Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Back to School... Let's Have Fun


Welcome back to school!


Now that the little ones have returned to school from over the summer, here is short list of some of their favorite books for going back to school.

Let us know if you have read any of them and your thoughts on what you read. Let us know if you have any suggestions also.

 

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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson

 I Love School! by Philemon Sturges and Illustrated by Shari Halpern

Little Brown Bear Won't Go to School! by Jane Dyer

Get Set for Kindergarten: The World Around Us by Rosemary Wells

D.W.'s Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown

I Hate School by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

The New Girl ... by Jacqui Robbins and art by Matt Phelan

Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Countdown to Kindergarten by Allison McGhee and Pictures by Harry Bliss

Ollie's School Day: A Yes-and-No Book by Stephanie Calmenson

Hunter's Best Friend at School by Laura Malone Elliott and Illustrations by Lynn Munsinger


Until the next time...

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

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




Sunday, September 14, 2014

New York Times Children's Book Lists - 9/14/2014



Let's see how many children's books you have read that are on the New York Times Bestseller list. Let us know which ones you read and your thoughts.

Picture Books

1THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. (Philomel.) Problems arise when Duncan's crayons revolt. (Ages 3 to 7)

2GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. (Chronicle.) Trucks at sunset. (Ages 4 to 8)

3PRESS HERE, by HervĂ© Tullet. (Handprint/Chronicle.) A dance of color. (Ages 4 to 8)

4DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. (Dial.) What to serve your dragon-guests. (Ages 3 to 5)

5PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES, by Eric Litwin. Illustrated by James Dean. (Harper/HarperCollins.) Well-shod Pete has rainbows on his feet. (Ages 3 to 7)

6ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, by Andrea Beaty. Illustrated by David Roberts. (Abrams.) A young inventor learns to fail better. (Ages 4 to 8)

7OTIS AND THE SCARECROW, by Loren Long. (Philomel.) Otis the tractor befriends a sullen scarecrow. (Ages 4 to 8)

8PETE THE CAT AND THE NEW GUY, by Kimberly Dean and James Dean. (Harper/HarperCollins.) Pete and his new friend, Gus the platypus, search for an activity they can do together. (Ages 3 to 7)

9LADYBUG GIRL AND THE DRESS-UP DILEMMA, by Jacky Davis. Illustrated by David Soman. (Dial.) Lulu is determined to find the perfect costume for Halloween. (Ages 4 to 7)

10UNI THE UNICORN, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Brigette Barrager. (Random House.) Uni believes that little girls do exist. (Ages 3 to 6)


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

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

A Children's Book A Day, Keeps the Scary Monster Away

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Pictures by Oliver Jeffers

Once upon a time a children's book comes along that is so creatively written that adults love it as much or more than children... Here it is......

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and 
Pictures by Oliver Jeffers



Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.



What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
One day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons an found a stack of letters with his name on them.

"Hey, Duncan, It's me, Red Crayon... 

Dear Duncan, All right, Listen...

Dear Duncan, I'm tired of being called ...

Duncan, Gray Crayon here....

Dear Duncan, You color with me, but why?

Hi, Duncan, I hate being used to draw the outline of things...

Dear Duncan, As green crayon, I am writing for two reasons...

Dear Duncan, Yellow crayon here...

Dear Duncan, I see yellow crayon already talked ...

Dear Duncan, It has been great being your FAVORITE color this PAST year...

Duncan, OKay, LISTEN HERE, KID...

HEY, DUNCAN, It's me PEACH CRAYON...

Well, poor Duncan just wanted to color ...

You will have to read this incredibly funny story to learn the entire story and how he solved the "crayon quitting dilemma::))"

This book is so funny and well written that I have recommended it to countless library patrons, parents, grandparents, children, teachers, educators, and friends. I have purchased and given away so many copies of this book that I can't remember how many I have purchased.

Every time I pick up book, I have to read it cover to cover and laugh and the entire time!

My family loves this book and we always read it at family gatherings !

What a treat!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers! 

Can't wait until your next collaboration...



HAPPY READING....

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME....

A CHILDREN'S BOOK A DAY, KEEPS THE SCARY MONSTER AWAY!!!!!!!

The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More by Kara McGuire

The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More


 by Kara McGuire



Wouldn’t it be great if money grew on trees? But since it doesn’t, everyone has to learn how to earn and manage money in order to live and it’s never too early to start. This book offers today’s teens the best and most up-to-date tips on how to make money, how to spend it, how to invest and save it, and how to protect it. Learn how to land that first job, figure out your paycheck, and negotiate a raise. 




KUDOS to Capstone Young Readers Publishers for such a timely, well-written, and engaging book.

I am the Teen Librarian tonight at one of our Carnegie Libraries and was handed this new book to look at by the library staff.

I leafed through this and thought about the plethora of students and friends who would benefit from this great read.

I have taught students over the years the importance of making their own money through starting businesses such as landscaping, jewelry making, snow removal, hair braiding and other endeavors. I taught my students how to design advertising for their businesses using Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher also.

The text, pictures, paragraphs, subject area, and total package would hold the interest for any teen.

I enjoyed how the Table of Contents is unique and eye catching for teens. The Table of Contents is divided into EARNING, SAVING, SPENDING, AND PROTECTING!

There is a GLOSSARY, SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY & SOURCE NOTES, INDEX, AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.

Under the EARNING section is: "LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY; JOBS AND CAREER  PLANNING; BEING YOUR OWN BOSS; and WAGES AND TAXES"

Under the SAVING section is:"MAKE IT A HABIT; SAVVY SAVING; TAKING IT TO THE BANK; and INVESTING BASICS"

Under SPENDING is: WHAT SHOULD I BUY; SPENDING SMART; BRILLIANT BORROWING; and PAYING FOR COLLEGE"

Under PROTECTING IS: "PROTECTING YOURSELF; THE BASIC: RISK AND INSURANCE; PROTECTING YOUR STUFF; and PROTECTING YOURSELF"


There is such a wealth of information in this book. For example, there is information on what "not to wear" to a teen job interview. 

The part on Being Your Own Boss was music to my ears. I loved the "WOULDN'T IT BE  COOL IF..."

McGuire includes questions that teens should ask themselves before they go too far with being your own boss idea:
  • How do I like to spend my time?
  • How much time do I have?
  • What  are my strongest skills?
  • What  do others say I am good at?
  • Can any of this translate into a moneymaking opportunity?

I have taught students over the years the importance of making their own money through starting businesses such as landscaping, jewelry making, snow removal, hair braiding and other endeavors. I taught my students how to design advertising for their businesses using Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher also.

Wages and Taxes was a great section also. I  thought of the many students who don't realize that they will have pay taxes on any monies they have earned.

Investing Basics... You are never to young to start... This is a great resource to get teens thinking about and engaging in investing! 

Spending / budgeting... it's all important. There is even a sample budget for teens to use to get started.

Advice for college and ways to pay for college.

Insurance information is covered in this great resource also.

I would recommend this book for every teen and child entering middle school or younger. This is a great resource! Parents will find this book invaluable as they teach their children about MONEY...   MONEY... MONEY!!!!!!!!

This book should be in every home, school, and public library!

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

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

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World by Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich



Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World 



by Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich


When Knut was born, the first polar bear cub at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years, he was no bigger than a snowball and unable to care for himself. His mother, a rescued East German circus bear, didn't know how to take care of Knut and rejected him. Knut would have died if it weren't for Thomas Dorflein, a zookeeper who nurtured Knut, feeding him, sleeping with him, and giving him the love and attention Knut needed to thrive. But Thomas wasn't the only one who adopted Knut. The adorable little polar bear captured the world's attention, and now Knut is loved around the globe.


This is a wonderful story about how one zoo keeper fell in love with a small polar bear cub and through his actions and love was determined that the little cub would survive against incredible odds.

This well written and illustrated book is a sheer pleasure to read. The pictures are incredibly beautiful.

This is the type of story that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to for all public, home, and school libraries. It is a must read for anyone who loves animals and loves the planet.

With his cute waddle and playful spirit, it was hard not to love Knut. He received as many as two hundred letters each week. People of all ages sent poems and other words of friendship. Children who were too young to write drew pictures for Knut. Everyone wanted Knut to know how happy he made them feel."

Check this out! You won't be disappointed!


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

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

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

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
as old to Jon Scieszka and Illustrated by Lane Smit


 

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. That person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold ... and a bad reputation. It ends in the Big House: the Pig Pen.




This hilariously funny take on the Three Little Pigs story will have you laughing your head off!

I couldn't put this creatively written book down. 

I knew we were going to be in for a treat when I read these words: "I'm the wolf. Alexander T. Wolf. You can call me Al. I don't know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it's all wrong."

Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this book.

This books makes for a great story time! It should be in every public, home and school library. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and sharing it with others!

Happy reading....

Until the next time....

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Have You Read Any of These Laura Numeroff Books

Let's See How Many Laura Numeroff books you have read ...




Yesterday I was the Children's Librarian in the Children's room at the Carnegie Library in Oakland. I had the most delightful time.

There was a mother who came into the library requesting books by Laura Numeroff. I found several for her that I am listing below.



Let us know if you have read any of these books and if there are others that we should include in the list.

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If You Give a Moose A Muffin - By Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by Felicia Bond





 If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it. When he's eaten all your muffins, he'll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix. 




What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best (flip side book)- by Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger





Aunts can do lots of things, like take you on rides at the amusement park, tell silly jokes, and help you pick out new shoes at the mall. There are so many things that aunts do, but what do they do best?



 


Uncles can do lots of things, like win prizes for you at the amusement park, play the piano with you, and help you draw. There are so many things that uncles can do, but what do they do best?




If You Give a Dog a Donut - By Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by Felicia Bond




If you give a dog a donut, he’ll ask for some apple juice to go with it.
When you give him the juice, he’ll drink it all up.
Then, before you can say “Woof” . . . Dog is off on a backyard adventure!




What Mommies Do Best / What Daddies Do Best - Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Flip this book for two books in one)





Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear, and read you a cozy bedtime story. But what do they do best?




Daddies can do lots of things, like bake a birthday cake, play with you in the park, and take you trick-or-treating. But what do they do best? Read the lovely story and find out.





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When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by McPhail 

 

When you can't fall asleep,
they try counting sheep!

But what do you do if the sheep are asleep?

Count deer in the forest
Instead of the sheet.
Together all nuzzled,
They don't make a peep!

Count cows in the meadow
Instead of the sheep.
But under the moonlight,
They've fallen asleep! 



What happens when a small child who can't fall asleep counts sheep and other animals and finds that they are all asleep... You will have to read this beautifully illustrated tale that is so warm and fuzzy that you won't be able to put it down. This is great for any story time... This will be a great addition to any home, school, public, library!


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Happy reading...........

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

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