Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

The Pigeon is back. This time instead of wanting something--like a bus, a hot dog, a later bedtime, a puppy, or a cookie--he doesn't want to do something: take a bath. But pigeon, are baths really that bad?

Thoughts:  Pigeon books are always crowd-pleasers. This one isn't as interactive as the others, but it is just as funny. I love his change of heart.

Themes: Bathtime

(Hyperion, 2014)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Maple by Lori Nichols

Named for a tree, Maple loves the tree her parents planted for her and her name. She sees her tree as a friend. Being friends with a tree turns out to be excellent training for becoming a big sister.

Thoughts: Such a sweet story. It reminds me of Sophie's squash. Lovely illustrations, especially the maple leaves.

Themes: Siblings, Friendship, Seasons, Trees

(Nancy Paulsen, 2014)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison

Jane is a circus dog. There's only one problem. She doesn't have a talent.

Thoughts: A cute book. Perfect addition to my circus storytime. Beautiful illustrations--bright with good use of white space.

Themes: Dogs, Circus, Being Yourself

(Dial, 2014)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Story by Emily Winfield Martin

How do you get to dreamland? "Furred, finned, or feathered, your dream animal is waiting."

Thoughts: Dream Animals is a gorgeous book. I love the story and the illustrations. Emily Winfield Martin's style strikes me as fresh and new, but at the same time, it is also classic and vintage. I used this book for one of my stuffed animals sleepover and the kids were a bit too wiggly to appreciate it. I look forward to trying again and also recommending it to parents and friends. It's hard to pick a favorite illustration, but I like the elfin hollow and the mermaid tea. Would pair well with Red Knit Cap Girl and Dream Friends.

Themes: Animals, Dreams, Imagination

(Random House, 2013)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

Baby Bear from Baby Bear Sees Blue returns. The season is fall and winter is on its way. Baby Bear counts all the animals as they prepare for winter.

Thoughts: As lovely as the first. I love the lino block illustrations. This would pair well with Denise Fleming's Time to sleep.

Themes: Numbers, Bears, Fall, Ready for Winter

(Beach Lane Books, 2013)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

What do you do when you find a lion in your playhouse? Hide him, of course! Only, lions are hard to hide.

Thoughts: An utterly charming tale of an unusual friendship. I love the illustrations, the wit, and the reference to The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. I look forward to using this book in storytime soon.

Themes: Lions, Friendship

(Henry Holt, 2013)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sophies Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

Every kid has a favorite toy or friend. Sophie's is Bernice, a squash.

Thoughts: A wonderful story about love and friendship and vegetables. The illustrations are great. They show Sophie's vigor for life.

Themes: Friendship, Love

(Schwartz & Wade, 2013)