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

Monday, October 27, 2014

A New Chick for Chickies: Janee Trasler

The Chickies are back!

And they...just got a brother who tends to join all their favorite activities, without an invite. But with a pause, the Chickies see they now have a conga line, a beach ball team, and a five-piece band. All is well until, "Craaack...Chickies got a brother. And another. And another. And another. Oh, brother!"

Janee Trasler's wit and art will win giggles from your totz. And be sure to listen in to the free song here. Thank you for another book about the beloved Chickies, Janee and HarperFestival!

A New Chick for Chickies
by Janee Trasler
HarperFestival, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book celebrates 18 years!

Published book and Joan's original illustrated dummy.

Happy Halloween, totz!
Readertotz co-founder Joan Holub celebrates
Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book
a Halloween riddle book for totz
published by Scholastic 18 years ago and still in print.

Guess who says boo?
(lift the flap)
A ghost!

Recently spotted by Joan's series co-author Suzanne Williams 
(Goddess Girls; Grimmtastic Girls; and Heroes in Training)
in Barnes and Noble:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Visit to Dr. Duck: Rosemary Wells

Felix overdoes it with the chocolate one night and wakes up feeling ill. Mama tries various remedies such as tea and fresh air, but Felix is still "not feeling perkier."

A visit to Dr. Duck is in order. But Felix is afraid.

His fears are soon soothed and the visit goes well with a check of his vitals, including ears and temperature. A dose of "Happy Tummy" does the trick, and by morning, Felix is his old self.

A reassuring book to help sooth totz' fears before a visit to the doctor. Sweet and tender, and just what the doctor ordered!

A Visit to Dr. Duck
Author-illustrator: Rosemary Wells
Candlewick Press (2014 board book edition)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TIme for Bed: Petr Horacek

There's one page for each progressive "time", from playtime to bedtime and everything between for a full totz' day.

Time to play.
Time to put away my toys.

As you move through the book, the pages get smaller and smaller as the day comes to a close:

Time for a story.
And time to say good night.

With a turn of the last page, the covers are in place for a restful sleep.

A realistic comforting look at the "times" of a totz day that will lend comfort and enjoyment at a day's end.

Illustrated by the popular Petr Horacek of Suzy Goose and many other totz favorites.

Author-illustrator: Petr Horacek