Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Submitted by Ms. Sue!
In Horses by Seymour Simon we learn about their evolution and the more than 300 hundred breeds. This non-fiction book aimed at elementary ages 6-12 provides us with facts about horses from tens of thousands or years ago throughout history. During the Ice Age people made cave drawings of horses. Five thousand years ago people tamed and herded them on the plains of Europe and Asia. During the Babylonian, Greek, and Roman civilizations, people trained horses to draw war chariots. Medieval knights carried their armor upon horses into battle. The cowboys and Native Americans of the western plains rode them and are part of American history. Mr. Simon provides the basic facts, physical traits, interactions among themselves, and the various breeds from the past to the present. The clear and simple text and stunning photographs in this book help us learn that horses have been an essential part of human lives. We can learn all about their strength, speed, foals, and breeds. Horses need food, water, shelter, grooming, and exercise, just like people. In return they give us companionship and trust. They continue to capture our imaginations and it appears that they will be with us in one way or another throughout time. See this book listed in our catalog
Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Hooray for Today by Brian Won. Hooray! It’s going to be a good, good day! Owl is wide awake, has loaded up her wagon with her favorite things, and is ready to play! She just needs a friend to play with her. Small problem: Owl’s “day” is the middle of the night, and she can’t seem to tempt anyone out of bed for a playdate. She offers her silly hat, her trumpet, balloons, and a stack of books to her friends, but only gets the same answer: “Not now, I’m sleepy!” Poor lonely Owl… it’s turning out to be a bad, bad day. The sun is rising as she straggles back to her nest to sleep, all alone. But wait! Will a surprise ending turn her bad, bad day around? Read along to find out.
Hooray for Books by Brian Won. Turtle is looking for his favorite book. This wouldn’t be so hard, except that Turtle and all his friends LOVE to read and LOVE to share their books with each other – Hooray for books! But all that reading and sharing means there are stacks of books everywhere, and Turtle’s favorite could be in any of them. Everyone tries to help by offering Turtle some of their own favorites to read – would he like a book about unicorns from Zebra? A story about eagles from Owl? How about Giraffe’s roller-skating book, or Elephant’s how-to-juggle guide? But no, sometimes only your own favorite book will do. Will poor Turtle ever get to read his very favorite story again? Follow along in this joyful celebration of reading and sharing to find out.
Don’t miss Hooray for Hat either! See all three books listed in our catalog
(Full disclosure: Brian Won is a very nice person who sent me lovely stickers after I tweeted about Hooray for Hat being an awesome storytime book, which makes me like all of his books even more.)
Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Strong as a Bear written and illustrated by Katrin Stangl, is the perfect book for any new reader. Featuring only one short sentence per page, and vibrant illustrations that draw the eye, it is a great book for a new reader still sounding out many of the words they see. Each page features simple phrases like “quiet as a mouse” and “shy as a deer,” that can be easily sounded out with the help of an adult. More a collection of similes than possessing a coherent story, it is nonetheless a great tool for getting kiddos familiar with words that they might use all the time. Recommended for: new readers and fans of animals. Pro-tip: Reading through this book with your little one would be the perfect time to introduce the concept of a simile, a phrase where something is being compared to another with the word “like” or “as.” See this book listed in our catalog
Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Pup and Bear by Kate Banks, illustrated by Naoko Stoop. The Arctic is a big place. The Arctic wolves know that the Big Freeze is on its way. They shelter in a snowdrift. When the bitter-cold turns warm and the Big Melt begins, one lone little wolf pup finds himself afloat on a sheet of ice. He slides into the water and swims and swims until he finally reaches land. He pulls himself onto a snowbank and falls asleep. When he wakes he is face to face with Polar bear. “Will you eat me?” he asks. “Not this bear.” She takes him to her den where she licks him, cleans him, feeds, and keeps him warm. “I am not your mother but I can keep you safe.” Another Big Freeze comes and goes. The bear nudges the wolf who is not a pup anymore. The wolf nuzzles back. Then the wolf sets out into the big wide world. The wolf finds other wolves. Soon he is leading his own pack when he comes across a polar bear cub huddled in a snowdrift. “Where is your mother?” But the cub didn’t know. The wolf sniffs the cub and rubs its fur with a wet nose. “I am not your mother,” said the wolf, “but I can cuddle you and keep you warm.” See this book listed in our catalog
Submitted by Mr. Eric!
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama. For many of us, this is easier said than done. As hard as we may try, in practice it’s extremely difficult to not let events in the news or the negativity of others affect our mood. This is, in essence, what Yoga Bunny is all about. Written and illustrated by Brian Russo, Yoga Bunny follows a bunny hoping to find someone to perform yoga with them, with very little apparent success. A fox running by in a huge rush, a passing bird that is overly critical of the bunny’s technique, and a lizard that hates everything about mornings (including morning yoga routines), all threaten to bring the bunny down. Bunny continues their routine despite the surrounding negativity and eventually two mice join in the yoga, followed by the bird, the lizard, and eventually the hurried fox. By focusing on the “now” and by maintaining their inner calm, Bunny is able to rise above the negativity surrounding them and even helps to bring some inner peace to their fellow animals. One of the final lines of the story, delivered by the often busy and irritable fox, perfectly encapsulates the idea of focusing on the “now”: “I know where I’m supposed to be,” said Fox, not so angry anymore, “It’s here.” Recommended for: Readers interested in animals, yoga, Zen, and finding inner peace. Pro-tip: The inside cover of the book shows Bunny demonstrating a variety of yoga poses. Try these out with your little one while focusing on how your body responds to each of the stances. Remember that there are no mistakes and have fun! See this book listed in our catalog