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All Year Round

January 29, 2016

All Year Round

By Susan B. Katz

 

In this fun and engaging picture book, a different shape corresponds to each month. The illustrations are bold, bright and colorful.

I enjoyed the connections made by the author between each month and the activity used to introduce the shape. This book is a fun way to help your little one learn (or reinforce their knowledge of) their shapes.  It is a great group read for preschool classes, too.  Happy Reading!

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Race Car Count

December 29, 2015

Race Car Count

By Rebecca Kai Dotlich

 

Does your little one like cars? Counting? Rhyming? Then this is a great book for you!  In Race Car Count, the large colorful illustrations are eye catching and as you count the cars from 1-10 the rhyming is fun and entertaining. The large and colorful text makes this a great storytime or preschool read, and the ‘Meet the Race Cars’ page at the end of the book is an absolute blast! It’s great fun to learn each cars name, favorite foods and collectables. Be sure to give this one a try. Happy reading!

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Snowy Bear

November 27, 2015

Snowy Bear

By Tony Mitton

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little bear all alone in the cold snowy woods, trying to find a warm place to rest.

As I read along, I found the cadence reminiscent of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, and I loved reading it aloud. Alison Brown’s illustrations captivated me as I followed Snowy Bear’s journey through the woods as he tries to find a home. Sadly, it seems that no one has a place for poor Snowy Bear. Finally, he sees a little farmhouse. Could this be a place he can rest?  Will he find a friend there? Check out this sweet book to find out. Happy Reading!

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Lots of Dots

October 28, 2015

Lots of Dots

By Craig Frazier

 

Lots of Dots is loads of fun! This entertaining and engaging book is a great way for your child to learn about circles. The dots are overflowing with color, and the simple and bold illustrations are real attention getters. Have fun with your little ones as they identify the more familiar dots, and learn new vocabulary for the ‘dots’ that are new to them.

Be sure to give this one a try and let the good times begin.  Happy reading!

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Pepper & Poe

September 29, 2015

Pepper & Poe

 Frann Preston-Gannon

 

This book is so cute! The story is about Pepper, a family cat who enjoys his life very much until one fateful Wednesday, when he is presented with a new kitten named Poe.  Pepper is NOT thrilled with the new addition to the family, as the fabulously expressive artwork shows.

The adorable illustrations speak volumes as the story unfolds. I loved seeing Pepper’s expressions throughout the book, especially on the final pages.  This is a great read for families thinking about getting a 2nd pet (or expecting a 2nd child perhaps?) or for anyone who loves animals.  I hope you enjoy this book and these  cute kitties as much as I did.  Happy reading!

 

 

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Sniff! Sniff!

August 28, 2015

Sniff! Sniff

By Ryan Sias

 

Sniff! Sniff! Cover

In his newest picture book, author/illustrator Sias has created an adorably illustrated read that tells the story of a puppy whose nose leads him into all kinds of trouble adventures. Few words are used; few words are needed.  The pictures tell this story of mischief, adventure and love.

The simple, repetitive text is easy to follow, and the bright bold illustrations are captivating.  Puppy’s thought bubbles as he experiences new scents help children develop their prediction skills as they have fun guessing puppy’s next stop! This is a delightful book to share with your child.  Happy reading!

 

 

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Stick and Stone

July 28, 2015

Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are lonely and alone until they become the best of friends, then they make a perfect 10! Read along and watch their friendship grow through simple rhyming text and beautifully illustrated adventures.

Tom Lichtenheld’s absolutely adorable artwork brings life to each of the characters. This charming story tells how friendship grows and how friends help each other.  The book makes for great discussion with your little reader(s).  Even though Stick and Stone don’t look the same they are friends; friends that help each other and play together, and stay together.  This is a great book with a great message.  Happy reading!

 

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The Monkey and the Bee

June 26, 2015

 

 

 

The Monkey and the Bee

By C.P. Bloom

I LOVE this book!  Wordless and nearly wordless picture books are favorites of mine, as they provide opportunities for the reader to discuss the pictures, demonstrate reading with expression, and have tons of fun. In Bloom’s book, a simple story of a monkey, a banana and a bee is told.  It is fantastic fun to watch their adventure unfold through illustrator Peter Raymundo’s marvelous artwork. Will the monkey share his banana? Will the monkey and the bee learn to get along? What will happen to the lion? Yes, there is also a lion! Want to know more?  Check out this awesome book and join the fun.  Did I mention that I LOVE this book?! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading!

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Where’s The Pair?

May 29, 2015

Where’s The Pair?

Britta Teckentrup

 

In this beautifully illustrated book, author Teckentrup uses rhyming text to give clues about the pair to be matched.  The rhymes are fun and clever, the animals are super cute, and the matches are honestly a bit challenging, some more than others.  This is a great way to challenge your child (and yourself!) mentally.  I have to confess, there was one match I couldn’t find, but I had a wonderful time trying.  I would suggest this book for preschoolers through early elementary age children (and their parents).  Happy Reading!

If you enjoy this book, try The Odd One Out too. In this book, the reader looks for the picture that is different.  Fantastic fun!

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If You Plant a Seed

April 23, 2015

If You Plant a Seed

By Kadir Nelson

 This gorgeously illustrated book has few words, but says a lot.  A beautiful lesson about the benefits of sharing over selfishness is told through both the words and the illustrations.

This book provides a great opportunity for you to discuss the events in the pictures and have your little one explain to you what is happening when the bunny and mouse choose to/not to share. This is a good choice for a preschool group read too.  Happy reading!

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