Thursday, January 15, 2015

Giveaway from Little Bee Books!

As hinted, here's the rafflecopter from Little Bee! Have fun playing everyone! All the rules and regs can be found here for your readertotz. Best to you!

Introducing little bee books, a new US division of Bonnier Publishing! We are a small and passionate team dedicated to making beautiful and innovative books for children ages 0-12. Our debut list is now available, in bookstores and online. You can view all of our upcoming books here:

In honor of the release of our very first books, we are running 3 exclusive giveaways from January 14th to February 4th, 2015: readertotz was kind enough to host our giveaway for a full set of the My First books! My First is a new series of board books (4 in total) that introduces children to basic concepts through simple yet bold graphic artwork.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome, little bee books!

In this fresh new year, Joan and I are happy to welcome little bee books to the world. With a firm grasp of writing the very best for the very youngest, their line has launched. Take a look:

Adorable, yes? Jedda Robaard's text has just the right amount of weight with perfect pacing. Your readertotz will love the tension as Little Fox looks for his tail, and Little Mouse seeks her squeak. Robaard's illustrations appear to be light pencil and watercolor with much white space for a font with its own personality.

We applaud little bee for joining the effort to promote literacy in the youngest reader with quality board, novelty, picture, and activity books. Watch for more reviews from Joan and an upcoming give-away. Further info soon!

Happy new year from readertotz and little bee books!

the little MOUSE who LOST her SQUEAK
the little FOX who LOST his TAIL
by Jedda Robaard
little bee books, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Skippyjon Jones Snow What

A new book in the Skippyjon #1 New York Times bestselling series! 
I haven't done a picture book on readertotz in a while since we largely focus on board books. But here's a new book -- Skippyjon Jones Snow What -- in a series I'd love to see translated into board books one day.
In this one . . . fairy tales are not Skippyjon Jones's cup of tea, but his sister adores Snow White. During a reading of the tale, Skippyjon's mind starts to wander and he winds up as a character in the story! It's more challenging than expected when he is faced with seven little chihuahua dogs and the prospect of kissing the princess in the tale . . . a girl! But it is to save her from an evil queen after all . . . what to do?
I remember reading the first book about this character, Skippyjon Jones, aloud to friends in a brick and mortar bookstore shortly after it first came out. I was so enamored of this cat (who thinks he's a chihuahua) and the playful language in the book that I wanted to share him with anyone who would listen. He's one of those characters that's sure to be enjoyed for many many years to come by future generations of young readers.
Here's hoping for board books!
Skippyjon Jones Snow What
Author-illustrator: Judy Schachner
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays from Chronicle!

Happy Holidays from beloved Chronicle! The Little Library will be given away in National Library Week, 2015. Don't you love that?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Poetry Friday: On the Wing

Happy Poetry Friday! Take a look at On the Wing by David Elliott and illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. #beautyallaround

The Caribbean Flamingo

an ember
to ignite.

In multitude...
a conflagration!
The sky is set

On the Wing
by David Elliott
illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
Candlewick Press, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Roar! Roar! by Sebastien Braun

Can You Say It, Too? Roar! Roar! by Sebastien Braun is another fun entry into the lift-the-flap collection for babies.

On each spread, a wild creature asks a question about someone nearby. Who's in the reeds? Who's beside the log? Behind the flap awaits a cheerful creature ready to sound off. Your totz will enjoy imitating the hippo, gator, and lion. A double flap at the end offers a fun surprise.

Gotta love Nosy Crow. Thanks, Sebastien! You are bringing joy to the smallest readers!

Can You Say It, Too? Roar! Roar!
by Sebastien Braun
Nosy Crow, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Peekaboo Barn: Night and Day Studios

Farm books are perennial totz favorites. This one is a simple, sturdy book, with animal sounds on the left pages and the same barn on the right page. On each spread, the doors of the barn can be opened (the double doors are each a flap) to reveal the animal(s) making the sounds. It's simple, but effective and cute. It was originally a very successful app. And, as you can see on the cover, the app is free with the board book, via a scratch-off code. I think this is one totz will enjoy!

Ages 0-3

Peekaboo Barn
Night and Day Studios
Candlewick Entertainment

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Oversized: Mamoko, New York, and Animalium

How about 3 huge books for little hands, all from Big Picture Press? Two are even board books!

The World of Mamoko, In the Time of Dragons will pull your totz into a story they can tell. While searching for characters, introduced right up front, they can read, reread, and tell at least 26 different tales by following their chosen beastie. From Stewart Snowt to Jasper Fuggle-Hop to Alec Ratz, the stories are just waiting to be discovered. They can also watch for hidden objects and find coins and mushrooms on every page. This would be a great book to share in a backseat for a long Thanksgiving roadtrip! The oversize board book will last and last.


how about a visit to New York, by Josh Cochran. I'm headed there myself next month so this is a timely treat. Your totz can explore the city through this big book doubling as a two-sided chart. All the while, the reader can search for 80 objects nested in the cityscape. This work gets me revved up for New York City. I'm sure it will do the same for your family. The stiff pages will hold up to little hands. The graphic imagery reminds me of the seventies and maybe a little of A Yellow Submarine.


Animalium.  Imagine a museum inside a book! Written by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Katie Scott, this is a treasure. Six galleries present everything from invertebrates to mammals. I love this intro:

"This museum is like none you've ever visited before. It's open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and its collection boasts a fascinating catalog of the world's creatures, with each exhibit in immaculate condition and presented in fantastic detail."

From the rich paper it is printed on. to the choices for illustration, to the text, this masterpiece warrants inclusion in homes, school, and libraries. Please find this labor of love and soar into it with your totz.

The World of Mamoko, In the Time of Dragons
by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
Big Picture Press, 2014

New York
by Josh Cochran
Big Picture Press, 2014

by Jenny Broom
illustrated by Katie Scott
Big Picture Press, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wickle Woo Has A Halloween Party: Jannie Ho 
Wickle Woo is having a Halloween Party . . .
but where are his friends?

In this book, totz will enjoy seeing a little owl named Wickle Woo plan a Halloween party. First he strides through the woods, wondering where his pals are. A tug of some "tiny tabs" reveals Lion and Bear, Rabbit and Tiger, and more, all agreeing to come to the party. 

I really like this tab-pulling format. Watch for more of these from Jannie Ho, including Teeny Weeny and Bunny Boo.

Jannie Ho is also the illustrator of What Does Cow Say? by readertotz co-founder Joan Holub.

Author-illustrator: Jannie Ho
Nosy Crow, 2014