Book Review: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Today’s blog was written by one of our very own children’s storytellers: Miss Elizabeth. You’ll find Miss Elizabeth sharing stories with children of all ages as well as creating wonderful children’s programs at one of our branches. She shares her review of the book Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak.

Image result for goodbye summer hello autumnSome say nothing is more beautiful than nature.  There are vibrant colors, lakes and rivers, and animals noisily scurrying or perhaps lazily wandering.  When seasons change, so does the sky, wind, and temperature.  All of those pleasant experiences are captured so masterfully in the beautifully illustrated book Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Pak uses conversational text between a young girl and nature throughout the book.  The girl greets everything she sees on her journey through her hometown in late summer, and nature responds as it prepares for autumn. 

This watercolor wonder is my top choice for the Caldecott Award this year.

 

Book Review: Raymie Nightingale

Today’s blog was written by one of our very own children’s storytellers: Miss Elizabeth. You’ll find Miss Elizabeth sharing stories with children of all ages as well as creating wonderful children’s programs at one of our branches. She shares her review of the book Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo.

Image resultIt’s the summer of 1975, and Raymie Clarke has one goal in mind: to reconnect her family.  In order to do so, she has to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition.  And in order to win, she must learn how to twirl a baton and perform a good deed, like Florence Nightingale. 

During her baton twirling lessons, Raymie meets two competitors, Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski.  While struggling to come to terms with her separated family and other personal issues, Raymie quickly understands the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  All three girls learn that to get through tough times, it’s best to make friends and stick together.

Be sure to check out this book from your local library!

 

Book Review: By Mouse and Frog

Today’s blog was written by one of our very own children’s librarians: Miss Dayna. You’ll find Miss Dayna sharing stories with children of all ages as well as creating wonderful children’s programs. She shares her review of the picture book By Mouse and Frog by Deborah Freedman.

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Once upon a time Mouse was writing a story.  In jumps Frog full of ideas.  Frog adds cake and ice cream and a whole list of things to the story.  Mouse has to find a way to tell Frog this is Mouse’s story.  Together the two friends then find a way to write together.

A wonderful book about imagination and friendship.  Frog’s character is reminiscent to Tigger’s in the Winnie the Pooh stories.

Be sure to checkout this book at your local library and let your librarian know how you liked it!

Monday is One Day

9780439789240Going to work, school, or the store can be hard–especially when you have to leave your children with another family member, teacher, or caregiver. Depending on where you are going, it could be hours before you are reunited. Young children can become very upset, nervous, or scared since they have little understanding of what “time” really is.

Monday is One Day by Arthur A Levine is a great picture book for young children that goes through the days of the week counting down until the week is over. The book features diverse families like grandparents raising a child, two men with a child, one father with a child, just a mom and a child, twins and their parents, etc.

The hardest part of going to work is being apart from you…

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While you aren’t always able to give your child 100% of your attention during the work week, the book highlights the little moments that can be made special just because you are together.

But by the end of the week, parent and child are able to unite for a fun day of relaxing and play.

And Sunday’s our fun day: A kiss and a cuddle, a dance in a puddle, a dinosaur huddle, a sweet family muddle!

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I hope you are able to enjoy at least one day a week with your child. Be sure to visit the library and check out this wonderful book. If you can’t make it on the weekend, make it one of those special moments together during the week.

Book Review: Tiptoe Joe

Today’s blog was written by one of our very own storytellers: Miss Dani. She does our preschool and family storytimes, as well as other children’s programming. She shares her review of the picture book Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson.

9780061772030_p0_v1_s260x420Tiptoe Joe has an exciting secret to share! Join Beaver, Turkey, Moose, and Joe’s other friends as they quietly make their way through the forest to see the good news. This book uses repetition, rhyme, animal recognition, and onomatopoeia to take readers on a journey which will leave you in “awwww”.

For more fun “toe” related books, check out This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington. This humorous extension of the classic nursery rhyme is sure to please even the pickiest of readers.

Be sure to throw some non-fiction reading into the mix! Try Let’s Look at Animal Feet by Wendy Perkins. How many animal toes/feet can you identify?

Click the picture to find out which of our locations has a copy for you to check out!