Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Story Time Favorites

Today I thought I would share some of my favorite books to use in story times.  All of these books are excellent for large or small groups . . . .

The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
An imaginative young child has a wonderful time playing with a box he receives for his birthday.

Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka
When pirate mommy announces bath time, it is yo ho ho and to the bath we go for her little pirates.

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
Retells in verse the Indian fable of the blind men discovering different parts of an elephant and arguing about its appearance.

T Is for Terrible by Peter McCarty
A tyrannosaurus rex explains that he cannot help it that he is enormous and hungry and is not a vegetarian.

More Story Time Favorites --
Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
Cowlick! by Christian Ditchfield
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
The Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith
I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson
Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
Snip, Snap! What's That? by Mara Bergman
A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.

But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.

Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.


This is a magical story that incorporates fantasical elements into a real-life story of a girl wanting a place to belong.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Doctor Who Read-Alikes

Doctor Who is regenerating this Saturday.  In honor of the new season of Doctor Who, here are some books with similar themes for teens . . .

Borrowed Time by Naomi Alderman
The Doctor, Amy and Rory go undercover to discover who is trying to give people more time.

Spacer and Rat by Margaret Bechard
Jack's predictable existence on Freedom space station is transformed when Kit, the Earthie rat, enters his life and enlists him and a sensitive robot in an effort to outwit the Company.

Abarat by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, journeys to the Abarat, an archipelago filled with strange wonders, and has a curious revelation: she has been here before, and it is her responsibility to save this mysterious place from the evil forces that threaten it.

Icons by Margaret Stohl
After an alien force known as the Icon colonizes Earth, decimating humanity, four surviving teenagers must piece together the mysteries of their pasts--in order to save the future.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Books for the Very Young

This week I thought I would share some of my favorite board books for young children.  Board books are great to use with small ones.  The sturdy pages allow them to learn how to manipulate pages without having to worry about tears and rips.  Some things to look for in a good board book are simple sentences and bright colors.  Here are some of my recommendations . . .

Tickle by Leslie Patricelli
A baby tries to contain his giggles when his parents and pets tickle his feet, tummy, and armpits before snuggling up with him.

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Busy little peas introduce the alphabet to young readers through their favorite occupations, from astronauts to zoologists.

Peekaboo! by Taro Gomi
Through one die-cut hole at eye level, the reader can peek through each funny face using the book as a mask.

Bear's Birthday by Stella Blackstone
Bear celebrates his birthday with a party, games, and ten balloons.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Giver

The Giver is out this weekend in movie theaters across the country.  It is based on the popular book by Lois Lowry.  So today, I'm highlighting the original book and the rest of the series.


The Giver by Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.

Messenger by Lois Lowry
In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue", Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.

Son by Lois Lowry
Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classic Stories Retold

Today I'm going to share some teen books that retell classic stories . . .

Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.R. Hart
Describes the youthful adventures of J. M. Barrie's classic character, Captain Hook, from his days at Eton to his voyages on the high sea.

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor
When the father of high school sophomore, Lucy Norton, remarries, Lucy finds herself tormented by two bratty stepsisters and a wicked stepmother.

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old  Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Troy by Adele Geras
The last weeks of the Trojan War find the women sick of tending the wounded, men tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses trying to find ways to stir things up in this retelling of the Iliad.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

School Time

With the start of school this week, I thought I would share some great picture books dealing with the school experience for kids . . .

How Do Dinosaurs Go To School by Jane Yolen
Illustrations and rhyming text depict dinosaurs as they ride the bus to school, jump on top of their desks, read their favorite books, and have fun on the playground with all of their friends.

Preschool School Day Hooray! by Linda Leopold Strauss
Rhyming text and illustrations describe a young child's activities during a day at nursery school.

Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Eileen Christelow
Five little monkeys go shopping for school clothes with their mama, but in spite of her warnings about not wandering off, things quickly get complicated.

David Goes to School by David Shannon
David's activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!"

You Can't Go to School Naked! by Dianne Billstrom
A little boy's parents warn him of the dangers of going to school naked, and he eventually agrees to wear clothes, but only if he can pick his outfits.

More Books About School --
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
I Am NOT Going to School Today! by Robie Harris
Mr. President Goes to School by Rick Walton
Back to School for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
Jeepers Creepers: A Monstrous ABC by Laura Leuck
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds
Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class by Eileen Spinelli
I.Q. Goes to School by Mary Ann Fraser