Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Recommends from Books Around the Table

I love it when Joan and I review the same books on readertotz. We live across the country from each other, and we work fairly independently on totz as we write our own works. So if you see a book reviewed twice you can believe we recommend it! i.e. the last two Harry posts!


In place of a review this week, I want to redirect everyone to Books Around the Table. Author/Illustrator Laura Kvasnosky looks over her new grandson's collection of board books and is heartened by what she finds. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hide and Seek Harry On the Farm: Kenny Harrison

There are lots of farm-theme books out now that it's spring. The cover of this one caught my attention right away and made me smile.

Two kids are on the farm playing with Harry the hippo. And what does Harry want to play? Hide-and-seek. Totz will laugh as Harry tries to hide behind a plow or in a haystack. He may think he’s hiding, but he never quite manages to completely camouflage himself. In the end, he is found, and the game begins again.

A cute and sturdy board book.

Author-illustrator: Kenny Harrison

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hide and Seek Harry: Kenny Harrison

Harry the Hippo has two friends, a girl and boy. Whether they are playing hide-and-seek on the farm or at the playground, totz will enjoy helping the children find Harry. There's something adorable about a large entity hiding when his size makes him very easy to spot. Say a hippo behind a cow or a sunflower. It's giggle-worthy for older readers and helpful for wee ones to find Harry.

The series will likely be a hit with your young readers. Invite Harry onto your bookshelf!

Hide and Seek Harry, On the Farm
Hide and Seek Harry, At the Playground
by Kenny Harrison
Candlewick Press, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Maisy’s Plane / Maisy’s Tractor: Lucy Cousins


In Maisy’s Plane, Maisy is flying herself to a party. I love seeing her in the plane, taking charge like this. How exciting when she starts the engine. And when the propeller goes around and around. Vroom, Vroom! In the end, we find out that her destination is a party for Eddie the elephant. Well done, Maisy!

Pair Maisy's Plane with Maisy’s Tractor. In this one, we see Maisy driving a tractor. Chug, chug! She’s plowing and working hard, appearing competent. She finds lost lambs and brings them home. Well done, Maisy!

Maisy serves as a wonderful, confident role-model for girl totz in both of these books!
Well done, Candlewick!

A Go With Maisy Board Book
Author-illustrator: Lucy Cousins

Monday, April 6, 2015

Star Wars Epic Yarns: Jack & Holman Wang

You HAVE TO get ready for May 4th, (May the Fourth Be With You), with this brand new board book trilogy from Chronicle Books. Think felt art, twelve words, and 12 epic scenes from the original Star Wars movies in each book.

It's absolutely adorable and detailed. Watch this behind the scenes take from Jack and Holman Wang:

What a great way to introduce your Padawan readertotz to this epic tale. I love it!

Star Wars, Epic Yarns
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
by Jack & Holman Wang
Chronicle Books, April 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cutie Pie Looks for the Easter Bunny: Jannie Ho


Another cute book from Jannie Ho! It’s full of chunky tabs that work really well. Cutie Pie, the yellow chick, is searching for the Easter Bunny. She meets lots of other friends everywhere she looks, and they all have Easter eggs. In the end, she finally has an Easter egg of her own. Very sweet and satisfying ending for toddlers.

Liz Reed interviews Jannie Ho.

A Tiny Tab Book
Illustrated by Jannie Ho
Nosy Crow, 2014

Friday, March 27, 2015

Poetry Friday: Interstellar Cinderella

I have a GREAT recommend for Poetry Friday. Interstellar Cinderella! Right now, while we are enjoying the new release of the movie Cinderella, how about balancing the focus with this picture book? Deborah Underwood's text is jaunty and refreshing, setting a high bar for girls and showing to both genders that strength, intelligence, and focus is beautiful. Meg Hunt's illustrations are the perfect combination of modern and retro. Think Mary Blair meets Maureen Andermann. So, here's the opening:

"Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.

She fixed the robot dishwashers
and zoombrooms in her care,
but late each night she snuck away
to study ship repair."

Happy Poetry Friday to all those scientific Cinderellas and those who see her beauty!

Interstellar Cinderella
by Deborah Underwood
illustrated by Meg Hunt
Chronicle Books, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Brush Your Hair, Medusa! & Make A Wish, Midas! Joan Holub

Readertotz co-founder, Joan Holub (me!), is celebrating the release of two board books in the Mini Myths series today. Mini Myths bring Greek mythology to preschoolers by using real-world toddler experiences to retell each myth (includes a super-short totz-size summary of the original myth at the end) Leslie Patricelli's illustrations are so cute!

Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli
Abrams Appleseed, March 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Poetry Friday: Bronzeville, Boys and Girls

Celebrate Poetry Friday with the paperback Bronzeville, Boys and Girls, by the Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks. With thick painterly illustrations by Faith Ringgold, you'll slip right into the cozy neighborhood. How wonderful this collection is still in print!


What good is sun
If I can't run?

"Your'e eight, and ready
To be a lady."

That is what my Mama says.
She is right again, I guess.

But there! I saw a squirrel fly
Where it is secret, green, and high.

And there! Those ants are bustling brown,
And I require to chase them down!

What good is sun
If I can't run?

Bronzeville, Boys and Girls
by Gwendolyn Brooks
illustrated by Faith Ringgold

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

I loved it as a picture book, and I think it translates into the board format well. Chris Haughton's Oh No, George! is a gem that explodes across the small space. Your readers will worry and cheer for George on his journey in self control. Even if cake, cats, and dirt are so appealing.

The tiniest readertotz will be drawn to the full spreads every-other page. Kirkus called it: "A natural for reading aloud." You'll be saying it together: "Oh no, George!"

Disclosure: my new son-in-law is named George. #toomuchfun

Oh No, George!
by Chris Haughton
Candlewick Press, 2015