picture books

Apple Season

 In Houston, we do not yet see the autumn leaves change in color, but we certainly have the ability to enjoy the fall harvest.

One of the things that I truly look forward to in the fall are apples.  I hope that you enjoy the selection of books below; you will find that some focus on a more traditional theme  and others are lighthearted and playful. 

Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John Appleseed Chapman Esmé Raji Codell

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day!

 

Every year on August 3rd it is National Watermelon day. So, I thought that it would be fitting to tell you some juicy facts about watermelons and also share a few fun books. 

JUICY FACTS

Do you know, that in Japan they grow square watermelons? Why? Round watermelons take up a lot of room in a refrigerator and they are also more difficult to cut into slices. Seems like a very logical and creative solution. That being said, MSN news recently reported the that square watermelon sold for $856. What??? I think that I'll stick with the round ones for now. 

Llama Llama and His Mama

llama llama home with mamaMother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 12th. There are so many wonderful picture books that depict a mother and child relationship.  Some of my favorite books about that special bond are the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney.  Little Llama Llama is just like any other kid.  Sometimes he gets scared at night, or throws a tantrum at the store, or he just doesn’t feel very well.   Lucky for him, he always has his Mama around to love him no matter what.  Toddlers and preschoolers love these books and they are perfect for reading at night while cuddling with your own little llamas.

Be First in Line

Here are a few books that will be on the shelves soon but they are not there yet. Grab your chance to be one of the first people to read these funny tales by placing a request on them today.

Tea Rex  by Molly Idle

Playing host to an unusual guest Cordelia tries her best to make sure her tea party is a smashing success. But no matter how closely Cordelia follows hosting etiquette, her prehistoric friend plays by his own rules.

Yo-ho-ho!

Have you ever wondered what the Children's Librarians like to read?  Recently, they were asked  what their favorite pirate books are. I have listed their responses below. 

The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle

Folk and Fairy Tales Taken To The Next Level.

 The books that I've included this week are fractured fairytales. In these stories, the authors has taken the traditional folk and fairy tales that we love, and added their creative  spin to the story.  I have used many of these books in my storytimes and they are always a hit with children. 

Let's Eat!

Getting children to eat healthy is not always an easy task; so here are a few books and resources that will make this topic a bit easier to swallow, for both children and parents.  

Too Pickey! Jean Reidy

Fabulous Fun With Food

 

 

The books this week take an unexpected spin and sometimes hilarious twist on traditional tales.  

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