RUDAS: NIñOS HORRENDOUS HERMANITAS by Yuyu Morales

July 28, 2017

Rudas:  Niños Horrendous Hermanitas by Yyu Morales

Remember Niño Wrestles the World, the 2014 winner of the Pura Belpre Illustration Award?  Love that book!  And so do kids I’ve shared it with–and who’ve shared it with me.  Well, Niño is back, and so are his sisters, Las Hermanitas! They are the Lucha Queens, with their amazing moves and tag team strategies.  No one can forget their Poopy Bomb Blowout or their Pampered Plunder Diversion.  But their brother Niño has some moves of his own.  What happens in this wild and crazy wrestling adventure?  You’ll have to read it to find out!

 


Niño Wrestles the World: A Review

April 5, 2014

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Viva La Lucha Libre!  Meet Niño:  somersault expert, popsicle lover, and world champion wrestler!  We meet the “Kid” as he is playing with his masked wrestler toys.  One by one, he defeats his wrestling opponents:  the Mummy of Guanajuato, the stone Olmec Head, La Llorona, the Alien, and the devil-like El Chamuco. But the worst is yet to come, his most formidable opponents, his sisters:  Las Hermanitas.  Love this book!  The language is fun and playful, including lots of nonsense action words like zok, splish, and zac.    A closing note explains the lucha libra culture, too and the endpapers reinforce the illustrations of the phenomenon.

I also celebrate this book, and wonderful Mexican author and illustrator Yuyi Morales, as a far more genuine contribution to multicultural children’s literature than the Spanish translations of English picture books.  The Spanish words and expressions will be familiar for many of our young readers–and also fun for non-Spanish speakers to learn and delight in.

Niño Wrestles the World is the 2014 winner of  the Pura Belpre Illustration Award, named for the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.  Check out other award-winning books at their website!


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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A TOWER OF GIRAFFES

Get Ready to Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day, January 27th

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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

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THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA: Mo Willems’ Latest

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

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February is Grapefruit Month

Max the Brave

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Sloths: A Trio of Books to Delight Young Readers

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

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EL DEAFO:  An Enthusaistic Review!

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April Fool’s Surprise

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Mustache Fever–in Picture Books

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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

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Eat, Read, and Be Merry!

Family Traditions:  Don’t Forget the Books

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New Poetry Book Review!  The Tighty Whitey Spider

August 21st is Poet’s Day

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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

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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

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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

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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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Who Done it?

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

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Infants & Toddlers

May 29, 2007

From Birth to 4 years old

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You can start sharing books with babies from their very first day. Babies love the warmth and comfort of being cuddled in your arms, and hearing the lilt of your voice as you share a story. They’ll associate the sight of a book with special time with you. Pretty soon, they’ll want books they can grab and touch, eat and teethe on, as well as enjoying a remembered story. Birth to four years old covers a wide range of abilities and interests, so we have lots of different lists to get you started.

Book Lists

Building a Classic Library

Gifts for a New Baby

Hip Books for Trendy Toddlers

A-B-C’s

1-2-3’s

Board Books

All About Art Board Books

Hello!

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Library Love

New Spring Picture Books for Young Readers

Books for Caped Crusaders

Introducing Jazz for Young “Hip Cats”

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

Twins in School-Online Resources

Baby Love

Sweet Monsters

A Trio of Summer Board Books

A Trio of Books to Celebrate Sloths

Get Interactive

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

THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME by Oliver Jeffers

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

I Spy. . .Literacy!

Knitting Project – Momma Bunny from The Runaway Bunny

Toddler Games – “Smell Dat”, a Spice Game

Sewing Project – Supercapes for Superheroes!

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

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Otto the Book Bear:  A Review

Revisiting the Night Sky:  New Picture Books

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Checkout!

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Further Resources

hbtHow Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years

by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff & Kathy Hitsh-Pasek

If we could recommend just one book on early language development for parents, care-givers, and teachers, this would be the one. The authors have created a wonderful resource for a wide audience that shares current understanding of how child language develops, what to expect with the children in our lives, and how to nurture each stage. The research is written in an easy-to-read style, and followed by simple “Try This. . .” strategies.


Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children

This position statement is issued jointly by two professional organizations dedicated to children’s literacy education and development (the National Association for the Education of Young Children[NAEYC] and the International Reading Association [IRA].) Don’t be scared off! As their introduction indicates, “the principles and practices suggested here also will be of interest to any adults who are in a position to influence a young child’s learning and development—parents, grandparents,older siblings, tutors, and other community members.” This is a wonderful article about early childhood literacy development.