Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy, Selina Young (illustrator)

We take the dogs down the wiggly track, The wiggly track, the wiggly track. One dog's white and the other dog's black On a summery Saturday morning.In Margaret Mahy's lively read-aloud romp, lots of things don't go quite as planned on one summery Saturday morning. But the children, dogs, cat, and even the geese seem to enjoy themselves, as will any adult and child who share this lighthearted picture book, cheerfully illustrated with Selina Young's boisterous illustrations.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Swimming

Three children's books that Tackle the Fear of Swimming

http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2009/06/3-kids-books-that-tackle-the-fears-of-swimming.html

Sergio Makes a Splash  by Edel Rodriguez


Swim, Little Wombat, Swim!  by Charles Fuge










Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London (Author), Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator)


Saturday, June 20, 2015

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)

Wendell Minor is an extraordinarily talented fine artist who has received more than two hundred awards for his work. Authors refer to him as a "quiet genius" who creates with simplicity and elegance, a "master" at capturing the essence of the written word in vivid imagery, of creating brilliant paintings that evoke the true spirit of story and place. He has illustrated hundreds of covers for many of the most popular books of the past few decades.
Now, inspired by Katharine Lee Bates's classic verse, Minor gives readers his first picture book-beautiful visual accompaniment for an American standard. Traversing the entire nation, from the Empire State Building to the Grand Tetons, from the Alaskan coast to the Florida Everglades; encompassing multiple eras, from Pilgrims to wagon trains, from the Wright brothers to NASA, Minor takes us on a journey across land and time-literally from sea to shining sea.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Swimming Lessons by Betsy Jay

Although she has found many excuses for refusing to take swimming lessons, Jane finally faces the inevitable and jumps into the water for a very good reason.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing


A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there's bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect "twist" on Clement Moore's classic.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Starring Grace By: Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch Illustrated by: Caroline Binch

It's summer vacation for Grace and her neighborhood friends, just the time for the fun to begin! Grace remains the imaginative, energetic girl first introduced in Amazing Grace (1991) as she involves all the kids in dramatic play. From helping an isolated older woman to creating a circus, Grace and her chums spend a delightful summer vacation close to home.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Henry's Freedom Box By: Ellen Levine

 A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.