June 17, 2020

The Enormous Potato starts with a farmer who plants an eye --- a potato eye. It grows and grows and grows into an enormous potato. Harvest time comes, but the potato is so big that the farmer can't pull it out. So he calls for help, first to his wife, then to their daughter, then to the dog and so on. The illustrations capture the growing determination of the family to free the potato from the soil and having a town celebration to celebrate their success.

May 1, 2020

How are you feeling today? Are you happy? Sad? Angry? Scared? Calm? Maybe you're a combination of feelings like "The Color Monster"! One day, he wakes up feeling angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at the same time! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As he learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. We teach children to identify shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc. But we should also teach them to identify their feelings and how to handle their big emotions. Especially right now, as they are trying to figure out what is going on in the world around them and how they should handle their stress/fear and other emotions.

April 2, 2020

If you look at a single blade of grass, what do you see? Do you see the green caterpillar wiggling, trying to find food? Helen Frost and Rick Lieder do a fabulous job using stunning close-up photography and a lyrical text to encourage children to look closely at the world around them. You never know what you will find!

March 10, 2020

What do you do when you find a rock? Do you skip it across water? Do you draw with it? Do you paint it?

There are many options you can use rocks for! Peggy Christian’s book “If you find a rock” looks at around 12 different types of rocks and what you may do with those rocks.

The end of the book talks about if you find a rock that doesn’t match any of the rock categories, it may in up being a “memory rock” which is sometimes the best rock of all.

December 31, 2019

Join two unlikely friends (and one cleverly hidden ladybug), as they discover that anything is possible when you believe in yourself - and each other.

When a potted houseplant is placed down in a room with a happy-go-lucky, stuffed bear, an enduring bond is instantly formed. But while Bear is anxious to explore the world around them, Fern refuses to go with him, insistent that houseplants can't move.

He'd ask the plant nicely, each night 'fore he went,
"Care to go for a walk?" but she'd never consent.
"I can't go, don't bother," said the plant, sounding stern.
"I'm unable to move, I'm only a fern."

Fern soon realizes, though, that she can do anything she wants once she's willing to try, and no matter how long it takes, she can always count on her good friend, Bear, for support.

From the author of the best-selling book, Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll...

December 4, 2019

PreS-Gr 2-Hedgie, first introduced in The Hat, is back, and this time he's determined not to hibernate over winter. The hens, geese, sheep, the billy goat, pig, and horse each come to bid him a good sleep, and promise to tell him about the fun of ice skating, snowmen, and sleigh bells when he awakens in the spring. Not wishing to miss all these and the beautiful blue of a winter sky, Hedgie stays out in the cold in hopes of staying awake. Luckily, the young farm child finds him dozing and brings him indoors to snuggle near a window so he can see all the festivities while warm. He finally nods off, and Lisa gently relocates him to his burrow in the wild. All the other animals have decided they want to view winter from a snug house. Brett's signature Scandinavian-style drawings include page borders reflecting the previous and upcoming action.

October 28, 2019

The creator of Dem Bones digs up another set of rattling fine specimens for this splashy expedition into the world of fossils. A simple poem ("Dinosaurs are gone for good./ Maybe dinosaurs once lived in your neighborhood!") serves as an umbrella framework for a lesson on prehistoric favorites. Each turn of the page pairs a single stanza in hand-lettered type ("Dinosaurs had teeth to bite and jaws to chew") with an accompanying illustration, while a bite-size piece of additional information in smaller type helps extend the book's appeal to older readers ("The shape of the jaws and teeth help scientists find out if a dinosaur was a meat or plant eater"). The snappy, vigorous rhymes ("They had bones with disks and bones with points,/ bones for running with sockets and joints") propel the production forward, while the artwork, a jazzy blend of pen-and-i...

August 30, 2019

Exuberant rhymes and wild illustrations celebrate self-acceptance.

High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves--inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters.
At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont's joyous rhyming text and David Catrow's wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful--and straight from the heart..

July 30, 2019

Water by Frank Asch | LibraryThing

With big, colorful illustrations and simple prose, this book introduces young children to the diverse forms and uses of water and its essential role in our lives and the life of the planet.. Water by Frank Asch | LibraryThing 

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  • Encourage Your Child

    • When your child tells you the ending words on a page or helps you "read" the story, celebrate together!

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    • ​Notice details and the small changes in the illustrations of a book. It will help your child become a good observer and see differences in the shapes of letters when learning to read.

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    • ​Ask your child to guess what will be on the next page of the book you are reading together!

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