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Abe Lincoln – The Boy Who Loved Books

Abe Lincoln

The Boy Who Loved Books by Ms. Diane BRRRrrrr!!!!!!! Keeping warm this winter by discovering many treasures at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library to use for winter programs. A special treasure is  Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books.   Abe Lincoln by  Kay Winters Grades K-3 Format: Biography, Picture Abraham Lincoln was an amazing person who overcame many hardships and became our 16th president. Readers will enjoy learning about Lincoln as a spirited, wiry youngster who loved to… Read More

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

bear's song

By Ms. Kristina This oversized picture book was originally published in 2011 in France under the title Une chanson d’ours and as such has a distinctly French air. The color palette of yellow, blue and black fade to a muted color scheme that feels nostalgic as well as modern. The colors bring the reader through a frantic search for little bear. The first two-thirds of the book feel like an ornate and beautifully rendered “search and… Read More

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore

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This nonfiction picture book about the parrots of Puerto Rico and and scientists’ observations of them is a perfect STEM/STEAM titles. It is full of excellent factual information but told in a narrative that is both engaging and moves along. The outside cover leads you to believe the book has a horizontal orientation, but upon opening it, the illustrations and text are not laid out from left to right, but from top to bottom. Each spread… Read More

Jane Eyre??

Heidi Jane Eyre

What is Heidi Reading? is dedicated to what our littlest worker (my 5-month-old daughter) is reading at home.  I thought my mom was crazy when she pulled out this classic… Jane Eyre. BORING!! But, I was wrong. I loved it! I loved counting out the 4 towers at Thornfield Hall. And, seeing the 8 drawings; it’s just so nice to be able to put a face to Mr. Rochester. Maybe one day I’ll grow up to be a… Read More

The Day the Crayons Quit

Crayons

Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit (2013) is a great title sure to make the kids giggle.  It’s got lots of wit and attitude. Told as a series of letters from disgruntled crayons, these characters have tons of personality. How will poor Duncan ever satisfy all his crayons’ demands?  The ample sarcasm and humor will ensure your audience is not bored with this one. Beware though, it’s a bit wordy so probably not a good fit for the younger ones.… Read More

Llama Llama, Nighty Night

Heidi book

What is Heidi Reading? is dedicated to what our littlest worker (my 5-month-old daughter) is reading at home. I always love when I get to read this nice short book about bedtime. While I’m getting a belly rub and a massage, my mommy and daddy read to me. They hope that this book llama, llama getting ready for bed will help me get right in the mood to (yawn) sleep… (yawn)… all through (yawn)… the… (yawn)… night. Gee, it seems… Read More

Ms. Mary’s Toddler Time!

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Toddler Time…. my aerobic exercise for the day! In story times designed for toddlers (children, ages 18-36 months), the goal is to teach a variety of skills: gross motor skills, early literacy and language skills, and behavioral skills. This week in Toddler Time, I used the seasonal theme of “winter” to reinforce these skills. Use the books, songs and rhymes at home to continue the fun at home! Enjoy and happy winter! ~Ms. Mary  Books Mouse’s… Read More

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

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Harry Potter Meets The Hunger Games… Yes, this is the tagline for the new series for older readers The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. In the first book, we quickly find out that in Quill, you get placed into one of three categories when you turn 13. The Wanteds are the strong and intelligent who get to go to University, the Necessaries become the manual laborers, and the Unwanteds are the creative and artistic ones get eliminated… Read More

Cheese Belongs to You! by Alexis Deacon

Cheese Belongs to You!

The concept of this book is fantastic. The language and the narrative are effective and fun to read. However, the illustrations bother me. On one hand, I dislike them. They are aesthetic displeasing to me, too sketchy and unattractive. On the other hand, they are rats. Rats are ugly. And the spreads effectively convey the confusion and the chaos with depth and perspective perfectly. But still. I just do not like how ugly the illustrations are.… Read More