Posts Tagged ‘Children’s easy book’

I Spy series by Edward Gibbs

August 19, 2014

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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Help! We Need a Title!

August 14, 2014

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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My Blue Bunny, Bubbit

August 5, 2014

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By Maggie Smith

Bubbit is a very special bunny. The little girl has had him since she was a baby. Her Nonni made him for her. He’s blue, with a red ribbon, and a row of little x’s on his foot. In just a few weeks, the little girl will have a sibling. Her Nonni comes to stay over and they decide to make a new friend for her baby brother, just like Bubbit.

After deciding to make an elephant for her little brother, they look for just the perfect fabric. They have a lot of choices, but Bubbit seems to think the elephant should be yellow. Using one of the girl’s favorite coats, they work together to make her new brother a wonderful friend. Nonni stitches her special x’s on the elephant’s foot and they blow lots of kisses into him before stitching him up.

This is a sweet story about family and new arrivals that’s perfect to share with your little one when they’re about to have a brother or sister. They might be inspired to make something special for their new sibling.

Recommended for Ages 4-8

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Oliver’s Tree

July 23, 2014

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By Kit Chase

Oliver the elephant and his friends Lulu and Charlie love to play outside. When they play a game of hide and seek, his smaller friends climb into trees to hide. Oliver can see them and he tries and tries to reach them, but he’s not made for climbing.

Oliver’s friends try to find him a good tree for climbing. They find a low tree for him, but it’s too small. The one with bigger branches is too tall. Oliver gets frustrated and decides to take a nap on an old stump and his friends come up with the perfect plan. This is a fun and sweet story about friendship and kindness, full of adorable illustrations.

Recommended for Ages 3-5

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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The Great Day

June 24, 2014

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By Taro Gomi

The boy is awake first, then the alarm, then the dog, but everyone else is asleep. He’s the first to eat and dress and brush his teeth. Follow his great day as he’s the first to do many things, both good and bad. Though he’s the first to get into a fight, he’s also the first to make up with his friend. Because his day is so busy, he’s also the first to go home and get tired.

Originally published in Japan in 1984, this is the first time The Great Day has been printed in America. Using simple language and vibrant illustrations, Taro Gomi captures the action and excitement found in young children.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.  (Schimelpfenig)

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It’s an Orange Aardvark!

June 18, 2014

Michael’s Hall’s latest book, It’s an Orange Aardvark, is another charming and witty book that can be added to his collection of stories.  We greet five carpenter ants that have taken up residence in a tree stump.  Rumble, Rumble, outside noises alert them.  A curious member of the group decides to create a peephole in the stump.  What could it be?  It is obvious to one of the ants that  is a fearsome beast, an aardvark who eats carpenter ants.  As they peer out they see orange and the frightened ant assures everyone it is an orange aardvark.  Each page of this delightful book presents a new peephole with a new color and the imagination of our frightened ant only becomes sillier and sillier.

Michael Hall’s illustrations only enhance this funny story and all the peepholes throughout the book just add to the excitement of discovering the next color.  This book can be enjoyed by anyone!

Beverly (Davis)

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One Busy Day

June 10, 2014

3-5yearsOne Busy Day

By Lola M. Schaefer

Illustrated by Jessica Meserve

Mia wanted to do something- anything- with her big brother, Spencer. But he was always too busy. He would rather sleep in, or climb a tree, or play soccer- anything but play with his little sister. So Mia decides to play by herself. She paints a beautiful picture and dances like a twirly, whirly ballerina. By the time she’s exploring a deep dark pillow fort, suddenly Spencer is curious about all the fun things Mia is doing alone.

One Busy Day is a wonderful story about siblings and how play can become an imaginative adventure. With one, it’s fun, but with two it’s even better. Together, they can battle giant dragons to defend the castle or climb incredible mountains. A great book to share with the whole family.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig)


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June 6, 2014

mooHalf the fun of reading out loud with your little one, and a great pre-reading exercise, is letting them “read” the pictures in a book to you.  Let them look at the illustrations and tell you what is happening based on contextual clues.  There are few books better suited to this than Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka.

This is a relatively straightforward story about a joyriding cow who gets her hooves on the farmer’s shiny red convertible.  The catch is that the only text in the story is the word “moo.”  There is a “Moo!” of excitement when the cow first sees the car.  There is a “MOOOO!” of glee as she speeds down a hill with the wind in her hair.  And there is my favorite, a long string of “Moo moo! Moo moo-moo moo! Moo moo, moo, mooooo!…” as the cow explains her trouble-making to a police officer.

The size and shape of the text on each spread give a clue about the emotion behind each “moo,” and along with the illustrations will allow any young “reader” to tell you how the thieving cow is feeling at that particular moment.

For more practice gleaning emotion and meaning from an *almost* wordless picture book, check out Banana!  by Ed Vere.


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My Octopus Arms

May 30, 2014

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by Keith Baker

What could you do if you had eight arms? Allow Octopus to demonstrate!

In this adorable book by Keith Baker, Octopus shows Little Crab just how many things can be done with a pair (or four) or arms—and, as it turns out, all those things that Octopus can do with eight arms you can do as well with only two! Rhyming text and beautiful, bright, fun illustrations will make this a joy to read (and act out) again and again.

–Lara (Haggard Library)

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How to Cheer Up Dad

May 29, 2014

how to cheer up dadHow to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler

Little Jumbo’s dad is having a very bad day, and Little Jumbo is not sure why.  It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the mess Little Jumbo made at breakfast, or his refusal to take a bath, or his objection to getting dressed after the bath.  Dad must need a time out.

Luckily, Little Jumbo knows just how to cheer up Dad with a few favorite things.  Whether they are Dad’s favorite things or Little Jumbo’s favorite things is debatable, but the end result is a sweet day of father and son time.

Koehler manages to express an amazing amount of emotion just through the set of an elephant’s trunk, and any parent will recognize the mania of a child’s enthusiasm for running away naked, the stubbornness and defiance right before a time out, and the glee of eating an ice cream cone.  This would make a precious Father’s Day gift for book-loving dads, or just a great read-aloud. Talk with your little one about how the illustrations tell a slightly different story from the text.

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