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)
Recently spotted by Joan's series co-author Suzanne Williams
(Goddess Girls; Grimmtastic Girls; and Heroes in Training)
in Barnes and Noble:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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
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
Candlewick Press, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Love this simple, straightforward lift-the-flap book. With the introduction of smaller and smaller barnyard animals, each page reduces in size (the flaps), until unexpectedly, the final spread utilizes all the previous cutaways to portray a cow. A fun surprise!
Of course Petr's art is fresh with a great, free pencil line, resist work, textured backgrounds, and splotches of bright color. All age totz will respond to this timeless board book.
Have fun sounding out each of the animals!
Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!
by Petr Horacek
Candlewick Press, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Here's a classic from Mary Blair's The Golden Book of Little Verses for Poetry Friday. Enjoy with your "young and round" readertotz.
When baby birds
Are round and young
Their thoughts like little
Chirps are sung.
And singing has
A bird-like sound
When boys and girls
Are young and round.
The Golden Book of Little Verses
by Mary Blair
Golden Books, 1953
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Introduce your babiez and totz (recommended ages 0 to 3) to well-known contemporary, modern, and impressionist artists. Four mini fold-out books come inside a box. Each is themed on red, yellow, green, or blue, and features famous works from Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, and Yves Klein, among others.
This is the third title in the Art for Baby series. Also check out Art For Baby and Faces For Baby. Love all of these books!
Yana Peel is the CEO of Intelligence Squared. In 2011, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received the Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage.
Color For Baby
Curated by Yana Peel
Big Picture Press (Candlewick Press)
Friday, September 5, 2014
Watch for this beauty, lovingly created to honor Johnny Cash. G. Neri's free verse pairs beautifully with A.G. Ford's paintings. Here's an excerpt for Poetry Friday. Don't you hear Johnny's voice?
J.R. didn't know
what to do,
so he just started singing
the spirituals from
J.R. kept singing
letting his pain
pour out through
his high strong voice,
which carried for miles
across the fields
to the heavens above.
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash
by G. Neri
illustrated by A. G. Ford
Candlwick Press, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Bigger than a typical board book at 9x9 inches (230 mm x 230 mm in the UK where Nosy Crow is located), Bizzy Bear's Big Building Book is super-sturdy with lots of moving parts. There's a wheel to spin which makes the drill appear to be turning. And a pull-tab to make the saw go back and forth. And plenty of flaps, big and small, to lift as bear and his friends build away. What are they making? A tree house that's got the most surprising moving part of all zooming from its top.
An engaging intro to basic tools that's sure to intrigue totz.
Bizzy Bear's Big Building Book
Author-illustrator: Benji Davies
Friday, August 29, 2014
Haven't celebrated Photo Friday lately, so here's a great recommend. Photos Framed by Ruth Thomson is captivating. Think of the world's most memorable photos, and then child appropriate descriptions of the image, the photographer, and general photo thoughts. There are Blow Up and Zoom In notes as well to spur further thought and discussion.
From "Louis Daguerre" photographed by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot to Steve McCurry's "Afghan Girl" this is a beautiful collection of the world's 27 iconic photographs. Ruth's accompanying text is completely absorbing. Like me, you probably won't be able to put it down. The Older Sibs of your totz will be engaged.
by Ruth Thomson
Candlewick Press, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Mini Myths is their series collaboration releasing September 16th. Play Nice, Hercules! and Be Patient, Pandora! are the first to pub. Following Joan's hit series with Suzanne Williams, Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training, Joan was primed to translate myths for totz. And she does it so well! Tight language conveys the essence of both Pandora and Hercules. Following a dear concluding truth, each book ends with a short synopsis of the myth itself.
Leslie's illustrations bring new beloved characters to board books, but you will recognize her infectious style from her Baby books. How fun to have more to love.
You will treasure these gems as they bring myths to your totz with heartfelt truths. Wonderful! Thank you, Joan and Leslie!
Be Patient, Pandora!
Play Nice, Hercules!
by Joan Holub
illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
Abrams Appleseed, 2014