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.