Big Bad Bubble

August 29, 2014 by

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by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Did you think that bubbles just disappear when they pop?  Oh, no.  When a bubble pops here, it reappears in La La Land!  Unfortunately, thanks to Mogo, all the monsters in La La Land are absolutely TERRIFIED of bubbles.  Bubbles are sneaky!  They travel in packs!  And in summer they go into a frenzy!

Finally, with some coaxing, the monsters will discover that just maybe bubbles aren’t so scary after all.  Now, butterflies, on the other hand…

Join the silly monsters in La La Land for a hilarious bubble adventure with the winning team of Rubin and Salmieri. And if you like this book, be sure to check out some of their others, like Dragons Love Tacos and Those Darn Squirrels!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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My Teacher is a Monster!

August 28, 2014 by

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by Peter Brown

Bobby’s teacher is a monster. Or is she? Bobby likes to go to the park to take his mind off his monster teacher, but one day… she is there! Bobby and his teacher end up spending some time together in the park, quacking with ducks and flying paper airplanes. Watch as his teacher slowly transforms from a monster into a real person. When Bobby gets back to school, he views his teacher a little differently… but that’s not to say she doesn’t still get a little monstrous at times.

This is a fun book that can show kids how people can act differently in different situations. Just because a teacher acts a certain way during class doesn’t mean she can’t have fun outside of the classroom! And as always, Peter Brown’s illustrations are bold and adorable. Love that Peter Brown!

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Gravity

August 27, 2014 by

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By: Jason Chin

Earlier this summer at Harrington we did a Discovery Science Storytime on the topic of Space.  The concept of gravity is sometimes difficult to find within a book appropriate for preschool age children. Therefore, when I saw the title of this book, I was intrigued.

The book explains the complex topic of gravity through its beautiful illustrations. As a side note, Chin cleverly places illustrations of the book itself throughout to depict gravity.

Additionally, the end of the book has a “more about gravity” section describing even more ideas about gravity.

If you find that you need a book about gravity for young children and would like a jumping off point for an explanation, I recommend this title. Additionally, the illustrations may also pique the interests of space-minded children and adults alike.

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

August 26, 2014 by

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

By Todd Parr

 In Todd Parr’s newest book, he assures his readers that it’s okay to make mistakes. “It’s okay to not know the answer. Asking questions helps you learn”, is just one of many positive encouragements given. In his wonderfully humorous way, Parr tells us that it is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to be different.

His illustrations are boldly colored and absolutely adorable. Parr even tells us how the art was made and stresses that mistakes were made that shaped the finished product. (The finished product is a fun, beautiful and creative read. I love it!)

This is a fantastic book to share with your child. It would also be a great group read for a preschool or kindergarten class. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. Happy reading!

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

August 25, 2014 by

Play pretend with your child. Let your child’s imagination go wild! Encourage them to make up and act out their own stories. This builds both language and critical thinking skills.

 

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Kid Picks: August Afternoon Edition

August 24, 2014 by

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Kid Picks

August 24, 2014 by

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Two Speckled Eggs

August 22, 2014 by

 

Two Speckled Eggs

Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann

Ginger is excited about her birthday party.  Her mother insists she cannot exclude anyone from the invitations, but Ginger thinks Lyla Browning is weird.

This is a great story about friendship.  During the party games and the cake, Ginger begins to get a new perspective on Lyla, and when she opens Lyla’s present she discovers a tiny handmade bird’s nest with two chocolate malted-milk eggs.  Lyla’s gift is unique, as is Lyla.

Jennifer K. Mann’s author notes on the flap of the book say that she came up with the idea for the story from two photographs from her seventh birthday party.  Do you remember your seventh birthday?  This book may stir some memories!

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Underwater Dogs

August 21, 2014 by

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By Seth Casteel

When I look underwater, what do I see? So many doggies looking at me! With it’s fun, rhyming text and giggle-worthy photographs, Underwater Dogs is a fun summer read. See all different kinds of dogs fetch pool toys as they plunge into the water. You’d probably be surprised at the silly faces dogs make when they jump in a pool! These high speed photos capture doggies grinning and playing with enthusiasm. From the big boxer all the way down to the little dachshund, these puppies love to be in the water. Seth Casteel is an award winning pet photographer and this is his second book with dogs diving underwater, but you’ll see his fun photos in calendars and journals too!

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Feathers: Not Just for Flying

August 20, 2014 by

There are so many great new books about birds!

I was enamored with Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart.  This picture book nonfiction title shares some of the unique qualities of feathers.  With a scrapbook-like illustration style, each page provides a line of bold text, with smaller text to give more detailed factual information.  Illustrations show the bird and the object their feathers are compared to.  I like that the feathers are compared to objects which could lead to further discussion between reader and listener.

“Feathers can dig holes like a backhoe…or carry building supplies like a forklift.”  There are swallows who use the feathers on their lower legs to dig tunnels; and there is the lovebird who puts nest materials under her rump feathers.

I was fascinated by all the ways that birds use their feathers and I’m sure children will be, too.

The young ornithologists in your life might also enjoy these new titles:

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

Have you Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray

Nest by Jorey Hurley

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