Monday, June 10, 2019

Nursery Rhymes: Old and New

This week, I'm sharing picture books featuring nursery rhymes.  Here are a few of my favorites . . . .

The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock by Jim Aylesworth
Completes the classic nursery rhyme about the mouse that ran up the clock.

This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington
Expands on the traditional counting rhyme, revealing exciting things the second set of toes does which inspire the first set to try more "fun stuff" too.

Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora
The inhabitants of Old Makimba's farm in Africa, including a baboon, an elephant, and a lion, are described, verse by verse.

My Mother Goose by David McPhail
An illustrated collection of nursery rhymes and songs, interspersed with concept pages on such themes as "going places" and "colors and shapes".


More Nursery Rhyme Picture Books
The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey
The Cheese by Margie Palatini
Five Little Ducks by Denise Fleming
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow
Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox
Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray
The House That Zack Built by Alison Murray
The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani
Jack and Jill by Daniel Kirk
Jack B. Ninja by Tim McCanna
Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede
Little Miss Muffet by Iza Trapani
Mary Had a Little Lamb by Mary Ann Hoberman
Moonstruck: The True Story of the Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon by Gennifer Choldenko
The Neat Line: Scribbling Through Mother Goose by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Gus Grimly
Old Mother Hubbard by Jane Cabrera
Over at the Castle by Boni Ashburn
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Rock-A-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car by Kate Dopirak
Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass
Who's Who? by Ken Geist


Check these and more nursery rhyme books out on display at the library through July 5, 2019.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Judy Moody and Stink: The Big Bad Blackout by Megan McDonald

Hurricane Elmer is coming!

The Moody family, including Judy, Stink, their parents, Grandma Lou, and several pets, are hunkering down as Hurricane Elmer approaches.  They've prepared for the coming storm, including stocking up on marshmallows, but what will they do when the electricity goes out?


This is a great story for kids -- whether they've read previous Judy Moody and Stink books before or not.  The creative ways they pass the time are fun to read about.  I would definitely recommend this book to kids.  You can also listen to it on audio.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Crime Scene

This week, I am sharing crime stories for teens.  Here are a few of my favorites . . . .


The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Eleven years after six kindergarteners were taken, five come back--with no idea of where they've been and no memory of the sixth victim, Max, but Avery, Max's sister, is determined to find her brother.

Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn
A year after running away with a traveling carnival to escape his unbearable home life, sixteen-year-old Michael returns to Miami, Florida, to find that his mother is going on trial for the murder of his abusive stepfather.

The Invisible by Mats Wahl
A Swedish teenager is assaulted and killed, but returns as a ghost to find his killer.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Followed everywhere by the ghost of her recently deceased best friend, Hannah investigates the serial murders of young girls in her community.


More Teen Crime Stories --
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Gentlemen by Michael Northrop
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Jude by Kate Morgenroth
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
The Lost Causes by Jessica Koosed Etting
The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn
The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius
Panic by Sharon M. Draper
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
Shine by Lauren Myracle
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
We Now Return to Our Regular Life by Martin Wilson
Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf
Wild Blues by Beth Kephart

Check these books out at the Arnold Branch.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl

Have you ever REALLY thought about the story of Goldilocks?  She's not quite the sweet little girl everyone thinks she is.  She's really a criminal who has no problem ruining other people's lives.

And what about Cinderella?  Is the Prince REALLY such a great guy?



This audio book includes two of Roald Dahl's books -- Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts.  Both are rhymed retellings of popular fairy tales to tell the real story.  I would highly recommend this audio book for all kids who enjoy fractured fairy tales and Roald Dahl's unique sense of humor.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Me & My Mom

This week, I'm sharing chapter books for children featuring moms.  Here are a few of my favorite books . . .

This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
Sara's summer plans are upended by a surprise cross-country train trip with her moms, her sisters, and her sister's boyfriend, an adventure shaped by a group of Texans, the diverse landscape, and her mom's book about the journey.

Bringing the Boy Home by N.A. Nelson
As two Takunami youths approach their thirteenth birthdays, Luka reaches the culmination of his mother's training for the tribe's manhood test while Tirio, raised in Miami, Florida, by his adoptive mother, feels called to begin preparations to prove himself during his upcoming visit to the Amazon rain forest where he was born.

The Glass Cafe by Gary Paulsen
When twelve-year-old Tony, a talented artist, begins sketching the dancers at the Kitty Kat Club where his mother is an exotic dancer, it sparks the attention of social services.

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.


More Books --
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Confessions from the Principal's Kid by Robin Mellom
Digging Up Danger by Jacqueline West
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Fairy Mom and Me by Sophie Kinsella
Graylings Song by Karen Cushman
Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants by Sam Swope
Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale
The Kazillion Wish by Nick Place
More Perfect Than the Moon by Patricia MacLachlan
The Mummy's Mother by Tony Johnston
My Life Starring Mum by Chloe Rayban
Road Trip with Max and His Mom by Linda Urban


Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through June 7, 2019.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Learning Is For All Ages: Non-Fiction Picture Books

This week, I'm sharing informational picture books.  Here are a few of my favorites . . . .


A Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Aston
Introduces the world of beetles, describing their life cycle, colors, sizes, and why they are important to the world's ecosystems.

Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds
Depicts, in brief verse and illustrations, the 1969 Apollo 11 mission when man first walked on the moon.

Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper by Anastasia Suen
Invites readers to watch workers dig, pour, pound, and bolt a skyscraper into existence.

What Is Science? by Rebecca Dotlich
Introduces young readers to the world of science and all it encompasses.

We March by Shane Evans
Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.


More Informational Picture Books --
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Apples, Apples Everywhere! Learning About Apple Harvests by Robin Koontz
Big and Small, Room for All by Jo Ellen Bogart
Born and Bred in the Great Depression by Jonah Winter
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using Our Senses by Jane Brockert
Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar by Bob Barner
Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World by James Gladstone
Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins
Gravity by Jason Chin
Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Numbers by Sarah C. Campbell
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray
Hey, Hey, Hay! by Christy Mihaly
Hippos Can't Swim and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena
How Did That Get in My Lunchbox: The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth
How Tall, How Short, How Far Away by David A. Adler
I Don't Like Snakes by Nicola Davies
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
Life in the Boreal Forest by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler
The Marvelous Things That Came from a Spring by Gilbert Ford
Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro
One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh
Punctuation Celebration by Elsa Knight Bruno
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
A Second Is a Hiccup: A Child's Book of Time by Hazel Hutchins
Subtraction Action by Loreen Leedy
Things That Float and Things That Don't by David A. Adler
Tugboat by Michael Garland
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins
The Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular by Ethan Long
Yak Yak: Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park


Check these and more books out on display at the Arnold Branch through May 31, 2019.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Polar Bear in Love by Koromo

It's love at first sight when Polar Bear and Little Seal pup meet . . . at least it is for Polar Bear.  Little Seal is positive he's about to be eaten.

Can they overcome this misunderstanding?

Can their love survive?



This was a fun manga to read.  The story works on multiple levels for kids, teens, and adults.  The misunderstandings between the two characters are funny.  In fact, I found myself laughing out loud several times.