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Storytime Books

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s a few new and recommended that have crossed my path the past few weeks:

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? By Jan Thomas – The cows are jumping on Chicken’s sofa! So much fun! But Chicken does not appreciate this behavior. This silly romp through Chicken’s living room will have the kids shouting along with you. Better be ready for fun when you read this one!

Neville by Norton Juster – A boy moves to a new town, and he feels very lonely, sad, and a bit angry. His mother suggests he take a walk, so he can make friends. He walks to the end of the street and shouts Neville! , and kids come from all around to help him shout and look for Neville. The simple line and folksy feel of the illustrations really make this book come alive, and I’d put money on this one being A Caldecott contender. Great read aloud for grades P-2.

Where’s my T-R-U-C-K? by Karen Beaumont – The rhymes in this one are quite fun, but I wish I liked the illustrations better. They are watercolors with an awful lot of detail, so if you have a small group for storytime, this might be ok. Basically, a little boy has lost his favourite toy truck, and is quite grumpy about it. There’s not much story here, but I do think it would make a fun romp for storytime, because the rhymes and spelling of the word T-R-U-C-K work.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle – Fans of Eric Carle will love this simple book, and toddlers will enjoy the bright, bold pictures. Great jumping-off point for an art class or preschool craft project. Read this book, get out the paint and smocks, and go for it!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Jerry Pinkney – Pinkney’s signature watercolors beautifully illustrate this familiar song, and extend it out of the confines of a nursery rhyme. Take time to savour the pictures. This one would be just right for pajama storytime.

Batty by Sarah Dyer – Batty lives in the zoo, and all he can do is hang upside down. He visits other animals, but doesn’t quite fit in. Use this one for a preschool introduction to perspective.


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