Monday, March 10, 2014
These are so cute! With a repeated refrain that sing-songs across the page, these pesky chickies will delight your totz. The padded board books are fun to hold, as well.
In Pottytime for Chickies, the little chicks discover all the alternate uses for the potty while claiming all along they know what the potty is for. They splash, unwind paper, and bounce on the hand towels. They are lovingly reminded and redirected by other barnyard animals that they do know what to do. Success for the chickies comes with a "tinkle, tinkle, tinkle."
In Bedtime for Chickies, they invent excuse upon excuse why they can't go to sleep. They keep the sleepy barnyard awake being thirsty, going potty, and wanting a story. The chickies remind each other to wipe their beaks, wash their wings, and finally to be quiet.
Seriously, you are going to love these chickies!
Bedtime for Chickies
Pottytime for Chickies
by Janee Trasler
Friday, March 7, 2014
I saw the buzz and eagerly awaited getting a copy of Firefly July, a Year of Very Short Poems. It's as beautiful as it is touted! How lovely to assist a young reader to understand poetry with Melissa Sweet's images. The combination is lovely. From William Carlos Williams and Emily Dickinson to Ralph Fletcher and April Halprin Wayland. Thanks for the collection Paul Janeczko!
Open-backed dumpy junktruck
stacked full of old floor-fans,
unplugged, unsteady, undone,
free-whirling like kids' pinwheels
in a last fresh breeze--
What a way to go!
Firefly July, A Year of Very Short Poems
selected by Paul B. Janeczko
illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Candlewick Press, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Here's an interesting work that will provoke thoughts and discussion. What does Heaven look like? Laura J. Bryant pictures the state for your totz in Anne Graham Lotz' Heaven, God's Promise for Me.
Two children ponder where their dead grandmother has passed to. With words and images springing out of the Bible, they are able to gain peace. Their grandmother has no more pain in Christ's presence. She is safe in the light.
Verses are taken literally and illustrations portray them in the same way. There is liberty taken for what the place may be like in a variety of details, but the image of Christ's face is kept hidden.
Thought provoking with a call to follow Christ, this work has the potential to comfort your totz.
Heaven, God's Promise for Me, Board Book
by Anne Graham Lotz
illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Here's a smooth, clean, precisely illustrated rendition of a trip to the local farmers' market. The rhymes are great for Poetry Friday.
we are on our way.
So many groceries to find,
on this warm sunny day.
we visit them all
for eggs, milk, and cheese,
fruits and veggies big and small.
To market with your totz, reciting this book all the way.
We're Going to the Farmers' Market
by Stefan Page
Chronicle Books, 2014
I spotted this today and was so excited. Its adorable.
Check the board book section of your local Barnes and Noble
for readertotz co-founder, Lorie Ann Grover's, adorable new board book!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Okay, here's the deal. This is for older siblings of your totz. But I may use it as a journal for myself!
Each layout has a photographic element and then a text nudge of how to complete the page.
"There's something strange on the horizon...and on the beach, too."
"This tunnel is overflowing with..."
I can imagine the doodling that will take over this book by kiddos. But as I said, I'd love to just doodle and write among the black and white imagery. It's so cool! If you find Photoplay!, let us know what your plans are. Joan, how about you?
by M. J. Bronstein
Monday, February 24, 2014
Can You Say It, Too? is a simple series from Nosy Crow by Sebastien Braun. Thick pages and big flaps are designed to sustain being held in the smallest hands. Whether it's animals you might see around a home, Woof! Woof! or farm animals, Moo! Moo!, totz will enjoy guessing who is behind the flap and making the animal sounds themselves. Cheerful, round-eyed creatures in flat bold colors and engaging and fun.
Often a hint is given for who is hiding by tails or ears protruding beyond the flaps. The final spread in both works offers a double flap to include babies. Look for these for your youngest totz. And let the woofing and mooing begin!
Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo!
Can You Say It, Too? Woof! Woof!
by Sebastien Braun
Nosy Crow, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
A keeper for always, no matter the age of your totz!
"If you're ever feeling scared,
I'll be right beside you.
If you're ever feeling lost,
know that I will find you."
Images were created digitally, but there's a definite freshness due to the jagged line. Templar Books has added a silver foil on the cover and throughout, for snow and ice. This is a perfect book. Happy Poetry Friday!
Templar Books, 2013
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sometimes other authors just beat you to it in this profession! This just happened to me. Giles Andreae nailed the concept I was playing around with for a board book. I wanted to portray animals doing the tango, the waltz, the jive. Giraffes Can't Dance, Number Rumba Counting Book caught it before I could dance my way straight.
Totz will enjoy seeing the recognizable giraffe again from Giraffes Can't Dance. Each page has an animal peeking from the book's border. That animal will take the stage to leap to the beat when the page is reached. Clever, fun, and energized, your totz will be tapping along and counting the animals rocking out.
Giraffes Can't Dance
Number Rumba, Counting Book
by Giles Andreae
illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Thursday, February 13, 2014
For the older siblings, this Poetry Friday, check out Jack Prelutsky's new release. In the I Can Read! 3, he's collected valentine poems which are funny, dear, and push the envelope just a tad.
"I only got one valentine,
and that was signed,
Happy Valentine's Day and Poetry Friday!
It's Valentine's Day
by Jack Prelutsky
illustrated by Marylin Hafner
Friday, February 7, 2014
We have a board book recommend for Poetry Friday! How about Caroline Jayne Church's Ten Tiny Toes?
arms, belly, legs,
and ten tiny toes.
Touch your ears,
make them wiggle.
Touch your belly,
laugh and giggle.
Perfect, yes? Happy Poetry Friday!
Ten Tiny Toes
by Caroline Jayne Church
Cartwheel Books, Scholastic