Tag: PreS-Gr. 1

Picture Books about Night Jobs Make Dreamy Bedtime Stories

Picture Books about Night Jobs Make Dreamy Bedtime Stories

Lynn: Shhhh! Nestle in for two sweet bedtime stories that tell tales of people and places most children seldom see. There is something so special about a school after everyone has gone home, and Karen Hesse captures this quiet magic perfectly in Night Job (2018). On Friday nights a school custodian takes his young son with […]

Giraffe v. Balloon: NECK & NECK

Giraffe v. Balloon: NECK & NECK

Cindy: I didn’t even have to open this book before I started laughing. The cover art will catch the eyes of young readers and let them know there is some humorous, I mean serious competition in store. Neck & Neck (2018) by Elise Parsley features Leopold, everyone’s favorite animal at the zoo—that is, until a […]

Rain, Rain, Come Again! Two Picture Books Celebrating the Pleasures of a Good Soaking

Rain, Rain, Come Again! Two Picture Books Celebrating the Pleasures of a Good Soaking

Cindy: No one likes a rainy day more than a young child who gets to splash in a puddle . . . or two. We have two books for young children that celebrate the pleasures of a good soaking. Even if you’re not eager to get wet, you can read these to a young rain […]

Running Away with the Alphabet

Lynn:  On the title page of Patrick McDonnell’s nearly wordless new picture book, The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) (2017), a little red cat wakes up. The door is open! Up he jumps and out he leaps, running straight into an abecedarian adventure that tickles the funny bone. The […]

BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT: The Pet Life Cycle Explained for the Picture-Book Crowd

BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT: The Pet Life Cycle Explained for the Picture-Book Crowd

Cindy: “There was a cat who lived alone. Until the day a new cat came.” So begins Elisha Cooper’s spare but powerful book, BIG CAT, little cat (2017). Details are minimal—the big cat is white and outlined with heavy black lines, while the new kitten is solid black with a white eye and some black […]

SAM SORTS: Categorization for Young Readers

SAM SORTS: Categorization for Young Readers

Cindy: If Melvil Dewey had focused on toys instead of books, he might have encountered some of the same issues as Sam does in Sam Sorts (2017), by Marthe Jocelyn. Sam has a big pile of toys in his room. He enjoys making toys, playing with them, and especially sorting them into different categories. Some toys […]

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Lynn: In the winter, it is especially good to be a librarian! We have to look ahead and buy spring books, so they’ll be here when the crocuses pop and the first baby birds hatch. At the top of my spring picture books list this year? Egg, by the masterful Kevin Henkes. Perhaps there is nobody better at […]

Two Stowaways in Santa’s Sleigh

Two Stowaways in Santa’s Sleigh

 Cindy: Slipper the cat is curious about a nighttime visitor to her house, Mr. Furry Boots, who has nice, soft ankles to rub and an inviting red bag to climb inside. Before you know it, Slipper is on her way to the North Pole, where Ms. Furry Boots “lets the cat out of the bag.” […]

Sibling Succession Gets the Royal Treatment in KING BABY

Sibling Succession Gets the Royal Treatment in KING BABY

Cindy: “I am King Baby!” proclaims the infant on the first page of Kate Beaton’s picture book, King Baby (2016). Soon, lines of adoring subjects bestow gifts upon him. Babies have demands, and King Baby is certainly no exception. Feed me! Burp me! Change me! Carry me! Perhaps my favorite happens when King Baby sits on […]

Cardboard Universe: Box Books for Young Readers

Cardboard Universe: Box Books for Young Readers

Lynn: Two recent books address the perennial, ferocious appeal of the cardboard box and the endless possibilities contained therein. The first, Jane Yolen’s What to Do with a Box (2016), follows two imaginative children who transform a box into a library, a palace, a race car, and a flying machine. Yolen’s bouncy rhymes praise the simple, engaging theme: “A Box! A Box Is […]