Monday, August 28, 2017

Let's Go to the Library by Martha E. H. Rustad

Let's Go to the Library 

by Martha E. H. Rustad

Let's Go to the Library is an excellent introduction to the library for small children. The sentences are short. The pictures are colorful and fun!!!

The colors are very child friendly., With lots of purples, greens, red, blue,  and orange. The book begins with "Library Trip... When I need a book or a movie, where can I go? To the library! What else will I find there?"

There are very large pictures on each page with short text on the page before. There is a Glossary at the end as well as Read More, Internet Sites, and an Index.

This delightful, engaging, fun introduction to the libraries should be included in every school, pre-school, and public library or where ever there are small children to acquaint them to the library.

I am looking forward to using this book for my pre-school and kindergarten students next week.

Until the next time............

Happy Reading.........................

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome Back to School! What Are We Reading?

Welcome back to school! What are we reading????

 I am looking forward to having my first students at my K-8 school next week. The following books just arrived in my library today:

  • The Forgetting Spell by Lauren Myracle
  • This Would Make A Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
  • Braced by Alyson Gerber
  • Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner and Illustrated by Heather Ross
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  • Annie and SimonL Banana Muffins and Other Stories by Catherine O'Neill
  • Forever, or a long, long, time by Caela Carter
  • Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin and Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
  • A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech by Shana Corey and R. Gregory Christie
  • Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants by Sandra Markle and Illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck
  • Money Math: Addition and Subtraction by David A. Adler and Illustrated by Edward Miller
  • Super Manny Stands Up! Written by Kelly DiPucchio and Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
  • Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Scraps book by Lois Ehlert

The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert: Notes from a Colorful Life
I discovered the most interesting colorful book that I want to share with you. 

For someone who delights in bright, lively, engaging colors, I was so excited to have come upon this wonderful book.

"What is it like to be an artist? Where does inspiration come from? (And where do you look for your art supplies?)"

Having illustrated 35 picture books and wrote 25, this one is about Lois Ehlert's fun and creative life. She opens the doors and invites us in through this delightful must-read book!

How can you not love a book that begins with a large picture of a frog on the left page and on the right page the words in VERY large colorful print "DON'T READ THIS BOOK (unless you love books and art)!

Then into her life story we go...

"When I was little, I read all of the books on the library shelf, and I thought maybe someday I could make a book."

She shares pictures of herself, her grandparents, her parents, her home, and her assortment of goodies that she finds along the way.

Anyone who LOVES animals, fun text, bright colors, recycling, and making art out of unusual objects including scraps, and wants to design a picture book, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!

She even walks us through how to make a bird treat and a cat mask step-by-step! But you will have to read the book for the recipe and cat mask instructions!

However, her adventures continue with:

"I use odd tools to create texture; I spatter paint with a toothbrush or rub a crayon over my grater.
Sometimes I go for a walk, looking for good stuff. Grab apples from a tree near my grocery store that I used as the cat's nose in Boo to you. Black locus seedbeds found in the park that I used as mouse tails in Boo to you. Pumpkin seeds I used for the cat's teeth in Boo to you!
Mother Nature gives me free art supplies!"

She walks us through the whole process of writing and illustrating a children's book. What a gem!

I would recommend this "outstanding... one of a kind... masterpiece to everyone of all ages who love art! This book will make a great addition to any school, nursery school, pre-school, public, home, or any type of library where people young and old can appreciate this delightfully fun work of art!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!! 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Let's see! Have you read me? 


Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving 

by James Dean

The Night Before Thanksgiving

by Natasha Wing  (Author), Tammie Lyon  (Illustrator)

The First Thanksgiving

by Kathryn Lynn Davis (Author, Illustrator)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!

 by Lucille Colandro  (Author), Jared D. Lee (Illustrator)

The Runaway Turkey

by V Moua 

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving 

by Dav Pilkey  (Author)

Turkey Trouble 

by Wendi Silvano  (Author), Lee Harper  (Illustrator)

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks 

by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain

Five Silly Turkeys

by Salina Yoon  (Author, Illustrator)

I Love to Gobble You Up! 

by Sandra Magsamen  (Author, Artist)

Turkey Trouble 

by Wendi Silvano  (Author), Lee Harper  (Illustrator)

Let us know your favorite Thanksgiving Day children's books!

Happy Reading ...

Until the next time ...

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween - What are you reading?

Happy Halloween!

Today is Halloween. Let's take a look at some of the lists of popular Halloween children's books.

Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler


By the Light of the Halloween Moon

Caroline Stutson, and illustrator Kevin Hawke 


Creepy Carrots

Aaron Reynolds with black and  illustrations by Peter Brown


Celebrate Halloween with Pumpkins, Costumes, and Candy

Deborah Heiligman


Too Many Pumpkins

Linda White Illustrated by Megan Lloyd


Tucker's Spooky Halloween

 Leslie McGuirk


Los Gatos Black on Halloween

Martha Montes and Illustrated by Yuyi Morales


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Linda Williams


A Tiger Called Thomas

Charlotte Zolotow 


Humbug Witch 

Lorna Balian

Let us know what you are reading for Halloween.

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Friend for Lakota

A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying

Jim and Jamie Dutcher

“Let out a howl for Lakota, a young wolf pup who must learn how to be brave in the face of bullying. Time and kind Lakota lives with his pack – his family – in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, U.S.A. The wolves’ days are filled with games, meals, and fun. But soon, as the pack members grow older, Lakota is picked on almost every day by the other wolves.”

“Spring blooms over the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. Wildflowers splash patches of bright colors across the meadows. And a young wolf pup, Lakota, rolls in the fresh green grass.”

You’ll have to read this delightful heart-warming true story to learn the story of how Lakota overcame bullying from the other wolves in his pack.

I absolutely loved this book. The story is so warm and encouraging for children of all ages and adults! I couldn’t put this book down.

There are so many reasons why I highly recommend this magnificent book: the breathtakingly beautiful photos that are wonderful and engaging; rich vibrant colors; clear, concise, and easy-to-read text; and a story that will make not only animal lovers but children, teens, and adults of all ages.

At the end of the book there is additional information on Lakota and wolves: a map of the area of Lakota’s home and where wolves live in North America; All about Lakota and gray wolves; a Fun Fact;  A Note from the authors; and Want to learn more about wolves; Let’s Stop Bullying; and Credits.

I highly recommend this book for all animal lovers young and old; children, teens, young adults, and adults in any home, school, public, private, library.

This book is a great introduction to bullying for young students.

I wish that the authors would create a Lakota calendar with a different picture each month from a small pup to an adult male gray wolf.

Kudos to National Geographic for “A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying!” What a wonderfully rich story!

Until the next time …

Happy Reading …

A children’s book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Buddy and the Bunnies In: Don't Play With Your Food by Bob Shea

Buddy and Bunnies in Don't Play With Your Food: An Official Bob Shea Story


"Rahhhhhhhh!  Buddy's a monster, and he's hungry! Time for all cute little bunnies to hop into his mouth. But the bunnies have other plans ... like baking cupcakes, going for a swim,  playing at the carnival, and starting a buddy fan club. He'll just have to eat them tomorrow. 
Maybe. "
I absolutely loved the books! What a treat! I laughed from the beginning to the end. The colors,the story, the pictures are spectacularly beautiful and funny! What a creative book!

Bob Shea strikes again with this most delightful book! Buddy and his bunnies are hilarious! This fun loving creatively written and designed book will bring  smile to your face whether you are a smile child or adult! This book is so much fun that you won't put it down!!!!!!!

You'll have to read this book to determine if Buddy eats the bunnies or if they outsmart him and he has to find a meal elsewhere,,::))

I recommend this book for all public, school, home, and private libraries.

Until the next time!!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!