Saturday, April 21, 2018

From Story Time: Colors

Read in Book Babies

Cat's Colors
By Airlie Anderson
Child's Play Inc., 2016.  Picture Book.

What better thing to do on a gray day than collect some colors?  Cat decides to do just that, but where will she find them?  A charming, deceptively simple story about making the most of the world around us, and giving something back in return.  --Publisher

Read in Toddler Time

Pirate Nap:  A Book of Colors
Writty by Danna Smith
Illustrated by Valeria Petrone
Clarion Books, 2011.  Picture Book.

Afternoon on Spyglass Street.  Pirates fighting in bare feet.  "Time for a nap, rowdy crew.  Mighty pirates need sleep, too."  From a white bandanna to yellow coins to a red blanket, two boys use their imaginations to turn everyday objects into colorful pirate treasure as they prepare for nap time.  Even the youngest readers and listeners will want to chime in as they get ready to sail off to sleep!  --Publisher

Read in Preschool Time

Penguins Love Colors
By Sarah Aspinall
The Blue Sky Press, 2016.  Picture Book.

Everything is black and white until six little penguins pick up their paintbrushes and change their snowy world into a colorful garden of flowers and rainbows!  Come along with Tulip, Tiger Lily, Dandelion, Violet, Bluebell, and Broccoli, and join the fun!  Do you think these six little penguins will make a mess?  Guess!  --Publisher

Read in Preschool Time

The Big Blue Spot
By Peter Holwitz
Philomel Books, 2003.  Picture Book.

Once upon a time there was a spot.  A BIG BLUE SPOT.  It was all alone.  Until one day...  Can the reader of the book help the spot find a friend?  --Publisher

Read in Monday Cuentos

By Gemma Merino
Picarona, 2014.  Spanish Picture Book.

Todo el mundo sabe que a los cocodrilos les encanta el agua, pero este pequeño cocodrilo es diferente.  A él no le gusta el agua para nada.  De hecho, prefiere subirse a los árboles.  ¿Y si este cocodrilo no fuera realmente un cocodrilo?  --Publisher

Read in Friday Cuentos

How Do You Say? ¿Cómo se dice?
By Angela Dominguez
Henry Holt and Company, 2016.  Bilingual Picture Book.

Hello!  ¡Hola!  We may speak different lanugaes, but friendship is universal!  ¡Podemos hablar diferentes idiomas, pero la Amistad es universal!  Un cuento de dos jirafas--uno de habla inglesa y otro de habla hispana--que llegan a ser amigos.  --Publisher

Friday, April 20, 2018

A World of Cookies for Santa

A World of Cookies for Santa
By M.E Furman, Illustrated by Susan Gal

This is an interesting book that illustrates different countries around the world and their Santa Claus traditions and what they leave out for him. You can learn his different names and of different traditions and maybe incorporate some other traditions into your own. It's a fun way to learn about different cultures and what they do around Christmas.

For example:
"Costa Rica
Colacho brings gifts to children in Costa Rica and puts them under the fragrant cypress tree. Costa Rican children leave him a gift of crunchy, star-shaped suspiros and a glass of rompope- eggnog flavored with coconut."

The final pages of the book have some of the recipes from these different countries that you can try on your own!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stuck in the Stone Age

Stuck in the Stone Age
Written by Geoff Rodkey
Illustrated by Hatem Aly
Rodale Kids, 2018. Fiction, 268 p.

This book is presented by "The Story Pirates" who believe that children have the best ideas. They decided to have a contest for children to submit ideas that Rodkey would turn into a full-length story. Vince Boberski won the contest! An illustrated Pirate Captain and Vince Boberski  appear throughout the story referring to writing tips with page references that guide the reader to a writing handbook in the back. Kids everywhere are encouraged to use the tips and turn their own awesome ideas into stories to share with others.

The main story follows Tom Edison (not the inventor of the light bulb!) who loves science, as he tries to get a job at CEASE (the Center for Extremely Advanced Science Experiments). Not really gifted in the area of science at all, he is promised if he takes the job of janitor (which has been impossible to fill due to its dangerous nature) he will be able to become a scientist with time. He meets Dr. Marisa Morice, and together, in a strange turn of events, they end up in 10,000 B. C. in a time machine created by another scientist. After the time machine disappears, without them in it, they go on the the adventure of figuring out how they will get back to the present time alive!

A fun little adventure with great tips for kids who want to be writers. It inspires everyone that a simple idea can be turned into a story, it doesn't matter how old you are or how much experience you have.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11's Third Man

The Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11's Third Man 
by Alexander Irvine
Illustrated by Ben Bishop
Tilbury House Publishers, 2017. Informational Comic. 64 p.
This is a handsome comic book about Michael Collins who was on the Apollo 11 Moon Mission.  He was the one who stayed in the lunar orbiter while Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went in the lunar lander to the moon's surface. It is full of interesting facts about Collin's experience, how he felt about being left in the orbiter, and about his later life. Did you know he later became the director of the National Air and Space Museum? The illustrations for the book are all done in black, white, and purple, and do a great job suggesting the overwhelming solitude of space. This is a good choice for space buffs or anyone who enjoys a good nonfiction story.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Display: April Showers

By Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Illustrated by Sebastia Serra

Examines what is known about  weather - storms, predictions, climate, and other characteristics - and how different the facts are from what scientists, from ancient Sumerians to the recent past, believed to be true.

By Jennifer Boothroyd

Learn the ins and outs of observing weather conditions in this book.

By Roger Canavan
Illustrated by Mark Bergin

Discusses how weather has shaped the world we live in, and how humans have learned to live in almost every climate that can be found on Earth.

By Gail Gibbons

Young readers can learn how hurricanes are formed, how they are named and classified, and what to do if a dangerous storm is coming their way.

By Kathy Furgang and Tim Samaras

Weather can be wild, freaky, and fascinating! Powerful twisters roar through homes; earthquakes shatter whole cities; hurricanes fly through towns. How does it all happen and how do we know what we do? All you need to know about weather and all of its wildness will be found in the pages of this colorful, energetic, and accessible book. Kids will also learn about real-life encounters with wild weather from National Geographic tornado chaser, Tim Samaras, featured in 'Explorer's Corners' throughout the book. Packed with fun facts and amazing photographs, this book gives kids an in-depth look at these amazing natural phenomena.

By Tedd Arnold

Fly Guy is buzzing over to the weather station today. Come along to learn all about weather!

By Patrick Michaels
Illustrated by Melanie Rose

An A-Z pictorial for children including weather terms such as barometer, cloud, tornado, and sunshine introduced with poems accompanied by expository text to provide detailed information.

By Judith Jango-Cohen
Illustrated by Tess Feltes

Describes how clouds, hail, snow, and rain form, and discusses why the water cycle is important.

By Gail Gibbons

A thorough explanation of the formation and effects of rain.

The Boy and the Blue Moon

The Boy and the Blue Moon
By Sara O’Leary
Henry Holt and Co., 2018. Picture book.

“On the night of the blue moon, anything can happen,” a boy tells his cat. As he walks through the forest with his pet on this blue-tinted night, the little boy sees things in a new way and even has an out-of-this world experience. Was it only a dream?

The various shades of blue and white on each page lend a mystical glow to this gentle, dreamlike episode of nighttime wandering and discovery. A book about dreams, space, imagination and bedtime.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Little Red Fort

The Little Red Fort 
By Brenda Maier
Pictures by Sonia Sánchez
Scholastic Press, 2018. Picture Book.

Ruby is a smart, inventive kid. So when she finds some boards, she makes a plan as to what she can do with them (the answer is build a fort). However, like the Little Red Hen, Ruby’s all alone in building her project. Her three brothers are too busy (playing games or laying in the sunshine) to be bothered to help. However, once the fort is built they too want to enjoy playing in the space. With other grownups helping Ruby she is able to accomplish her goal of building a fort (her Dad is around while drawing up plans, her Mom is around when she uses the saws and other tools, and her Grandma and Mom are around when she actually builds the fort). This does have a happy ending in that her brothers finally do something to earn their right to play with their sister in the fort. This is a fun retelling of a classic fairy tale.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

From Story Time: Numbers

Read in Book Babies

Get Out of My Bath!
By Britta Teckentrup
Nosy Crow, 2015.  Picture Book.

Ellie is having a great time splashing around in her bath, but soon everyone else wants to join in the fun.  How can she get her bath all to herself again?  She might need some help from you! 

Read in Toddler Time

By Barry Gott
Carolrhoda Books, 2018.  Picture Book.

Start your engines!  Ready...Set...Go...AH-CHOO!  As five little mice race down the road, they face noisy twists and messy surprises at every turn.  Who will cross the finish line first?  That'll depend on more than just their speed!  --Publisher

Read in Preschool Time

By Juana Medina
Viking, 2016.  Picture Book.

1 Avocado Deer
2 Radish Mice
3 Pepper Monkeys
Are you hungry yet??  Counting from one to ten, 1 Big Salad fills a bowl with the most delicious and delightful vegetables.  Here is a truly scrumptious way to learn numbers...and eat them, too!  --Publisher

Read in Preschool Time

Written by Lori Mortensen
Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Bloomsbury, 2016.  Picture Book.

In a castle on a hill, in a great, grand hall, mice are getting ready for the Mousequerade Ball.  They dress in their finest.  What a grand affair!  But when an unexpected guest arrives, the mice get quite a scare.  Is the evening ruined?  Should they run in fright?  Or will a gallant mouse stand up and save the splendid night?  Counting up to ten and back again, dancing all the while, this delightful story invites readers--and dancers--to the event of the season:  the Mousequerade Ball!  --Publisher

Read in Monday Cuentos

Sofía y el león
By Angela Peláez Vargas
Pamamericana Editorial, 2015.  Spanish Picture Book.

Sofía y el león es la historia de una niña con un amigo grande, fuerte y muy leal. ¡Un león! Y esa amistad la hace valiente y segura. Pero en la escuela, Sofía apenas tiene amigos y nunca la invitan a jugar. Los otros niños la encuentran diferente y, por ello, poco divertida. Pero un día, Sofía alzará su voz ...  --Publisher

Read in Friday Cuentos

By Maurice Sendak
Rayo, 1996.  Spanish Picture Book.

Cuando Max hace unas travesuras y su mamá le manda castigado a la cama, hay una extraña transformación en su cuarto y empieza a aparecer un bosque y luego un océano que navega hasta llegar a la Tierra de los Monstruos.  --Publisher

Thursday, April 12, 2018

People Don't Bite People

People Don't Bite People
By Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by Molly Idle
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018. Picture book.

This delightful rhyming book, with its simple logic to guide young ones to bite their food instead of the people in their lives, will bring bouts of laughter from its readers. Perfect for read-aloud and inviting the listeners to join in during the  "biting is for food!" statements that are included multiple times throughout. Idle's illustrations are bright and fun and go perfectly with this silly story. Often biting is a sensitive subject, since it can be an issue with many children who are struggling to communicate with words. Wheeler's story lightens the discussion with very young children about the proper use of teeth.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls
by Beth McMullen
Aladdin, 2017. Fiction. 295 p.
Abby Hunter is not happy when her mother tells her that she will soon be going to a boarding school.  Once there, however, she makes friends who share her love of sneaking around and trying to solve mysteries. One day as she is eves dropping on the head mistress of the school, Mrs. Smith, she discovers that Mrs. Smith is running a spy school within the boarding school, and that she recruits prospective spies from the boarding school student body.  Abby is recruited and finds herself on her first mission, but can she be sure who are the good guys, and who are the bad guys?

Spy school books are a real trend right now and this one does not disappoint. In some spy books, the child comes with a full set of special spy skills, but that is not the case here.  On her very first stakeout, Abby gets so scared she passes out cold! It is Abby's imperfections that will endear her to young readers and in the end she gains enough courage and skill to be successful. This was a fun read and almost certainly the beginning of a promising series.