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World Read Aloud Day

February 1, 2018

It’s here!

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Check out World Read Aloud Day and find out all the things you can do to be an active participant.

What others have said about books and reading:

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.          ~ Maya Angelou

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. ~ Neil Gaiman

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. ~ Marcel Proust

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss

Don’t waste another minute. Grab one of your favorite books and read it aloud to someone special!

 

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A Gift of Imagination

December 7, 2017

If someone asks me what I want for Christmas, I’d say a green umbrella. Why?  Because it’s much more than an ordinary umbrella. It’s an object that tickles your imagination and takes you on extraordinary adventures.

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The Green Umbrella is written by Jackie Azúa Kramer and illustrated by Maral Sassouni. On a rainy day, Elephant is taking a walk with his umbrella when he meets Hedgehog who insists Elephant has his boat and tells him of his boat adventures. When Elephant says Hedgehog is mistaken, Elephant offers to share his umbrella with Hedgehog. Along comes Cat who insists Elephant has his tent and tells of his tent adventures. Elephant says Cat is mistaken but offers to share his umbrella. The story continues as Elephant meets different animals who are convinced his umbrella is not really an umbrella but something else. In the end, despite their differences, they all become friends. Maral Sassouni’s illustrations are whimsical and rendered in soft pastels. The Green Umbrella is a delightful book of imagination, sharing, and friendship.

Get me that green umbrella!

 

 

Books to Savor

November 3, 2016

My two little cuties love books. So when I find a great picture book I think they will like, I stash them in a secret place.

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When the time is right, I pull one out for all of us to enjoy. Here are two I’m waiting to share with them.

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Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Joy Ang

Petey and Pru are friends, but sometimes they don’t always agree on how to spend time together. The day Petey wanted quiet, Pru was feeling tricksy. That caused mayhem and a hullabaloo. Did that ruin their friendship? Of course not because they both know friendship is something to cherish – at least until the next time Pru is feeling tricksy.

Why I like this book:  The vocabulary is a mouthful of merriment! Who wouldn’t want to use words like kerfuffle, cacophony, and hornswoggled? The illustrations are eye-catching, vibrant, and filled with fanciful fun!

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Amos McGee works at the zoo. He’s a very busy man, but he always makes time for his animal friends. One day, Amos wakes with chills and aches. When he doesn’t come to work, the animals worry about him. Later that day, the animals get on the bus and travel to Amos McGee’s house where each of the animals has a special way to take care of him.

Why I like this book:  This is a quiet book. It delivers a message of repaying kindness with kindness. The illustrations done in muted colors add to the calm and charm of the story. See how many times you can spot the red balloon in this Caldecott Medal book.

 

Picture Book Fun

May 12, 2016

It’s been a crazy week around our house, and it’s going to get crazier. We have graduation, family events, and some travel. I also need to shop. I’m embarrassed to say I was caught wearing a 1999 Rose Bowl sweatshirt the other day. WHAT? (My mother taught me to take good care of my clothes.) It’s time to update.

While I’m shopping for a new look, take a peek at these great picture books.

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That’s (Not) Mine written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant, Two Lions. Sharing isn’t easy for these two critters. Kids will enjoy the crazy antics as the two vie for a comfy chair. MINE.

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Orion and the Dark written and illustrated by Emma Yarlett, Templar Books. Afraid of the dark? Meet Orion. He’s extremely afraid of the dark until Dark enters his room one night and shows Orion that Dark isn’t so bad after all.

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Old MacDonald Had A Truck written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban, Chronicle Books. You’ve never seen Old MacDonald’s farm look quite like this. Join the rollicking fun in the retelling of this tale. Old MacDonald uses a collection of machines to “SCOOP SCOOP, SCRAPE RAKE, DUMP THUMP,” and more for a surprise ending.

 

 

International Children’s Book Day

April 2, 2015

Today is International Children’s Book Day. It’s a day to promote children’s books and the love of reading. It’s no coincidence that Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday is also today. He’s the fabulous Danish author of numerous fairy tale titles. Do you remember The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, The Nightingale, The Little Mermaid, and The Little Fir? These are just a few of the classic stories written by Andersen. All of them are treasures.

If you want to learn more about International Children’s Book Day (ICBD), click here.

And if you want to read some outstanding international children’s books chosen by a committee made up of members from the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), click here. It’s an amazing list.  

On this International Children’s Book Day, share a book with a child. As Garrison Keillor, an American writer and broadcaster, once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”


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