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‘Picturebooks’

Snow Much to Do with the Little Ones-By Ms. Joleen

Snowball Fight

The recent snowstorms have reminded us that there is still more winter left to come, and sometimes it’s not easy finding things to do while stuck inside. Use your imagination–and whatever craft supplies you have on hand (and even the snow itself!)–to have fun with your children. In a future session of Countdown to Kindergarten we’ll be making “bird feeders” out of pine cones and peanut butter. Get out the binoculars and watch the different birds… Read More

Moon Story Time @ the Branch

Papa get the moon for me

Story time update from Miss Diane: BURR!  What a snowy, icy winter this has been!  But, we have been warm and busy during story time at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library. This week we watched a snowman melt right in front of our eyes, and we watched the moon  change size!! A special treasure from our library collection which I read during Moonlight  Story Time is “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me,” by Eric Carle.  The children… Read More

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson

catching kisses

Amy Gibson’s text in Catching Kisses is warm, poetic and thoughtful. She creates a meandering tone that carries the reader throughout the entire book–from the first end pages with fully formed dandelion seeds on stems to the last pages of select seeds carrying the reader outside of the book. The (digital) illustrations capture the tone and blows the reader forward to find the lonely dandelion spore that floats through the pages. The tone and “search and… Read More

2014 Youth Media Awards

caldecott_award

At 9 am on January 27, 2014, this year’s winners of the Youth Media Awards will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter 2014 Conference. Here is what ALA says about the Youth Media Awards: Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott… 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

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!

toddler with book

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

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