Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

Color Mixing Fun!

October 14, 2014

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet is a wonderfully interactive picture book, and a fun introduction to colors and color mixing.  Directed to tap here and rub there, readers and listeners mix the colors on the pages of this book.  With its generous white space and splotches of paint color, the reader is invited to “with one finger take a little bit of the blue…and just touch the yellow.  Rub it…gently…”

And with a page turn, “see?” the reader sees the splotch of green that they’ve made!

Herve Tullet gave new meaning to an interactive picture book with Press Here, and this title follows in that same vein.

A delightfully fun reading experience that hopefully leads to some actual play with paints and colors!

Read the book, get some finger paints…and MIX IT UP!

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The Lion and the Bird

October 9, 2014

lionThe Lion and the Bird

By Marianne Dubuc

One day while working in his garden, Lion hears a sound. Finding a hurt bird, he takes the little creature into his house to help nurse it back to health. Since the bird’s friends have continued to fly south for the winter, Lion lets him stay. They do everything together during the winter. They read books together, have dinner together, go ice fishing and sledding together. When spring comes, Lion is sad to see his dear friend go. He spends all summer alone, but gets a special surprise when fall comes again.

This is a sweet story with soft, color-pencil illustrations. The text is simple and limited, making it a great choice for young readers. Though the bird never speaks, Lion always knows what he’s trying to say. Your little ones will love these adorable friends.

Recommended reading for ages: 4-7

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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The Monkey Goes Bananas

September 30, 2014

Monkey Goes BananasThe Monkey Goes Bananas

By: C. P. Bloom

Illustrated by Peter Raymundo

There are a number of books with a limited use of words. With just eleven different words (twelve if you include ‘the’), this book will take you on a flip-book type journey with a resourceful monkey. The Monkey Goes Bananas uses simple text and extremely animated and fun pictures to tell the story of a monkey who wants the bananas from a nearby island. The only thing stopping him is a big span of water and a SHARK!!!

This is a great book for an interactive story time with your little ones. Have them tell you the story using the pictures, or try to say each of the eleven different words with a crazy voice. This story will have your kids giggling and begging to read it again!

Recommended for ages: 3-7

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Chu’s First Day of School

September 11, 2014

Chu's firstChu is back in Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex.  In the first book featuring the lovable panda bear, readers got a surprise when they found out about Chu’s explosive sneezes.

In this second title, Chu is nervous about going to school.  When he gets there and all the animals take turns introducing themselves and sharing something they love to do, there’s a surprise in store for his fellow classmates, as Chu can’t help but demonstrate what he loves to do.  The expressions on his classmates’ faces tell Chu everything is going to be all right.

The concerns of Chu will resonate with young children, and readers will find humor in the facial expressions throughout the book and of course, in Chu!

For more books, check out our Starting School list.

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Puddle Pug

September 10, 2014

indexPuddle Pug

By Kim Norman

Illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi

Percy the pug loves all kinds of puddles. In his search to find the perfect puddle for splashing, he makes a map of all the swamp puddles, the stomp puddles, and even the ready-for-a-romp puddles. He tries froggy puddles, and foggy puddles, and deeper-than-a-doggy puddles. When he finds just the perfect puddle, it’s already occupied by mama pig and her little piglets!

Percy tries everything to get in mama’s good graces, but it takes a big storm and one smart doggy to earn a chance to stay in the best puddle of all. This is an adorable story with fun illustrations. Percy’s expression are simply perfect as he enjoys all the different kinds of puddles. With rhyming text, it’s a great read-aloud story for your little ones.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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September 9, 2014

gastonGaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Gaston has always been the odd one out in his little doggy family.  If his siblings are teacups, he is a teapot.  They yip, and he RUFFs! They tippy-toe, and he races, WHOA!  Gaston tries his hardest to be what he should, and his mother, Mrs. Poodle, loves him for it.

Then, on a trip to the park, the poodle family meets a bulldog family with a misfit member of their own and they realize there’s been a terrible mix-up. Gaston switches families, but he feels like he fits in even less with his fellow bulldogs than he did with the poodles!  Can Gaston find out where he truly belongs?

This is a solid addition to the cannon of children’s picture books about family, and embracing everyone’s special role.  It’s okay if you’re not exactly like your brother or sister – mom just might love you anyway.

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Big Bad Bubble

August 29, 2014

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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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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

August 26, 2014

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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My Blue Bunny, Bubbit

August 5, 2014

indexMy Blue Bunny, Bubbit

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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I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

July 24, 2014

Check out our shadow puppet show based on the book I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry! We had a lot of fun making it!

(Shadow Puppet show inspired by Salt Lake City Public Library.)

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