Sunday, December 27, 2015

Why? The Best Ever Question and Answer Book about Nature, Science and the World Around You by Catherine Ripley, illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Everyday childhood activities, such as an excursion to the park, splashing in the bathtub, or fixing a snack in the kitchen, can prompt many questions from young children. Why is the sky blue? Why does my stomach g-r-r-owl? Why do cows moo? Curious kids want to know, and no adult has all the answers. Since 2001, Why? has taken over 100,000 young readers inside the kitchen and out to the park, from the farm to the supermarket, and from bath time to bedtime.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ABC Baby Me! By Susan B Katz, illustrated by Alicia Padron

ABC, Baby Me! offers a new twist on a classic board book theme, using the alphabet to take babies through their busy day, from Adore me, Bathe me, Cuddle me, too... all the way to Z Susan B. Katz's clever rhyming text and Alicia Padrón's adorable multicultural babies and toddlers will captivate and charm young children and their caregivers. This loving tribute captures both the everyday and the special moments between very young children and their parents, grandparents, and siblings.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie de Paola

From School Library Journal:
This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. The optimistic determination of the woman and the gentle humour of the illustrations make this an appealing book for the very young.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! By Candace Fleming, illustrated by G Brian Karas

Tippy, tippy, tippy, Pat! That's the sound three hungry bunnies make when the sun goes down and the moon comes up and Mr. McGreely's garden smells yum, yum, yummy. While he's dreaming of his mouth-watering carrots, the bunnies are diving over fences and swimming trenches to get the veggies first! Hammer, hammer, hammer, Saw! That's the sound Mr. McGreely makes when the sun comes up and the moon goes down and he sees what those twitch-whiskers have done.... Nibbled leaves! Empty stalks! Mr. McGreely will build something bigger and better, sure to keep even pesky puff-tails away. Children will cheer for the bunnies - or for Mr. McGreely - as they delight in Candace Fleming's clever sound effects and G. Brian Karas's vibrant, funny illustrations.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz - caldecott

From The Bulletin:
Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture a calamitous atmosphere that finally calms.... Both author and artist have managed to portray a politically charged event without pretense or preaching.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? By Tana Hoban

From Booklist:
A wordless concept picture book meant to teach basic colours to very young children does its work excellently.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Miss Mary Mack adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Everyone knows some version of this popular children's hand-clapping rhyme, but in this adaptation, the fateful jump over the fence is just the beginning of the fun.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian

Join Douglas Florian and a decidedly big pink pig as they travel around town, across a continent, and through the universe, taking a look at things that are big bigger biggest! Bulletin Blue Ribbon Best of 2000 Award.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, it goes straight up to her brain, and Martha begins to speak! But having a talking dog isn't always as much fun as it seems.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

How Animals Eat by Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Pat Stephens

What would it be like to catch your food with your tongue? A chameleon knows. Do you carry stones in your stomach to help grind up your food? That's what a crocodile does. Get ready to meet some amazing animals and find out how they eat and drink in this Level 3 first reader.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fantasy: An Artist’s Realm by Ben Boos

Immerse yourself in the sovereignty of New Perigord, brought to majestic life through the artistry of Ben Boos, celebrated creator of Swords. Imaginative people have always longed to experience a world more magical, more adventurous, more enchanted than our own. In this lavish volume, Ben Boos welcomes us to a land of his own creation, a land replete with beings of fantasy and folklore, including elves, dwarves, minotaurs, hobgoblins, and undead horrors. From the windy forests where elves and healers dwell to the misty coastal fortresses of Paladins and the towering libraries of Mages, each mysterious region comes alive in Ben Boos's extraordinary art and descriptive text. Filled with exquisite detail on every page, this is an absorbing and inspiring fantasy experience not to be missed.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Odd Animal Helpers by Scholastic

Every day, countless animals and plants work together in unique ways. Although some of these symbiotic relationships are unexpected, like a large crocodile needing the help of a small bird, all of them are essential for the animal's survival. This reader will provide a basic introduction to a variety of symbiotic relationships, including those in which only one side benefits.

Friday, November 27, 2015

An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley

Imagine a preschool classroom with 25 cranky kids and one beleaguered teacher. It only takes one small annoying act from Adelaide to set off a chain reaction of bad behavior. Dexter is drooling, Flora is fuming, Jasper is jeering, Kirby is kicking... and before you know it, Stella is stumbling, Todd is tumbling, and Winthrop is weeping. Oh, oh, oh! What will it take to turn this annoying day around? Readers will be amazed and amused to see what happens when Adelaide... apologizes.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Zen Socks by Jon J Muth

The wisdom of Zen in an exciting new book by Caldecott honoree Jon J. Muth! Leo and Molly love their new neighborhood. Best of all is their friend Stillwater, a giant panda who lives across the way! And the three friends are quite a team! Stillwater teaches Molly about patience. Leo teaches Stillwater about sharing. And Molly shows how one act of kindness can make a world of difference. Jon J. Muth's warm, compassionate stories and light-filled pictures are tinged with the wisdom of Zen. Whether young or old, we all learn from one another in the most surprising ways...

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound by Geoff Waring

Start with Science books introduce kids to core science concepts through engaging stories, fresh illustrations, and supplemental activities. When Oscar hears a blackbird singing in the meadow, Bat swoops in to talk to him about sound. A sudden thunderstorm and a visiting cow give Oscar lots of opportunities to learn about sounds that are loud or soft, near or far, deep or high.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go Grapes! Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean. In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when...Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret - she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret?

Monday, April 27, 2015

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer - a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Grandma's a Ninja by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou

When Ethan's grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she's a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team's soccer ball, everyone is upset - including Ethan. Why can't he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game... he's happy that his grandma isn't ordinary.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc

"This is the first time I'm taking the bus by myself. Mom packed me a snack - and had me bring my sweater in case I get cold." But Mom likely didn't imagine the adventure her little girl would have as she rides to her grandmother's house in this sweet picture book.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Zeraffa Giraffa by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Jane Ray

This is the astonishing true story of Zeraffa, a giraffe who was sent as a gift by the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X of France in 1826. A young boy, Atir, takes care of Zeraffa on her epic journey by felucca down the Nile and by ship across the sea. Zeraffa grows so tall that a hole is cut in the deck for her neck to go through, and the sailors sing songs as she gazes down at them. In France, Atir leads her through the countryside, and thousands of people marvel at Zeraffa in her yellow taffeta cloak. The whole of Paris falls in love with Zeraffa and the King builds her a special house in the Jardin des Plantes. On warm nights, the young princess, granddaughter of the king, visits and listens while Atir whispers stories to Zeraffa of a hot land far away, and on the breeze they all feel the kiss of Africa.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Henry Holton Takes the Ice by Sandra Bradley, illustrated by Sara Palacios

A lively hockey and ice dancing picture book in the tradition of Billy Elliot and The Sissy Duckling Henry Holton’s whole family is hockey mad. Everyone, that is, except Henry. When he holds a hockey stick, Henry becomes a menace to the game - and an embarrassment to his sports-minded family. It’s not until he sees his first ice dancing performance that Henry realizes there’s something he can do on the ice that doesn’t involve boarding and body checking. Henry is ready to hang up his gear and try on some figure skates, but first he has to convince his hockey-obsessed family to let him follow his own path.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

They’re darling. They’re daring. They know their shapes! They’re chicks on a mission - and on this, their first (mis)adventure, the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime. So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals. But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard.
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