Busy Busy Little Chick by Janice N. Harrington
It is so nice when a good story meets good illustrations! Harrington retells a Central African fable of a hen and her chicks who put off building a new home and eat worms instead. Except for one little chick, who gets busy and saves the day. Brian Pinkney uses brad brush strokes and a fluid line in watercolor and ink to portray the happy flock. Great to share in storytime, and a good choice for storytellers to learn as well.
Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie by Mary Ellen Jordan
Not much to say about this one except “rhyming silliness down on the farm”. Good filler for those FARM storytimes. Also a good choice for Pajama Storytime.
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Too much fun to pass up! This little exploration of the exclamation might be over the heads of the preschool crowd, but will be just right for early elementary classes studying writing. Yeah!!
Take me out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon
In American and in Japan – baseball lovers unite. One little boys goes to a game in America and also one in Japan. We see the similarities in both. Bright colors and simple text make this a nice choice to add to storytimes, but a pronunciation guide would have been really helpful.
I dare you not to yawn by Helene Boudreau
Bedtime sneaks up on a little boy who gets caught yawning. His advice is to stay away from yawns! A nice little addition to Pajama storytimes, with fun, quirky illustrations. I dare you not to yawn when reading this.
It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones by Warren Hanson
Days of the week fly by with Mrs. Jolly Bones and her madcap antics. A nice little rhyme bounces the story along. Unfortunately, the illustrations are too busy for a large group, but a small crowd just may enjoy looking at the wild romp.
Peep & Ducky by David Martin
A baby bird and a duckling are friends. Not much story, but this pastel, rhyming play date is a nice addition to baby and toddler storytimes.
Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid
Let’s end on a good note- Percy is the perfect choice. Percy is a little porcupine who loves balloons. But Percy’s prickly quills and the balloons do not always get along. Percy has to come up with an idea! Illustrated with simple lines that depict a lot of expression, this is a wonderful little story to share in storytime or one-one-one in a cozy chair.