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New* Books we (the preschoolers and I) love

24 May

Each year around this time I round up all the awesome new* books I can find, and do a storytime with them. I am lucky enough, through my outreach program, to be able to give all almost 1400 kids I visit each month a brand new book (to keep!) in May, so I do only a short storytime before we get to handing out the books. These are the books we are sharing and loving this month:

*And by “new”, I mean “new to me.” Apparently some of these are more than a year old! But so what, I just found them!

  • Schmid, Paul. A Pet for Petunia. Petunia wants, WANTS, WANTS a pet skunk. But when her parents say no, she goes on a rant that librarians like me (i.e. extra goofy) LOVE to perform. “Stink? I’ll show you stink!”
  • Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. Chicks Run Wild. Apparently one group of preschoolers loved this so much they were still talking about it long after storytime. After mama puts the chicks to bed, and closes the door, they get up again and RUN WILD! But Mama finally figures out that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and manages to wear them out in the process!
  • Beaumont, Karen. No Sleep for Sheep! Continuing the sleep theme, sheep is trying to get some sleep. But various farm animals keep coming into the barn, making noise, and waking him up! Lots of repitition, and the illustrations of the extra-fluffy, and super-harried, sheep are wonderful.
  • Kemp, Anna. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet. Biff the bulldog dreams of his name in lights. But his person’s father says “Dogs Don’t Do  Ballet.” Biff has other plans, and they involve putting on his person’s tutu and following her to a performance of the Royal Ballet.
  • Dewdney, Anna. Roly Poly Pangolin.  “Roly Poly, very small, doesn’t like new things at all.” Not bugs for dinner, not monkeys who want to be friends. But Roly Poly finally discovers that not every new thing is scary.
  • Vere, Ed. Banana! A simple, but expressive book with only 2 words in it: Banana and please. A great narrative skills developer, as kids can help tell the story.
  • Foley, Greg. I Miss You, Mouse. A lovely new addition to the Bear books. Now with flaps to lift!
  • Gormley, Greg. Dog In Boots. After reading Puss in Boots, Dog decides he wants some boots as marvelous as those worn in the story. But the first pair he gets, while wonderful, are no good for digging. He goes back to the store several times trying to find the perfect pair of shoes in which to do ALL of his doggie activities. We especially loved the picture of dog in high heels, perfect for scratching!
  • Nesbitt, Kenn. More Bears! Hilariously meta. And the preschoolers had learned who an author and illustrator were, so were able to understand that concept (mostly). I pointed out the words “More Bears!” on each page and let the kids say them.”
  • Hillenbrand, Will Spring Is Here! Mole wakes up and discovers spring has arrived. He tries to wake bear, to no avail. What will he have to do?
  • Sayre, April Pulley. If You’re Hoppy and You Know It. A play on the song, offering words like “hoppy”, “sloppy”, “growly”, and “flappy” and the corresponding animals.

I’m looking forward to sharing (I have an ARC but not a hard copy yet):

  • Foley, Greg (geez, this guy’s talented!). Purple Little Bird Bird works very hard making his purple house perfect. But something’s missing. He travels around the world, meeting animals of every color, looking for the perfect place.

What are your new favorites?

My storytime favorites: Pt. 2: The newbies.

30 Sep

I looked through all my storytime plans and wrote down all the titles I thought I might like to list here.  In addition to the books in Pt. 1, there are 35.  So I think there will be a Pt. 3.  And 4.  And probably 5 and 6 also.  I LOVE talking about good books!!  And now, on to the favorites…  Here are some newer titles, published in 2008 or 2009, that have been big storytime hits:

  • Shea, Bob.  Dinosaur vs. Bedtime.   Dinosaur vs….. A BOWL OF SPAGHETTI!  Who will win?  DINOSAUR WINS AGAIN!  RAHRRR!  This is a wonderful participatory book, with content that young kids can relate to.  Who doesn’t want to conquer the talking grownups?  But bedtime?  Bedtime ALWAYS wins, at least at my house.
  • Himmelman, John.  Katie Loves the Kittens.  When I first read this, alone, at my desk, I almost cried.  The illustrations so wonderfully portray Katie’s enthusiasm for the kittens, and then her sorrow at having frightened them, it’s palpable.  I’m feeling sorry for Katie right now, just imagining it!  This is a great story for anyone who’s ever felt like they wanted to make friends but didn’t know how to do it.
  • McMullan, Kate, and Jim McMullan.  I’m Bad! Just like the others in this series (I’m Dirty, I Stink), here’s another opportunity to totally ham it up.  Bad breath? YEAAAAHHHHHHH (say while exhaling deeply)!  When it comes down to it, though, this bad dino needs his mama’s help just like most of us do.
  • Gravett, Emily.  Monkey and Me.  If you were paying attention last spring, you could have gotten a free copy of this one in your Cheerios box.  I love this story because it’s got a great beat (and you can dance to it).  I have the kids clap their hands or slap their legs as we read “monkey and me, monkey and me, monkey and me we went to see, we went to see some…”.  Then kids and I try to guess what they saw based upon the actions of the little girl and her toy monkey.  This book incorporates so many early literacy skills: phonological awareness (the rhymes and beat), print awareness (the name of each animal is written out in big, dark letters), narrative skills (helping to tell the story) and, of course, print motivation (it’s just plain FUN!).
  • Bergman, Mara.  Yum Yum! What Fun! More animals, more rhymes, more silly (and a tiny bit scary) fun!  This is a new addition to my food-themed storytime.
  • Tankard, Jeremy.  Boo Hoo Bird.  I loved Grumpy Bird, so it’s not surprise that Bird’s next adventure would be a pleaser too.  When Bird gets bonked on the head (LOVE that the author used the word “bonked”), his friends try a variety of things, including a cookie and a bandaid, to make him feel better.  To no avail.  What will fix this boo-boo?  Bird is a bit of a drama queen, which makes it that much more fun to perform.

I’m sure there are lots of great new storytime books I’m missing (I’m WAY behind on my new book reading right now) so PLEASE share your recent favorites!

And I’ll be back soon with part 3…

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