Friday, October 2, 2009

Bedtime for Buttons by Amber Stewart, illustrated by Layn Marlow

Amber Stewart is quickly becoming one of my favorite picture book authors! I absolutely adore this book about keeping bad dreams away.

Button had a very busy day playing with his sisters that when bedtime comes he's eager to go to sleep. . . that is until he remembers the scary tree-bear he saw that day. With thoughts of the tree-bear in his head, Button searches for a way to keep the bad dreams away. Button's daddy, quickly come to the rescue and tells Button of one day when absolutely nothing scary happened-- the day Button was born.


Amber Stewart consistantly brings an adorable idea to life in her books. I think this book is totally storytime worthy and also great for a parent-child bonding moment.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sir Ryan's Quest by Jason Deeble

In Sir Ryan's Quest we meet young Ryan who climbs into his kitchen cabinet and meets the King of pots. The King sends Ryan on some quest that leads him up mountains (stairs), an uncharted wilderness (closet) and into a deep scary cave (the basement). Through each new location, Ryan is given an object to help him on his quest until he finally finds his mom again.
This is too adorable for words! I love how Ryan's imagination takes him to far off places and I love how this story really does capture the essence of a child's imagination. I remember as a small girl, I could go anywhere with just my imagination. I Loved this book.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

Ron's Big Mission is a delightful story about the late astronaut Ronald McNair. The story takes place in the 1950's when Ron is a small boy. Through out the beginning of the book, Ron keeps saying he's off to do something important-- more important than eating a donut, or playing basketball. When Ron gets to the library, he waves hello to the librarian and goes to the aisle with books on aviation, then he does something he hasn't done before. He walks up to the counter to CHECK THE BOOKS OUT. Today, that might not be a big deal, but in Lake City, South Carolina in the 1950's, it was huge. As a black person, Ron wasn't allowed to check books out from the library. Only white people were allowed that privilege. Ron's bravery causes the police to be called, but in the end, he gets his wish, his books and his very own library card.

I love this book! It's a great new look into the Civil Rights Movement. Not only is the main person a child, the location is a local library. When most people think of the Civil Rights movement, they think of buses, schools and water fountains. We rarely think of the children.
I also love that this book is a look into the life of Ronald McNair that most people wouldn't think about. I know I'm not one to think of astronauts as children, let alone mini-activist. :O)

"You can only be a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge. You're eagles. Spread your wings and fly to the sky." Ronald McNair

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

My Name is Not Isabella is about a little girl whose name really is Isabella. When her mother wakes her up in the morning, she declarers "I am Sally, the greatest, toughest astronaut who ever was!" A little while later she decides she is Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, and other famous women in history.
I love this book. I love books that bring history to life and that can empower the next generation of amazing girls. Jennifer Fosberry did a great job picking the women she chose for this book and Mike Litwin was amazing with his illustrations. I especially loved his work with the Rosa Parks page.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Mo Willems takes his amazing wit and puts it to use with a completely new animal -- the naked mole rat. In Naked MOle Rat Gets Dressed, a little rat wasn't sure what to wear one day and his siblings were not impressed. All the others were content to be naked and they decided enough was enough and went to consult the eldest mole rat. What he had to say was suprising. . .
I love Mo Willems!!! He uses the wit we've come to know and love and makes clothing cool again. :O) I enjoyed searching for the "hidden pigeon."

Friday, January 30, 2009

No Babysitters Allowed by Amber Stewart, illustrated by Laura Rankin

Hopscotch was a very brave little bunny rabbit, most of the time. The only time he got butterflies in his tummy was when his mommy and daddy had to go away at night time. Then he got nervous and didn't want the babysitter to come. Mrs. Honeybunch, the babysitter, was a nice older bunny rabbit who tried to get Hopscotch to play, but it wasn't going to happen, until Mrs. Honeybunch did something very silly.

How adorable is this common tale for small children. Most children are afraid of the babysitter at some point, but Mrs. Honeybunch has the perfect idea to make Hopscotch join her. I love this story. . .

The Worst Best Friend by Alexis O'Neill, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beth

Mike and Conrad are the best of friends. They even had their own special handshake. The two boys did everything together until a new boy came to joining their class. Victor would brag about everything and Mike didn't like it so much. Conrad began to hand out with Victor instead of Mike and Mike felt left out. :O(
I like this book because every child has a moment when they feel left out and even abandoned by their first best friend. I love the resolution of the book when Conrad realizes what a crummy friend he has been.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Long Way from Home by Elizabeth Baguley illustrated by Jane Chapman

Noah is a tiny bunny, the smallest bunny in his clutch to be exact. At night when he and his siblings go to sleep, he keeps getting squashed by his sister Ella. Until one night, Noah gets tired of always being squashed and used as a teddy bear that he decides to leave the nest and sleep outside. While outside, he meets up with Albatross and learns about the North Star. When Albatross takes Noah with him, Noah gets lost and realizes how much he misses his family.

There truly is nothing cuter than a lost bunny book. I love the illustrations in the book and the overall message that home and family are really all you need, even when they annoy you, family will always be where your search will end.

The Best Gift of All by Jonathan Emmett illustrated by Vannessa Cabban

Mole really wants to see his friend Rabbit, but it won't stop raining. Instead of being stuck inside, Mole decides to dig his way to Rabbit's house. While he is digging, he accidentally comes across his friends (usually by digging underneath them). As mole keeps digging, his friends decided to follow him to visit Rabbit.

Rabbit has also been stuck inside, but she's suffering from a bad cold. She misses her friends and wishes she could see them. Rabbit is pleasantly surprised when her friends show up at her home.


Very cute story. I love how Mole doesn't think he brought anything special to his sick friend until all the others point out that he brought the best thing of all-- friends.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

Bats at the Library may very well be one of my favorite picture books. The bats are flying by the library one night when they notice a window was left open. As the bats fly in, they all find something to do-- from photocopying themselves to listening to storyhour, the bats enjoy their night in the library.

This book is a companion for the book Bats at the Beach. I love both of these books. The meter of the book is relaxing and easy to fall into the rhythm.

Class Three at Sea by Julia Jarman illustrated by Lynne Chapman

Class Three at Sea is a tale about a group of school children who are going on a boat ride and run into a little trouble along the way. While the children are paying attention to the many kinds of sea life and donkeys, they fail to notice a group of gross pirates coming their way. No one notices as the pirates board the ship and start grabbing children. Will the children prevail, or will the pirates win in the end?
This book kind of freaked me out. I didn't like how the pirates literally threatened the captain of the boat with the lives of small children. I did like how the animals came to the children's rescue and the way the story ends. This book may be a little scary for small children, especially when one pirate threatens to kill the children.

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diessen illustrated by Dan Hanna

The Pout-Pout Fish is a delightful story about a fish who would only pout. He thought pouting was his destiny. All of his ocean friends would try to make him smile, but he always refused. When it looks like hope is lost a stranger fish comes in and helps Mr. Fish realize that even if it looks like he can only frown, any frown can be turned upside down and a new purpose can be found.
I love the illustrations by Dan Hanna! The pout-pout fish is adorable with his droopy frown and you really want to make him happy.

Go Home, Mrs. Beekman! by Ann Redisch Stampler and illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington

Go Home, Mrs. Beekman! is a charming tale of a little girl who didn't want to go to kindergarten. Poor little Emily Beekman is so scared of going to school, her mother makes a promise to stay with her all day and everyday. Emily accepts her mommy's promise and goes to school. After a while at school, Emily is used to her new classmates and her teacher asks all the mommy's and daddy's to leave. Emily watches as all the parents head to the door . . . all except her mommy. Emily's mommy is the one who has trouble letting go.

This is a really cute story about seperation anxiety told in a slightly different manner.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jack's House by Karen Magnuson Beil

Jack's House by Karen Magnuson Beil illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, is a delightful take on the poem The House that Jack Built. With a dog proudly displayed on the cover, you can tell this is not your typical House that Jack Built tale. Once you open the book, you know your assumptions are correct when the dog utters, "And this is the house Jack said he built. But here's the real story-- and the pictures to prove it."

I love this story so much, that I will probably end up buying my own copy. The illustrations are playful and entertaining and all of the dogs are drawn beautifully. I also love how Jack didn't build his house and his dog won't let him keep the credit. :O)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Read all about It by Laura and Jenna Bush

Whoo Hoo! the first book to go on this new blog and as a Library Associate I felt it appropriate that the first book would be Laura and Jenna Bush's book Read all about It.

Tyrone is a math wiz, monkey bar climbing non-reader. He does not like reading at all and ignores his teacher during storyhour, even launching a paper airplane during a story about the moon landing. Until one day when the characters in the stories start to come to life and Tyrone and his classmates have to find one that escaped the classroom. Searching all over the school the children finally find the wayward character among all the others they have read about in the one room where they could co-exsist-- the library!


I love this simple story and while it is a little long for storytime with toddlers, it would be great for an older school group. I would also read it to someone who's not too into reading. This story could also be used in a special program about libraries.