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We LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators. Here you'll find some of the best books we're currently reading and what we've been sharing at our storytimes.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pippi Reviews Two Sily Books Perfect for Story Time!

Pippi the Parrot

Hello my fellow bibliophiles! Could you use a good laugh? I know I could. Here are two silly books that might do the trick!
First up is Chu’s Day by the well-known and well-loved Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Adam Rex. Chu is a little panda bear with a BIG sneeze. Chu is making stops around town with his mom and dad, never sure when the next sneeze will come … and you know how a BIG sneeze can make an even BIGGER impression. Can you predict when Chu will sneeze? Will it be in the quiet library? The bustling diner? The extravagant circus? Read the book and see mayhem unfold when Chu finally sneezes! This goofy book would be great for family story time. Each scene features many different animals: elephants, rabbits, mice, armadillos, lions and more! Try to find them all!

Next is a not-so-typical bedtime story for all the brave souls out there: Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere. A green, ghoulish monster is making his trek through forests, mountains, thickets and mud, and he’s hungry. Could he be hungry…. for you? (Shh… I’ll let you in on a secret: he just wants a big, sloppy bedtime kiss!) This is a hilarious and suspenseful tale to read together; the story encourages participation with engaging questions that get your imagination flowing. I love the vivid sound effects as well! Everyone will be rumbling and grumbling right along with our monster friend. The lighthearted and silly illustrations remind us that there’s nothing to fear!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK, by Jesse Klausmeier

Harold the Hedgehog
As a book lover, I was super excited to find, OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK, by Jesse Klausmeier, because it’s more than just one book!!! And, what’s better than one book? Lots of books!  Open This Little Book, is a book inside a book, inside a book, inside a book, inside a book….!  In fact, there are 7 books, each one smaller than the last, but all connected by an imaginative story about the power of books and friendship.  This is a first book for Klausmeier; here’s to hoping it won’t be his last.  Illustrator, Suzy Lee, is one of my favorites and I think you’ll find her other books equally creative. 
 This book will most likely inspire you to get out the art supplies and create a little book, inside a book, inside a book…. of your own. What a fun thing to do on a cold winter’s day.

I’m pretty sure this will be one of my favorite books of 2013 and the year has just begun! Do you have any new favorites?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Busy Builders by Roxie Munro

Owen the Owl

Have you ever heard the phrase “you are what you eat”? Well, owls like me love to eat worms, mice, insects and other creatures. I’m the kind of bird who likes to know what I’m getting into, so I read everything I can about these little critters! Busy Builders features lots of different insects and one very special spider: honeybees, organ-pipe mud daubers, garden orb spiders, pine processionary caterpillars, and more! This book begins each section with a GIGANTIC drawing of the insect, and then describes where and how it lives, with another GIGANTIC drawing of its home! I love seeing these itty bitty little bugs super-sized on the page! Every detail of the insect's exterior is made clear, along with a helpful cross-section of its home. I learned a lot of interesting facts from this book. Did you know the African termite’s home can rise higher than thirty feet? Or that that the pine processionary caterpillar’s nest looks just like cotton candy? Check out Busy Builders to learn more!

Here are some more books about insects you may enjoy:

Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson

And So They Build by Bert Kitchen

Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs by Sandra Markle

Insect by Laurence Mound

Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders edited by Christopher O’Toole

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons by Sid Farrar, illustrated by Ilse Plume

Milo the Monkey

Greetings book buddies! When snow blankets the ground and all is still, I begin to feel quite pensive. I love to pause from swinging vine to vine and reflect on nature. Reading poetry can be a great way to look at something in a new light. That’s why I loved The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons by Sid Farrar, and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Ilse Plume. Have you ever heard of a haiku? A haiku is a poem of three lines: five syllables in the first sentence, seven in the second, and five in the third. Clever and accessible, this book is a great introduction to haiku and poetry! Each concise poem, often funny and sometimes profound, offers fresh insight on the world before us. The watercolor scenes are simply beautiful and showcase the very best of the changing seasons. You may want to try writing your own haiku! Here’s one I penned:

High up in a tree
a perfect banana waits,
soon to be devoured!

What do you think? Can’t you picture that ripe, yellow banana? Well, my mouth is beginning to water so I better sign off. Before I go, here are some more poetry books on nature and the seasons, including some haiku!

Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost by Robert Frost, edited by Gary D. Schmidt

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Little Treasures

Hi, Everyone - Max the Meerkat here! Watch out - February is coming and you know what that means - Valentine's Day. And Valentine's Day is all guessed it...LOVE! Here's the perfect book to get you in the mood: Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World by Jacqueline K. Ogburn with pictures by the wonderfully creative Chris Raschka.
 We have to laugh at ourselves sometimes when we talk about the cute little names we come up with for our offspring. Little Treasures starts off with a few often used American favorites: "Honey Pie"..."Pumpkin" of my favorites is Honey Bumpkin! Too silly! In Little Treasures you'll travel all around the world to see what other countries use for endearments. You might hear "you're my little flossie" if you lived in Australia! How about,  "Little mischevious pea"? It's a favorite in China. These are just a couple of the fun and funny names you'll find in Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World. Maybe you can come up with a silly name for your special someone!
 See you later, Sunshine!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel & Emily Haynes

Max the Meerkat

I love learning about distant places and what makes each part of the globe unique! Well, today must be my lucky day because Ganesha's Sweet Tooth seems to have traveled all the way from India to meet me. This bright, funny story is based on the legend of how Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god of prosperity, broke his tusk. Unlike the classic tale, in this retelling, Ganesha breaks his tusk on a jawbreaker laddoo, one of his favorite sweets. He learns to love his very special tusk after using it to transcribe the poet Vyasa’s Mahabharata. I love how the book puts a light-hearted spin on an ancient tale and makes the great Ganesha relatable. But what really sets this book apart are the fantastic graphic illustrations! I found myself carefully taking in every inch of the page, not wanting to miss one detail of the vibrant, intricate designs.

After reading this book, I wanted to check out more books about Hindu culture and mythology. Here are some titles I found at the library:

What Makes Me a Hindu? By Charles George

Indian Mythology by Fred Ramen