Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Sisters Grimm

Fast-paced, intriguing characters and plot twists mark this children’s series by Michael Buckley.  Beginning with The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives, these books follow Daphne and Sabrina Grimm, the descendants of Brothers Grimm, through Fairyport Landing, the home of all … Continue reading

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Falling Up

No education would be complete without poetry, and no poetry is a better introduction than Shel Silverstein’s.  Poetry is not scary.  Most of us enjoy poetry daily when it is set to music.  In fact, that’s a great way to … Continue reading

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Snake Supper

Alliteration at its best, Snake Supper emphasizes a hissing, slithering snake’s quest for supper.  However, the snake is never satisfied and keeps eating bigger and bigger animals until finally one of them outsmarts him.  But does the snake change his … Continue reading

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Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book

All nonfiction books should be this beautifully illustrated.  Tom Feelings’ artwork make this seem like a story book, but the text, by Muriel Feelings, is a unique take on the abundance of ABC books out there.  Each letter of the … Continue reading

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Pajama Time

With distinct rhythm and rhyme, Sandra Boynton gets everyone in their jammies and dancing.  This is a fun read for young kids and a great book for pajama day at school. Start a chant and a parade.  See if you … Continue reading

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Barn Dance

Read best with a twang, Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault’s Barn Dance has the rhythm of a square dance.  If you lived on a farm, wouldn’t you want to sneak out in the middle of the night for a … Continue reading

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Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

Ming Lo and his wife are annoyed by the mountain, which stood in the way of a happy, sunny life.  After consulting the wise man and trying several mountain-moving maneuvers, Ming-Lo and his wife try the final suggestion:  a dance, … Continue reading

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Goggles

Very few picture books have an action-packed story such as Ezra Jack Keats’ Goggles. Peter stars in this book; his sidekicks are Archie, who doesn’t say anything, and Willie, his extra-smart wiener dog.  Set in an urban junkyard, Peter, Archie … Continue reading

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A Picture Book of Louis Braille

Straight forward text and illustrations illuminate the life of Louis Braille for young people in this biography by David A. Adler.  The content, not the style, in this book is why you will read this to your children since it … Continue reading

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Just Grace

Charise Mericle Harper’s Just Grace kicks off a fun series full of lists and drawings about school, family, neighbors and cats.  Although she is one of four Graces at school, Just Grace is unique, like a super hero with a … Continue reading

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