Friday, September 16, 2016

This Week in Story Time: The Letter B


Written by Doreen Cronin
Illustrated by Scott Menchin
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005.  Picture Book.

Do you have a wiggly little one?  Reading this book with them will give ample opportunity to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle right along with Cronin's darling dog ("First wiggle where your tail would be/Then wiggle all your hair/Feeling extra silly?/Wiggle in your underwear!").  Fun illustrations and silly situations will add some giggles to those fun wiggles!


By Antoinette Portis
Harper Collins Publishers, 2006.  Picture Book.

Everyone knows that a kid's favorite part of a gift is the box, right?  Well Portis shows us exactly why!  Little bunny uses his imagination to turn his cardboard box into "Not-a-Box."  From a race car to a rocket, this Not-a-Box is ready for adventure!


Written by Bill Martin, Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Company, 1967.

This oldie but goodie is a children's literature classic for a reason.  Simple rhymes, big animals, bright colors, and Eric Carle's distinctive illustrations are the stuff childhood reading memories are made of.  Brown Bear sees a red bird, who sees a yellow duck, who sees a blue horse...  It continues until the animals see humans -- a teacher and children.  At the end, try to recall all of the wonderful things you've seen along the way!


By David Hyde Costello
Charlesbridge, 2011.  Picture Book.

Being little can be really hard!  When Little Pig's brothers and sisters pull out their grandpa's old band instruments, he's just too little to join in the fun.  But he soon realizes that they really need a band leader, and Little Pig is up for the challenge!  This is a great story that encourages kids to recognize their own strengths and contributions, and Costello's asides will have grownups snickering as they read.


Written by Margaret Wild
Illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo
Ediciones Ekaré, 2003.  Picture Book.

Baby hippopotamus is so excited to go play one morning that he forgets to kiss his mom before he leaves!  As he runs through the mud, across the rocks, up the hill, through the grass, and through the forest, he sees many animals and hears over and over again, "¡Beso, beso!"  Kiss, kiss!  He finally remembers what he forgot and retraces all of his steps back to give mom a kiss.  Lots of repetition and cute, colorful illustrations of baby animals make this a fantastic read aloud for toddlers!


By Petr Horáček
Editorial Juventud, 2007.  Picture Book.

Little goose looks around one day and decides he doesn't want to be like all the other geese.  He meets many different animals and thinks of all the things he could do if he were like them (hang upside down like a bat, skate like a penguin, spray water like an elephant, and more).  However, when he tries to ROAR like the lion, the lion gives chase, and little goose runs back to his friends deciding that maybe being a goose isn't so bad after all!  This is a great story to help children remember that they don't need to try to be like anybody but themselves -- they're perfect just they way they are.

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