Archive for the ‘For Younger Children’ category

EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett

January 21, 2014

imgresIt’s winter, and we’re all trying to stay warm…plus have a few laughs. I’ve been reading EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett in lots of my library classes. It is an award-winning  picture book fable about a little girl named Annabelle who lives in a dreary black and white town. She finds a box full of yarn of every color and knits sweaters for everyone in town, plus the pets and the houses, but the yarn never runs out! When a greedy archduke sails in from across the sea and steals her box of yarn, you might think that would be the end of her yarn adventures. The ending puts a smile on everyone’s face, and reinforces the notion that good always triumphs over bad, and kindness can transform a community. EXTRA YARN will give you a warm feeling on a cold winter day.

Mrs. DeCarolis’s class wrote a book!

June 4, 2013

Photo Jun 04, 10 07 40 AMHere is a picture of Mrs. DeCarolis and her first graders.  They wrote a book called THE ADVENTURE OF KANINE AND SPARKLES and had it published by a company  called “Student Treasures.”    The story is about a dog, a crab family, and the exciting rescue of a chihuahua.  The class very generously donated two copies to the CPS library, so you can check it out in the picture book section under “DEC” for “DeCarolis”!


January 30, 2012

I tell my classes that there has to be a conflict to have an interesting story.  I lied.  A HOUSE IN THE WOODS has no conflict, and it just became one of my favorite books.  True, not much happens.  Two pigs’ houses get broken accidentally by a moose and a bear, and together with some excellent beaver builders, they all build a new house that they can live in together.  Why do I like it so much?  The illustrations are beautiful;  it’s one of those books you just want to jump into so you can live there.  The expressions on the animals’ faces are humorous and expressive.  The fall scenery is gorgeous.  Everyone gets along. So, once in awhile it’s okay for a book to have no conflict, only cooperation and friendship, if it’s packaged this beautifully.  Everyone needs a cozy, feel-good story on their list of favorites.

Oh, What a Christmas! by Michael Garland

December 17, 2011

I guess it’s time to talk about Christmas books! OH, WHAT A CHRISTMAS! by Michael Garland has been a huge hit in the three kindergarten classes this past week. After Santa takes off in his sleigh full of toys, the reindeer harness breaks and the sleigh falls to earth and crashes into a barn full of animals. Guess who’s going to pull the sleigh now? This book is illustrated in dramatic, humorous, illustrations, and the expressions on the faces of Santa and the animals makes the kids howl with laughter. The text is very funny, too. Check it out!

Calling all hamster lovers

September 2, 2010

I just finished reading The World According to Humphrey, and I found it very entertaining. The story is narrated by Humphrey, a sensitive, caring, and creative hamster who lives in an elementary school classroom and believes that “you can learn a lot about yourself by getting to know another species.” Humphrey learns about humans and the humans he interacts with learn valuable lessons about themselves. He goes home each weekend with a different student, and he makes big changes in every family he visits. His adventures are funny and touching, and they include escaping a nosy dog, helping a grumpy man recover from an illness, and showing a tv-obsessed family that they can learn to enjoy other pastimes. This is a wonderful animal fantasy and I strongly recommend it as a beginning chapter book as well as a great family read-aloud.

Note:  The CPS Library also has the following Humphrey adventures:  Friendship According to Humphrey,  Trouble According to Humphrey, and  Surprises According to Humphrey.  Check them out and make friends with this lovable furball.

Fancy Nancy!

January 27, 2010

Who likes the Fancy Nancy books?  Lots of little girls (and boys!) find them extremely “splendiforous”, as Nancy would say.  (Not only does she like to wear fancy clothes;  she loves to use fancy words.)  Here is a picture of Bailey, a kindergartener, dressed up as Fancy Nancy.  Nice job, Bailey!

Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley

September 16, 2009

url-2I have lots of nature lovers in the library, and plenty of fiction books starring animals, but not so many that feature reptiles. I finally found a chapter book about snakes! Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley, a New Zealand author who has written more than 600 books, is made up of 15 short, humorous chapters with beautiful color illustrations. There are some realistic details, as the characters hunt for their food and stay safe from their enemies, which will make the book popular with budding zoologists. There is also a little flavor of the Frog and Toad books, as Snake and Lizard learn about friendship and the give and take of life, encounter bad moods, start a business helping other animals, and share stories, wishes and fears.