Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone


Let's check out some of the top Children's Picture Books with a Christmas theme as rated by Goodreads.

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Click on the link below and let us know if you have read any more of these books...


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

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

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving - What are you reading???

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!!!! Here are some great Thanksgiving books... So what are you reading????????????


Balloons Over Broadway Written and Ilustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

The Firefighters' Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts and Illustrated by Terry Widener

The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi

 Gobble Gobble by Cathryn Falwell

 Thelonius Turkey Lives! (on Felicia Ferguson’s Farm) by

 Ankle Soup by Maureen Sullivan

 Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp

Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Doris Barrett


Let us know your recommendations.....................


 Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

Saturday, October 31, 2015


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween 

by Alethea Kontis and Illustrated by Bob Kolar

Ack! It's time for the Halloween show, and A isn't ready yet. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter; no matter how the A-B-C's normally go. The misbehaving alphabet is putting on a performance full of tricks and treats, and there's no telling who-or what-will take the stage next. 

A is for -- Psssss! A! You're on! A?
Ack! I'm not ready. H has top billing, make her go first.
Yes, ma'am ... H, you're on!

This delightful Halloween book is quite a TREAT!!!!! 

The illustrations, colors and shapes are bright, cheerful, and funny! This book was such fun to read and share with others...

This is one of the most adorable Halloween books that I have read in a long time! It will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart!!!!!!!!!!!
I recommend this fun feast for the eyes for all school, public, private, and home libraries. 

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

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


If  you would like to look at more Halloween books. Here is the link to the Top 10 Best Selling Halloween Books:

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Pictures by Melissa Sweet

Little Red Writing 


by Joan Holub and Pictures by Melissa Sweet

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PENCIL SCHOOL, a teacher named Ms. 2 told her class, "Today we're going to write a story." 
"Yippee!" said the birthday pencil.
said the basketball pencil.

"Sharp!" said Little Red.

So begins a hilarious and exuberant retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood," in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of story-telling, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000) ... and saves the day.


I couldn't put this book down! My favorite part was when Little Red said, "I'D ALSO LIKE TO REPORT I HAVE JUST NOTICED WHAT BIG SHARP TEETH YOU HAVE!"

You''ll have to read the rest of the story to see how it ends.............

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

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

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

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DOJO DAYCARE by Chris Tougas


by Chris Tougas

SIX LITTLE NINJAS arrive at Dojo Daycare, ready to raise a ruckus. Snack time or story time-- it's always time to tussle! Can Master tame this full-blown riot?

When ninja moms and ninja dads 
Leave their hidden ninja pads, 
They drop their children off to play
At Dojo Daycare for the day.

Shoes removed, the children bow




This children's book was so much fun to read. 

The ninjas kept the dojo master quite busy in this nice read!

The text is poetic, short, and easy to follow. The colors are great! The pictures are created so well that they really don't need text to explain what is going on in the story!

This book will make an exciting story time! The story, pictures, and text are fun!

I would recommend this book for children of all ages in public, school, private, home and of course, daycare libraries!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I'LL SAVE YOU BOBO!!!!!!!!!!!


Eileen & Marc Rosenthal


Willy wants to write a storybook starring Bobo—and act out revenge fantasies on Earl—but Earl keeps wrecking the story (hence the desire to act out revenge fantasies!). Quit it, Earl…and stop stealing Bobo!

But sometimes it only takes a small thing to realize that even sworn enemies have something in common.


I absolutely loved this book!

This book is so well written. I giggled the whole time that I read this book. I just couldn't put this book down. 

Willy, Bobo, and Earl.... They will keep wanting more...

I recommend this entertaining book to all libraries... home, public, private, school.

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

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

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

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George

Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George by Lesa Cline-Ransome and Illustrated by James E. Ransome

JOSEPH BOULOGNE, LOVED MUSIC: the singing of birds, the beat of drums, the peal of church bells -- and most of all, the the soaring notes of his violin. But as the son of a white plantation owner and a black slave, newly arrived in France from the West Indies, what chance did Joseph have for success with his music? Here is the true story of an extraordinary boy who overcame the prejudices of his peers to become one of the finest classical musicians in all of Europe.


This lovely true story of Joseph Boulogne will bring a smile to your face! This incredible story tells the story of the finest classical musician in 18th century France through dynamically wonderful words and pictures! 

 We are taken on a wonderful trip through the extraordinary life of Joseph Boulogne from his birth in the West Indies to his move to France and overcoming racism to be the best classical musician in France in the 18th century and finally performing for the King and Queen of France! This beautifully written, illustrated, and designed book is a gem! I 

As a classical music and history lover, I couldn't put this book down. I have been recommending to many people. Who read the book and loved it as well. The pictures are so realistic that you feel like you are there. There is an "Author's Note" at the end that you must read! 

This book is a must have for all school, public, private, and home libraries! I recommend this picture book for students and adults young and old who love history, music, and a well done book! You won't be disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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

Saturday, September 5, 2015

It's Back to School... What Are You Reading?

It's Back to School Time... 
What Are You Reading?

All of the students are heading back to school and I would be remiss if I didn't include our list of "back to school" books.


Here we go....... Let us know which ones you have read...


It's Back to School We Go: First Day Stories From Around the World by Ellen Jackson and Illustratead by Jan Davey Ellis

Ready to Read by Rosemary Wells

The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom

Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea

The School Year Will Be The BEST by Kay Winters and Illustrated by Renee Andreiani

Mouse's First Day of School by Lauren Thompson and Illustrated by Buket Erdogan

That's Our School: That's Our Teacher by Ann Morris and Photographs and Illustrations by Peter Linenthal

Sumi's First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak and Illustrated by Joung Un Kim

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

When You Go to Kindergarten - Text by James Howe and Photographs by Betsy Imershein

Pa Lia's First Day by Michelle Edwards

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

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten by Audrey Vernick and Illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel

I Can Read - Monster School: First Day Frights by Dave Keane  

Amelia Bedelia's: First Day of School by Herman Parish and Lynne Avril

Super Silly School Poems by David Greenberg and pictures by Liza Woodruff

Follow the  Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist

Let us know your favorite back to school children's books............

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

If You Plant a Seed - Words and Paintings by Kadir Nelson

If You Plant a Seed 

Words and Paintings by Kadir Nelson

If you plant a carrot seed.. a carrot will grow. If you plant a cabbage seed of kindness ... or selfishness?

Once in a while there is a book that is so well written and the pictures are so spectacular that you just can't put it down... You find yourself looking at it over and over and over again... Such is the case for Kadir Nelson's new book "If You Plant a Seed!" In this delightfully created book, a rabbit and bunny plant seeds and nurture them and they grow... before they know it... As they are enjoying the plush rich fruits of their labor... Guess who come to eat?

They have a host of birds fly in to share their newly grown treats.....

Guess what happens?

You will have to read the book for the rest of the story....

I have shared this book with so many adults and children...

It just brings a wide smile to my face every time that I pick up the book!

The pictures are so realistic that you feel like you are there sharing in the activities... whether good or bad...You know immediately what emotion each animal is conveying.

Nelson's pictures are so breathtakingly gorgeous, and rich!!!!!! The details for each animal are very  accurate and awe-inspiring! I was so shocked and mesmerized by the beauty of this book that I wanted more and so I went to his web site and have been sharing the link to others ever since.

This book is a must read for anyone who loves children's books. This is one of the best of the bunch that I have ever read.

I highly recommend this book to all homes, school, public, private, and day care libraries! You won't be disappointed. This book will bring a smile to everyone's face... young and old alike!!!!!!!!!!

Check out Kadir Nelson's  personal web site... His paintings will take your breath away!!!!!! Here's the link:

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

Until the Next Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mansa Musa by Khephra Burns and Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

Mansa Musa by Khephra Burns

Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon


When an evening celebration in his village is disrupted by the cries of slave raiders, young Kankan Musa runs to find his spear, but in a moment he is taken. Suddenly, the world he has known is gone. Is he to be a slave? Or will destiny carry this son of a proud people to a different future?


What a most delightful story about the great Malian lion king Mansa Musa. I loved this book so much that I am in the process of learning more about this great king!

This is one of the most gorgeous children's books that I have reviewed! I just couldn't stop reading. I felt transformed to that time period as I read the book and looked at the rich beautiful pictures that certainly showcased the rich grandeur that Mansa Musa brought to the world!

Caldecott Medalists have woven their magic in this must have book!

I VERY highly recommend this book to all children of all races! Everyone needs to learn about the great Mansa Musa! 

This is a must have for all school, home, public, and private libraries... You won't be disappointed!!!!!!!!!!

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

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July Books

Happy 4th of July!

Here are some of the more popular books that childtren in our libraries were reading during the 4th of July holiday weekend.


Independence Day by David F. Marx

Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts and Illustrated by Doug Cushman

Independence Day by Rebecca Rissman

Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas and Illustrated by Raul Colon

Happy Birthday America by Marsha Wilson Chall and Illustrated by Guy Porfirio

Let us know your favorites!

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

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

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

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!!!!!!


 Wishing all dads, grand dads, uncles, nephews, brothers... mentors...

Want to read some great children's books for Father's Day? Check out these wonderful recommendations!!!!!!!

1.  The Night Before Father's Day by Natasha Wing

2.  The Ten Best Things About My Dad by Christine Loomis


3.  What Dads Can't Do by Douglas Wood


5.  The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

6.  My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen


7.  A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting


8.  A Wild Father's Day by Sean Callahan


9.  My Dad's a Hero by Rebecca Christiansen


10.  The Berenstain Bears and the Papa's Day Surprise by Stan Berenstain



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


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


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









It's the First Day of Summer... What Are We Reading????

Welcome to the First Day of Summer!!!!!!!!!!

It's the First Day of Summer... What Are We Reading????

Let's check out some of the titles that we are reading for the beginning of summer...

Let us know which books you are currently reading........

Summer: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur and Illustrated by Leslie Evans

We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins

Picnic by Emily Arnold McCully (Winner of the Caldecott Medal)

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews

The Amazing Outdoor Activity Book by Angela Wilkes


Let us know your favorite books for the beginning of summer!

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 American Library Association Summer Reading Lists

2015 American Library Association Summer Reading Lists

It's summer time and that means summer reading for students.... It's fun and exciting... Check out some of these ALA selected titles. Write and tell us which ones you liked and didn't like and why!

Click here to check out the American Library Association recommended summer reading titles...

2015 ALA Summer Reading List

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

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

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEXT! Please by Christopher Inns

NEXT! Please by Christopher Inns

I just read the most adorable book that I want to share with you all...


NEXT! Please by Christopher Inns

ONE EYE TED has lost his eye! 

Woolly Sheep has become unraveled! 

Wonderhorse wonders where his wheel went, and the whole gang needs help! 

Luckily, these ailments are all in a day's work for Doctor Hopper and her trusty nurse, Rex Barker.

Together, these toy-repair experts knit, glue, and counsel their loveable patients back to health while proving that laughter is still the best medicine.


This is one of the most creatively written books that I have ever read!
The colors are bright and happy! The sentences are short and fun!!!!!!!!!!

I love the eye chart. How brilliant!

This warm and fuzzy book is a must read for all children (adults too) who love happy cuddly friendly animal stories! I absolutely LOVE this book! I am looking forward to adding it to my collection::))

This is a must have for all home, school, public, day care, and private libraries............

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Recycled Craft Projects For Kids by Marion Elliot (Great Summer Fun)

Recycled Craft Projects For Kids: 50 Things to make from junk, shown step by step in over 400 photographs

by Marion Elliot

Now that Summer is fast approaching and children will be out of school soon and it's time to clear out the junk from our houses, let's think of some great inexpensive or free activities that are engaging, fun, educational, and save our environment...

The new book "Recycled Craft Projects For Kids: 50 Things to make from junk, shown step by step in over 400 photographs" is a great source for activities for children.

This book is an excellent source for creating many fun, easy-to-follow crafts that children young and old can create using recycled materials

The book contains the following:
  • Introduction
  • Recycling
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Quick and Easy Ideas
  • Templates
  • Toys and Puppets
  • Wild West Ranch
  • Cowboys
  • Space Station
  • Games, Instruments, and Objects
  • Adornments and Decorations
  • Index

Can you imagine creating cowboys "ready to ride on their dappled horses?" They are made from old-fashioned wooden pegs and other items.... They are in here...


How about a Paper-plate Cat Mask  or an Indoor Snowstorm or a Radical Robot or Paper-bag Animal Mask or Space Cat or Television Set or Fruit Machine or Tambourine or Drum or Nail Chimes or Groovy Guitar or Cardboard Frame or Papier-Mache Bowl or Rolled-Paper Beads or Nature Box.

You will find the directions for all of these activities and more in this easy-to-read and follow book!
the books is divided into great categories so that if you are interested in creating a Groovy Guitar, you can refer to the "Games, Instruments and Objects" section. If you are interested in the creating all manner of Christmas decorations, you can search the "Adornments and Decorations" section.

The pictures and directions are short, simple, crisp, clear, and easy to follow. You can locate some of the materials for your projects that are earmarked for your local recycle bin.
Until the next time........................
Happy reading..........................................
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!