Books We Love: Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise

corduroy's christmas surpriseTitle: Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise

Author: Based on the character created by Don Freeman

Illustrator: Lisa McCue

Reading level: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Overview:
Celebrate Christmas with Corduroy as he learns that spending time with friends is more important than gifts. Corduroy sends a letter to Santa filled with requests for his friends instead of asking for any gifts for himself, but Santa has a Christmas surprise in store for Corduroy too!

Three Things to Love:

  • In Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise, Corduroy is more interested in his friends’ happiness on Christmas Day. Teach children the joy of giving rather than receiving is a valuable lesson for children this time of year.
  • The book incorporates a lot of favorite Christmas traditions, such as caroling, baking cookies and decorating the Christmas tree.
  • The illustrations are warm, colorful and perfect for the holiday season.
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Books We Love: The Pout-Pout Fish

pout-pout fishTitle: The Pout-Pout Fish

Author: Deborah Diesen

Illustrator: Dan Hanna

Reading level: 3 – 6 years

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Overview:
Mr. Fish has a pout-pout face and despite the coaxing of his friends to cheer up, he insists on spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. He learns that being glum is not his destiny when he meets a very special fish who changes his outlook on life.

Three Things to Love:

  • The rhymes, repetitious verses, alliteration and fun noises make this an enjoyable read for small children.
  • The Pout-Pout Fish can be used as a tool to teach children about taking responsibility for their emotions.
  • Dan Hanna’s illustrations are bright, cheerful and bring the interesting and creative characters to life.


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Books We Love: Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

tell me something happy before i go to sleepTitle: Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep

Author: Joyce Dunbar

Illustrator: Debi Gliori

Reading level: 3+

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Overview:

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep is the story of the sweet bunny, Willa, and her fear of going to sleep. Her big brother, Willoughby, offers her comfort and shows her how much there is to be happy about before Willa drifts off to sleep.

Three Things to Love:

    • The book shows children how to be grateful for the small things in life such as blooming flowers, floating clouds, yummy food and a basket full of toys.
    • Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep is a wonderful bedtime story for children who need some extra comforting to say goodnight.
    • The softly-colored illustrations are perfect for the warm story that sends children into a peaceful slumber.

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Books We Love: Franklin Says Sorry

Franklin Says SorryTitle: Franklin Says Sorry

Author: Paulette Bourgeois

Illustrator: Brenda Clark

Reading level: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Scholastic

Overview:
Franklin and Bear are good friends. When Franklin tells Bear’s secret to their other friends, Bear’s feelings get hurt and Franklin loses Bear’s trust. Franklin learns how important apologies are when he tells Bear he is sorry.

Three Things to Love:

  • The lessons in this book are something all children should learn. Franklin Says Sorry teaches children the importance of heartfelt apologies and how to say sorry.
  • Sharing someone else’s secret can backfire when the secret gets out. This book demonstrates how quickly secrets can spread by telling just one other person.
  • The illustrations are bright, colorful and fun!

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Books We Love: That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals

that's why we don't eat animalsTitle: That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals

Author and Illustrator: Ruby Roth

Reading level: 6 – 9

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Overview:
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals takes an important subject and makes it easy for children to understand through beautiful illustrations and text. The book features animals in their natural habitats interacting and caring for each other – just like people. The characteristics of animals, such as chickens, pigs, marine life and cows, are described so children can see that each animal is unique and has a desire to grow and live a happy life.

Three Things to Love:

  • That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals is a wonderful and effective book to teach children about compassion towards all living creatures. Young minds will learn that animals feel love, stay close to their families and even have the ability to make friends. However, along with the good feelings, animals can also feel pain and fright… and that is why we don’t eat animals.
  • The illustrations are powerful, but not too graphic for young eyes. They help demonstrate the difference in the quality of life between wild animals and animals raised on factory farms.
  • The message that “All animals deserve the care and protection we give our pets,” is a lesson that can be embraced by all family members. This book is just as powerful for adults as it is for children.

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Books We Love: The Tickle Tree

The Tickle TreeTitle: The Tickle Tree

Author: Chae Strathie

Illustrator: Poly Bernatene

Reading level: 3 – 6

Publisher: Parragon Books

Overview:
A rhyming story with magical illustrations that takes children into the fantasy world of their dreams.

Three Things to Love:

  • The whimsical illustrations are wonderful for young imaginations!
  • The rhymes and nonsense verses make this a fun read for children that is sure to elicit giggles. [Read more...]

Books We Love: Good People Everywhere

Good People EverywhereTitle: Good People Everywhere

Author: Lynea Gillen

Illustrator: Kristina Swarner

Reading level: 3+

Publisher: Three Pebbles Press

Overview:
The message of this brightly-colored picture book can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The lesson is simple – there are a lot of good people in the world doing good things. Teaching children how to be grateful, caring and kind inspires them to carry these morals throughout life. Throughout the book, examples are given of different individuals doing kind deeds to make the world a better place. The book ends with, “Today, millions and millions of people will do very good things. And so will you. I wonder what you will do?” What a great way to get children thinking about acts of kindness they can perform!

Three Things to Love:

  • The theme of the book encourages optimism in children. Recognize the goodness in people that are making the world a better place. It’s an uplifting story with simple words that children will love.
  • There are activities at the end of the book to help children to recognize the kind acts of people they encounter day-to-day.
  • The illustrator brings the beautiful words from Good People Everywhere to life. They are colorful, friendly and make the book a heartwarming read.

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Books We Love: The Three Questions – based on a story by Leo Tolstoy

The Three Questions Book CoverTitle:  The Three Questions – based on a story by Leo Tolstoy

Author: Jon J. Muth

Illustrator: Jon J. Muth

Reading level: 6+

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Overview:

Muth brings the timeless Leo Tolstoy story to children through a beautiful picture book that teaches mindfulness. The story’s protagonist, Nikolai, wants to be the best person he can be. He asks three questions: What is the best time to do things? Who is [Read more...]

Books We Love: I Love It When You Smile

I Love It When You Smile Book CoverTitle:  I Love It When You Smile

Author: Sam McBratney

Illustrator: Charles Fuge

Reading level: 4-8

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Overview:
Little Roo, a young kangaroo, wakes up with a grumpy demeanor. His mother is determined to bring a smile to her little one’s face. She tries all sorts of tricks to make him happy and finally, with an unexpected twist, Little Roo and his mother enjoy some [Read more...]

Books We Love: Blow Me a Kiss

Blow Me a Kiss Book ReviewTitle:  Blow Me a Kiss

Author: Karen Collum

Illustrator: Serena Geddes

Reading level: 3 – 7

Publisher: Sterling

Overview:
Blow Me a Kiss is a sweet story about a Samuel, an adorable little boy who loves to spread happiness. When spending a day shopping with his mother, Samuel wins over adults with his irresistible personality. [Read more...]

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