Monthly Archives: November 2013

Friday Favorite: Clementine by Sebastian Loth


“And then her flight seemed to slow down. It was as if she was floating weightlessly through space. Cautiously Clementine opened her eys and beheld an amazing sight: THE WORLD!” -Clementine

I recently wrote about an adorable snail book and now I’ve discovered another one. Clementine by Sebastian Loth is a sweet story about a brave little snail and her earthworm best friend, Paul. Clementine loves round shapes- round shells, car tires, and the moon. She longs to go visit the moon. With Paul’s help, she attempts to design something that will get her there.  Eventually she succeeds and learns that the earth is round too! The illustrations, particularly the ones of Clementine in outer space, are captivating and fun. This is a lovely story about dreams, determination, curiosity and friendship, perfect for preschoolers and older.


Favorite Favorite: The Thankful Book by Todd Parr


The air is cold as I go to and from work now, and the scarves, coats and mittens are in full swing at our house. I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving. And then? Bring on the crazy!

I was excited to do a preschool storytime this week featuring the concept of “being thankful” and appreciating friends and family. I read Todd Parr’s The Thankful Book, an adorable, heartwarming, colorful narrative about all the things kids can be thankful for- from bubble baths to hair, from family pets to underwear.

Here is his bio and go here to see the over 30 books he’s written/illustrated and published.

They all have a common message of love, acceptance, family, and celebrating differences.

Do you have a favorite book about being thankful? Or maybe a favorite Todd Parr book? I’d love to hear from you!

“Dinosaur Roar!” Books for your dinosaur-loving child


Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland is one of my favorite dino books for toddlers and preschoolers.  This author, illustrator and pop up artist presents us with colorful and entertaining dinosaurs that introduce concepts like above/below, weak/strong, fast/slow, fierce/meek (etc.) in a rhyming text. It’s also full of fun vocabulary and an entertaining book to read aloud to young dinosaur enthusiasts.

And if your little one can’t get enough, there are dinosaur books (and even a song by local musician Lori Henriques) for every child:

For the child who loves dinosaurs and construction equipment: Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale

For the child who wants it all- construction, humor, ABC’s, hidden letters, and rhyming text: Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs by Nate Evans

For the child who is potty training: Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

For the child who wants just the facts: Dinosaurs! by Gail Gibbons

For the child who wants pictures and names: My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy

For the child who likes silly, musical dinos: Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields

For the child who wants a bedtime story with dinosaurs: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen (also a series)

Friday Favorite: Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Snippet_MurguiaI am not a morning person. I take time to wake up. And lots of coffee. So when my preschooler, an early riser, comes in before 6 a.m. most mornings, it’s a rude awakening. We tried to train him to wait until the green light on his alarm clock turns on, signaling it’s okay to get up. It works on and off. But lately, I’ve been mumbling “give me few minutes to wake up” and wishing I could catch a few more zzzz’s as he climbs on the bed and declares it’s time to get up.

Anyone with young kids will identify with my featured book. Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Deeney Murguia stars an adorable little snail who doesn’t sleep in. His family likes to sleep in, but that’s no fun for a little snail who’s ready to start his day and play! With the help of his friends (grasshopper, cricket, ant, firefly, etc.), he tries different ways to wake his papa, mama, and sister. My favorite is stinkbug, who offers to “stink” them out of bed. The watercolor illustrations are colorful and cute (each snail has its own unique patterned shell). Do Snippet’s attempts work? You’ll have to read it to get to the sweet conclusion.

I recommend this book for the preschool crowd (especially if you have an early riser like I do!). They will identify with the family dynamics and delight in the ways that Snippet tries to wake his family members. You can find the book trailer and some extension activities here. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this author in the future.

Say You’re Sorry: 8 Books about Sibling Rivalry


There’s been a lot of pushing and shoving at our house lately, fights over the same toy or book or lap.  We recently experienced a two-ice-pack-kinda-day where we had more than one occasion to get the Elmo ice pack out of the freezer to ease my youngest child’s injuries- unfortunately thanks to his older brother. I certainly had rivalry issues with siblings growing up, but I was also the only girl of three children, so I felt special much of the time- I always had my own room, my own “girl” toys, friends, clothes, etc.

I imagine with two boys close in age, sibling rivalry is an issue we’ll be dealing with for years to come. We’ll encourage them to talk things through, use kind words and say sorry for mistakes- all skills they’ll need for navigating a lifetime of relationships. Here are eight picture books that address jealousy, fighting, etc. between siblings or peers.

1. When I Was King by Linda Ashman

2. Feet Are Not for Kicking by Elizabeth Verdick (part of the “Best Behavior” series, also: Hands Are Not for Hitting, Teeth Are Not for Biting, Calm Down Time, Sharing Time, etc.)

3. Mine! by Shutta Crum

4. Take Turns, Max and Millie by Felicity Brooks

5. Hodge the Hedgehog by Amy Sparkes

6. My Little Brother by David McPhail

7. Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

8. It’s Not Fair! by Anita Harper

Little Parachutes offers some great book suggestions on the a variety of issues, including sibling rivalry. I think I’ll be checking these out soon….