Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Kwanzaa: Titles of Interest


KWANZAA - December 26 to January 1

is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.


Kwanzaa Principles:
    Umoja (Unity) - To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
    Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) - To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
    Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) - To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
    Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) - To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    Nia (Purpose) - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
    Kuumba (Creativity) - To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
    Imani (Faith) - To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.


I wanted to share some of the Kwanzaa titles with you.

Kwanzaa by Dorothy Rhodes Freeman & Dianne M. MacMillan

Kwanzaa: A Family Affair by Mildred Pitts Walter

Crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross and Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Kwanzaa Crafts by Carol Gnojewski

Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday by Delores Johnson

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Pictures by Brian Pinkney

All New Crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross and Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Paper Crafts for Kwanzaa by Randel McGee

Santa's Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas and Illustrated by Guy Francis

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis and Illustrated by Daniel Minter

Kwanzaa: Africa Lives in a New World Festival by Sule Greg C. Wilson

Kwanzaa Fun: Great Things to Make and Do by Linda Robertson and Julia Pearson

Celebrating Kwanzaa by Julie Williams

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Candles, Community, and the Fruits of the Harvest by Carolyn Otto and Consultant, Keith A. Mayes, Ph.d

Kwanzaa by David F. Marx

Celebrating Kwanzaa by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith an Photographs by Lawrence Migdale

The Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Melrose Cooper and Illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kwanzaa Illustrated by Rex Perry

Kwanzaa by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate and Illustrated by Melodye Rosales

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas - My List of Christmas Books


Christmas Books that I found Delightful




What would Christmas be without Christmas books that I found and loved at several Carnegie Libraries in Pittsburgh?

Here's the list:

Santa's Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas

Hold Christmas in Your Heart: African-American Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holidays
Compiled by  Cheryl Willis Hudson

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Christmas is Coming, Marley by John Grogan

Twas the Night Before Christmas based on the original poem by Clement Clarke Moore and Illustrated by Rex Perry

Waiting for Christmas by Monica Greenfield and Illustratead by Jan Spivey Gilhrist

12 Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora 

Hanukkah Lights: Holiday Poetry Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Pictures by Melanie Hall

What Am I? Christmas by Anne Margaret Lewis and Illustratead by Tom Mills

A Joyful Christmas: A Treasury of New and Classic Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holiday Collected and Illustrated by James Ransome

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!

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

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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nelson Mandela "Madiba" Children's Books

Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

Madiba passed away leaving behind a legacy unsurpassed by most people. As a tribute to the great leader, I am including the titles for several children's books that were written by and/or about the great man.

We will miss you Madiba.


Here is a link to some of the Nelson Mandela children's books:

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Mandela: The Rebel Who Led His Nation to Freedom (National Geographic World History Biographies)

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Nelson Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life


Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book


Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Let us know if you have read any of these books...
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until the next time...
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Monster Mess!

Monster Mess
by Margery Cuyler and Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Crash, crash!
Stomp, stomp!
A tired monster goes up the stairs.


a boy is sound asleep. And
ick, ick
his room is not so neat ---
not neat enough for a monster to take a nap!
whishtt, whishtt,
the monster starts to clean.

I giggled throughout the book. The poetry was quick to showcase how quickly the monster was cleaning the occupant's room while he snoozed in his bed. What a terrible mess for such a tired monster to have to clean...::))

I loved the variation in font colors and size! This made the book more engaging and exciting to read. Even though the monster appears to be creepy and larger than life, it still funny and won't scare the youngest of readers....

I absolutely loved this book. The colors were very vibrant, friendly, and engaging. The poetry, pictures, and colors were all very creatively done!

This book would make a great story time.

This book is a great way to introduce children to cleaning their rooms and to clean up behind themselves.

What a fun read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This book would make a fun addition to any home library for young children (adults will find it amusing also), and any school and public library.

Happy Reading!
Until the next time!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Friday, November 29, 2013

My Thanksgiving

I hope that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Mine was absolutely delightful.
I am including the titles for three Thanksgiving books that I enjoyed this year. I hope that you will keep them in mind for next year.
Thelonius Turkey Lives! (On Felicia Ferguson's Farm) by Lynne Rowe Reed
Huff and Puff on Thanksgiving: A Totline Teaching Tale by Jean Warren and Illustrated by Molly Piper
Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman and Illustrated by Teresa Murfin
Let us know if you have read any of these books and what you thoughts are. Tell us some of your favorites.
Until the next time!
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Children's Room this Week

My Adventures as the Fun Librarian

Being a children's librarian is so fun and exciting!  I love it when I have the opportunity to be a children's librarian in addition to my other librarian duties....

This has been a most fun and exciting time!!!!!

I have been helping children find books on super heroes:

Thor, Avengers, Superman, Teenage Mutant Turtles...

Many families were looking for books on Thanksgiving.

Two young ladies wanted the book:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

A future teacher requested a book on lesson plans for 4 year olds for the children who she will be teaching. I recommend and found:

The GIANT Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6: More Than 250 Lesson Plans Created by Teachers for Teachers [Paperback]

A mother wanted to see if we had the book:

The Road from Home: A True Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope by David Kherdian
She wanted to know who the book was about and we checked and it was about David Kherdian's late mother. What an interesting story.

I will include some Thanksgiving books later today in time for tomorrow!

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

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

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

Princess Addison Gets ANGRY by Molly Martin and Illustrated Melanie Florian

Princess Addison Gets ANGRY

by Molly Martin and Illustrated Melanie Florian

Princess Addison is normally a sweet girl. But today, Princess Addison is angry! She must find away to calm down and become her sweet self again.

Capstone Publisher's Picture Window Books has presented Princes Addison Gets Angry. This is part of the Princess Heart Stories!

This delightful book shows how young girls "princesses" can become angry and how they deal with their anger.

Will Princes Addison stay angry or will she becomes the sweet girl who everyone loves and adores?

You will have to read the book to determine!

Let us know your thoughts!

I would recommend this book for young children especially as a resource for teaching young children how to control their anger. This book would be a great addition to any home, preschool, public, or school library.

Kudos to Capstone for a job well done!

Until the next time!
Happy Reading!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween, Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!


I wanted to share some really great Halloween books with you today. My ultimate favorite is

Boo Bunny that I have already reviewed in this book. Here is the link to my review of Boo Bunny from Halloween 2010!

Ida's Review from 2010!!!!!!

Some other fun Halloween titles are:

Hilarious Halloween Jokes by Alison Grambs

Who's there?
Wart? Wart who?
Wart you like to come trick-or-treating with me?"

"When do cows go trick-or-treating? During the full moooooooooon."

Froggy's Halloween by Jonathan London and Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

"For Froggy, Halloween meant candy. But is also meant dressing up. And he wondered, "What should I be for Halloween?"

What a Scare, Jesse Bear by Nancy White Carlstrom and Illustrated by Bruce Degen

"For Jesse bear, Halloween is an exciting day of picking pumpkins, trying on costumes, and getting ready for trick-or-treating. Jesse gets a scare, though, when he puts on his monster-bear costume and looks in the mirror..."

Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert

It's fall at last, and the garden mice are preparing for their annual harvest feast. Yum. Everyone's invited--except that scary cat, of course...

I hope you enjoy all of these wonderful titles! Write and let us know some of your favorites!

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK by Jesse Klausmeier and Suzy Lee


        by Jesse Klausmeier and Suzy Lee

I am the children's librarian today at the East Liberty Carnegie Library and I came across the most delightful book:

"What will you find when you open this book? A fun story? SWEET CHARACTERS? LIVELY PICTURES?
Yes--and so much more"

The pictures are breathtakingly beautiful...Visually stunning!!!!!! What a treat to the eyes! This is one of the most colorful creative books that I have seen... recently!

I absolutely LOVE this book!

Small children will love this book. Parents will reminisce about children's books when we were kids...

This book will make a great addition to any home, public, or school library where there are small children who will fall in love with this delightful book.

Until the next time!
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Recent Children's Librarian Adventures


I have had so much being the Children's Librarian at several Carnegie Library branches these past couple of weeks. What a treat!!!!!!!!!
I am including some of the books/resources that the little angels requested below:
1) All of the Judy B. Moody books
2) Jane Addams for a history paper
3) Ric Riordan books
4) Books on Trains
5) The new Playaway Viewers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Interested in Board Books? Check these out from the New York Times

NY Times Board Book Roundup

Click here to read more about the NY Times Board Book Roundup

Here is the list:

Illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
14 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $7.99. (Board book; ages 3 months to 3 years)

Illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
12 pp. Cartwheel Books/Scholastic. $8.99. (Picture book; ages 3 months to 3 years)

Written and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
10 pp. Cartwheel Books/Scholastic. $7.99. (Board book; ages 3 months to 3 years)

By Amy E. Sklansky
Illustrated by Talitha Shipman
16 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $6.99. (Board book; ages 3 months to 3 years)

By David A. Carter
14 pp. Ruckus Media Group/Scholastic. $12.99. (Novelty board book; ages 3 to 5)

Written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
14 pp. A Paula Wiseman Book/Simon & Schuster. $9.99. (Board book; ages 2 to 6)

Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
20 pp. A Handprint Book/Chronicle Books. $14.99. (Board book; ages 3 and up)

Written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
36 pp. Simon & Schuster. $7.99. (Board book; ages 3 to 7)


Let us know if  you have added any of these to your school, home, or public library collections?

If you have read any, let us know....

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ground Zero Dogs by Meish Goldish

Meish Goldish
"... Shortly after the towers fell, rescuers rushed in to search for survivors. To help out, they brought along hundreds of highly trained search-and-rescue dogs. Climbing over mounds of twisted metal and sharp steel beams, these heroic dogs made up the largest canine rescue operation in U.S history."
What a heart warming story about the dogs who assisted with the rescue efforts during the 911 attack.
"The search-and-rescue dogs that looked for victims, were highly skilled. They  had been trained and tested for work at disaster sites such as earthquakes and bombings. As a result, the dogs knew how to find people buried under debris by detecting their scents. They also knew how to climb ladders, walk along beams, and crawl through dark, narrow tunnels during a search."
As I read this and the entire book, I kept thinking about how dogs are truly man's best friend.
The chapters include:
  • A Deadly Attack
  • Racing Against Time
  • Dogs to the Rescue
  • Searching for Survivors
  • A Special Nose
  • On the Move
  • Following Orders
  • Danger on the Job
  • Handle with Care
  • Facing Sadness
  • Easing the Pain
  • Remembering Heroes
  • Just the Facts
  • Common Breeds: Ground Zero Dogs
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Read More
  • Learning More Online
  • Index
  • About the Author 
 I found this heart warming book very easy to read and follow. The text was short and too the point. The photos told the story even with out the text. This book would make a great addition to personal. school, and public libraries. This would be a great story time each September 11th!!!!!!!!

I really enjoyed this book.

I was saddened when the event occurred! What a tremendous loss of life. I will never forget this event as long as I live.

This book is a wonderful tribute to all dogs who served in the rescue efforts after the 9/11 attacks. I love how this book includes a "Just the Facts" section; the common dog breeds that were used in in the search and rescue that included Border collies, Golden retrievers, German shepherds, and Labrador retrievers.

KUDOS to all the animals that served in the search and rescue and as therapy dogs!

For those who might be unfamiliar with some of the terms in the book, there is a "Glossary" near the end. If people want to read some of the books that were cited in this book, they can read the "Bibliography." And if anyone wants to read more about "Disaster Search Dogs," "Search and Rescue Dogs," and "Dog Heroes;" they can visit the "Read More" section. If you want to visit Web sites and learn more about search and rescue dogs online, you can visit the "Learn More Online" section. 

Reading this book really made my day! I absolutely LOVED it.

Even though the book is only 32 pages including the Index, it packs a plethora of information!!!!!!!!

Every time that I read this story, I hug my Figaro (Collie/Chow/Golden mix) that much closer and am so grateful to have him in my life.

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Little Dinos Don't Bite - Written by Michael Dahl and Illustrated by Adam Record

Little Dinos

Written by Michael Dahl and
Illustrated by Adam Record

As part of the Little Dinos "hello genius"series. Little Dinos Don't Bite was quite a fun read. I giggle every time that I see and read the book. How adorable!

"Your teeth are BIG and SHARP, Little Dino!
But be careful what you bite!"

This sets that stage for the entire book. This book is cute. Dino is adorable and cuddly, but there is a message about "not biting."

We begin with Dino... "Don't BITE"

When ever my nieces and nephews come to my house, I immediately take this book out and read it to them. They are excited every time!

Capstone Publishers keep up the great work!

This is a great addition to any story time!

I would recommend this book for public, school, and home libraries!

It is a great addition to every collection for small children!

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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa


Alvaro F. Villa

How many of us have heard that a picture is worth a thousand or a million words? Well, that is certainly the case for the new wordless book FLOOD by Argentinean Illustrator Alvaro F. Villa.

"When a flood threatens to destroy a family's home, they must leave. what will they return to once the waters recede? Flood is an intense, beautiful book at a flood's effect on a family, carrying a simple message of hope and recovery. The explains the event in a non threatening way to start kid-friendly conversation about traumatic events."

In this book, Villa shows us how devastating a flood can be. However, every cloud has a silver lining.
I enjoyed this well designed wordless book.  What a treat to behold. I loved the colors. There were dark hues. Lots of very rich vibrant colors. The pictures were very realistic. I felt like I was there and seeing the events through the lens of a camera. I pictures were bright a hopeful with lots of light at the beginning of the book and then through foreshadowing, we could see that something dark and ominous was about to occur... We see the family packing up their belongings to move away. We see sand bags placed around the periphery of the house to keep the water away.  the entire house engulfed in water...We see the water washing away and destroying everything in the house... family pictures... chairs... tables... everything... A tree is uprooted and swept away by the rushing tide. However, through all this destruction, we turn the page and a lone robin is there assessing the damage. The house is destroyed. We see colors that are bright and hopeful. The sun shines brightly. The family approaches by car. They can see that their house is ruined. They get out of the car and see that their house is completely destroyed.

Although there are no words to describe their reaction, you can see all of their emotions on their faces and their young daughter doesn't want to see and holds on to her father. We don't need any words to tell us what the entire family is feeling as they look at what was their family home.... This is a tear jerker...... We feel for the family!

We watch as the family, friends, and others work to rebuild their home. The colors are bright. They are planting trees, fixing the roof, painting, carving wood... everything that needs to be done. Everyone is involved in the rebuilding.

I won't tell you how the book ends!

You will have to read it for yourself!

Let us know your thoughts! What did you think of as you read this book?

This book would make a great addition to any school, home, or public library. I absolutely loved this book!!!!!!!!!!! This book would make for a great story time and question and answer period.

The pictures are so spectacular that some would make for great posters!

KUDOS to illustrator Alvaro F. Villa and to capstone for printing book and sending the proceeds to families who were affected by natural disasters!!!!!!!!!!

Note: A free readers guide offering reading and discussion tips, as well as writing prompts, is available at:

Here are some reading tips provided by Capstone Group Publisher to keep in mind when sharing the story with others, particularly young readers.

Before Reading Suggestions:

Open the book so that both the back and front covers are visible as a spread. Read the title and look at the illustration. Ask the child what is going on in the picture? How does it relate to the title? What the story is about

While Reading Suggestions

Analyze the first page spread by asking what do you see? Where does the story take place? What season do you think it is? What do you see in the picture? What can you tell about the children? How does the picture make you feel? Is there anything missing from the picture?

After Reading suggestions

Re-read the story asking the reader to narrate along or alternate pages with you. Encourage dramatic expression in voice and word choice.  Have the reader summarize the sotry by identifying the sequence ofevens (beinning,, middle, end) and by using temproral words and phrases, such as first, later, after awhile, then, and the enxt to day, to expian the progression

Identify the plot elements (problem, climax resolution)

This Capstone young readers book proudly supports the SAVE THE CHILDREN'S DOMESTIC EMERGENCY FUND

Until the next time!!!!!!!
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fourth of July Reading Lists

Tomorrow is Independence Day or the annual Fourth of July holiday and it's time to celebrate. What better way to celebrate than grabbing a nice 4th of July children's book and getting lost in the pages and pictures. OK, so let's see what children's book reading lists have been published recently.

If you have any recommendations, please let us know...

Here are recommendations from Nickelodeon Parent's Connect.
Here are recommendations from Apples 4
Fourth of July Books for Kids - A is for America - Children's 4th of July booksA is for America
by Devin Scillian
Fourth of July Books for Kids - America the Beautiful - Children's 4th of July booksAmerica the Beautiful
by Katharine Lee Bates
Fourth of July Books for Kids - America the Beautiful - Children's 4th of July booksAmerica the Beautiful
by Katharine Lee Bates
Fourth of July Books for Kids - Apple Pie Fourth of July - Children's 4th of July booksApple Pie Fourth of July
by Janet S. Wong
Fourth of July Books for Kids - Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols - Children's 4th of July booksFireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols
by James Cross Giblin
Fourth of July Books for Kids - Fourth of July Mice - Children's 4th of July booksFourth of July Mice
by Bethany Roberts
Fourth of July Books for Kids - God Bless America - Children's 4th of July booksGod Bless America
by Irving Berlin
Fourth of July Books for Kids - Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney - Children's 4th of July booksHappy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney
by Leslie Kimmelman
Hats Off for the Fourth of JulyHats Off for the Fourth of July
by Harriet Ziefert
John Hancock : Independent Boy (Young Patriots series)John Hancock : Independent Boy (Young Patriots series)
by Kathryn Cleven Sisson
Fourth of July Books for Kids - My Country, 'Tis of Thee - Children's 4th of July booksMy Country, 'Tis of Thee
by Samuel Francis Smith
Fourth of July Books for Kids - Stars and Stripes : The Story of the American
                    Flag - Children's 4th of July booksStars and Stripes : The Story of the American Flag
by Sarah L. Thomson
The Fourth of July StoryThe Fourth of July Story
by Alice Dalgliesh
Fourth of July Books for Kids - The Star Spangled Banner - Children's 4th of July booksThe Star Spangled Banner (Random House Pictureback Book)
Fourth of July Books for Kids - This Land Is Your Land - Children's 4th of July booksThis Land Is Your Land
by Woody Guthrie
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?
by Jean Fritz
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!