Don't let the Heat get You Down; Pick Up a Book @ the Library!
It's hot outside! So, head on over to the library where it's nice and cool. While you are there, make sure to pick out some books to share with your family. Below is a list of picture books that I am currently reading, and thought that you might enjoy too. Happy reading!
Sleepyheads Sandra J. Howatt
Both spirited and soothing, this bedtime read-aloud story is the perfect preface for a trip to dreamland. The sun has set, and sleepyheads all across the land are tucked into their cozy beds. Rabbit is snoozing in the weeds, and Duck is snuggled in the reeds. Bear is nestled in his cave, and Otter is rocking on a wave. But there's one little sleepyhead who's not in his bed. Where, oh where, could he be? This sweet, snuggly, and silly bedtime book with irresistible illustrations is sure to prepare little ones for a cozy night's sleep.
May the Stars Drip Down Jeremy Chatelain
A lullaby that invites the reader to take a starlit journey from a wide desert, down a mountain path, and on to a coastline town.
Words and Music by Jeremy Chatelain. Music by the Band Cub Country. Illustrated by Nikki McClure
Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash! Candace Fleming
Surf's up for a bunch of mischievous bunnies and one frazzled farmer in this beach-time read-aloud adventure. Mr. McGreely had bunny problems. He had bunnies in his garden. Bunnies in his shed. Bunnies in his cupboard. Bunnies in his...BED! Mr. McGreely has had it with irksome rabbits, so he dons his swimsuit and a pair of goggles and gets ready for some time away at the beach. Little does he know, the bunnies have stowed away in his backseat! He also hadn't known that the rascally rabbits have mad surfing and kite flying skills. His annoyance is at sunstroke level...until he sees a sign for a sand castle-making contest, and realizes that teaming up with the pesky puff tails might just have some benefits. From the creators of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! and Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! , this read-aloud adventure comes complete with hilarious illustrations, bouncy language, and, of course, the cutest bunnies around.
Foxy Emma Dodd.
Foxy has a special talent: He is magically able to produce anything he needs from his bushy red tail. Sometimes Foxy comes up with the wrong solutions, such as the time he tried to give his friend Emily an eraser for school and gave her an elephant instead! Fortunately, Foxy's magic mishaps can always be fixed. And he knows that some very important things, like making new friends, don't require any magic at all. In this humorous tale of friendship, award-winning author-illustrator Emma Dodd introduces a truly endearing new character with a great big heart.
Flora and the Flamingo Molly Idle
A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!
Turtle Island Kevin Sherry
Turtle is big. But the ocean is bigger. And Turtle is all alone. Until four shipwrecked folks: a bear, an owl, a frog, and a cat climb to safety on his shell. Before long, they're fast friends, and the sea doesn't seem so vast anymore. But when Frog confides that he misses his family, Turtle doesn't understand. Isn't he their family? And when the group decides to sail for home, will Turtle be left behind? Never fear, a surprise on the horizon promises friends, family, and a home at last.Uplifting and heartfelt, this is a book about the power of friendship and making a home of one's own.
How to Hide a Lion Helen Stephens.
How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because moms and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house. Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion-behind the shower curtain, in your bed, and even up a tree. But can Iris hide her lion forever?With Helen Stephens's timeless art and elegant text, readers will fall in love with Iris and her lion.
Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue Naoko Stoop.
Gorgeously illustrated on wood grain, Red Knit Cap Girl's curiosity, imagination, and joy will captivate the hearts of readers young and old. Simple prose and luminous pictures will remind readers that even small actions,such as recycling, can help to solve big world problems, in this inspiring story that celebrates friendship, bravery, and the importance of home.
Penguin on Vacation. Salina Yoon.
Penguin is tired of the snow and cold-so he decides to visit the beach! But when his favorite activities like skiing and skating don't work so well on sand, can a new friend help Penguin learn how to have fun in the sun? Seasoned illustrator Salina Yoon's charming text and bright, energetic illustrations ensure that readers will be clamoring for more Penguin stories; wherever they make their home!
Hugs from Pearl Paul Schmid.
This is Pearl. Pearl loves to hug. Hugs are nice . . . except when they come from a porcupine. Pearl tries and tries to solve her problem and finally fixes it in her very own way. From the author-artist of A Pet for Petunia comes a prickly new character with a great big heart. Paul Schmid paints Pearl's world with soft and dreamy colors that reflect just how sweet she is beneath her sharp-quilled porcupine exterior.
The Shape of my Heart Mark Sperring
This is the shape of us, the shape of you and me This is the shape of our eyes, and this is the world that we see... From sun up to sun down, from our hands and our feet, to animals, cars, food, and teddy bears, the world is alive with endless shapes to identify. Once you start to look, who knows what shapes you'll discover next! With its gently reassuring text and vivid illustrations, The Shape of My Heart invites readers to look beyond the obvious, and explore the world in a whole new way.