Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

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

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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

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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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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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