Carnivores: A Review

November 9, 2013

CarnivoresCarnivores by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat

If you are a fan of Lane Smith, Jon Klassen, or Jon Scieszka, you will love this new picture book about the  misunderstood animals at the top of the food chain.  Poor lion, shark, and wolf!  They try to get along with their plant-eating neighbors, but the bunnies and fishes and zebras seem to hold grudges, just because this threesome munches on their friends and neighbors.  Fun for kids, but also a hilarious spoof on foodie trends and self-actualization.  It does have a sweet–and humorous–message about self-acceptance, and the pictures are filled with engaging images and little details to keep readers engaged.  Aaron Reynolds is also the author of Creepy Carrots, a Caldecott Honor Book; he writes that though he “spent six years as a vegetarian, he is now a committed carnivore.”  While we don’t know the eating habits of illustrator Dan Santat, we do recognize his work from many picture books as well as the animated television hit The Replacements.  A book to savor (heh, heh).


THE BAD GUYS by Aaron Blabey: For Little Readers With a Great Sense of Humor (and Their Families)

February 25, 2017

the-bad-guysThe Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

Meet Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark, and Mr. Snake.  They want to convince the world (and definitely their readers) that they are not Bad Guys.  Mr. Wolf, a spokesperson of sorts, talks directly to his audience in this part beginning chapter book, part graphic novel. While he admits his rap sheet ( a full-page illustration) shows him to have had some unfortunate and misunderstood run-ins with Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, he insists he is actually a Good Guy.  In order to make a more convincing case, he embarks on a quest with a few of his carnivorous friends who hold similar reputations (and equally long rap sheets).  As they rescue a cat from a tree, the illustrations are hilarious, with exaggerated sharp teeth and wide grins, the Guys terrify–but rescue–the kitty.  Then a larger rescue operation ensues.  It reminds me of Aaron Reynolds’s Carnivores  (See Carnivores, A Review)and Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and would make a great readaloud for the primary grades.  And it looks to be a series, with a couple of new adventures coming out this year for our four Bad–I mean Good–Guys!


Tweens

May 29, 2007

From 8 to 11 years old; grades 3-6

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Not yet teenagers, but no longer little kids,” tweens” are struggling to see where they fit in. Books can be a wonderful way to reach preteens in our lives, helping them explore their own interests and passions, and also coming to understand the complicated world they live in. Kids this age still appreciate the power of a story read aloud to them—especially the daily ritual of a chapter or two of a family read aloud. They also enjoy books that reflect their own unique interests and those of their friends, using these stories as conversation starters as well as escapes into their own world. There is an explosion of books written that capture the interests of tweens; keep us posted as you discover new ones!

Book Lists

Celebrating Literacy:  Three New Picture Books

More Graphic Novels for Tweens

New Series for Tweens and Teens

Tweens and Teens Series Updates

Comics and Graphic Novels for Tweens

Classic Books

Spanish/English Novels for Tweens and Teens

Short Story Collections for Tweens

Family and Class Read Alouds

Harry Potter and Beyond:  Great Series

Middle East Books for Teens and Tweens

Mystery Series

Great NEW Series

Great Role Models for Boys

Tellings and Retellings

Living a Writing LIfe:  Books for Tween and Early Teens

Picture Books for Writers

Beyond Nancy Drew

Adventure Series, Starring Girls

Math Adventures

Musicians When They Were Children

Books with Siblings

Celebrating a Love of Words

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THE TRIALS OF APOLLO, BOOK 2 by Rick Riordan

The Hired Girl:  Historical Fiction for Tweens

The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters

MPYRIUM by Henry H. Neff: New Series Recommendation for Tween and Teens

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD, BOOK 2: THOR’S HAMMER by Rick Riordan

SOME WRITER:  THE STORY OF E.B. WHITE

Leonard Nimoy and Ruth Bader Ginsberg:  Two New Biographies to Recommend

SPACE CASE (MOON BASE ALPHA) by Stuart Gibbs

THE BOOK SCAVENGER:  Great Readaloud for Tweens

Children’s Books About the Middle East

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE and Other Sherlock Holmes Spin-Offs for Tweens and Teens

FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland:  A Review and Recommendation

THE AGENCY:  A SPY IN THE HOUSE: Series Recommendation for Teens

CASTLE HANGNAIL:  A Recommendation for Tweens

DEMIGODS AND MAGICIANS by Rick Riordan:  A Review and Recommendation

A Good Old-Fashioned Mystery for Tweens: ISABEL FEENEY, STAR REPORTER

THE TRIALS OF APOLLO by Rick Riordan:  A Review and Recommendation

THE GENIUS FILES:  Adventure Recommendation for Tweens

SECRETS OF THE MANOR Series:  Downton Abbey for Tweens

PRINCELESS:  Another Graphic Novel for Young Feminists

Celebrating Music!

February 20th is World Day or Social Justice

February is STILL Library Lovers Month

PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN: A Great Graphic Novel for Young Feminists

Rebels of the Kasbah by Joe O’Neill: A Review

Appreciate a Dragon Day, January 16th

Pirate Update

Recommendations for Young Musicians

MARK OF THE THIEF: Review

October 29th is National Hermit Day

Interstellar Cinderella

May 18th: Remembering Mt. St. Helens Eruption

BROWN GIRL DREAMING

HE FAMILY ROMANOV:  Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction

EL DEAFO by Cece Bell:  An Enthusiastic Review!

CLEOPATRA IN SPACE:  Recommended Graphic Novel for Young Readers

National Pi Day is March 14th

More Young People Who Make a Difference: Malala and Iqbal

New Series:  THE ATLANTIS SAGA by T.A. Barron

Name Your Car Day is October 2nd

Wish’s Derby:  Book Recommendation

Artists’ Lives Through Picture Books

Non-fiction Tween Book:  While You Were Sleeping

Aliens!  New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

CARNIVORES:  A Review

The Armpit of Doom:  A New Kenn Nesbitt Book of Poems

Review: THE SON OF NEPTUNE

Picture Books: Understanding the Middle East

Girl Detectives Updates:  Meet Ruby Redfort

National Scrabble Day

A Whole World of Math Resources

April 6th-Discovery of the North Pole

Halloween Fun:  The Teen Edition

Favorite Series Endings-And New Beginnings

Egyptian Adventures Continue

Book Review:  CHASING ORION

When Reading Isn’t Fun:  Letting Pictures Lead the Way

National Train Day

Free Comic Book Day!

Magic for the 21st Century-  Review of Bran Hambric:  The Farfield Curse

Celebrating the Silent Movies in Children’s Literature

A Few of Our Favorite Things:  Kids Books 2009

Celebrating Spoken Soul in Picture Books

Poetry is for Everyone:  A Review of POETRY SPEAK:  WHO I AM

Ida B. is the Book I Fell in Love with This Year

Book Review:  The School of Possibilities

Book Review:  The Pyramid of Souls

Book Review:  Jane and the Raven King

Aliens!  New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

Kids Recommend. . .

Andrew Recommends The Bone Series

Jessica Recommends Who Am I Without Him?

Alysa Recommends The Twilight Saga

Dmitriy Recommends The Tintin Series

Jessica Recommends Hugging the Rock

Alysa Recommends Each Little Bird that Sings
Michelle Recommends Star in the Storm


Early Readers

May 29, 2007

From 5 to 9 years old

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As children become more comfortable with reading familiar books over and over again, alone and with the adults around them, they naturally start “cracking the code” and using their knowledge of the world to understand the words and pictures in books—and read on their own! No need to stop reading aloud books they can’t read by themselves: we have several “kid-tested” books on the lists below that are wonderful read-alouds to share together. We also include “easy reader” books that children can explore and read without adult help—books that have predictable structures and patterns without sacrificing quality of language and illustrations. Enjoy!

Book Lists

A Trio of New Early Reader Chapter Books

Classics: Read-to-Me Books

Celebrating Literacy:  Three New Picture Books

Comics and Graphic Novels for Early Readers

Feisty Girls in Early Reader Chapter Books

New Spring Picture Books for Young Readers

What We’re Reading:  Some Terrific Bilingual Picture Books

Resistance! Part I:  Learning From Our Moral Ancestors:  Recommended Picture Books for Young Readers

Mischievous Boys

Early Reader Chapter Books for Boys

Great Role Models for Boys

Classics: Read by Myself

Other Great Read by Myself Books

The Sounds of Language: Multicultural Picture Books for Young Children

Chapter Books for Beginning Readers

Math Picture Books

More Math Picture Books

The Math Adventure Continues

Picture Books:  Understanding the Middle East

Introducing Jazz for Young “Hip Cats”

Cowgirls, Cowboys, and Cowcookies. . .

Series Recommendations for Early Readers

Invitation to Imagination:  Fairy Gardens

New to School

Author! Author! Great Picture Books About Being a Writer

Picture Books for Writers

Halloween Fun

Aliens!  New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

My First Hanukkah Books

Celebrating the New Year with a Trio of Books for Young Readers

Twins in School-Online Resources

Musicians When They Were Children

Mischievous Boys

Celebrating the Silent Movies in Children’s Literature

More New Fall Picture Books

Celebrating a Love of Words

New Picture Books That Celebrate Snow

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LITTLE RED:  by Bethan Woolvin:  A New Retelling for Early Readers

TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY by John Himmelman

TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES

Get Ready to Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day, January 27th

THE BAD GUYS

COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline

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THUNDER BOY JR.  by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

THE LATKE WHO COULDN’T STOP SCREAMING:  A CHRISTMAS STORY by Lemony Snicket

Celebrating the New Year with a Trio of Book for Young Readers

British Children’s Literature for Children: Two Treats to Share

WE FOUND A HAT  by Jon Klassen:  Book 3 in the hat series

FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland: A Review and Recommendation

THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA: Mo Willems’ Latest

Beverly Cleary’s Birthday is April 12th-Happy 100th!

Appreciate a Dragon Day: January 16th

February is Grapefruit Month

Max the Brave

Appreciate a Dragon Day

October 29th is National Hermit Day!

Recommendations for Young Musicians

New Classics for Young Readers

New Books Celebrating the Moon for Young Readers

Pirate Update!

Sloths: A Trio of Books to Delight Young Readers

CLEOPATRA IN SPACE: THE THIEF AND THE SWORD: A Review

Ninjas Revisted: Three More for Young Readers

July! Time for More Ice Cream and Hot Dogs

And the Winner is. . .VIVA FRIDA!

EL DEAFO:  An Enthusaistic Review!

Downton Abbey for Children’s Literature Fans

April Fool’s Surprise

CLEOPATRA IN SPACE: Recommended Graphic Novel for Young Readers

Mustache Fever–in Picture Books

The Princess in Black

February is Library Lovers Month

Winter is Coming

Enzo Races in the Rain!

More Young People Who Make a Difference:  Malala and Iqbal

For Your Growing Alphabet Bookshelf:  Once Upon an Alphabet

Wings and Co.:  Perfect Readalouds for Young Readers

The Latest Nate the Great:  NATE THE GREAT WHERE ARE YOU?

Have a Party With Your Bear Day is November 16th

October is National Pizza Month

Super Ninjas!

Revisiting Fairy Gardens

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Fresh Veggie Day, June 16th

National Museum Day:  May 18th

Artists’ Lives Through Picture Books

What Happened to PETE THE CAT books?

More Mo!:  Behind the Scenes with MO Willems (Plus I’M A FROG!)

Early reader Series:  New Additions for Your Book shelf

New Books Make Great Holiday Gifts:  Picture Book Edition

CARNIVORES:  A Review

Fairy Gardens II:  Backyard Adventures

Invitations to Write Your Own Version

Pete the Cat at the Beach

Little Red Riding Hood Around the World

Back to School Books

May 19th is Circus Day!

Hans Christian Anderson’s Birthday

Frogs:  Great Early Reader Non-fiction Recommendations

Celebrating Creativity in New Picture Books

Library Mouse:  A Museum Adventure

The Perfect Flower Girl:  A Review

The Sky of Afghanistan:  A Review

This is Not My Hat!:  Review

A Trio of New Picture Books Celebrating Winter

New Winter Holiday Books! We Recommend. . .

My Hands Sing the Blues

I Wonder Why Zippers Have Teeth

Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken:  A Passover Picture Book

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes:  An Easter Picture Book

April 1st-April Fools Day!

April 6th-Discovery of the North Pole

Wow!  Ocean! Recommended

Who are we reading now? Roald Dahl

Book Review:  Isabella:  Girl on the Go

How Many Donkeys:  A New Arabic Counting Book

Cool Cats Head to School

Children Around the World

Books:  Eat or Be Eaten

National Fairy Tale Day

Free Comic Book Day!

ABC Update

Countdown to Halloween

National Train Day

A Non-traditional Passover

Here Comes Horrid Henry

Little House Memories

On Flamingos and Other Obsessions

Book Review:  The 13 Days of Halloween

Ministry of Funny Voices

Book Pairings: One for You and One for Me

Holiday Shopping for Book Lovers

Eat, Read, and Be Merry!

Family Traditions:  Don’t Forget the Books

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Kids Books 2009

Celebrating Spoken Soul in Picture Books

New Poetry Book Review!  The Tighty Whitey Spider

August 21st is Poet’s Day

A Taste of Home


Nursery & Preschoolers

May 29, 2007

From 3 to 6 years old

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Children who are still toddlers often begin being active readers. When a 3-year-old picks up a familiar book and retells a story in an expressive voice, she is reading. When a 4-year old talks through a brand-new book creating a new story, complete with literary terms like, “Once upon a time,” or “The end,” he is reading. They are both accomplishing what more experienced readers and writers do: they are living into the story, and using some of the general mechanics that go along with reading, such as turning pages, holding the book right side up, and using the terms that go along with a book experience. You’ll see quite a bit of overlap in the lists in this category, so feel free to keep browsing the book recommendations for older –or younger—readers.

Book Lists

Building Your Classic Library

Alphabet Books

Many Languages, Many Alphabets

Counting Books

More Math Picture Books

Going to Kindergarten

Picture Books about Museums

Comics and Graphic Novels for Early Readers

My First Hanukkah Books

Ballet Books for Tiny Dancers

Sweet Monsters

Library Love

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Introducing Map Books

Books for Caped Crusaders

Precocious Princesses

Pirate Books for Little Mateys

Baby Love

Hello!

Multicultural Picture Books

Introducing Jazz for Young “Hip Cats”

Cowgirls, Cowboys, and Cowcookies. . .

Series Recommendations for Early Readers

New to School

Author! Author! Great Picture Books About Being a Writer

Halloween Fun

Twice as Nice or Double the Trouble?  Early Childhood Books for Twins

Musicians When They Were Children

Feisty Girls in Early Reader Chapter Books

Mischievous Boys

Invitation to Imagination:  Fairy Gardens

Celebrating the Silent Movies in Children’s Literature

More New Fall Picture Books

New Winners for the Preschool Set

A Children’s Literature Love Song for Knitting Nerds

New Spring Picture Books for Young Readers

A Trio of Summer Board Books

A Trio of Books to Celebrate Sloths

New Books Celebrating the Moon for Young Children

New Classics for Young Readers

New Picture Books That Celebrate Snow

Get Interactive

Get Ready to Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day, January 27th

THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME by Oliver Jeffers

GROOVY JOE:  ICE CREAM AND DINOSAURS  by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

And the Winner is. . .VIVA FRIDA!

Have a Party With Your Bear Day is November 16th

Downton Abbey for Children’s Literature Fans

Fairy Gardens II:  Backyard Adventures

Put Me in the Story:  My Name is Not. . .

Picture Books for Writers

Back to School Books

May 19th is Circus Day

Everyday Math

Otto the Book Bear:  A Review

What We’re Reading:  Some Terrific Bilingual Picture Books

April 4th-Tater Day

Beautiful Yetta, The Yiddish Chicken:  A Passover Picture Book

Creativity in Action

National Fairy Tale Day

I Spy. . .Literacy!

Creative Fun – Images and Designs, Cookie Cutters and Coloring Pages

A New Love and Lens for the Zoo

Being in the Book:  THE SNOWY DAY

Countdown to Halloween

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TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY by John Himmelman

TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES

BABY LOVES QUARKS! New Board Book for the Littlest Scientist

THE BAD GUYS

COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline

Perfect Book to Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day:  PENGUIN PROBLEMS

British Children’s Literature for Children: Two Treats to Share

SHHH! WE HAVE A PLAN

WE FOUND A HAT  by Jon Klassen:  Book 3 in the hat series

Poetry for the Whole Family:  SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland:  A Review and Recommendation

IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON’T!

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

April 30th is Save the Frogs Day

Max the Brave

Who Done it?

Sloths:  A Trio of Books to Delight Young Readers

July! Time for More Ice Cream and Hot Dogs

New Interactive Books for Young Readers

Mustache Fever–in Picture Books

The Princess in Black

Winter is Coming

Enzo Races in the Rain!

For Your Growing Alphabet Bookshelf:  Once Upon an Alphabet

National Hat Day

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Nino Wrestles the World:  A Review

What Happened to PETE THE CAT books?

Edgar Gets Ready for Bed

Aliens!  New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

New Books Make Great Holiday Gifts:  Picture Book Edition

More Mo!:  Behind the Scenes with Mo Willems (Plus:  I’m a Frog!)

Aliens! New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

CARNIVORES:  A Review

Pete the Cat at the Beach

Library Mouse:  A Museum Adventure

Celebrating Creativity in New Picture Books

The Perfect Flower Girl:  A Review

The Sky of Afghanistan:  A Review

This is Not My Hat!:  Review

A Trio of New Picture Books Celebrating Winter

New Winter Holiday Nooks! We Recommend. . .

My Hands Sing the Blues

Mo Willems:  My Hero!

Revisiting the Night Sky:  Featuring Picture Books!

One Good Book About Golf

Internaltional Children’s Book Day, April 2nd

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes:  An Easter Book!

Twins in School-Online Resources

Who are we reading now?  Roald Dahl

Book Review:  Isabella:  Girl on the Go

How Many Donkeys:  A New Arabic Counting Tale

Cool Cats Head to School

Children Around the World

The Return of Favorite Characters

Speaking Some Dead Languages

My Name is Not Alexander

Books:  Eat or Be Eaten

Book Review:  ASTRO THE STELLAR SEA LION

What’s in a Name?

My Name is Not Isabella:  Book Review

More Ken Nesbitt with MORE BEARS

A Taste of Home

National Train Day!

For the Easter Basket. . .

A Non-traditional Passover

Dump and Stir

Two New Books for Spring

Inscribe It

Supercapes for Superheroes

Counting on Kids

Two New Books by Rachel Isadora

I Hate TV. . .But YouTube is Another Story

A Special Reading Place

First the Egg

On Flamingos and Other Obsessions

Ministry of Funny Voices

Book Pairings:  One for You and One for Me

Holiday Shopping for Book Lovers

Eat, Read, and Be Merry!

Family Traditions:  Don’t Forget the Books!

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Kids Books 2009

Celebrating The Snowy Day

Celebrating Spoken Soul in Picture Books

A Pipkin of Pepper (What We’re Reading Right Now)

ABC Update