Thursday, May 24, 2007


It looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
I’m a pig by Sarah Weeks
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krause
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Hello Sun by Dayle Ann Dodds
Potato Joe by Keith Baker
We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen ill. By Helen Oxenbury
Cock-a-Doodle Moo by Bernard Most
There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch by Clare Beaton


The Turnup


Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins, 2005.

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow- Does not follow the popular "no more monkeys jumping on the bed" rhyming scheme which is actually a relief.

Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? By Melanie Walsh, 2006.

Carlo Likes Reading by Jessica Spanyol. Simple text but illustrations with great detail. Each item in a room is labeled. Hence Carlos reading everything. I like this book for storytime because it is a teaching moment to share with parents pre-literacy skills. Have parents narrate what they are doing around their child to help build vocabulary.

I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel - A clever fun book about a little girl who tries to bring all different kinds of animals to the library and what happens each time. Kids will enjoy seeing familiar library scenes including story time. One page introduced card catalogs and this is a great time to show kids how we used to kind books as opposed to how we locate them now.

Read It, Don't Eat It! by Ian Schoenherr- One of my favorite library themed picture books. Teaches kids the wrong and right way to treat library books. Such as: "Don't Overdue it, just renew it!"

The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram - A little boy can't seem to find just the right place to read his book in the house.

I Will Not Read This Book by Cece Meng- I will read this book at storytime, even if you hang me by one toe I will still read this book. Or so goes the story only the opposite. A little boy will not read this book no matter what you do to him.

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra - A zoo full of animals go crazy for all types of books.

We're Going on a Book Hunt by Pat Miller - A family of bears go to the library to find their just right book.

Book! By Kristine O’Connell George Ill. By Maggie Smith, 2001. A sweet short story.

There was an old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback, 1997.

Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr - A little boy tells all about the cool things reading can teach you and emphasizes that you can do it anywhere! Illustrated with big bold colors and thick black lines this style is very relatable to kids as it mimics their own style of drawing.

Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea- You have to do a whole lot of roaring in this book. I have tried the other Dinosaur vs. books and not had much success. I cannot resist this one though and will just have to try a different reading style. In the end when he reaches the library they read another Bob Shea book at story time: New Socks. Try reading that book during the same storytime!

I Love Going Through This Book by Robert Burleigh - Even though this book has great illustrations by the talented Dan Yaccarino I am still wishing this book was more of a coherent story. Not a bad read aloud but it may take some creativity on the reader's part to make it work.

Maybe A Bear Ate It! by Robie H Harris - A little cat/monster/some sort of funky creature cannot find his book and he needs your help to locate it. Very interactive as the critter imagines all the improbable places his book could be hiding.

Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh- Not to be confused with Dewey the Library Cat ;) A kitty jumps out of his house window and tries to find somewhere to stay finally setting on the library.

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Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian- A bit on the long side so it's best for pre-school age kids. Funny book narrated by a goldfish who's fishbowl is getting more crowded as the owners add new fish and toys.

Sea, Sand, Me by Patricia Hubbell, ill. By Lisa Campbell Ernst

Beach Day by Patricia Lakin, ill. By Scott Nash

Hooray For Fish by Lucy Cousins

Fish Wish by Bob Barner

Good Thing Your Not an Octopus! By Julie Markes, ill. By Maggie Smith

Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

All you Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle, ill. By Barbara Lavalee

The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood, ill. By Bruce Wood

Sally Goes to the Beach by Stephen Huneck

What the Sea Saw by Stephanie St. Pierre - Wonderful huge realistic illustrations. A gentle story full of amazing imagery.

Old Shell, New Shell by Helen Ward- A really special story about a hermit crab in the ocean who has grown too big for his old shell. Wonderful illustrations of coral reef fish and flora are a great springboard for you to introduce some non-fiction books about coral reefs from the collection.

Three by the Sea by Mini Grey- A pretty long book for storytime, but worth trying it out. Will be better suited for the 4-7 age group.


The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort/ Ill. By G. Brian Karas, 2000.

Going to the Zoo by Tom Paxton - Goes throught the animals at the zoo with some fun audience participation. A great book that is written in song, get the kids to clap along or mimic the different noises and motions the animals in the book make to the beat of the song.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Zoozical by Judy Sierra- A great romp at the zoo. A little long but rhymes beautifully so do this book first. Gives reader a chance to sing verses to some pretty silly songs. Oversing and be big with your movements to get the kids laughing. Follow up with "The Seals on the Bus" as this song is actually mentioned in this book. Very cute!

The Painting Gorilla by Michael Rex - A gorilla who lives in a zoo begins to paint wonderful paintings which grant him attention from the world.

Animal Strike at the Zoo. It's True! by Karma Wilson- The animals at the zoo go on strike!

Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson- A fun rhyming story about a little girl who shouts at the zoo and the consequences attached.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do you See? By Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle,2003.

Pet Wash by Dayle Ann Dodds/ Ill. By Tor Freeman, 2001.

Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith- Goes through a trip at the zoo and counts up as a boy and his grandfather explore the zoo. Nice illustrations and rhyming scheme.

For Pete’s Sake by Ellen Stoll Walsh, 1998.

Kiss Kiss! By Margaret Wild & Bridget Strevens-Marzo, 2003.

Whose Chick Are You? By Nancy Tafuri, 2007.

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