Monday, February 24, 2014

Green Eggs and Ham

"Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss

This is one of Dr. Seuss' most popular books, and one of the reasons is because it is great for picky eaters! Sam-I-am tries to convince the narrator of the story to eat green eggs and ham but the narrator refuses to eat them. The clincher is that he had never eaten them before, so he really didn't know if he wouldn't like them.

"Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?
Not in a box. Not with a fox. Not in a house. Not with a mouse. I would not eat them here or there. I would not eat them anywhere. I would not eat green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am."

Eventually, the narrator gives them a try and surprisingly likes green eggs and ham.

"Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am! And I would eat them in a boat. And I would eat them with a goat...And I will eat them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. They are so good, so good, you see!"

Monday, February 17, 2014

Inch by Inch

"Inch by Inch" by Leo Lionni won the Caldecott Honor award in 1961.

The inch worm had a busy life trying to keep from getting eaten by other creatures. He had to use his wits to stay alive.

He met a robin, and he told him that he was useful because he measured things. The robin wanted him to measure his tail. The robin was so impressed, he wanted to show his friends so they could be measured too. 

One day, he met a nightingale who wanted him to measure her song. If the inch worm couldn't do it, then the nightingale was going to eat him. The nightingale started to sing, so  the inch worm began to move forward. The bird sang and sang until the inch worm was safe enough away!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Clifford Shares

"Clifford Shares" by Norman Bridwell

This board book is great for toddlers and preschoolers because it's a very short and basic way of introducing the concept of sharing.

"Clifford loves to share. Clifford shares his ball. Clifford shares his bench. Clifford shares his water bowl. And everyone shares with Clifford!"

That is the extent of the text. No further explanation needed!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!

"Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!" by N. Di Angelo

On Valentine's Day, George celebrated with his neighborhood friends. They decorated the house together, iced cookies, and created valentine's together. George got distracted by a box of decorations--he got a little curious.

Read this book to find out what George did with the box!

This book also has fold-out flaps to add a little flair and surprise.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Little Bear's Valentine

"Little Bear's Valentine" by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Heather Green

This is a picture book about the Little Bear character from the Little Bear early reader series created by Maurice Sendak.

Little Bear is busy making valentine's for all of his friends and a very special one for his mother. On the way outside to deliver his valentine's, Mother Bear asks Little Bear to stop at the mailbox. In the mailbox was a valentine just for Little Bear by a secret admirer! As he delivers his valentines to his friends, he wonders if any of them could be his secret admirer like Emily, Hen or Duck.

"Little Bear gave Owl his card. Then, he told Owl all about his secret admirer. 'How exciting,' said Owl. 'It's a mystery.' 'I'm confused!' said Little Bear. He thought about the valentines that Emily, Hen, Duck, and Owl had given to him. They were lovely, but who was his secret admirer?"

Read this book to find out Little Bear's secret admirer.