To me, books are everything, pure and simple.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#bookaday Jessica's Box by Peter Carnavas

Jessica wants friends...she tries different tactics but finds out she just needs to be herself.

Monday, June 22, 2015

#bookaday Fun in the Sun by David Catrow

Hands down, David Catrow is one of my favorite illustrators. They are always bizarre and fun!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

#bookaday Rooting For You by Susan Hood and Matthew Cordell

Fun and informational book about a seed who's afraid to grow...there are scary things out there! Matthew Cordell wrote and illustrated the wonderful hello! hello!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

#bookaday The Big Green Book by Robert Graves and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Written the year before Where the Wild Things Are was published, Sendak's drawings go perfectly with this odd little story. Robert Graves wrote, I, Claudius, but wanted to write a children's book. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's books, the young boy's parents have died and he's staying with and aunt and uncle who are "not very nice". He finds a book full of magic and plays tricks on them. In the end they are encouraged to be better relatives.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Sybille Schenker and Translated by Anthea Bell

The title on the book is a cutout, as is most of this amazing, beautifully crafted treasure! Be sure to look at both sides of the cutouts...but I'm sure you will want to read it again and again and again.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

The wonderful Peter Sis (be sure to look up all of his other great books) has come up with a perfect summer book all about how ice cream was invented and found around the world.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bulldozer's Big Day by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

The team of Fleming and Rohmann come up with a great idea for bulldoze loving kids!

#bookaday Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog

Dog lovers will enjoy the true story of the first dog to be the star of a movie. How did Etzel von Oeringen, a puppy born far from Hollywood, during WWI? All I will tell you is that it started when he was born to award winning police dogs.

Friday, June 12, 2015

#bookaday Touch the Brightest Star by Chistie Matheson

Christie Matheson's book will remind you of Herve Tullet's Press Here. Readers are instructed to press here, swipe there, pat the deer, blink your eyes and many other actions. Kids will LOVE this book.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

#bookaday Big Blue Thing on the Hill by Yuval Zommer

Yuval Zommer's fun book and illustrations will delight children and adults alike. The animals have lived in peace until a big blue thing parks in their forest. Their antics to get rid of it are hilarious. The surprise ending is perfect.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#bookaday Eye to Eye by Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is one of my favorite non-fiction writers because his books are always informative and his illustrations are fantastic, made form torn and cut paper. He has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1994.

#bookaday A Bird is a Bird by Lizzy Rockwell

With the colorful illustrations and simple explanations, your burgeoning young ornithologists will love this introducition to birds in this non-fiction book, You know what I say...if you want to learn something new, start with a picture book! 5 stars!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

#bookaday Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena Pictures by Christian Robinson

A lovely story about appreciating the everyday things in life. The boy's Nana always turns her grandson CJ's complaints into a positive view in a way that only grandmother's can. Many ideas are touched upon in this book...poverty, music, manners, volunteering, helping, caring, gratefulness, and family. We feel more appreciative of everyday things. That what good books do...they make us FEEL! 5/5 stars

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

#bookaday Squish - Fear the Amoeba No. 6

Great graphic books from Jennifer L. Holm and her brother Matthew Holm. Kids wore these out in my library! 5/5 stars As well as their other graphic novels Babymouse! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

#bookaday The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren and Illustrated by Fabio Santomauro

A book that hits every emotion is rare. But this is it. Yes, I cry easily, but this one had me weeping. But as the despair swept over me for the atrocities and tragedies, the welling of hope and amazement took over. A horrible time in history also had some of the most uplifting, caring, and loving events among strangers. People knew inherently that they must help...and did. This book should be in every home. 5+/5 stars