Friday, February 19, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Reading House: Mara Conn

The Reading House introduces letter recognition to first readers. Small booklets display short stories featuring uppercase and lowercase single letters. After mastering the letter, a sticker can be adhered in celebration of the accomplishment in comprehension. 

Ant like the red apple.
Ant likes the green apple.

An instructor guide is included, while illustrations are fun and friendly. This is a great way to introduce sounds and love of reading for life. 

by Marla Conn
The Reading House, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine: by Jonathan Stutzman

As you go to create the perfect Valentine's card, remember Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine. Sometimes our best efforts don't go as planned. But the effort itself is a gift to our beloved. 

"I am sorry, Pointy. I have nothing
to give you for Valentine's Day.
It's okay, Tiny!
I have the perfect
Valentine already.

Hugs and kisses to every little T. Rex crafting and creating for their Valentine. 

by Jonathan Stutzman
illustrated by Jay Fleck
Chronicle Books, 2020

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Love Can Come in Many Ways: Terry Pierce


How do we show love? In many ways. Terry Pierce has created A Heartfelt Book featuring flaps of felt in displays of affection. 

Nose to nose or gaze to gaze,
Love can come in many ways. 

Inside a family, safe and snug.
Within a trunk's twisty hug. 

Suzy Ultman's palette is gentle, and the line is delicate, while patterns depict creatures loving one another. On this Valentine's Day, tell your totz: "you are loved," with this snuggly board book.

written by Terry Pierce
illustrated by Suzy Ultman
Chronicle Books, 2020 

Monday, February 1, 2021

More, more, more: The Extraordinary Book That Eats Itself

This work truly is extraordinary. Every last little bit can be used in eco-friendly projects. Thirty activities will keep you and your readertotz busy. You will cut, and fold, and tear, and glue your way through fun that will benefit our earth. 

Illustrations by Pintachan are charming and Susan Hayes and Penny Arlan's text is engaging and not overly heavy. The entire work is a delight. Holding it in your hands, one is immediately inspired to action. The only difficulty is deciding where to start! 

You can rescue old clothes, build a bug hotel, chase away electricity vampires, upcycle your junk, and more. Checklists are provided for various challenges as changes are attempted and actions are taken.

Alone and together, we can make a difference as we journey forward. Bravo, Earthaware Kids!

by Susan Hayes and Penny Arlan
illustrated by Pintachan
Earthaware Kids, 2020