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‘Picturebooks’

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Noi lived with his dad and six cats by the sea.” The premise and set up for this picturebook is wonderful–the illustrations are sweet and a bit naive in style. I thoroughly enjoyed the depiction of animals and had fun finding the cats in every spread. The story itself started so strong that the ending was a let down. When the father said “he… Read More

Picturebook Ninjas

Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3.5 stars This rhyming Ninja story is full of fun rhythm, mayhem, kindness and respect. A great read aloud. The illustrations are nothing artistically special–digitally rendered, lots of white space, but rather generic–the integration of “Kaboom! Kapow! into both the rhyme scheme and the illustrations has design merit. Ninja! by Arree Chung My rating: 4 of 5 stars This graphic novel-style picturebook has great fun… Read More

Purrrfect Picturebooks

Halloween Houdini

Are you ever in the mood to just watch videos of adorable cats? We get that way too. But sometimes you really just need a good book about adorable cats. Here are some of my favorites. It’s All About Me-ow: A Young Cat’s Guide to the Good Life by Hudson Talbott follows an adult cat as he gives three kittens advice on how to charm, entertain, and communicate with their new human family. A fun, funny and… Read More

Travel Into the World of Imagination

road imagination

The  Woodsies  storytime group enjoyed an  exciting, mystical journey as they traveled  along  the” yellow brick road” into the world of make believe and imagination.  What an adventure when you travel with Al and his faithful dog Eddie in “Hey, Al” by Arthur Yorinks. Hey, Al By Arthur Yorinks Picture book Age Pre-School-Grade 1       OR!!   The happiness you  find in the simple treasures of everyday life  as you enjoy a neighborhood stroll  as… Read More

Early Years Are Learning Years

Week of Young Child

April 6-12th is The Week of the Young Child, a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association.  This event was created to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development.  The years from birth through age 8 are a critical time to build a strong foundation for learning that will serve a child throughout life – and your Fairfield Public Library can… Read More

Bird is the Word, or Words on Birds

big bird taking care of little bird vector image

I Spy in the Sky by William Gibbs (2014) This book is in the same style/”series” as I Spy on the Farm. And like I Spy on the Farm, this book is rendered completely in digital media. While you can tell it is digital, it still looks phenomenal. The spread with the peacock is particularly striking. It really is a fun read–especially for engaging a younger audience. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, Illustrated… Read More

Cat Says Meow and other an.i.mal.o.poe.ia

Cat Says Meow

 Michael Arndt is an award winning graphic designer whose love of animals and typography inspired this visually stunning picturebook. There are 25 animals represented that look the same as they sound. Dog says woof, pig says oink, and cow says moo…Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters spell out each animals sounds in the colorful illustrations. This creative and entertaining book will help children learn colors, sounds, shapes and design.… Read More

Spring into Spring!

crocus in snow

March 20th is the first day of Spring! After this long winter, we are all ready to get out there and enjoy the outdoors.  Below are 5 books that I call “oldies but goodies” to get you in the mood for Spring.  The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss—Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. They awake. They open their eyes. They sniff. They run. What will they find?  1950 Caldecott Honor… Read More

Fun Read Alouds by Ms. Beth

Book Staircase

Parent’s Guide To “Read Alouds” by Ms. Beth 1. Pick a book that YOU love! Here are some that I love: Kindergarten – Grade 1 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems Grades 1-2 Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kaszka Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash Grades 3-4 I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff What’s With This Room? by Tom Litchenheld… Read More

Books That Go Zoom-Vroom-Choo

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Zoom! Zoom! by Robert Burleigh is a busy, colorful, comic-feeling picturebook that would make a fantastic storytime piece. I expected a CD to accompany the book since the rhymes are so sing-songy that they could be, well, a song. There are lots of details and colors that would keep any toddler occupied, though it might not entice those with a refined sensibility for picturebook illustrations. They are fun, yes, but do not offer anything unique or… Read More