Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy Earth Day... Week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Earth Day was April 22, 2015, but I came across a few books that I wanted to share with you.


Let's Celebrate Earth Day 

by Connie and Peter Poop and Illustrated by Gwen Connelly

I absolutely loved the book "Let's Celebrate Earth Day by Connie and Peter Poop and Illustrated by Gwen Connelly

This book is an excellent introduction to the history of Earth Day. The quotes at the very beginning of the book are quite thoughtful including:

"The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth" by Chief Seattle, Native American leader

A generation goes, and  generation comes, but the earth abides forever." King James Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:4


"Waste note, want not."Proverb

The book begins with:

Recycle! Reduce! Reuse! Bike! Walk! Ride the bus! Conserve water! Save energy! Endangered animals! Precious plants! Think globally, act locally! A multitude of messages encourage you to treat our earth with respect.

What day is it Earth Day!


Some of the titles in the book include:

What is Earth Day?

When was the first Earth Day?

Did the first Earth Day make a difference?

What is an endangered species?

Earth Day Riddles?

Ok, here's one of the Earth Day riddle from the book:
How does the ocean say good-bye?
It waves!


Should we protect every plant and animal?

Why does it matter where a plant or animal lives?

Earth Day riddles?
What has no feet but can run?

You guessed it... water...H2o


What can roar but doesn't have a mouth? A fire...

Where do crocodiles heard their money? in river banks.

Are forest fires good or bad?

Water, water, everywhere Nor any drop to drink

Why is garbage a problem?

What is a fossil fuel?

Is there an energy source that's good for Earth?

What is global warming?

Recycle your lunch

Ready for some good news?

This is a really wonderful book for children and adults alike. The layout and pictures in this book are warm, engaging, thoughtful and fun.  This book was such a great find! I learned so very much about saving our planet reading this short, easy-to-read book!  Trust me, you will too!!!!

I VERY HIGHLY recommend this book for all home, school, public, and private libraries! It is simply a must-read for anyone wanting to learn about Earth Day and saving our rich and abundant planet!

If you want a humorous book that teaches you about Earth Day, look no further...

DINOSAURS TO THE RESCUE: A Guide to Protecting Our Planet 

by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

This is Slobosaurus. He's full of excuses for why he can't 
to the earth

This book really brought a smile to my face. I giggled as I shared it with others. Even though the pictures and text are fun to read and look at it, this book does tell a serious story of how we have been polluting our environment and what we can do to save the planet! 

Even though this book is geared for younger children. I enjoyed reading this book and learned a great deal as well.

I highly recommend this book for home, school, public, and private libraries and also daycare facilities or wherever there are small children who you want to teach about Earth Day and saving our planet. This is a great book for story time. It will keep the little ones engaged and laughing.....


I am truly happy that I found both of these Earth Day book. Even though they are different, they are both a great introduction to Earth Day and saving our planet!

You won't be disappointed with these books. Add them both to your collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read them throughout the year!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let us know what you think!


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

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

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

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Few Days Late...

Women's History Month Sheroes
There is poetry and fiction. There is art and essay. 
You'll have to read the book for the rest of her story....


I wanted to share some titles for Women's Day Month that I found most delightful. I realize that Women's History Month was in March, but I am sharing these titles with you in any case. I hope that you enjoy them as I much as I did!


Mary McLeod Bethune: A Photo Illustrated Biography by Margo McLoon

Follow the extraordinary life and career of Mary McLeod Bethune through this must-read book that includes the following:
A Leader in Education; Born into Freedom; Early Life; Student; Teacher; Marriage and Family; Dreamer; School Founder; Human Rights Leader; Words from Mary McLeod Bethune; Important Dates in Mary McLeod Bethune's Life; Words to Know; Read More; Useful Addresses; Internet Sites; and and Index.


33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History - Edited by Tonya Bolden

33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History is hardly the whole story. It is a point of entry, a beginning, to the true (and quite intense) tale of women's woes and women's winnings in America, from the eighteenth through the twentieth century.


American Lives: Mae Jemison by Elizabeth Raum

Mae Jemison inspired the nation when she became the first African-American woman in space. Can you imagine what her experiences as an astronaut must have been like? Read this book in order to get to know Mae Jemison.

Read this book to discover the skills and training that led Dr. Jamison to become a scientist in space. This book includes Stars; Family; Early Interests; High School; College; Doctor; The Decision; Accepted; Training; Space Shuttle Endeavor; Space Flight; Welcome Home; Ideas from Space; Glossary; More Books to Read; Places to Visit; and an Index.


Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers and Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen

Ida B. Wells was an extraordinary woman. Long before boycotts, sit-ins, and freedom rides, Ida B. Wells was hard at work to better the lives of African Americans.
An activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching, she used fierce determination and the power of the pen to educate the world about the unequal treatment of blacks in the United States.
This magnificent book chronicles the extraordinary life of Ida B. Wells!

A True Book: Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton by Robin S. Doak

Hillary Clinton visited 44 countries in her first year as Secretary of State! This book chronicles Hillary Clinton's journey to becoming the Secretary of State including the Early Years; A Powerful Partnership; First Lady; Making Her Own Mark; Madam Secretary. The book includes True Statistics; Resources; an Index; and About the Author.


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker -  
by Patricia Hurby Powell and Pictures by Christian Robinson

JOSEPHINE danced a sizzling flapper dance--- the Charleston.

Knees, SQUEEZE, now FLY
heels flap and chop
arms scissor and splay
eyes swivel and pop.
Josephine, all RAZZAMATAZZ, erupted into the Roading Twenties--
America wasn't ready
for Josephine, 
the colored superstar


This creatively written book on the life of Josephine Baker was an extraordinary read! I loved the pictures, text, font, and most of all story. This is certainly a must-read!


These books are all a great addition to your home, school, public, private and day care libraries!


Happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

There are a few Easter children's books that have been VERY popular in our Carnegie Libraries. I wanted to share them with  you. Let us know your recommendations also!


Henri, Egg Artiste by Marcus Pfister 

If you like a great Easter story with great art, you have to read, Henri, Egg Artiste! What a treat!!!!!! 

Henri is so tired of painting the same ordinary Easter eggs. After all, he's an artist, and artists create masterpieces--not just boring old eggs. So he decides to do something completely different. Luckily, his wife and best friend are supportive...

You will have to read the book to learn more about the period and artists included in this artistic tour de force!!!!!!!!

 What a great way to teach children about art including different styles, periods, and artists!!!!!!!!!

I recommend this book for all school, public, private, and home, day care libraries!!!!!!!!!!


The Easter Egg by Jan Brett


One of the most delightful Easter children's books that I have ever read! What a treat!

Time for the rabbits to decorate eggs for the Easter Rabbit. This year Hoppi is old enough to join in, and if he can just make the wining egg, he will be the one to help the Easter Rabbit on Easter morning...

You will have to read this breathtakingly stunning book to see if Hoppi wins...

The picture and text are absolutely gorgeous! This heart warming tale will delight all young readers. 

I would recommend this book for all home, school, public, private and day care libraries!

You won't be disappointed!


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

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

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

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fun Cute Cuddly Children's Books

Fun... Cute... & Cuddly... Children's Books

I came across the following children's books and had to include them in this blog. Let us know if you have any of these!

Under the Snow 
Written by Melissa Stewart and Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum

When snow falls, we love to sled and skate and have snowball fights. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground?


Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents 
by Lita Judge

What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim?
Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they're born in the wild, they're not so very different from us, after all!
This book brought such a smile to my face. It was just lovely! I loved how they showed the different animals and how they are loved and protected by their parents..::))


by Deirde Gill

"What happens when you step outside?

I am not going to give away any details here but say.... 
You'll have to read the book to find out what happens...


Animal School: What Class Are You? 
by Michelle Lord and Illustrated by Michael Garland

"Vertebrates have spines like you, mammals, fish, and reptiles too!"

Are you a mammal, fish, bird... 

Check out this gorgeously poetic book to learn about mammals, fish, birds... Let us know what you think...


I absolutely loved all of these delightfully written books!!! What a treat for the eyes!!!!!!!

The pictures, stories, colors, text were all spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I recommend all of these books for any home, school, public, private library... All of these gems will bring a HUGE smile to your face............


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

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

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Saint Patricks Day


Happy Saint Patrick's Day - What are you reading??????????????????


There are two books that I want to share with you on this Saint Patrick's Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you all.

The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo and Illustrated by Loretta Krupinski

In Ireland in the old times, there lived a lad named Becan. Although the rest of him was small, Becan's feed were big enough to splash a puddle dry. Yet his worries were few enough until his wicked stepmother and step sisters move in and banish Becan to the fields.
With the help of a magical bull, Becan defeats a giant, slays a dragon, and rescues a princess. But before the princess can thank him, Becan disappears leaving only one of his enormous boots behind. The princess scours the Irish countryside looking for the owner of the gigantic boot. Can you guess what happens next?

This delightfully unusual twist on the traditional Cinderella story will grab and keep your attention through gorgeous drawings and great story telling from Climo. This exciting book is fun to read for Saint Patrick's Day!


THE LEPRECHAUN in the Basement by KATHY TUCKER and Illustrations by JOHN SANDFORD

This Saint Patricks' Day, Michael McKeever doesn't feel like celebrating. His baseball shoes are falling apart, and his dad is out of work. How can he ask his folks for new shoes? As he heads into the basement on an errand, Michael hears someone singing. It's O'leary the leprechaun, sitting next to his pot of gold.

This engaging story is fun to read... The pictures are gorgeously colorful! What a great heart warming story that brought a huge smile to my face.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of these delightful Saint Patrick's Day books!

I recommend both of these books for your school, home, public, or private libraries! You won't be disappointed.


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

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

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Michelle by Deborah Hopkinson and Illustrated by A G Ford


 by Deborah Hopkinson and Illustrated by A G Ford

Smart and sure, 
and passionate, 
loving wife
and mother, 
sister, friend.

This is the story of a girl from Chicago who dared to dream big, worked hard to make things happen, and grew up to be an extraordinary woman: Michelle Robinson Obama.

What an inspirational book! I absolutely loved reading this book. The illustrations, text, and story are so wonderful that I couldn't put this book down!!!!!!!!

I recommend this book for all family, school, public libraries, any places where you want to inspire young children to reach for the stars!!!!!!!!


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

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

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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Black History Month!


Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October.

I created a Black  History Month PowerPoint for the Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library that includes several heroes and sheroes.

Some of the heroes/sheroes include: Ida B. Wells, Oscar Micheaux, Paul Robeson, Mae Jamison, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Marion Anderson, Carol Mosely Braun, Benjamin Banneker, Elijah McCoy (Real McCoy), Charles Drew, Mary McCleod Bethune, Madame C. J. Walker, and Garrett Morgan.

The History Channel has a plethora of resources for Black History Month. Here is the link:

History Channel Black History Month

 Check back periodically as I will be adding more information throughout Black History Month!

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

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