This non-fiction title celebrates the microscopic, yet vitally important, world of microbes! Engaging and concise, the text compares and contrasts the This non-fiction title celebrates the microscopic, yet vitally important, world of microbes! Engaging and concise, the text compares and contrasts the size and number of microbes in an easily relatable fashion. The watercolor illustrations feature a red-headed pair of children and their cat who explore the world of microbes along with the reader. A vast variety of microbes are presented in visually stunning ways using the large trim size well. Although more indepth information on microbes would have been a nice addition to the back matter, this is still a wonderful title to recommend for an elementary classroom read aloud. It is a great introduction to microbes and it has a solid STEM connection.
The sequel to last year’s Journey, this wordless adventure turns a rainy day at the city park into a magical quest. The two friends from Journey, arme The sequel to last year’s Journey, this wordless adventure turns a rainy day at the city park into a magical quest. The two friends from Journey, armed with their red and purple chalk sticks, use their imagination to follow the clues on a map and save the hidden kingdom. The detailed watercolor, pen and ink illustrations draw the reader into the story, searching for clues and anticipating the adventure on the next page. This book is fascinating and enjoyable as a standalone title, as well as a sequel. Try giving this book to a child on a rainy afternoon. Check out the tantalizing book trailer.
Nana lives in New York City. A place her small grandson finds busy, loud, and full of scary things. But then Nana makes him a cape to keep him brave aNana lives in New York City. A place her small grandson finds busy, loud, and full of scary things. But then Nana makes him a cape to keep him brave and shows him all the things she loves about her city. Simple text paired with vibrant colors and bold black outlines give the illustrations a playful, cartoonish tone. Castillo has created wonderfully modern and vivacious grandmother. Share this with a child before visiting the city or visiting a grandparent.
In the spirit of his wildly popular Press Here, Tullet tackles colors in a highly interactive and playful manner. The cheerful text provides instructiIn the spirit of his wildly popular Press Here, Tullet tackles colors in a highly interactive and playful manner. The cheerful text provides instructions that encourages readers to explore color mixing and to make predictions. The painted illustrations are vivid and textured as the colors splash and spatter about the pages. This is a great book for an all ages storytime or for one-on-one sharing. It also supports the ECRR2 practice of play.
Lulu is most famous for her love of animals. She’s always rescuing them and bringing them home. Which is why Lulu knows without even thinking that sheLulu is most famous for her love of animals. She’s always rescuing them and bringing them home. Which is why Lulu knows without even thinking that she absolutely must save the duck egg that she sees rolling down the hill in the park. Two rambunctious dogs have destroyed all the ducks’ nests and eggs, but not this single blue egg. So as Class 3 leaves the park, Lulu slips the warm egg in her pocket. She tells her best friend and cousin Mellie, but can she keep the egg a secret for the rest of class that day? She just might be able to do it, but then something happens. The egg begins to shake and move. It’s hatching!
First in a series, this humorous early chapter book stars a wonderful, caring protagonist. Lulu’s love of life and animals will capture the readers’ attention, even as they sound out new words. McKay’s ability to write humorous, yet believable dialogue is once again on display, making this an engaging and entertaining read aloud. Lamont’s cartoonish black and white illustrations provide context, as well as break up the page for new readers. Although it’s never mentioned in the text, the illustrations show Lulu and Mellie as young black girls. However, the story focuses on Lulu’s relationships with Mellie and her teacher, Mrs. Holiday, rather than on any multicultural elements.
They say an elephant never forgets…but Nancy might have forgotten something important. So she tries to remember things she knows – things that are theThey say an elephant never forgets…but Nancy might have forgotten something important. So she tries to remember things she knows – things that are the same and things that are different, things with wheels, and places to relax. She remembers them backwards and forwards, this way and that. What is it that Nancy can’t remember? The highlight of this delightful book is the loose, yet precise artwork created with graphite pencil and sculptures made with Japanese papers. Simple text and delicate illustrations pair perfectly to illustrate concepts (messy vs. clean, backwards vs. forwards). The short text and the happy ending make this a great book for storytime.
Fritz wakes up knowing that today he’ll feel different because today he’s five! Except he doesn’t feel different. He still can’t tie his shoelaces andFritz wakes up knowing that today he’ll feel different because today he’s five! Except he doesn’t feel different. He still can’t tie his shoelaces and none of his teeth are even the tiniest bit loose! Will he ever feel five? The easy to read font plus bright, cartoonish pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations make this a fun title for preschool storytime.
Look out! Here comes the Hug Machine! Ready to give everyone a hug – young or old, short or tall! He might look like a boy, but he’s actually a Hug MaLook out! Here comes the Hug Machine! Ready to give everyone a hug – young or old, short or tall! He might look like a boy, but he’s actually a Hug Machine that runs on pizza! No matter what the Hug Machine is always open for business! This expressive read aloud is a fun book for a Valentine’s Day themed toddler storytime. Written from the boy’s point of view, the text is energetic and humorous. The watercolor illustrations feature exaggerated characters, especially the long-armed Hug Machine. Don’t miss the whimsical endpapers!
There’s a lot of mysterious stuff happening on Offley Street. Good thing Hermelin’s around to use his mouse-y detective skills. He solves the mysteryThere’s a lot of mysterious stuff happening on Offley Street. Good thing Hermelin’s around to use his mouse-y detective skills. He solves the mystery of the Lost Glasses of Dr. Parker and the Dramatic Rescue of Baby McMumbo. But how will the neighbors react when they realize their celebrated sleuth is a rodent? This romp of a mystery is chockfull of humorous narration by Hermelin and delicious visuals clues hidden in the mixed media illustrations. Try leaving it lying around and let elementary school aged kids pour over the illustrations. Offley Street is populated by a whimsical set of neighbors and Hermelin is a curious, goodhearted protagonist, much like Eve Titus’s Anatole. Although the ending is satisfying, Grey leaves the reader clues that could very well led to more adventures for Hermelin and his new friend Emily.
12 year old Grayson has a lot of secrets. He secretly draws princesses in his notebooks during class. He secretly pretends his extra long t-shirts are12 year old Grayson has a lot of secrets. He secretly draws princesses in his notebooks during class. He secretly pretends his extra long t-shirts are dresses. And, most of all, he secretly wishes he had been born a girl. Over time Grayson has learned that it’s better for him to hide his real self, to be gray, to blend in with his surroundings. But all that changes in 6th grade when Grayson decides to audition for the lead role, a female role, in the school play. As he steps into the role of Persephone, Grayson also steps out of his shell and into the world.
Set in Northern Illinois, this story is written from Grayson’s perspective. The sensitive and often poetic narration reflects Grayson’s growth as he becomes more confident and self-aware. Like Grayson, the story is quiet and unassuming, but short chapters and compelling characters keep the pace from dragging. The story centers around Grayson questioning his gender in an age appropriate way. He doesn’t worry about sex, boyfriends or girlfriends, and he never even has a crush on a classmate. All of his energy is spent figuring out his identity and, as the story goes on, on finding a group of friends who support and encourage him. Although Grayson becomes more confident, that doesn’t protect him from the reactions of others. Some of the people in his life are supportive, while others are protective, scared, or shocked. As expected, Grayson is the target of bullying at school. Mr. Finnegan is an inspirational, but human teacher and role model for Grayson. Although there are a few school situations that seem a little unrealistic, this is an excellent book for tweens who are too old for Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, but not quite mature enough for Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
Enter Sophia’s world. A world where the mysterious Great Disruption has thrown the time and geography of the world into a jumble of Ages or time perioEnter Sophia’s world. A world where the mysterious Great Disruption has thrown the time and geography of the world into a jumble of Ages or time periods. Sophia lives in 1891 in Boston, a major city in the Age known as New Occident. But when her Uncle Shadrack, the famous cartologer (a mix between a mapmaker and an archeologist) is kidnapped, Sophia’s orderly life comes to an end. With just a strange glass map and instructions from her uncle to find Veressa, Sophia and her new and unpredictable friend Theo set off to save Shadrack. Unfortunately, they are unaware of the dangers barreling towards them as they travel south to the Triple Eras. Can Sophia figure out the mysterious glass map and put together all the clues in time to save her uncle?
The alternate history Grove has created in this fantasy is rich and complex. She presents the reader not only with sensory descriptions, but also with information about how the Great Disruption has affected the relationships of people, communities, and countries. Issues of immigration, class structure, and prejudice are all touched on in thoughtful ways. The chapters alternate between Sophia and Shadrack’s perspectives, both written in third person. This allows the reader to know more and to push the story forward with ever bigger cliffhangers. Although the seemingly sudden change of heart that topples the story to its climatic ending is a bit unbelievable, overall the story is satisfying and engrossing. This lengthy book (nearly 500 pages) is an excellent recommendation for avid readers looking to be immersed in a fascinating parallel world. Although there is some torture and gruesome description, kids who have read the last few Harry Potter books should be just fine. This is the first book in a trilogy.