Monday, March 24, 2014

Me on the Map

Me On the Map by Joan Sweeney, illustrated by Annette Cable is a book we got several years ago as a prize from our library's summer reading program, and it quickly became a favorite with my kids. The text is simple and is a great introduction to basic geography.

It is also a great way to start your kids learning where they, state, town, street, and house number! You can't beat the price on Amazon either, less than $4 and free shipping. This is one I highly recommend owning!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Pencil

The Pencil is a witty and creative book that starts with a blank page and...a pencil! Follow the pencil as it experiments with drawing (and naming) people, animals, places, and finally a paintbrush.

What will happen when the drawings want things changed? Then the pencil draws something that destroys his hard work and threatens his existence; how will he solve the problem?

This is a fun and quirky book that we all enjoy!

Monday, March 10, 2014


Open the pages of Journey and prepare for an exhilarating adventure as a little girl uses her imagination (and a red crayon) to discover fantastic new places.

A doorway to an enchanted wood is just the start of her travels. And in the end she just might meet someone else who will share we love for adventure and imagination.

This book is told completely by its illustrations, and each one is vibrant, full of details, and gives the reader the chance to tell the story through however many words you choose. I enjoy this book as much as my children, and I especially love how they can "read" it to me, adding in what sticks out to them on each page. A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book.

Monday, August 5, 2013

There's No Such Thing as a Dragon

I remember reading There's No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent when I was little, and it has become quite a favorite with my kids as well! What would you do if you woke up with a little dragon in your room one morning? And what if mother insisted that "there's no such thing as a dragon!" Billy Bixbee and his mother ignore the dragon (even as it eats his breakfast) because "if there's no such thing as something, you can't tell it to get off the table."

The dragon gets bigger and bigger, causing a whole series of problems for the family, until they can no longer pretend that the dragon doesn't exist. Find out if the Bixbee's reclaim their house, as well as what happens to the enormous dragon!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Extra Yarn

One of the five books nominated for the Blue Hen award in Delaware is Extra Yarn by Mac Burnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen (this is the one my daughter picked as her favorite of the five for her vote!). This book also won the Caldecott Award. Its a whimsical story about an ordinary girl in a plain town who discovers what appears to be your average box of yarn. But as Annabelle uses the yarn, it becomes quite clear that magical things are happening.

The landscape of her little town changes thanks to her knitting skills, and Annabelle even attracts the attention of a snobbish and wicked archduke. Find out what happens to Annabelle and her yarn by checking out this excellent book!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Zin! Zin! Zin! A violin

The musical quality of the writing and the rich illustrations make it so you can almost hear the orchestra as you read Zin! Zin! Zin! A violin. A Caldecott Award winner, this is our favorite book by Lloyd Moss, so much that I bought it since we always had it checked out from the library!

Each page takes the reader through a different instrument in the orchestra, adding to the ensemble to make a trio, quartet, etc.

"Here grumpy, get your place in line!" is a favorite line about the bassoon.

It's a wonderful book and a great introduction to music language, orchestra, and instruments. We also enjoy the episode of Reading Rainbow that features this book!

Monday, July 15, 2013


Don't write this book off as just another Cinderella story! This version of Cinderella by Max Eilenberg and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey retells the classic tale with wonderful descriptions, excellent illustrations, and a few plot twists from the familiar cartoon.

Cinderella is transformed by her fairy godmother not once, but three times for three different balls. Each time the prince falls more in love with the beautiful girl and her stunning outfits. Cinderella's father plays a role in the story as well, but to say anything more would be telling the ending!

This is a favorite with both my daughter and son!

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