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Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach

January 21, 2016

nonibeachNoni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester

I’m ready for a warm sunny day, and a trip to the beach.  How about you?  If you need some inspiration, check out Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach. In this charming story, Noni and her friends, Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, go on an adventure to the beach.  Slightly silly, and full of rhyming words, this book will be perfect for your favorite preschooler.

And if this book puts you in the mood for more books about the beach, try our Beach theme bag, which includes nine books, a puppet, and a felt rhyme about sandcastles.  Search the catalog for keywords: Beach theme, or search theme bag for a list of all of our themes.

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Big Bot, Small Bot: a Book of Opposites

December 26, 2015

bigbotBig Bot Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites by Marc Rosenthal

Robot lovers, gather round!  Rosenthal’s robot themed opposites book is a winner.  Each page features a concept with a flap, which reveal eight opposites.  The text size reinforces the first two concepts, big/small and quiet/loud, and although the remaining six concepts do not include variations in text size or placement, the illustrations playfully engage the reader.

The book is small and square, perfect for little hands.  Parents and children alike love moveable books, so the flaps will soon be well worn.

Check this one out from the library today…I like it so much that I would purchase it for a young reader to cherish!

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Strictly No Elephants

December 12, 2015

strictlynoelephantsStrictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

A little boy is excited to meet others at Pet Club Day to show off his unusual pet, a tiny elephant.  Sadly, he arrives and a sign is posted stating, “Strictly No Elephants.”  As he goes back home, he meets a girl who also was excluded because of her pet skunk, and eventually, many children come together in a new place where “All Are Welcome.”

The story is not a heavy handed moral lesson, but it is about tolerance.  It’s also a story about what it takes to be great friend. The illustrations feature diverse children and diverse pets!  Share it with your favorite friend today!

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How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder

November 17, 2015

how to shareHow to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder

What child doesn’t love making a cave to hide in?  In How to Share with a Bear, Thomas makes a cave so he can cuddle up with a few books and read.  But his cave is taken over by a bear, so he finds creative ways to distract it.  Bears like blueberries, scratching their backs, fishing in streams, and honey, but none of these distractions seem to last very long. The reader will be surprised to discover the “truth” behind the bear!

I loved the gentle solutions in this story about siblings and sharing.  Thomas is a loving big brother.  Even though there are instructions at the end of the book about how to build your own cave, your children may not need them!  If you’re in need of quiet book, perfect for cave reading, pick this one up today!

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Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb

November 7, 2015

ratscaliburRatscalibur by Josh Lieb

Seventh grader, Joey, has moved with his mom to an apartment in the city.  When his uncle Patrick, brings him a pet rat, a magical, or should I say “ragical,” adventure begins.  The story is plot driven, and will keep the reader turning the pages.  I picked this one up because of the cover, which features rat Joey brandishing  a spork on top of a scone.  I was nicely surprised to find it made it to the nomination list of books for next year’s Texas Bluebonnet Award list.

Young readers will love the first in this new engaging fantasy series.  Check it out in either book, ebook, or audiobook today!

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Connect the Stars

October 29, 2015


Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Middle-school can be tough, and Audrey Alcott and Aaron Archer both feel like misfits at their schools.  They both have special gifts too…Audrey knows when people lie, and Aaron has an encyclopedic memory.

When Audrey and Aaron meet at a six-week wilderness survival camp, they are paired on the same team with two other campers and must undergo challenges designed by the camp founder and former football player, Jared Eastbrook.

I loved that this book addressed bullying, and developing friendships within a great story about the West Texas wilderness and survival.  Don’t pass this one up by assuming it might be another “problem” novel about middle school.  Even though the characters are a bit older than the typical juvenile novel, I think it would be a great book to read together as a family or in a classroom.

I hope you like Connect the Stars as much as I did!

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Ballet Cat

September 22, 2015

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

It’s no secret that I love Bob Shea’s books, and now he has ventured into the world of early readers!

Good friends, Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony, are trying to find something to play.  Of course, Ballet Cat loves to dance, so Sparkles goes along.  When Ballet Cat realizes that Sparkles doesn’t seem happy, Sparkles reveals that he has a totally secret secret!  Readers will love this funny story that has a warm and fuzzy ending.

If your reader loves the Gerald and Piggy books, or the Frog and Toad books, they will love this one too.

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26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola

August 27, 2015

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola.

Once and awhile I come across a book that I term “lost in the stacks.”  This is a book that is cataloged in a place that is not usually browsed by parents and children, or it might even just be on the bottom shelf, and no one bends down and sees it!  Many times, if not “lost,” the book would be out because it’s really good stuff!

26 Fairmount Avenue by DePaola falls into this category in my library.  It is a short chapter book, the first written by DePaola who is a favorite with young children for Strega Nona and Big Anthony. It is also the first in a series of chapter books centered on DePaola’s family memories.

I think the series is a great read-aloud for young families who would like to begin their venture beyond picture books.  DePaola tells about his extended family in a matter of fact way, and children will learn about everyday life in the 1930’s and 40’s.  At the end of one chapter, DePaola describes his mother crying, and his father using “bad words” as they struggled with the ups and downs of building their new home.  DePaola doesn’t sugar coat his memories, but it’s still told in a way that is accessible to children.  One of his other memories involves seeing the Disney version of Snow White for the first time, and being upset that it wasn’t the true version that his mother had read to him.

Why not “find” this book today?  I’m glad I did!

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Launchpads are here!

July 30, 2015

Come by and check out an educational Launchpad for your child.  They are at all Plano Public Libraries!Launchpad Web Banner 550x302





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What is a Launchpad?

A Launchpad is a tablet pre-loaded with learning apps and games for interactive learning and play made by the Playaway company.


What does it come with?

The Launchpad tablet, an orange bumper case, USB cable and AC adapter, a “Using Playaway Launchpad” insert, all within one easy-to-carry case!


How long can I check it out?

You can check out a Launchpad for 7 DAYS. If nobody has requested the Launchpad, it can be renewed ONE time.


What about overdue fees?

The fee for an overdue Launchpad is $1 per day.

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Little Engineers

July 14, 2015

Whose Tools? by Toni Buzzeo and Jim Datz

This new board book is a fun introduction to tools and building for the younger set.  Each page asks, “Whose tools are those?” The opposite page features friendly-looking tools, each labeled, which then flips open to reveal the answer.  The vocabulary in this one is rich!  Most of us aren’t using “mason”, or “linesman pliers” vocabulary in our everyday lives, so your child will hear something new.  And, the human characters are diverse, which is always a bonus.

If you and your children enjoy building, join us at 3pm on July 20 at Harrington Library for “What Will You Build?”

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