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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

Cookies!

cookie plate

Hungry for a delicious storytime? Think cookies! These stories are irresistible for the Pre-K – 1st grade crowd. In “Who Ate all the Cookie Dough?” an aproned momma kangaroo can’t figure out who snuck a taste of her delicious cookie dough right from the bowl. Was it the monkey? The hippo? Or someone closer to home? Readers will be trying to solve the mystery as they join the refrain, “Eeny meenie miney mo who stole all the cookie dough?”… 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

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Letters coming out of book

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

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