Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

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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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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If You Were a Panda Bear

June 20, 2014

If You Were a Panda Bear

Wendell and Florence Minor


What kind of bear enjoys catching fish? Which one eats bamboo? This beautiful picture book’s rhyming text will introduce your little one to many kinds of bears, from panda bear to spectacled bear. The illustrations in this charming read are vivid and captivating, and should keep your young reader happily engaged.

The ending is an absolute delight, but I won’t spoil it for you.  Check out this lovely book and find out for yourself.  Happy reading!



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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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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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Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman

May 21, 2014

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Illustrated by Chris Case

Jacob likes to play dress-up. He also likes wearing dresses. Some of his friends accept it, but Christopher likes to bully Jacob and make fun of him. Jacob’s teacher, his mother, and his father are all supportive of him, telling him he should wear whatever he is comfortable in. When his dad sees him in a new dress he says “it’s not what I would wear, but you look great.”

Read this touching story to find out what challenges everyone faces when children don’t identify with traditional gender roles.

The back page talks about gender non-conformity and how we can support and affirm children to help them come into themselves. It’s hard to be different, but it shouldn’t have to be.  Everyone should be as lucky as Jacob to have supportive, non-judgmental adults around to help them.

Guest review by Karen (Harrington)

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New Board Books

May 15, 2014

There are so many good board books for babies!  These are the small books with the hard, cardboard pages and they are perfect for little hands.  There are a few new ones that are standouts.

Try the Creature books by Andrew Zuckerman.  I particularly liked Creature Colors.  The color appears in text with a photo image of an animal of that color.  For example, a page has the word “blue” (in blue font) and a gorgeous image of a blue parrot, so the reader can say the word and prompt the child to fill in the word for the animal…the interactivity is built right in!


New Leo Lionni board books are also appealing, with torn paper illustrations and titles such as When? and Who?


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The Short Giraffe

May 9, 2014

The Short Giraffeshort

By Neil Flory

Illustrated by Mark Cleary

The giraffes want to take a photo together. They all gather together, wanting to look their best, but monkey notices there’s one giraffe that’s not tall enough for the picture. Geri, the shortest giraffe who ever lived, doesn’t want to ruin the photo, but his friends are determined to make it work. They put him on stilts and fill him with helium, put springs on his feet and encourage him to climb a tree. Nothing works! Someone much smaller than even the short giraffe makes a suggestion that everyone can agree on.

The Short Giraffe is a quick but fun read about friendship and problem-solving. The illustrations are simple, but humorous with big smiles all around. This is a fun read for your little one, emphasizing that being different doesn’t mean you get left out.

Recommended for ages 2-5.

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Baby’s Got the Blues

May 1, 2014

baby's got the bluesBaby’s Got the Blues
by Carol Diggory Shields
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

It’s not easy being a baby. You wake up wet and stinky, can’t eat yummy food, and fall on your face every time you try to walk. Not to mention your crib looks like a jail. Luckily, things never feel too lowdown and blue, because there’s someone there to say, “I love you.”

It’s hard not to love this rhyming, rhythmic tale of a baby’s life of woes. Sweet and funny scenes feature baby, big sister, and mom. Give it your best B.B. King impersonation, and try singing this book blues style! A fun read for the whole family.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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