Seuss used when he did not illustrate a title , this funny book is a charmer. Now I grin from ear to ear when my first-grader reads it to me. Seen by some as a commentary on urbanization, this beautifully and simply illustrated book won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in Find The Little House at your local library. Oonagh comes to the rescue and with the help of a fairy charm she tricks Cucullin into deciding that Fin is one giant better left alone. Find Fairytale News at your local library. Brigg lives in a city of the future where the landscape is all cement, kept clean by giant vacuum systems so that even a mug-full of dust is hard to collect.
The Flower has a subtlety that intrigues both older and younger children who totally get it. And they draw lots of them after reading this book, so have some paper and crayons handy! Find The Flower at your local library. This fractured tale is about a girl who does not like the rules at home and decides to move to another planet. Children relate to the story line of things not always being pleasant and the occasional desire to escape.
Find Goldilocks and the Three Martians at your local library. Two woolly mammoths are having trouble adjusting to the warmth, until they come upon the perfect solution, starting a new fashion trend — short hair. Find Hot Hot Hot at your local library. Little Elephant is so curious she just has to know what the crocodile eats for dinner. A tug of war stretches her snub-nose into a useful trunk that all elephants have to this day, or so the story goes.
Are you looking for a sea adventure? At first life seems great for Jeremy when he joins Braid Beard and his rambunctious crew. No manners, no bedtime and no nagging to brush your teeth make life on board ship very appealing. Find How I Became a Pirate at your local library. The wolf gets bigger with each piece of clothing he puts on. The animals do play in the forest all the way through the book. Rueda includes notes explaining the origins of the song traditional French and Spanish , as well as the musical notation. Otto Seibold - Knopf, 40 pages.
For years, the Big Bad Wolf B. Wolf has been living at Villain Villa Senior Center in comfort, receiving nothing in the mail but bills. One day, he gets an invitation to the Annual Storybook Tea at the library. Wolf, who until this point has never thought out his actions, is at a loss about what to do. Should he go to the tea, or not? After consulting with his good friend Crocodile, he decides to go, but not without taking the necessary precautions. Wolf is a sure hit with children and parents alike. Make sure to pay attention to the pictures, as they are chock full of silliness!
Find Mind Your Manners, B. Wolf at your local library. She leaves Mamoo and the herd, too to hoof it as a square dancer, Rockette, and ballerina, always sending messages home. Find Prancing, Dancing Lily at your local library. Lots of them.
I'll Tell You a Story by Enid Blyton
It all starts around 8 p. Almost totally wordless, Tuesday takes us into a magical, funny and flighty experience. The frogs start their flights of fancy in a three-panel page that shows them sleeping. Then one is surprised by his floating-into-the-air-lily pad, while the rest watch him in delight. A turtle on a log notices something above him.
Turn the page, and the frogs are calmly flying by on their magic lily pad carpets! Look for startled fish and harassed birds! Find Tuesday at your local library. Have you ever wondered what happens when everyone goes home and the library lights go out? Come join the adventure of Lion and Rabbit when they realize their friend, Hermit Crab, is missing. Could he have been taken by a mighty giant? Will a map of the library help the friends find Hermit Crab? Come along with Lion and Rabbit to find out for yourself!
This is a great introduction to the world of mysteries for a proficient beginning reader. In each of these four chapters, Aunt Eater delights in solving mysteries for her friends. Fun illustrations throughout help provide the clues. Find Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery at your local library. Coddled cows upstairs, pigs running the household and lecturing sheep — is it any wonder that George Washington fled home to brave frosty Delaware?
Well, the only things around on the farm with feathers are chickens! And so it goes that Minnie and Moo disguise themselves as chickens to get that jelly donut back. Private I. Guana is on the case. Could that chameleon in the dress on stage be Leon? Find Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon at your local library.
The Young Cam Jansen Series is another excellent beginning book series. This series features Cam, a young detective whose real name is Jennifer. She gets her nickname, Cam, because she has a photographic memory, like a camera. Will Cam be able to use her photographic memory to help solve this mystery? This is a moving story set on a plantation in antebellum Virginia.
The book deals directly with many of the hardships endured by enslaved African American people in the pre-Civil War South, from verbal and physical abuse by the owners and overseers of the plantation to the terrors of time spent on the dangerous Underground Railway. For children old enough to comprehend some aspects of the historical setting and political situation in the story, this is an emotionally rewarding and ultimately optimistic story.
Find Almost to Freedom at your local library. On January 1st, a family is surprised by a delivery: a single penguin from a mysterious sender. Find Penguins at your local library. Lola loves snow so much it is her favorite and her best, after all that she wants it to never melt. Do snow angels sing? Where do snowmen sleep? Luckily for him, his big sister Stella has a seemingly endless supply of imaginative answers. Find Stella, Queen of the Snow at your local library.
Frankie Stein is a cute baby, but his parents fear he will never be as scary as they are — until they learn to see him for the unique Stein that he is in this humorous story. Find Frankie Stein at your local library. Owen sends Granny a hug. He hugs Mr. Nevin at the Post Office, who hugs Mrs. Porter, who hugs someone else … all the way to Granny. The humor associated with each hug passing appeals immensely to children.
Find The Giant Hug at your local library. Buzz meets a fly that can say his name and decides it should be his pet. Trying to convince his parents and the judges at a pet contest is another story. Find Hi!
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Fly Guy at your local library. Comic-style pictures and uproarious text keep kids interested. Is it possible for a few words and squiggles to convey both humor and emotion? Presto, chango! Jules Feiffer does the impossible! Find I Lost My Bear at your local library. Ambivalent emotions, perfectly depicted. McElderry, pages. If you have a fan of humorous verse in the vein of Jack Prelutsky or Shel Silverstein, crack open Oops!
He writes poetry based on the wild antics of his four children. Topics such as leaving fingerprints, fighting with siblings, waiting for the school bus and more fill the pages. Find Oops! Unexpected and beautifully illustrated, this book is a sure delight. Find Sally and the Some-Thing at your local library. This book opens simply enough, with two piglets waking up to the pre-dawn sounds of the garbage men making their rounds. Find Smash! There Goes the Trash! The private lives of cats are explored in this question-and-answer exchange between a precocious young boy and an extremely smart cat.
Everyone is penguin-crazy these days. Who can resist these lovable winter birds? Tacky and his friends have been around since and, in this newest volume, form Team Nice Icy Land to compete in the Winter Games. Tacky learns that being on a team takes hard work and dedication. The challenge here is to keep from laughing out loud with your child at the silly antics of Tacky and his friends. Hilarious and raucous fun. Find Tacky and the Winter Games at your local library. Glen Rounds takes the flood story, bends it completely out of shape, and stretches it into a ridiculous, very funny tall tale.
Noah goes into a snit when a bunch of wild animals lumber aboard and overcrowd the newly finished ark.
Nor is her mood improved by the fact that she is unable to wash while it rains. By the 41st day, she is thoroughly disgruntled, and her family is thoroughly dirty. On that first sunshiny morning, she is determined to let nothing stand in her way — most certainly not a minor detail like the lack of a clothesline. When Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play baseball in the major league, racial discrimination and segregation were rampant. Despite the protests and prejudice, one teammate named Pee Wee Reese stood up for Jackie. This story about a legendary time in history is important to share with children.
Find Teammates at your local library. The cartoon-strip organization of the book guides young readers through the text. They enjoyed following the word bubbles to find out what job the young worm would take on. Find Worm Gets a Job at your local library. This book will appeal to the child who dreams of becoming a ballet star. The illustrated verses, repeated sentence structures, and controlled vocabulary make this lively story accessible to beginning readers.
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Alex lived for it. The emphasis is on hard work, the spirit of determination and joy in the game. Find Out of the Ballpark at your local library. For older children who love music this book will be a treat. Find M is for Music at your local library. For each letter of the alphabet, four paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have been selected to illustrate a word starting with the letter.
The paintings come from ancient to modern times, demonstrating the universality of some subjects, such as apples, cats, games, and light. Find Museum ABC at your local library. With an undercurrent of family humor, the author describes how a family trip to an art museum inspired him to pursue art. The book will challenge children to look for the story and details in paintings they see. Maybe they, too, can play the shape game in an art museum. Find The Shape Game at your local library. Rookie Biographies is an excellent series for stronger first-grade readers. The books utilize lyrical language and challenging vocabulary words, but also offer guidance with pronunciation keys and word definitions at the end of each book.
The Dr. Mae Jemison biography is one of my favorites because not only was she the first African-American woman to travel into space, but she is an accomplished chemical engineer and jet pilot, making her a truly exciting role model for girls and boys alike. Find Mae Jemison at your local library. Maltbie , illustrated by: Pau Estrada - Charlesbridge Publishing, 28 pages. The special friendship and loyalty of Minou, the cat, is heartwarming.
Find Picasso and Minou at your local library. Lyrical text and thought-provoking photographs of children and their families around the world reveal their relationships to our most basic need: water. The book also includes some simple conservation tips. Find A Cool Drink of Water at your local library. This book discusses issues children may face around safety, nutrition and emotions. Find Looking After Myself at your local library. Doreen Cronin has done it again with this first person narrative told from the point of view of a boy worm.
This book introduces the concept of a diary in a fun way. Young readers will identify with all the escapades of a worm, as he interacts with family members, goes to school and vacations at Compost Island. Children will laugh and learn facts in a fun way while learning to appreciate living creatures. Find Diary of a Worm at your local library. On one level this picture book seems to be a science fiction story of aliens from Mars landing on Earth. Wells The War of the Worlds, which caused panic and hysteria across the country despite broadcast disclaimers that it was only a play.
McCarthy uses the illustrations to distinguish fact from fiction by presenting real-life scenes in black and white and the fictional radio play in color. Find Aliens Are Coming! A bloodless joust is illustrated, and readers learn about armor and battles. Families can talk about what it must have been like to live during medieval times. They can compare our romantic ideal of castle life with the more stark reality presented in this pop-up.
Find Castle: Medieval Days and Knights at your local library. Preschoolers and kindergartners are sure to fall in love with this rhythmic read aloud. If your little one is mesmerized by animals of the jungle, then this book is a must have. Travel on a jungle adventure with a small group of ants and see what wild animals you may encounter.
Could it be a lion, a zebra or an elephant, too? Look inside and a surprise is waiting for you. Find Rumble in the Jungle at your local library. This book works best as a read-aloud for first-graders because of its third-grade reading level. Curious readers will be mesmerized by the vivid details of life aboard the Mayflower and the building of the colony. The idea of making friends with an Indian named Squanto proves to be even more intriguing.
McGovern paints a realistic picture of the hardships the colonists faced and the relationships that were forged with the Indians. Perhaps what is most stunning for young readers is learning about the strict rules and discipline children had to endure in Autumn brings colder temperatures, and with it magnificent fall foliage. But why do leaves change colors? Thanksgiving is the time of year when we think about what we are truly thankful for. This adorable picture book lends itself well to conversations with your child about the things we should be thankful for.
This book is a heartwarming reminder of the true meaning of Thanksgiving: a time to give thanks for friends and family. Find Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks at your local library. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle is narrated by the bottle in question as it goes on a journey from a refinery plant to a manufacturing line to a store shelf to a garbage can and finally to a recycling plant, before reemerging, through the wonders of plastic recycling, as a fleece jacket.
The book is entertaining and at the same time eye-opening, pointing out the ecological significance behind consumer products and the resources used to make them. Illustrations help the reader see the unique aspects of the featured beetles. Find The Beetle Alphabet Book at your local library.
Bergwerf Photographer - Sylvan Dell Publishing, 32 pages. This photo essay chronicles the rescue, treatment and ultimate release back to the ocean of a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle at the South Carolina Aquarium. The large print and simple vocabulary format should be accessible for beginning readers.
OK, not to be overly technical, but not all of these creepy-crawlies are insects — some are arachnids, diplopods, or crustaceans. Author Jerry Palotta chose 26 subjects, including stinkbugs, pill bugs, and periodical cicadas. Not only will kids learn that blister beetles are used for medicine and that honey pot ants make delicious snacks, but discerning readers will also notice that this is an ABC book in reverse, beginning with one zebra swallowtail butterfly and ending with 26 army ants.
Made with recycled paper, this book shows how global warming affects two polar bear cubs and their family. An upbeat, topical picture book. Reptiles are endlessly fascinating to kids, so this book should be appealing to young non-fiction lovers. Published by Dorling Kindersley, publisher of the wildly popular Eyewitness Series, this series is aimed at a younger group of readers with simpler vocabulary and less text on each page. The meanings of new words are clearly explained in context.
The illustrations are wonderful and bright. View all of Chris's Picks Chris's Staff Pick June : What happens when two people each bring home and new pet and they have to share the only room available? And as we all know dogs and cats have a long history of not liking each other. This is their story of how to become friends. The illustrations are so colorful and help tell the story so well. Claire's Staff Pick May : When school is out and you have all day to play — who makes the rules?
Is it mom, or dad? It is your older brother. Maybe you get into trouble, maybe you get left behind… and only he can save you. The incredible pictures bring feelings of anxiety, happiness, sorrow and delight. I love the emotion of the images paired with a single sentence. Shaun Tan pulls you in to the magical freedom of summer while tugging at heartstrings. Do they head to the library or their living room and hunker down with a book? Not a chance! But animals have instinct and cleverness to help stay warm and dry.
Different landscapes — wetlands, desert, meadows, forests- have unique challenges that make for unique solutions. Children will delight in learning the lifestyles found in nature, and can imagine what it might be like to hide under a leaf! Claire's Staff Pick May : Who plants the seeds in a meadow? Where do wildflowers come from? In a wild garden, nature works together with plants and animals to ensure seeds find a home. Sometimes, animals do it on purpose, like the squirrels burying acorns.
And sometimes, animals and people! I love how this book connects the wild world to our every day life. Starting with poop, some worms and seeds — the magic begins. Claire's Staff Pick May : Stella lives in a trailer, filled with hiding places and special buttons — but she is embarrassed! Her friends tease her that she must be poor, but a little adventure helps Stella see how special her tiny home really is.
This book hits close to the heart as my husband and I are currently living in an airstream just like Stella! We too are learning the joy of a simple and mobile life. Claire's Staff Pick April : Just like people have different houses, so do birds! Some birds build new nests, some birds use old ones, some steal nests, some build them out of spit!
Each page tells a little story of how different birds live in nature. Illustrated by the Caldecott winner Steve Jenkins, this is a fun and educational picture book sure to turn on your curiosity! Virgie's Staff Pick March : In my opinion, reading historical fiction is a great way to learn about important events in history.
August will mark the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is the subject of this gripping novel. Twelve year old Zane Dupree happens to be in the worst place at the very worst time. During the hurricane he becomes separated from his great grandmother, but is taken under the wing of a jazz musician and a young girl, Melvina.
Within the safety of a canoe these three characters manage to save themselves not only from the hurricane, but also from the rising floodwaters. In addition to the story, this book includes a Katrina Timeline, map and interesting facts about New Orleans and the Great Flood. Chris's Staff Pick March : Young Rendi has seen many things change in his home of Village of Clear Sky, so he runs away to try and find the answers to the changes. He finds guidance from an elderly lady who is a storyteller.
Starry River of the Sky is so heartfelt and wonderful that it is a must read not only for young readers, but is a great read a loud book for adults and children to share. Included are wonderful pictures that help tell the story. Claire's Staff Pick March : First published in as a limited edition press, this modern fairy tale is sure to blow your socks off. Sarah-Jane and her dog Root adventure into the Tanglewoods where they meet Aunt Lillian, a old homesteading woman thought to be a witch!
But, as Sarah-Jane soon finds out, Aunt Lillian is anything but a witch. She takes Sarah-Jane under her wing, teaching about the magical fairies and plant spirits that live in the forest. I think this story is suitable to any age — it sparks imagination and curiosity about those shadowy places in the forest. Reading this made me wish I was Sarah-Jane learning the old ways of living! View all of Claire's Picks Claire's Staff Pick March : Do you love bugs?
Have you ever been curious about the amazing world of bugs?
This bright coloured and beautifully illustrated book shows the crazy wild world of creepy crawlies. There is even a bug ID list to learn their names! What a wonderful way to learn about the world on a smaller scale — I think this book is perfect for kids to get curious and get outside! Red Crayon is tired and works way more than all the other colours, and Purple demands that Duncan colour within the lines! I love the perspective of these crazyons… this charming picture book took me back to the days of colouring, where beige is not brown, and the white crayon gets no use.
What a wonderful story. After ten year old flora rescues the squirrel, ulysses, from a vacuum cleaner incident, the squirrel suddenly has amazing talents and powers.
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Flora befriends the squirrel and helps him with his newfound powers. This book features an exciting format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations. The story is full of laugh-out-loud scenes. I recommend this book for mid-elementary children, or as a read-a-loud to younger children.
View all of Virgie's Picks Watch Billy as he learns how to become more mature, deal with pushy classmates, and find his own special talents during 2nd grade. There are many times throughout the book that I think you will laugh out-loud! This is the perfect book for beginning readers who want to read a good chapter book. Try it! This touching book, based on a true story, is told through the voice of Ivan, a silverback gorilla. I just loved every character—both animal and human; Ivan the artistic gorilla, Stella the stoic mother elephant, Bob the tough on the outside but not so tough on the inside dog, and of course Ruby the baby elephant who just wants to be loved.
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The book makes the reader both sad and happy at the same time and has a fantastic ending. By the same authors that brought you Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Steam Train, Dream Train is about all the fun things that you can find on a train when you put your imagination to in. The illustrations are the other part that make this story so great.
This is must a have for every little kid. This book is SO much fun. Douglas is going to a sleepover at rabbit and brings some friends. IT is a great discussion book for kids. What would you bring to a sleep over page, counting and how to solve a problem. What a great follow up to Hugless Douglas. Hope this helps you Katy. And thanks for taking this on. Changelings have been mysteriously disappearing from their homes, and Bartholomew, a thirteen-year-old changeling, finds himself on an unlikely adventure to save the changelings, and the world.
A great crossover novel, adults will enjoy this story just as much as young teens. Virgie's Staff Pick December : Think for a minute! In this picture book, an enthusiastic boy works hard to persuade his younger sister that winter truly IS the most wonderful time of the year. I love the energy and fun contained in this story.
June Pick by Emily K: This sweet little octopus lives in a coral reef full of dazzling colors and speedy fish. Octopus is shy and wants desperately not to be seen by the other creatures on the reef, until an adventure in the deep ocean changes everything…. Determined to escape the coop and hatch her own chick, Sprout challenges the hierarchy of the barnyard and sets out to fulfill her dreams. June Pick by Chris: Otis has another great adventure. And this time with a new friend. And when the puppy goes missing Otis takes it upon himself to go find his new friend. Otis is so caring that is just rubs off on everyone else.
Even your kids.