Monday, October 27, 2014

Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt


This is an adorable celebration of books for the little ones. Babies and toddlers are everywhere and so are books. The simple text shows children in what ways and where you can enjoy books: on sunny days, rainy days, in scary ways and funny ways. Though the text is simple, the illustrations are charming and fill out the sparse text. Lots of color and little details (like a mouse hiding on each page) are fun for kids to play search and find.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Froodle by Antoinette Portis


Froodle is a funny book, with lots of silly words for kids to say aloud. The story begins with a normal neighborhood filled with animals making normal sounds, bark, coo, cheep etc. Then a little brown sparrow decides to say something besides peep. Soon all the birds except for crow are saying weird things. Crow is not amused. Finally, he comes around and says, "Wuppy!" then the cats and dogs join in. It's verbal mayhem! Lots of puns (which will amuse the adults), simple pictures and fun words keep the story going in this book about a not-so-normal neighborhood.

Draw! by Raul Colon



This is a wordless picture book which is full of adventure. A boy drawing in his bed imagines himself on a safari and soon he is on the savannah with the animals. He has lunch with the zebras, rides on an elephant, shares his bread with monkeys and is chased by rhinos. Finally he draws himself back to his room, sketching his way across the savannah. At the end, he's at school showing his art to his classmates. To help differentiate between  the imagined scenes and the "actual" scenes, Mr. Colon uses different techniques: colored pencil for the imagined and ink/watercolor for the realistic scenes. As with most kids, the imagined world is more lush and vivid than the real one.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd



This is a simple but cute picture book for younger children. The whole book is wordless and takes place at night. It features a boy who's camping near the woods and decides to go on a walk with his flashlight. The beam from the flashlight reveals the hidden world of night to the boy. Other select parts of the woods are lit as well: birch trees, luna moths and june bugs. The moon rises and offers another source of light. Interspersed are cut-out shapes offering glimpses of critters in trees and ponds. At the end, the animals get to use the flashlight and have fun shining it on the boy. A unique and fun picture book!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey




Bluebird is a beautiful and unusually illustrated children's book. The illustrations are done in a sparse, yet delicate style with the bluebird being one of a few featured colors on each page. The occasional flowery typeface and the collaged images add a touch of whimsy to the whole look. The bluebird is in search of his friend the wind, without whom he's convinced he can't fly. He looks high and low around the city and country encountering dandelion seeds, kites and scarves who also can't fly without the wind. In his search, he realizes that he's flown to the tallest building without his friend the wind. At the end of the book his friend returns, but the bluebird now knows he can also fly alone.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle

This is a great book for a picky eater. Nacho is very picky, he only wants to eat one thing; Gazpacho.  When he learns to cook the soup on his own he realizes how many yummy things there are to try.  The story is told in a rhyming mix of Spanish and English.

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When Christmas Feels Like Home by Gretchen Griffith
Friends by Eric Carle


Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas is the continuation of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Mr. McGreely just can't get away from the bunnies that ate his garden. They follow him on his vacation. Eventually he gives in and realizes that they can be friends and have fun together.

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Oh, No! by Candace Fleming
Just Ducks by Nicola Davies
Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Tulip Loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Tulip Loves Rex is about a little girl who is a bit different, she loves to dance so much that it's just about all she does.  One day she meets a dog who loves to dance just as much as she does.  This is a cute book that is sure to delight any little dancer or dog lover.

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Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd
A Bunny in the Ballet by Robert Beck
Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson


Stella's Starliner by rosemary Wells

Stella's Starliner is charming, as are all of Rosemary Wells' books.  Stella lives in her silver home and is happy there until some weasels tease her about it.  Eventually Stella comes to realize that her home is wonderful and she shouldn't worry what others say.  Older kids will understand the simple lesson this book teaches; younger kids will love the sweet story and Wells' illustrations.

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Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden
Sparky by Jennifer Offill
Shoe dog by Megan McDonald