for Bear
(Candlewick Press, 2017)
Friday, December 1, 2017
Thoughts: A sweet Christmas story with nice illustrations. I like the guide to all the animals on the end papers. I'm definitely adding A Letter for Bear to my list of books for Christmas events.
(Flying Eye Books, 2013)
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Thoughts: Just gorgeous with lovely flow. I didn't think turning a novel length book into a board book was possible, but this is great. Alison Jay's version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is definitely going on my baby shower gift list.
(Board Book Edition, Dial, 2015)
Monday, November 6, 2017
Thoughts: Love, love, love! Too funny. I look forward to adding this to my pets themed storytime. Beatrix is an endearing character and Mouse is a long suffering saint. If my eyes don't mistake me, I think Beatrix and all the other animals belong to the child from Red Sled and Red Hat. The watercolor and pencil illustrations perfectly suit the story. I like the comic strip/book panels. They add interest to the illustrations.
Themes: Pets, Morning
Friday, November 3, 2017
Thoughts: Again like Sam and Dave and Is There a Dog In this Book? Readers will laugh at Clemmie's statements because they can clearly see the mouse. The illustrations are lovely--soft colored with good use of white space.
Themes: Cats, Mice
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Thoughts: Too fun! I used Spots in a Box for my spots and dots storytime. I like all the detail in the illustrations.
Themes: Birds, Spots (& Dots, & Stripes)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Here's your Flannel Friday Roundup for November 3. It's small, but both contributions are farm themed. I like to use a farm theme for storytime in the fall.
Wendy shares her third Old MacDonald set.
Amy shares Take Me Out to the Barnyard.
Shawn is hosting the roundup next week.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Your step by step guide to washing a woolly mammoth.
Thoughts: Too funny! Washing a woolly mammoth seems to be about as much fun as giving a cat a bath. This will be a fun book to share with elementary students when I do outreach. The illustrations are just right for the story.
Themes: Prehistoric, Baths, Pets, Elementary
(Henry Holt, 2014)
Friday, October 20, 2017
When her mama and papa decide to adopt a baby wolf, Dot the Bunny tries to warn them it's a bad idea. She remains distrustful of her "brother" until the day they go to the store to get carrots.
Thoughts: Another hilarious read aloud. This book was perfect for my wolf themed storytime although the youngest kids didn't quite get all the humor. I love the bold black lines O'Hora used in the illustrations.
Themes: Rabbits, Wolves, Siblings
(Little Brown & Co, 2015)
Thursday, October 19, 2017
A young frog dislikes being a frog for a variety of reasons. He'd much rather be a cat, a rabbit, a pig, or an owl. That's until he meets a wolf.
Thoughts: This is such a fun book to read aloud. The young frog can be quite outrageous and the dad so stern. It's a great combination. The illustrations are colorful. I love the use of speech bubbles. They really engage the reader or listener and makes the book a great read aloud.
Themes: Frogs, Elementary
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Bear is so sleepy. Duck is wide awake. Good neighbors they aren't.
Thoughts: This book is too funny. I can't wait to read it along with A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker. It is a perfect pairing. The illustrations are bright and colorful. The use of little to no outline is a nice style.
Themes: Bedtime, Unlikely Friends
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Thoughts: I love Tap the Magic Tree and Matheson's second interactive book is just as fun. The actions are engaging and the collage illustrations are enchanting. I look forward to using Touch the Brightest Star in my next night themed storytime.
Themes: Night, Interactive
Monday, October 16, 2017
Time for five sheep to go to sleep...but they can't sleep! Will Collie be able to help?
Thoughts: I love all the sheep books by Nancy Shaw and this latest will be a great addition to my bedtime themed storytime. The illustrations are soft, vibrant, and interesting.
Themes: Bedtime, Sheep, Rhyme
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thoughts: Fun, fun, fun. I love dragons and I love Florian's childlike illustrations. They have definite kid appeal. Would pair well with various dragon poems.
- “Dragon Tree” from Poetrees by Douglas Florian
- “Shopping at the Dragon Store” from I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky
- “Don the Dragon’s Birthday” from Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
How to Draw a Dragon also functions as an art lesson.
Themes: Dragons, Drawing, Pets
(Beach Lane Books, 2015)
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Monkey from The Monkey Goes Bananas is back! He's still banana crazy and this time a bee gets in his way instead of a shark.
Thoughts: Just as hilarious as the first. I love the comic book style illustrations and minimal text. This book was a storytime hit. Would pair well with Bear & Bee by Sergio Ruzzier.
Themes: Monkeys, Bees, Almost Wordless
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
This beautifully illustrated ABC book focuses on birds...more than 26 because some letters warrant more than one feathered friend.
Thoughts: I can't wait to use this gorgeous book for my next birds themed storytime. The surprise narrator reminds me of Dogs by Emily Gravett. The illustrations are exquisite--bright colored and they draw your eye.
Themes: Birds, Alphabet
(Flying Eye Books, 2015)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Everyone has a monster except Marilyn. She tried to be patient, but one day she can't help herself. Instead of waiting, she goes out looking for her monster. And it's a good thing she does.
Thoughts: What a sweet story. The idea of kids having a friendly monster is very imaginary friend/Monsters, Inc after Boo. I love Marilyn's spunk. Despite being told she can't look for her monster, she does anyway. Matt Phelan's watercolor and pencil illustrations suit the story perfectly. The monsters are especially well done. I look forward to sharing this books my elementary outreach later this month.
Themes: Monsters, Elementary
Monday, October 9, 2017
The Wimbledon family are trying their best to sleep, but odd noises and strange smells keep waking them up one at a time. When they check on the noises and smells, they find that it's only their dog Stanley.
Thoughts: I loved Jon Agee's book Little Santa and this book is the same. It's Only Stanley is so funny. The family's disgruntled-ness at being awakened paired with their nonchalant reaction to Stanley's nocturnal activities made me laugh with every page turn. Agee's illustrations with bold lines, muted color palette, and lovely detail complement the story exactly. I look forward to sharing this book at storytime and during outreach.
Themes: Night, Dogs, Elementary
Friday, October 6, 2017
Exactly what the title says--takes readers through the first part of Alice's journey up until her conversations with the caterpillar.
Thoughts: Published for the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this retelling will introduce a new generation of fans to the book. Down the Rabbit Hole would be a perfect read aloud the next time I have a Mad Hatter Tea Party or a Alice in Wonderland event. The end papers with their map of wonderland are great. The illustrations are colorful and interesting.
Themes: Alice, Classics
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Thoughts: Gorgeous illustrations and an imaginative story. Pair with Dream Animals, While the World Is Sleeping, Clara & Asha, and Dream Friends.
Themes: Moms, Gifts, Dreams, Imagination
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A hungry owl disguises himself to catch his prey. His disguises don't work until he sets his sights on a pizza.
Thoughts: Too funny! A great way to talk about owls being carnivores. I love the black background of the illustrations and the bold colors used with them. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is super fun to share with kids of all ages. Would pair well with Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.
Themes: Owls, Pizza
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Thoughts: What a fun book! I especially like the mer-pandas. Chu's Day at the Beach is a great addition to my beach storytime. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and so detailed.
Themes: Beach, Pandas, Sneezing
Monday, October 2, 2017
Thoughts: I love how Monty redeems himself. His vanity could have been his downfall, but he realizes he has something more valuable than a magnificent mane, friends. The mixed media illustrations are lively and fun with good use of white space.
Themes: Lions, Crocodiles, African Animals, Friendship, Meerkats
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Thoughts: I love By Mouse and Frog. It works on so many levels. Fun for storytime but also for using with older kids as an invitation for them to write stories of their own. The illustrations are lovely. I like the soft colors and the pencil drawings. I wish I knew all the references to famous children's books, but I only recognized a few. By Mouse and Frog would make an interesting lesson in children's picture books. Pair this with Dog loves Drawing by Louise Yates, Journey by Aaron Becker, and Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale by Alice Kuipers.
Themes: Friendship, Writing, Drawing, Imagination
Saturday, September 30, 2017
The title sums up this book perfectly. You count crows a few at a time and then snacks until you reach twelve.
Thoughts: A fabulous book. The rhyming text flows beautifully. I love the counting, the snacks, and the sounds. The illustrations with their limited color palette (black, white, gray, and red) are wonderful. I've had fun sharing this book in storytime with several different themes. It's a great book for fall.
Themes: Numbers/Counting, Crows, Fall
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thoughts: I Love how the text is almost at odds with the illustrations. There's so much more going on in the illustrations than the text let's on. Makes for a hilarious story. Would pair well with Into the Woods by Susan Gal.
Themes: Camping, Dinosaurs
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Thoughts: Sweet story that also touches on science a little. (Flightless birds: what makes a bird a bird?) Lovely illustrations.
Themes: Birds, Penguins, Dreams
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Thoughts: So glad Holly Surplice has a second book out. I love her About a Bear. This one features the same cast, but the bunny is the star. Lovely illustrations and engaging rhyming text. Would pair well with Hide & Seek by Il Sung Na and Hands Off My Honey by Jane Chapman.
Themes: Games, Rabbits, Forest
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A film about a moose. The only problem: the star refuses to act like a moose. What's a director to do?
Thoughts: Hilarious! This will be such a fun book to share with kids. Would pair well with Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett.
Themes: Moose, Interactive
(Little, Brown and Company, 2014)
Monday, September 25, 2017
In the night, where do animals sleep?
Thoughts: Charming story. I wasn't familiar with it, but it seems timeless. I'm glad to make its acquaintance with new illustrations by Laura Pronzek. It Is Night will make a lovely addition to my bedtime storytime. Would pair well with Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue.
Themes: Night, Bedtime
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Thoughts: This will be a fun book for kids. The cats are almost hysterical in their hiding from the dog. The flaps are a fun addition.
Themes: Dogs, Cats
Friday, September 22, 2017
Farmer Brown just thought Duck was trouble. Now there's a baby duck on the farm and she can't sleep!
Thoughts: Fun, fun, fun! Anyone who has had a new baby will appreciate this book. A great book for spring.
Themes: Farm, Baby Animals, Spring
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White are tired of their stories and decide to switch places. They discover changing stories didn't make them happy, but they have the power to change their stories.
Thoughts: What a fun book. Pair with The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway. The illustrations are fabulous especially the princesses' clothes. I love that they're not totally Disney. I look forward to sharing this with older kids perhaps at a princess party.
Themes: Folktales, Elementary
(Orchard Books, 2015)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A dog named Smick, a stick, and a chick. Good story, that.
Thoughts: What a lovely book. The text is brief and the illustrations are just right. I love the bold black lines and the addition of some real items (the stick, what made chick). Smick! will be a great addition to my dogs storytime. Pair with City Dog, County Frog by Mo Willems.
Themes: Dogs, Friendship
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Eula is back! This time she has friends who arent other cats and a new hobby. It's an alphabetical adventure.
Thoughts: Love Eula and so happy she has a new book. This ABC book is something different. It goes through the alphabet, but it's more than a listing of letters. It's a story.
Themes: Cats, Alphabet, Vegetables
Monday, September 18, 2017
Thoughts: Fun story! Surprise narrator (Dogs by Emily Gravett) and a bear in the city (Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson and Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki). I also like that the bear is black. So many of the good bear books have brown bears and we don't have brown bears in my neck of the woods. I love the illustrations--bright, detailed with a impressionistic feel.
Themes: Bears, Food
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Thoughts: Love the concept behind this book--animal sounds only, no words. This was a fun book to share in storytime and would pair well with Moo! by David LaRochelle. The illustrations are detailed and interesting.
Themes: Animal Sounds, Farm
Friday, September 15, 2017
I made these treasure chests to go along with my pirate storytime. I used an image from clker as a template and puff paint for the details. I added numbers to the lids to aid the kids in number recognition. Underneath the chests, I placed different colored felt circles. The goal of this set is for the kids to help the pirate duck find her lost treasure. (Hint: it's purple!) I made my pirate duck stick puppet with a free clipart image from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Jessica is hosting the roundup this week.
Two islands, one monkey, a bunch of bananas, and a shark. Do you see where this story is going?
Thoughts: What fun! Nice to have a monkey book where an alligator or crocodile isn't the villain. Almost wordless, it really lets the illustrations do the talking. Was great to share in storytime.
Themes: Monkeys, Sharks, Almost Wordless
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Thoughts: What a fun book! Would be great to share for outreach storytime at the local elementary school. I love all the detail in the illustrations especially the menu at Teddy's Diner (inspiration for my next teddy bear picnic) and the nods to other famous bears (Pooh, Paddington). Bears touted as heroes remind me of the lion in How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens.
Themes: Bears, Elementary
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
(From the beginning, the idea of a moving house conjures up visions of Howl's Moving Castle and Baba Yaga's house. So I know this book will be good.)
Too quiet so she opens her home to lost/misplaces/displaces creatures among them are cats, trolls, Folletti (Italian imps), snail, mermaid, ghost, dragon, and goblins.
Too loud equals RULES.
Happily ever after.
Thoughts: This is a fabulous book. One of my favorites right up there with Dream Animals.
(First Second, 2014)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
A day in the life of a frog full of captures, escapes, and near death experiences all expressed by two little words--ah ha.
Thoughts: What a fun book! I enjoy sharing this book with my storytime kids. The illustrations are bold and colorful. Pair with other almost wordless books: Red Sled and Red Hat by Lita Judge and Moo! by David LaRochelle.
Themes: Frogs, Ponds, Almost Wordless
Monday, September 11, 2017
Little Owl decides to stay up during the day instead of sleeping so he can experience daytime. He encounters animals and plants he's never seen before.
Thoughts: A lovely book! Lots of detail in the illustrations for kids to notice. The two Little Owl books would make a great storytime as well as a discussion about nocturnal and diurnal animals. Other similar books are Polar Bear Night and Polar Bear Morning by Lauren THompson.
Themes: Owls, Forest, Daytime
Friday, September 8, 2017
Keith has 2 things to share this week: a visual for the rhyme Tick Tock and Neko Atsume and Bananya.
Kate has Five Pink Flamingos with an original rhyme.
Wendy has a witch!
I have elephants...in a bathtub and on a spiderweb.
Jessica is hosting the roundup next week.
A Cow. A Car. A crazy adventure all expressed or described with one word. Moo.
Thoughts: This book is pure magic! And I can testify that Moo! is indeed storytime gold. The kids love helping Cow moo. The illustrations are fun and bright. Pair with other almost wordless books: Red Hat and Red Sled by Lita Judge, Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack.
Themes: Cows, Cars, Almost Wordless
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Everybody's favorite bear is back with a new adventure. THis time it's color. Out for a walk in the forest, Bear encounters blue, red, yellow, green, and brown.
Thoughts: Bear Sees Colors will be a great addition to my colors storytime. Pair with Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff. The illustrations are bright and colorful. A great book for spring. The book has potential for discussion and extension activities with kids. For example, naming things that are [insert color], and the colors that weren't mentioned (orange, purple, pink, black, white, gray).
Themes: Bears, Forest, Colors, Spring
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014)
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
A mama bird on the power line sends a message along to her son Peter. But will the message reach him in time and in the same words as it was given?
Thoughts: I have fond memories of playing pass it on in elementary school. This would be a fun book to share with elementary students and then play a game of pass it on. The illustrations are bright and detailed. I like all the different species of birds. Would pair well with Pass It On by Marilyn Sadler or Flight School by Lita Judge.
Themes: Birds, Words, Talking, Games, Elementary
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Illustrated by Kenny Callicutt
Think you know the story of Jack and the beanstalk? You do? Well, that's nice, but are you sure?
Thoughts: This retelling of a familiar folktale is imaginative and irreverent. I can't wait to share it with students at the elementary school. The humor would be too much for my storytime kids. The illustrations are bright and interesting. I like that the text doesn't tell the whole story. The illustrations give plenty of opportunities for engagement questions.
Themes: Elementary, Folktales
Monday, September 4, 2017
Thoughts: Oh what fun this will be in storytime. It would also make a great basis for a preschool art program where the kids can play with color.
Themes: Colors, Interactive
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
Percy the pug loved puddles. But his perfect puddle belongs to some pigs and Mama pig doesn't like to share. What's a pug to do?
Thoughts: Too cute! Percy is a wonderful character. The story and its illustrations are great. Fabulous addition to dogs storytime. My favorite illustrations are the map and bringing Petunia home.
Themes: Dogs, Pigs
Friday, September 1, 2017
One girl imagines a zoo. It all starts with a moose that says moo!
Thoughts: Hilarious! Would pair well with My Garden by Kevin Henkes. I love a good book about imagination.
Themes: Zoos, Imagination
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Thoughts: Lovely story and illustrations. Would make an interesting addition to polar bear storytime.
Themes: Helping, Polar Bears
(Megan Tingley Books, 2014)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Thoughts: Sweet story. Would pair well with City Dog, County Frog by Mo Willems. I love the brevity of the text. It makes engaging kids easy.
Themes: Friends, Seasons, Lions, Birds, Friendship
(Enchanted Lion Books, 2014)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
A family story set in autumn...Uncle Arthur always comes to visit when the first apple falls, but will he still come now that Aunt Lucy is gone? Faith is sure he will. Peter doubts.
Thoughts: A sweet story told in verse with four voices: Faith, Peter, Uncle Arthur, and Aunt Lucy. As most verse novels do, it reads quickly. All characters are perfectly developed. I had an uncle quite like Arthur and his characterization is spot on. Applesauce Weather would be a great fall read aloud for classrooms or families.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Companion to National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry
From the introduction by J. Patrick Lewis: "Every day more than 70 animals, plants or other living things, like fungi, roots, and molds, vanish forever. The Book of Nature Poetry seeks to capture the ever changing nature of nature, so that gone is not forgotten" (page 5).
The poems are divided into 10 sections (The Wonder of Nature, In the Sky, In the Sea, On the Move, Across the Land, In Shade, In Distress, In Season, In Splendor, and Last Thoughts) and the collection includes 4 indexes (title, poet, first line, and subject).
My favorite poems are "The Blue Between" by Kristine O'Connell George, "Advice from a Frog (Concerning a Crane)" by Alice Schertle and "Whale" by Mary Ann Hoberman.
The photographs are stunning and perfectly paired with the poems. The detail captured is amazing. In this book, I saw animals and places I'd never heard of. This collection like the one before is great for sharing/reading slowly. More than 200 poems gives readers many choices. Would be a good choice for poetry teatime sharing.
My one complaint: I don't like that Emily Dickinson's poems were given titles.
(National Geographic, 2015)
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Three poets honor twenty renowned poets in this collection of original poems. The poems are divided into three parts (Got Style, In Your Shoes, and Thank You). The book also features an informative section titled "About the Poets Being Celebrated."
Thoughts: This book is indeed a celebration. I love the last paragraph of the preface by Alexander. The collection as a whole is organized simply and flows well. The poems are all different stylistically which is to be expected as they honor different poets. The poems beg to be read aloud. I love the mix of poets celebrated. I was not familiar with a few of them. The information on the featured poets as well as the different lists make me want to know more about them.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, full of texture, and perfectly suit the poems. Paper collage is one of my favorite illustration mediums/techniques. Ekua Holmes' illustrations make Out of Wonder a visually stunning book. My favorite poems are "Contemporary Haiku,' "Jazz Jive Jam," "The music of the Earth," "Hue and Cry," and "No Idle Days." My favorite illustrations are of the following poems: "In Every Season," "A Field of Roses," "How Billy Collins Writes a Poem," "The Music of the Earth," and "Majestic."
Out of Wonder would be a great way to introduce children to these famous poets, maybe during a poetry teatime. There is a teacher's guide available here.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Eighteen poems take readers through a farmers' market in a day. You'll pick out vegetables, eat sweet treats, and get a little dirty.
Thoughts: A fun collection. Farmers' markets are a growing trend and this is a great introduction to the idea. The poems have great rhythm. The illustrations are just right. The pale outlines invite you into the illustrations. I like that the poems aren't the same form. The most creative, in my opinion, are "Delightful Bites" and "Wild Dreams in Two Voices." The last page, "Fresh-Picked Reasons to Spend a Day at the Market," is both informative and interesting. My favorite poems are "Market Day Today," Delightful Bites," "Necessary Mess," "Goose Chase," "From Bee to You," and "Farmer Greg's Free-Range Eggs."
Friday, August 25, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Illustrated by Catia Chien
A first collection. The poems begin simply with the words "Things to do if you are a/an [insert noun]" and proceeds to take you through a day.
The poems: dawn, birds, honeybee, acorn, snail, sun, sky, eraser, scissors, rain, boots, orb-spider, crickets, and moon.
Thoughts: I have loved Elaine's poetry since I discovered her blog Wild Rose Reader during National Poetry Month years ago. I am thrilled that she has finally published a collection. Her "things to do" list poem is a great form and easy to teach to children. The illustrations are soft colored and inviting. They showcase the poems' energy perfectly. My favorite poems are honeybee, sun, boots, and moon. The poems are simple and lyrical and perfectly capture a day in the life of a child. What did you notice today? I look forward to future collections from Elaine.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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
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
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
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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.
Monday, May 22, 2017
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
Thoughts: A cute book. Perfect addition to my circus storytime. Beautiful illustrations--bright with good use of white space.
Themes: Dogs, Circus, Being Yourself
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Thoughts: Dream Animals is a gorgeous book. I love the story and the illustrations. Emily Winfield Martin's style strikes me as fresh and new, but at the same time, it is also classic and vintage. I used this book for one of my stuffed animals sleepover and the kids were a bit too wiggly to appreciate it. I look forward to trying again and also recommending it to parents and friends. It's hard to pick a favorite illustration, but I like the elfin hollow and the mermaid tea. Would pair well with Red Knit Cap Girl and Dream Friends.
Themes: Animals, Dreams, Imagination
(Random House, 2013)
Friday, May 19, 2017
Thoughts: As lovely as the first. I love the lino block illustrations. This would pair well with Denise Fleming's Time to sleep.
Themes: Numbers, Bears, Fall, Ready for Winter
(Beach Lane Books, 2013)
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Thoughts: An utterly charming tale of an unusual friendship. I love the illustrations, the wit, and the reference to The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. I look forward to using this book in storytime soon.
Themes: Lions, Friendship
(Henry Holt, 2013)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Every kid has a favorite toy or friend. Sophie's is Bernice, a squash.
Thoughts: A wonderful story about love and friendship and vegetables. The illustrations are great. They show Sophie's vigor for life.
Themes: Friendship, Love
(Schwartz & Wade, 2013)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Thoughts: A lovely book a bout being different. Pair with For Pete's Sake by Ellen Stoll Walsh and Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker. Lovely pencil and watercolor illustrations with good use of white space.
Themes: Chickens, Being Different
(Paula Wiseman, 2014)
Monday, May 15, 2017
Thoughts: This is an inspiring book and I can't wait to use it for a program. I will share the book with kids possibly along with another animal book. After that, I will give them the time and materials to answer the question. Their answers would make a great bulletin board display. My favorite answers are Blue Carp (Peter Sis), Behold the Octopus (Nick Bruel), Duck (Jon Klassen), and Leopard (Lucy Cousins).
Themes: Animals, Elementary
(Henry Holt, 2014)
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Thoughts: a nice story which incorporates facts. Lovely illustrations. I like his style. A Book of Babies would pair well with My First Day by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page.
Themes: Animal Babies
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thoughts: Fascinating and beautifully illustrated. Just what I would expect from Steve Jenkins. I love sharing his books when I do outreach in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms.
(Houghton Mifflin, 2014)
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Now that Big Bear is too big for his little boat and has given it to Little Bear, he sets out to make a bigger boat. The only trouble is all his friends have advice to give. Big Bear soon realizes that sometimes it's best to be true yo your dreams.
Thoughts: What a charming story! The illustrations are just right--soft yet vibrant. Big Bear's Big Boat would pair well with The Pigs' Picnic by Keiko Kasza and Monkey Face by Frank Asch.
Themes: Bears, Boats, Advice
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Thoughts: Too funny. I love Gerald's exaggerated reactions to Piggie's pretending. This would be a great book to add to my animal sounds storytime.
Themes: Elephants, Pigs, Animal Sounds, Imagination
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Thoughts: Such a lovely story. I love the ingenuity of Brimsby. He isn't content to be alone so he finds (and helps) new friends. Lovely, detailed illustrations. My favorite is the birds inside their new homes.
Themes: Friends, Hats, Birds, Tea
(Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Monday, May 8, 2017
Thoughts: Too funny! I can hear my storytime kids shouting "Eat it!" through all the rabbits' fantastic suggestions.
Themes: Carrots, Vegetables, Rabbits, Imagination
Friday, April 7, 2017
This time I have adapted Doggies: A Counting and Barking Book. Boynton's illustration style makes adapting her books to felt easy. In storytime, I still use the book, but the felt pieces mean everyone can see the characters clearly. This set has a felt base with layers and layers of puff paint.
I'm hosting the roundup this week.
Keith is hosting the roundup next week.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Laura adapted the book One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom into a puppet story with felt characters. I love it!
Carissa is a first time Flannel Friday poster. Welcome! She shares how she made a flannel board from a picture frame. Great idea! I usually use the backside of a dry erase board.
Kate has Hildy the Hen, Little Chick, Little Chick Hide and Seek Game, and Little Bunny, Little Bunny Hide and Seek Sizes Game for us.
Wendy shares a build-a-bug set with us this week. Such a clever idea and just in time for my bugs storytime later this month.
Stephanie (another first time poster1) shares 5 Little Fish Japanese style in the form of a free printable on her Storytime Japan Facebook group.
This week, I have adapted Doggies by Sandra Boynton.
Kelly has a great version of Little Chick, Little Chick that's perfect for spring and would pair well with a book I read for my eggs storytime this week: Hurry, Hurry by Eve Bunting.
Keith is hosting the roundup next week.