tells the story an ugly dumpling who doesn’t get eaten and just can’t figure out why. Enter the cockroach and the story turns toward acceptance and friendship.
Last, and certainly not least, is Malala’s Magic Pencil. Malala Yousafzai has written a picture book about her childhood. Every night she wished for a magic pencil.. a magic pencil that didn’t arrive. Malala soon learned that using her voice was just as powerful as a magic pencil.
Il Sung Na who has written A Book Of Winter, A Teacup in the Storm and many others, has a new title coming out in March of 2017. Thanks to Edelweiss and Knopf Books for Young Readers for advanced access to this new book, Bird, Balloon Bear. Bird is new to the forest and wants to make a new friend. He sees Bear and decides to approach when just at that moment Bear makes a friend in Balloon. Bird feels left out and wants to join in. When Balloon disappears (pops actually), Bird and Bear then become friends.
Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Pam Paparone is a counting book told in rhyming text. The little girl journeys outside and the counting goes from 1-10…..until it rains too much then she runs inside and the counting goes backwards. A fun story I am looking forward to reading at storytime!
Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar and illustrated by Troy Cummings is a “fractured fairytale”…or in my words a fairytale twist…..Super great illustrations and fun text tell the story of Little Red who wants to take part in an ice skating competition but she doesn’t have a partner. Her Granny makes all kinds of suggestions and then one day Little Red meets Wolf out on the ice. Will he eat her? Will he follow her back to Granny’s house? Will they become friends? This is a little wordy for me to read at a storytime but it is worthy of getting added to the the collection at school!
Halloween is just a week away, and while I’m not doing a storytime on Halloween, tonite I will most definitely be reading some Halloween tricks and treats…..
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas. Easy text, super fun illustrations….this will be a hit.
Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. Melly isn’t afraid of much but when she is walking to a party, she feels she is being followed. First by 1 black cat, then 2 skittish skeletons. A fun Halloween counting book.
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean. Simply adorable. Rhyming text and great Pete the Cat illustrations…I am so excited to read this one tonite!
Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan. It’s Halloween and Peep wants to trick-or-treat but Egg does not. Peep tries everything to get Egg to go. Will Egg finally agree or will Peep have to go all alone???
Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record is a super fun Halloween story that sneakily adds some counting to the text. This one is another that I will try and squeeze into storytime!
For Just One day by Laura Leuck and illustrated by Marc Boutavant is an adorable book about a kiddo who imagines, for just one day, that they were are different creature. Illustrations that remind me of the 60s with rhyming text, this will be a hit at storytime!
As I was shopping for books the other night, I saw this lovely picture book “I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur” by Heath McKenzie and without reading it I bought it for school. Well this was a great purchase!
What would you do if you wanted to be a great big dinosaur? Well, lucky for our little guy, he has a T-Rex to tell him the ins and outs. Fantastic illustrations and great text. First, I’ll share at storytime then off to school the book will go!
Whenever I can find an author/illustrator that speaks to me, it makes me so happy…like all is right with the world. Next up, “I Wanna Be A Pretty Princess”…I had to put it on hold at the library so I hope it arrives soon.
“I Love You Book” written by written by Libby Hathorn was also illustrated by Heath McKenzie. I didn’t get to read this as a physical book so I know that I have missed some of the wonderful illustrations that McKenzie provided. A great story told with rhyming text, this would make a great storytime book or reading with on the couch with the kiddos.
Take a peek at McKenzie’s website and check out the awesome artwork he has created!
The kids in room 2-D get a new classroom pet. The teacher says the pet is much to small but when he oversleeps one morning, the kids take matters into their own hands. Rhyming text, fast paced this will be an enjoyable read for the kids!
Kids love big vehicles. Kids love dogs. I love rhyming books….good thing I found this one. This series also has 2 step into reading books, Build Dogs Build and Dig, Dogs, Dig. The illustrations are fun and I am going to try this one at storytime tonite.
I have already reviewed Monster Needs a Costume but Monster Needs a Party and Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak are recently published so I may as well do those both together. I love these monster books. Told in rhyming text and great illustrations, these are so much fun to read at storytime and anytime I show these to kids at school, they are immediately checked out. Fun for all to be had!
I think I discovered this book on Goodreads. Cake is rude, very rude. Cake doesn’t say please or thank you, doesn’t listen to the parents and thinks bedtime is for donut holes…that is until Cyclops comes along and is very very polite. I think this will work ok at storytime, especially if we are talking about manners.
Told in rhyming text, Tony Mitton takes us on a rocket journey. Simple to understand, this will make a great storytime book.
What a fun story. A tale of monsters that are different that can easily start a conversation with kids about their differences. I could see this book branching into many discussions about similarities and differences the kids may see in themselves and others. Great illustrations.
The Bear series by Karma Wilson (http://www.karmawilson.com/) is absolutely one of my favorite picture book series. Told in rhyming text, this series follows Bear and his friends in the forest. In this installment, Bear feels something wiggly in his mouth…why it’s a loose tooth. All of his friends try to get it out and it’s Bear’s tongue that finally gets it out. These are some of my favorite books to read at storytime.