Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy 4th!!

Independence Day is nearly here! Do your children know why July 4 is an important date in our country's history? Here are some informative books you might want to check out:

Celebrate Independence Day by Deborah Heiligman
Give me Liberty! by Russell Freedman
The Signers by Dennis Brindell Fradin

Some fun titles include:
Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck by Katie Clark
The Hatmaker's Sign by Candace Fleming
Henry's 4th of July by Holly Keller
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer

May you and your family and friends enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Sunny Days of Summer

The first day of summer is rapidly approaching, and we are all looking forward to warm, sunny days! During this cold and rainy weather, brighten your outlook with these books about the sun:

Amazing Sun Fun Activities by Michael Daley
Arrow of the Sun by Gerald McDermott
Children of the Midnight Sun by Tricia Brown
Greetings Sun by Phyllis Gershator
Lucia and the Light by Phyllis Root
Sing to the Sun by Asley Bryan
Summer Stolstice by Ellen Jackson
Sun by Steve Tomacek
The Sun by Seymour Simon
Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons
To Be Like the Sun by Susan Marie Swanson
What is the Sun? by Reeve Lindbergh

Here's my pick: Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London and illustrated by one of my favorite artists, G. Brian Karas.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Chickens to the Rescue!

Looking for a fun picture book? Chickens to the rescue! (Actually, that's the title of a book by John Himmelman.) Books about and/or starring chickens are very amusing. For example, Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson (that's Tillie and Terry in the picture) provides lots of laughs and hours of entertainment. You can visit Tillie and her "girlfriends" at the hencam at www.hencam.com/index.php .

Who You Callin' Chicken? by Thea Feldman explores the crazy variety of chicken breeds. Truly amazing!

Here are some other titles you'll want to check out:
Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski
Chicken and Cat Clean Up by Sara Varon
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington
The Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato
The Cow that Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill
Hen Hears Gossip by Megan McDonald
Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
Minerva Louise and the Red Truck by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Queenie, one of the Family by Bob Graham
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Souperchicken by Mary Jane Auch
Zinnia and Dot by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Don't forget about the DVD Chicken Run--pure egg-stasy!