Monday, April 30, 2012

April: Around the Block with Sesame Street

One of my favorites! I'm sure Joan loves these cats and dolls as much as me. Enjoy, totz! One, two...

I Love You, Little Bear: Scholastic

Isn't there just something so sweet about straight forward texture books? Add images of plush bears, a squirrel,  and a fish and the "ah factor" is guaranteed. I Love You, Little Bear delivers with the dearest collage, textures, and photos along with a simple rhyming text.

"Little Bear, Little Bear,
look up high.
says Bird in the sky."

Find more about the bears at and

I Love You, Little Bear
Scholastic, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Poetry Friday: An Awesome Book

Encourage your totz to dream with An Awesome Book. The illustrations will captivate you for hours. Happy Poetry Friday!

"Please dream for those
who've given up
for those who've
never tried
Please use your dreams
to make new dreams
for all the dreams
that died"

An Awesome Book
by Dallas Clayton

Monday, April 23, 2012

Giraffes Can't Dance: Giles Andreae

How about a rhyming board book to illustrate that everyone can dance? Even a giraffe? That's exactly what Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees offer in Giraffes Can't Dance.

As all the animals turn out for the Jungle Dance, the giraffe is mocked for being clumsy and a silly fool. But when the giraffe departs and comes across the cricket, the former listens to the latter:

"Listen to the swaying
grass and listen to the trees.
To me the sweetest music is
those branches in the breeze."

Gerald the giraffe breaks into a dance that everyone can appreciate. "We can all dance," he said, "when we find music that we love."

Add this reprint, now in board book format from Cartwheel Books, to your totz' library and kick up your heels together.

Giraffes Can't Dance
by Giles Andreae
illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Cartwheel Books, Scholastic

Friday, April 20, 2012

Poetry Friday: Demolition

Here's an awesome book for Poetry Friday. Get ready to demolish!

"Swing the ball. Swing the ball.
Thump and smash and whack.
Bring the top floors tumbling down.
Bang! Clang!

Brian Lovelock's spattered ink illustrations set the tone for Sally Sutton's poetry. Super fun, right?

by Sally Sutton
illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Candlewick Press

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Link of Awesome: FindTheData

It's a joy to share Links of Awesome. I encourage you to check out FindTheData. Click here to see the library comparison. What a cool tool! The site provides unbiased data-driven  comparisons. Definitely check them out. There are a billion things to compare even beyond libraries, right? So many things for your totz...

Monday, April 16, 2012

First Time Series: Hospital, Vet

Child's Play just gets it so right. Today I recommend their series, First Time. Included are: Doctor, Dentist, Hospital, Vet, Baby Sitter, Sleepover, Nursery, and Big Day Out.

The stiff paper books are illustrated by Jess Stockham, who has taken the care to portray these new experiences without fear. There's a real honesty in this series which will benefit your totz on multiple levels.

Following several children through each experience, a number of situations are covered to offer familiarity and comfort. In Hospital, one child is having a cast put on, while another has surgery. In Vet, children bring in their various animals. Here is an example of appropriate forthrightness when the boy brings his sick rat to the vet:

"She's quite unwell. She has a lump on her side. (child)
I'm afraid she might not live much longer." (vet)

How helpful to open discussions. Overall, the series remains positive and appealing. It will answer questions your totz may have before their first time visits.

First Time Vet
First Time Hospital
illustrated by Jess Stockham
Child's Play

Friday, April 13, 2012

Poetry Friday: Water Sings Blue

Happy Poetry Month and happy Poetry Friday! What a perfect day to read Water Sings Blue.

Well-crafted, insightful fun poems are joined with Meilo So's free-spirited watercolors. A great match!


Deep water shimmers.
    A wind-shape passes,
kimono trailing.

Water Sings Blue, Ocean Poems
by Kate Coombs
illustrated by Meilo So
Chronicle Books, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April Community Service: Rock the Drop, 2012

Grab your totz' little hand and run to leave a young adult book in a public gathering place! Right now!


How are you rocking the drop? Which book are you leaving for another to find? Post your photo at the readergirlz facebook page and tweet #rockthedrop. It's a perfect day to share your love of YA lit!

If you discover a book left in a public gathering place, nab it and tweet your fabbity find.

Your totz will love this act of kindness.

April Pick For the Older Sibling: Paul Thurlby's Alphabet

Begun as a project to keep himself busy at the start of the recession, Paul Thurlby delivers his rendition of the alphabet. His goal was to join the object featured with the specified letter. Each letter can be found online, where he uploaded them upon completion. Thankfully, an agent discovered Paul and Templar Books brought this collection to life, both book and included poster.

The retro-modern style will appeal to all readers in the family. The imagery stimulates me to create. How about you?

Paul Thurlby's Alphabet
by Paul Thurlby
Templar Books, 2011

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sushi Touch and Feel Stroller Cards

Let's go to the youngest reader format. How about stroller cards? And some sushi? Seriously! There cute cards from Chronicle introduce babies to sushi with assisting touch and feel textures. Sticky rice and crinkly seaweed are included, of course.

I was charmed by this little set, with text labels on the back of each of the ten cards. Snap these onto your diaper bag or stroller for your totz. Before you know it, you may be headed for sushi for lunch...

Sushi Touch and Feel Stroller Cards
Chronicle Books, April 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

More, More, More: There Are No Cats in This Book

There Are No Cats in This Book is Viviane Schwarz' title. No cats. But wait. When you open the book you find the cats are present. They are trying to go on vacation, but they need your readers' help. They can't push themselves out, or jump from the book. Rather, they need your imagination. That said, they'll send a postcard, and if you wait around long enough, they may return...with a few friends. But the title stands: There Are No Cats in This Book.

Your readers are going to love the exuberant line, fold out portions, and the collage used to make this fun book. Certainly a giggle will call for another reading. Well done, Viviane!

Be sure to check out her first work: There Are Cats in This Book. :~)

There Are No Cats in This Book
by Viviane Schwarz
Candlewick Press, 2010

Monday, April 2, 2012

Yumi and Aoki: Annelore Parot

My most adorable recommend today is the Kokeshi series from Chronicle. The cuteness combined with the rich presentation are irresistible!

With art and text by Annelore Parot, your totz can follow Yumi on the way to a party and Aoki as she visits Tokyo. The flaps are inventive and fun. Totz will help the Kokeshi, little wooden dolls, choose a kimono, help the kites blow in the wind, and visit favorite stores.

There's an air of sophistication to this collection while it remains accessible. Every detail is designed beautifully, from the padded cover with applique stitching to the endpapers covered in joy.

Watch the video for interior imagery. Before you know it, you'll be going Kokeshi crazy, too!

Grab the headband, room sign, or thank you!

Aoki and Yumi
by Annelre Parot
Chronicle Books, April 2012