I Spy series by Edward Gibbs

August 19, 2014 by

Instead of just picking one of his I Spy books to review I thought I would brag about all of this series.  These books, just in case you haven’t seen them are great.  The titles are I Spy with my Little Eye, I Spy Under the Sea, I Spy on the Farm, and I Spy Pets.  You will enjoy beautiful illustrations that are colorful and large that will capture a young child’s attention.  The content is simple but with the use of color, animals sounds and letters of the alphabet they present an early literacy tool for every parent or caregiver.  The addition of peep holes throughout the book just add to the excitement as a child eagerly awaits to see the hidden surprise waiting for them.   The books in this series are large enough to be enjoyed by a large groups of children as well as a special bonding time with your child.  Of course when I discovered these books I couldn’t wait to read them to a groups of toddlers or a younger audience as well.

The first book I discovered in this series caught my eye immediately.  I shared it with a group of toddlers and I received many requests for this title as well as others in this series.  If you want some books that your child will eagerly want to hear over and over again this series maybe just what you are looking for.

 

 

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

August 18, 2014 by

It is important to talk to your baby AND give your baby a chance to respond.  It may sound like babbling now, but it is the beginning of your child’s language development.

 

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Kid Picks: August Afternoon Edition

August 17, 2014 by

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Kid Picks

August 17, 2014 by

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Minion

August 15, 2014 by

minion Minion by John David Anderson

 “Michael Morn might be a villain, but he’s really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known across the country as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people, after all: those who  turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes-special devices with mysterious abilities that they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other,  they look out for each other, and they’d never betray each other. In New Liberty, a city torn apart by the divide between the rich and the poor, the moral and the immoral, this is as much of a family as  anyone could ever hope for.

 But then a Super comes to town, a mysterious blue streak in the sky known only as the Comet, and Michael’s world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have  built, the safe and secure life they’ve made for themselves in a city where safety and security are scarce. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life, or to let it unravel.” –  Summary from goodreads.

While there are superpowers in this book, it’s a pretty realistic story about a young teenage boy who is coming to terms with the “grey” areas of life. Michael learns that there’s more to the story than simply good and evil or right and wrong. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys comic books or action-packed stories.

Reviewed by Kate (Haggard Library)

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Help! We Need a Title!

August 14, 2014 by

18103018Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet

This picture book finds a collection of roughly drawn characters (one of them is actually a stick figure) playing on a page that looks like it is out of a sketch book or story outline, when the reader (you) interrupts them.  The fairy princess, the pig, a snake, a dog, and stick-man scramble to find a landscape, a bad guy, and some sort of story to entertain the reader, but they can’t quite figure it out and eventually call to the author to help them.  Will he help his characters out and write a quick story for them and the reader?

There are many picture books that have broken the fourth wall to talk to their readers, and Help! We Need a Title! is nothing new on that account.  However, Tullet’s self-deprecating tone makes this a fun one for adult readers.  It’s all a little bit “meta,” with Tullet writing himself into the book and conversing with his characters and the reader to explain “I’m not ready. This book isn’t finished yet!”  One can easily imagine an author with writer’s block and a conversation with an editor about publishing deadlines.  Fans of Tullet’s last book, Press Here, will find another great, unusual picture book here.

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Baby Sign Language – Shoes

August 13, 2014 by

Babies develop motor skills before they develop the ability to speak. Teaching your baby sign language opens the door to communication, leading to more fun and less frustration!

Please join us for Babes in Arms – rhymes, books, music, and sign language for children aged 0-9 months.

Davis Library: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. starting August 26th

Haggard Library: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. starting August 27th

See you at storytime!

 

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Moldylocks and the Three Beards

August 12, 2014 by

moldylocks and the three beardsMoldylocks and the Three Beards (Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #1)
by Noah Z. Jones

Princess Pink is not a princess, and she’s not pink. She doesn’t even like princesses or the color pink. She’s just a girl whose first name is Princess, and whose last name happens to be Pink. One night, Princess Pink wakes up hungry, but when she opens the refrigerator door to get a snack, she finds herself looking into a magical world. Leaning in to take a better look, Princess Pink tumbles into the refrigerator and begins to fall!

In the Land of Fake-Believe, things are very different from back home. Still feeling hungry, Princess Pink meets a girl named Moldylocks who takes her to the house of the Three Beards to find something to eat, but the two girls soon find there’s more than chili waiting for them at the Three Beards’ house…

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You may think you know where this story is going, but it’s different from any version of Goldilocks and the Thee Bears you’ve ever read before, and funnier too! With a collection of strange characters like Mother Moose and Tunacorn, kids will be laughing out loud at the antics of Princess Pink and Moldylocks.

Perfect for fans of humor, cartoon-like illustrations, and all around ridiculousness. This Princess does her own rescuing!

Early chapter book. Recommended for ages 5 to 7.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

August 11, 2014 by

Sing songs with your child: songs help children develop listening skills and pay attention to the rhythms and rhymes of spoken language.

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Kid Picks: August Afternoon Edition

August 10, 2014 by

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