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.


ENZO RACES IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein with illustrations by R.W. Alley. Harper, 2014.

Enzo loves to race
But when he gets lost, he wants
Just to find his home.

A BED FOR BEAR by Clive McFarland. Harper, 2014.

The cave's too crowded
So bear sets off to find a
Place all of his own.

THE FIRST SNOWFALL by Anne Rockwell with illustrations by Harlon Rockwell. Aladdin, 2014.

What will the first snow
Bring? Snowmen? Shovels? Cocoa?
Perfect winter's day.

NO TWO ALIKE by Keith Baker. Little Simon, 2014.

No two are alike:
Snowflakes, nests, branches and tracks
Are all different.

The Crossover

THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

Twin basketballers
Living life on and off court
But it's not all game.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Death Nine Stories

ONE DEATH NINE STORIES edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith. Candlewick, 2014.

It all begins with
Kev's death, not unexpected,
But it's far-reaching.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

100 Sideways Miles

100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Finn, Cade, Julia
Circumstances dictate their
Accidental ties.

Friday, November 14, 2014

All the Answers

ALL THE ANSWERS by Kate Messner. Bloomsbury, 2015 (March).

A magic pencil?
Does it have all the answers?
How best to use it?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Frank Einstein

FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ANTIMATTER MOTOR by Jon Scieszka with illustrations by Brian Biggs. Amulet, 2014.

Winning the science
fair is essential. Meet Klink,
Intelligent bot.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How the World Was

HOW THE WORD WAS by Emmanuel Guibert. First Second, 2014.

A simpler time? Or
Was it really? Nothing is
As it seems to be.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Garden Monster

THE GARDEN MONSTER by Patricia Reilly Giff. Orchard, 2014.

Can Fiercely protect
Jill and Jim's garden from the
Shadowy monster?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hero Complex

HERO COMPLEX by Maegaux Foley. Soho Teen, 2014.

Was it suicide?
Or perhaps murder? Devon
Needs to get answers.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Skink No Surrender

SKINK NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen. Knopf, 2014.

Can Skink help Richard
Find Malley before she's harmed?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Port Chicago 50

THE PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

Fifty stand accused
Though none is guilty. The trial
though may just be rigged.

Friday, November 7, 2014


NEST by Esther Erlich. Wendy Lamb Books, 2014.

Chirp loves her family.
But Mom is depressed, absent.
Everything seems wrong.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Journey and Quest

JOURNEY by Aaron Becker. Candlewick Press, 2013.

QUEST by Aaron Becker. Candlewick Press, 2014.

Journey, quest without
A word. Adventure, intrigue
Will you go along?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Terrible Two

THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett and Jory John with illustrations by Kevin Cornell. Amulet, January 2015.

Niles and Miles, pranksters
Battling each other when they
Should work together.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How Dinosaurs Really Work!

HOW DINOSAURS REALL WORK! by Alan Snow. Atheneum, 2014.

How do dinos work?
Find out about their brains, food
And so much more here.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Recycling Day

RECYCLING DAY by Edward Miller. Holiday House, 2014.

Recycling can turn
A trashy lot into a
Neighborhood garden.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bear Sees Colors

BEAR SEES COLORS by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. McElderry Books, 2014.

Can you spot colors
Along with Bear? Yellow
Green, Blue, Red, and more.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Farmer and the Clown

THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane, 2014.

Farmer and clown meet
They grow to love each other
Then, it's time to part.