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