Wednesday, December 31, 2014


FIREBUG by Lish McBride. Holt, 2014.

Ava, firebug,
Under Venus' command
Murder for hire.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Dalyrmple, Farel. THE WRENCHIES. First Second, 2014.

Hollis a hero?
Can he defeat Shadowmen?
Will the Wrenches help?

Monday, December 29, 2014


THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE by Sarah Smith. Tate, 2014.

Nana's house--magic
Butterflies fluttering and
Change always in store.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pop-up Perfection

THE DRAGON AND THE KNIGHT: A POP-UP MISADVENTURE by Robert Sabuda. Little Simon, 2014.

Watch the pages pop
Up as the fairy tales leap
Off the page lit'rlly.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mom's New Friend

MOM'S NEW FRIEND by Mattia Cerato. Red Chair, 2014.

What can't Mom's new friend
Sit and play video games
He's just Stinky Dan!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Water Rolls, Water Rises

WATER ROLLS, WATER RISES (EL AGUA RUEDA, EL AGUA SUBE) by/por Pat More with illustrations/illustraciones by/por Meilo So. Children's Book Press, 2014.

Water moves many
Ways, makes many different sounds
As it moves along.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Goody Gumdrops

GOODY GUMDROPS by Ed Emberley. Two Little Birds Press, 2014.

How to draw critters?
Drawing is made simpler with
Gumdrops as the base.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Skippyjon Jones Snow What

SKIPPYJON JONES SNOW WHAT by Judy Schachner. Dial, 2014.

Skippyjon Jones hates
Girly fairy tales, kissing
And heroes in tights.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Amelia Bedelia Challks One Up

AMELIA BEDELIA CHALKS ONE UP by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril. Greenwillow, 2014.

Amelia and chalk
A happy combination

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Snow Girl

THE SNOW GIRL by Robert Giraud with illustrations by Helen Muller. Floris Books, 2014.

A girl made of snow
Daughter to happy parents
But ethereal.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Three Wise Man

THE THREE WISE MEN by Loek Koopman. Floris Books, 2014.

Melchior, Casper,
Balthasar are three wise men
Following a star.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Call Me Tree (Llamame arbol)

CALL ME TREE (LLAMAME ARBOL) by/por Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children's Book Press, 2014.

If I were a tree
What would I see as I rise
To the bright blue skies?

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Night before Hanukkah

THE NIGHT BEFORE HANUKKAH by Natasha Wing with illustrations by Amy Wummer. Grosset & Dunlap, 2014.

Hannukah comes soon
Eight nights of celebration
And family too.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland with illustrations by Christopher Myers. Putnam, 2014.

Dream of the ballet
Soaring like the Firebird
Beauty in motion.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ten Thank You Letters

TEN THANK YOU LETTERS by Daniel Kirk. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.

Pig is trying to
Write a thank you note
But, interruptions.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Colors Versus Shapes

COLORS VERSUS SHAPES by Mike Boldt. Harper, 2014.

Colors versus shapes
Fighting about which is best
Should work together.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Backhoe Joe

BACKHOE JOE by Lori Alexander with illustrations by Craig Cameron. Harper, 2014.

Backhoe Joe is lost
Nolan loves having Joe but
He needs to go home.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Aw, Nuts!

AW, NUTS! by Rob McClurkan. Harper, 2014.

A bouncing acorn
Eludes squirrel time and again
Just out of his grasp.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Monster Book

THE MONSTER BOOK by Alice Hoogstad. Lemniscaat Books, 2014.

What can you create?
With imagination and
Some space and color?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mrs. Mo's Monster

MRS. MO'S MONSTER by Paul Beavis. Gecko Press, 2014.

A monster does what
He knows how to do: crunch, munch,
Chew. And maybe learn?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Blind Boy and the Loon

THE BLIND BOY & THE LOON by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. Inhabit Media, 2014.

The story of the
Origins of the narwhal
Brooding, dark, thoughtful.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I'm Brave

I'M BRAVE by Kate and Jim McMullan. Balzer & Bray, 2014.

Shiny and red truck
Rushing to put out the flames
Of any fire.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Cake

THE CAKE by Dorothee de Monfried. Gecko Press, 2014.

Tiger wants chocolate.
His friends want carrot, fish, bone,
Banana instead.

Monday, December 8, 2014


NNEWTS by Doug TenNappel. Scholastic, 2015.

Nnewts versus Lizzarks.
Will Herk make an escape or
Will he, too, perish?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dear Malala

DEAR MALALA: WE STAND WITH YOU by Rosemary McCarney. Crown, 2014.

Nobel Prize for Peace
For a young woman who stood
For her principles.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


CATS GOT TALENT by Ron Barrett. Simon and Schuster, 2014.

How to make money?
Become famous singers and
Win a talent show.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Flo and Wendell return to explore

FLO AND WENDELL EXPLORE by William Wegman. Dial, 2014.

Wendell has an ax
And wants to go exploring
Flo and Wendell camp.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Peanut Butter and What?!

PEANUT BUTTER AND CUPCAKE by Terry Border. Philomel, 2014.

It's hard to make friends
When you are the new one, but
Peanut butter tries.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Take, Old Tale

A BEAN, A STALK, AND A BOY NAMED JACK by William Joyce and Kenny Callicutt. Moonbot/Aladdin, 2014.

Can Jack and a pea
Help save the kingdom from drought
And stinky pinkies?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Zoo Box

THE ZOO BOX by Ariel Cohn with illustrations by Aron Nels Steinke. :01, 2014.

Don't open that box
Who knows what will be inside
And what might happen.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Go Shapes Go

GO, SHAPES, GO! by Denise Fleming. Beach Lane, 2014.

Shapes can form monkeys
And even a cat. Just mix
And assemble them.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING by Robert Frost with illustrations by Susan Jeffers. Dutton, 2014.

I know these woods well
I have travelled them often
But now I's pausing.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


JACK by Tomie dePaola. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.

A new home for Jack
In the city with all his
Friends in tow. Changes!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Little Owl's Day

LITTLE OWL'S DAY by Divya Srinivasan. Viking, 2014.

Little Owl is up
When she should be asleep, but
Look at all she's miss!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cat-ching a tail?

I'M GOING TO CATCH MY TAIL by Jimbo Matison. Abrams, 2014.

Cat-ching your own tail?
That is not a simple thing.
Even for a cat.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Catch that Cookie!

CATCH THAT COOKIE by Hallie Durand with illustrations by David Small. Dial, 2014.

Gingerbread missing.
On the run? They have left clues.
Will they all be caught?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

As an Oak Tree Grows

AS AN OAK TREE GROWS by G. Brian Karas. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.

An oak tree grows from
A tiny seedling , provides
Shade and more to all.

Monday, November 24, 2014

He's bawk!

EXTRAORDINARY WARREN SAVES THE DAY by Sarah Dillard. Aladdin, 2014.

Warren and Egg have
Adventure across the road
But still they dream big.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lion, Lion

LION, LION by Miriam Busch with illustrations by Larry Day. Balzer and Bray, 2014.

What can lion eat?
Too many foods disagree
Making lion sneeze.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Easy reading

PETE THE CAT AND THE BAD BANANA by James Dean. Harper, 2014.

A bad banana
Makes Pete avoid them, searching
For a substitute.

Who has stolen cheese?
Ali Gator prvides clues.
Rats provide the help.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page

MR. PUTTER AND TABBY TURN THE PAGE by Cynthia Rylant with illustrations by Arthur Howard. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

Putter and Tabby
Love reading so they sign up
At the library.

Star Bright

STAR BRIGHT by Angela McGhee with illustrations by Peter Reynolds. Atheneum, 2014.

What can she give him?
She is small and he is great.
Perhaps some star light?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Books: A Gift of Reading

WHERE IS BABY'S CHRISTMAS PRESENT by Karen Katz. Little Simon, 2014.

SNOWFLAKE DAY by Becky Friedman. Simon Spotlight.

UNCLES AND ANTLERS by Lisa Wheeler with illustrations by Brian Floca. Atheneum, 2014.

THE CHRISTMAS SHOW by Rebecca Patterson. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Books make good presents
From the youngest to oldest
A gift of reading.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

English and Spanish

CECILIA AND MIGUEL ARE FRIENDS by Diane Gonzales Bertrand with illustrations by Thelma Muraida. Arte Publico, 2014.

Cecilia, Miguel
Friends forever and longer
Sharing entire lives.

THESE HANDS: MY FAMILY'S HANDS by Samuel Caraballo with illustrations by Shawn Costello. Arte Publico, 2014.

These hands are precious
Mother father, family
My hands join theirs.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gifts of reading

WAITING IS NOT EASY by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2014.

Elephant cannot
Stand to wait but Piggie knows
The wait is worth it.

TAP TO PLAY by Salina Yoon. Balzer and Bray, 2014.

Bounce, tap, tickle, tilt
But not too fast or I'll get
The prize? A new friend!

AND AWAY WE GO! by Migy. Holt, 2014.

A hot air balloon
Animals, food, music, more
And away we go.

THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne. Holt, 2014.

A book eats a dog?
How can that be? And how can
We get the dog back?

KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS by Bob Shea with illustrations by Lane Smith. Roaring Brook, 2014.

The Toads wreak havoc
In Drywater Gulch until
Kid Sheriff arrives.