Monday, June 30, 2014

Animal Fare Week

MISTER BUD WEARS THE CONE by Carter Goodrich. Simon and Schuster, 2014.

Mister Bud's cone makes
It hard for him to see or
Play with friend Zorro.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Animal Fare Week

FROODLE by Antoinette Portis. Roaring Brook, 2014.

Brown bird doesn't cheep
The other birds think he's strange
Until they try it.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Never bored swith board books, part 4

CREATURE NUMBERS by Andrew Zuckerman. Chronicle Books, 2014.

Count the creatures here
From one to ten. Kangaroos
Tigers, penguins, fish.

WE'RE GOING TO THE FARMER'S MARKET by Stefan Page. Chronicle Books, 2014.

s market means
Fresh fruit and vegetables
A yummy dinner.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Never bored with board books, part 3

YOU ARE MY BABY (GARDEN) by Lorena Siminovich. Chronicle Books, 2014.

YOU ARE MY BABY (OCEAN) by Lorena Siminovich. Chronicle Books, 2014.

Baby and Mother
In the garden and ocean
Match mother to child.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Never bored with board books

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Trixie Belle & Melissa Caruso-Scott with illustrations by Oliver Lake. Holt, 2014.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Trixie Belle & Melissa Caruso-Scott with illustrations by Oliver Lake. Holt, 2014.

Each of the books is part of Les Petits Fairy Tales series.

Red Riding Hood and
Goldilocks have stories to
Tell to everyone.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Secret Life of the Wooly Bear Caterpillar.

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE WOOLY BEAR CATERPILLAR by Laurence Pringle with illustrations by Joan Paley. Boyds Mills Press, 2014.

Caterpillar's life
Is one of change after change
And at last a moth.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Charlie and the New Baby

CHARLIE AND THE NEW BABY by Ree Drummond with illustrations by Diane DeGroat. Harper, 2014.

Charlie's life is changed
When the new baby arrives
Takes over the house.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Crayon

THE CRAYON by Simon Rickerty. Aladdin, 2014.

Red and Blue feuding
Over which is the best one
Will they learn to share?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Little Roja Riding Hood

LITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD by Susan Middleton Elya with illustrations by Susan Guevara. Putnam, 2014.

Little Roja's off
To see her abuelita
Lobo's up to no good.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Nate the Great

NATE THE GREAT: WHERE ARE YOU? By Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat with illustrations by Jody Wheeler. Delacorte, 2014.

Where is Nate the Great?
His disguise must be working
As he solves all crimes.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Peter Spier reprints

WE THE PEOPLE by Peter Spier. Random House, 2014.

TEH STAR-SPANGLED BANNER by Peter Spier. Random House, 2014.

These two books are reissues. If you are unfamiliar with the work of Spier, now is the time to remedy that and to share his incredible artwork with your students. Perfect for a history or an art class.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


CROW by Barbara Wright. Listening Library, 2013.

Crow tells the story of Moses Thomas. The year is 1898, and his town in North Carolina has been relatively calm. His father is one of two Black people who serve as alderman. There is still division between the races, but the town seems to be dealing with racism. But then something changes, and the racism and hatred mount. Moses will have to face his fears and stand up for what he knows is right. The narration by J.D. Jackson is perfect as he captures a wide range of characters from Moses to his grandmother, Boo Nanny, and his parents along with the people of the town.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO by Anna Dewdney. Viking, 2014.

Nelly and Dad build
A little house that needs
To become a home.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Never bored with board books, part 2

NUMBERS by Xavier Deneux. Chronicle Books, 2014.

SHAPES by Xavier Deneux. Chronicle Books, 2014.

Die cuts and raised
Images make these Touch Think
Learn books so much fun.

Thank you, Octopus

THANK YOU, OCTOPUS by Darren Farrell. Dial, 2014.

Thank you, Octopus
For all the fun we two have
Though we're different.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Boom Snot Twitty

BOOM SNOT TWITTY by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Renata Liwska. Viking, 2014.

Boom, Snot, and Twitty
Are the best of friends. What can
They agree to do?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Open Ocean

THE OPEN OCEAN by Pittau and Gervais. Chronicle Books, 2014.

Lift the flaps to see
All the creatures of the sea
New to you and me.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Potpourri of picture books

I AM OTTER by Sam Garton. Balzer and Bray, 2014.

Otter makes breakfast
But Otter makes a mess, too
Who can Otter blame?

THE COSMOBIOGRAPHY IF SUN RA by Chris Raschka. Candlewick Press, 2014.

Making his music
No matter what others thought
That's who Sun Ra was.

IF I HAD A RAPTOR by George O'Connor. Candlewick Press, 2014.

If YOU had a pet
Raptorhow might your day go?
What can raptors do?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Help! We need a title!

HELP! WE NEED A TITLE! by Herve Tullet. Candlewick Press, 2014.

The book's almost done
readers are already here
Come back later, please?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It is Night

IT IS NIGHT by Phyllis Rowland with illustrations by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow, 2014.

Where to sleep at night?
Each animal has its place
All curled up safely.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


PHOTOPLAY: DOODLE, DESIGN, DRAW by M. J. Bronstein. Chronicle Books, 2014.

The starting point's here
You finish each masterpiece
Supplying details.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Save your brains!

SAVE YOUR BRAINS! Harper, 2014.

Pants versus Zombies
The game is on! Crazy Dave
Might just save your life.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Girl and the Bicycle

THE GIRL AND THE BICYCLE by Mark Pett. Simon and Schuster, 2014.

No words, just pictures
To tell the story. A girl,
a bike and a dream.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake

TYLER MAKES A BIRTHDAY CAKE by Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier. Harper, 2014.

A dog's birthday cake?
Tyler wants to make one and
Needs some expert help.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Knock, knock!

FLIP AND FIN: WE RULE THE SCHOOL by Timothy Gill with illustrations by Neil Numberman. Greenwillow, 2014.

Knock knock jokes rule school
Flip and Fin are talented
Fish who want to win

Friday, June 6, 2014

Lily the Unicorn

LILY THE UNICORN by Dallas Clayton. Harper, 2014.

Roger the Penguin
Is afraid of many things
Lily tries to help

Thursday, June 5, 2014

picture book fiesta

HERE COMES DESTRUCTOSAURUS by Aaron Reynolds with illustrations by Jeremy Tankard. Chronicle Books, 2014.

Does not mean any harm but
He is destructive.


Be happy and you'll
Find the world a better place\
Make yourself happy.

CHICKEN BIG by Keith Graves. Chronicle Books, 2014.

He is a giant
But a giant what wonder
Some confused chickens.

LITTLE LOLA by Julie Saab with illustrations by David Gothard. Greenwillow, 2014.

Lola the cat heads
Off to school one day as a
Kitty adventure.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


BREATHE by Scott Magoon. Simon and Schuster, 2014.

What can little whales
Do all day for fun? Swim, dive
Explore and much more.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How to cheer up Dad

HOW TO CHEER UP DAD by Fred Koehler. Dial, 2014.

Cheering up your Dad
Might mean hugs and playing catch
And snuggling time, too.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Big Bug

BIG BUG by Henry Cole. Little Simon, 2014.

Is it big or small?
Looks just could be deceiving
When you're a big bug.