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Halloween Books Kids Will Scream For

October 26, 2017

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Halloween is quickly approaching. If you’re looking for some awesome Halloween board books your toddler will want to hear again and again, check out these.

5 little pumpkings

Five Little Pumpkins is written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. This book is fast-paced and lively with rhyming text that toddlers will love as they count the pumpkins.

7 pump

Seven Orange Pumpkins is written and illustrated by Stephen Savage. Bright colors and rhyming text will delight little ones as pumpkins disappear in this not-too-spooky Halloween book.

pumpkin party

Pumpkin Party is written by Maude Powell-Tuck and illustrated by Gill Guile. In another fun rhyming book, animals dress up for Halloween and take part in party activities for an enjoyable Halloween gathering.

boo

Boo! A Book of Spooky Surprises is written by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway. Repetition makes this book perfect for toddlers who want to be an active part of the reading. They can practice their “boos” each time you read, “Were you the one who shouted … BOO?”

trick or

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating is written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan. Peep and Egg are back again for a Halloween treat. Peep tries everything to get Egg to go trick-or-treating, including telling funny Halloween jokes, but Egg is still too scared. Find out if Egg takes a crack at trick-or-treating or if Egg is left in the dark.

duck goose

Duck & Goose:  Honk! Quack! Boo! is written and illustrated by Tad Hills. (Hardcover) The charming duo of Duck and Goose are going trick-or-treating, but will their fear of meeting up with a Swamp Monster ruin their day, or will they figure out a way of facing the unknown and have a fun Halloween?

Any of these books would make a perfect treat for your spirited Halloween creatures.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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April – National Poetry Month

April 7, 2016

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

Poetry is an ideal way to encourage oral language skills in children. It has a rhythmic quality with rhymes, sounds, and patterns. Poetry is like a dance with words. It can be slow with beautiful images of quiet and calm, or it can be fast with quick rhymes that elicit smiles from young listeners. Poems are something that can be shared again and again for the enjoyment of all.

Here are two poetry books I’d like to share with you – especially if you have young children or grandchildren. Both of these books have poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, a talented poet, poet anthologist, and the recipient of the Regina Medal Award for 2016.

 

Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love With Your Baby selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Alyssa Nassner, Harry N. Abrams Board Books

This book contains original poems by well-known authors such as Lee Bennett Hopkins, Laura Purdie Salas, Ann Whitford Paul, J. Patrick Lewis, and Jane Yolen.  It’s divided into five sections:  Family, Firsts, Bedtime, Play, and Food. Each section includes poems that are attention-grabbing and fun. This book is sweet, snappy, and delightfully entertaining for all, and it’s a perfect gift!

Jumping Off Library Shelves:  A Book of Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Jane Manning, Wordsong

This is a collection of fifteen poems written by well-known authors that explores the library and all the magic that takes place inside. Readers will enjoy Jane Manning’s enchanting illustrations done in soft pastels. This is another keeper!

Get on Board with Board Books

October 29, 2015

Books have always been an important part of my life, but now that I have two sweet granddaughters, I’ve become obsessed with board books.

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What better way to introduce them to the magic of words and colorful illustrations than through board books. They’re just the right size for their tiny hands. It’s never too early to begin reading to children so I’m on the prowl for some first-class board books. Here are a few I highly recommend.

You Are My I love You written by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa. This charming book, delightfully illustrated in muted colors, can be enjoyed by both adults and children. It’s written in rhyme and follows the child and parent through various events of an ordinary day and the sweetness of daily life.

Everywhere Babies written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee. If your little ones like seeing other babies, this is the book for them. Susan Meyers’ rhyming text celebrates babies being dressed, fed, kissed, rocked, making noise, and doing all the things babies do. The combination of Meyers’ text and Marla Frazee’s enchanting illustrations depicting babies from many different places makes this book one to add to your collection. 

The next two books are from the talented Sandra Boynton. You’ll get your groove on with these.

In Barnyard Dance!, the animals are having an old-fashioned square dance in the barnyard. You’ll want to grab a partner and do-si-do with the animals in this rollicking rhyming story!

And if you like Barnyard Dance!, you’ll love Pajama Time! It’s another one of Boynton’s fast-paced rhyming texts about getting ready for bed. Bedtime has never been so much fun!

I’m still on the lookout for more great board books. If you have any you’d like to share, please do.

To Market, To Market

June 1, 2010

The Dane County Farmer’s Market is a one-of-a-kind experience. If you’re not within walking distance to the market, you begin by searching for a parking place. If you’re like my husband, parking ramps are not an option. Street parking is the only way to go. My husband and I may end up walking a mile, but the satisfaction he gets from finding that parking space is worth every extra step he makes me take.  

Once you arrive at the Capital Square where the Farmer’s Market takes place, the adventure begins. You need to bring a huge bag of patience and have enough grit to brave the crowds.  

 

There are so many choices and decisions to make.

Fancy Flowers

Various Veggies

Meats

Squeaky Cheese Curds

Yummy Cheese Bread

Honey For Honey!

There are so many things to see.

A Famous Terrace Chair

A Capital View

Street Musicians

 There are so many things to do.

A Taste Treat

Climb Trees

Family Fun

The Dane County Farmer’s Market has it all – fun, food, friendly vendors, and lots and lots of people. It’s an adventure and a true slice of life!

(If only we didn’t have to walk all the way back to the car.)

Check out these Market Day books. They all have a different flavor! 

Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2000), Market Day by Carol Foskett Cordsen (Dutton Juvenile, 2008), Market Day by Eve Bunting (HarperCollins Publishers, 1996)

A Board Book:  A Day at the Market by Sara Anderson (Sara Anderson Children’s Books, 2009)

 

 


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