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Book Bites: January 2016

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Toddler Is Mommy? by Victoria Chang (Beach Lane Books, November 2015) Tall or short, pretty or ugly, nice or mean, fun or boring, young or old, neat or messy…at any given moment, toddlers have thought their moms are all those things. But one thing’s for sure: ask those same toddlers if they love their mommies, and the answer is a ... Read More »

Book Bites: December 2015

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Baby/Toddler: Friendshape by Amy Krause Rosenthal (Scholastic Press, August 2015) Using bright shapes and clever expressions, Rosenthal and Lichtenheld (Duck Rabbit and Exclamation Point!) explore friendship. Each two-page spread features familiar shapes forming a combined shape with a friendship truism. In “Friends make you feel at home,” the shapes combine into a house. Perfect for back to school and making ... Read More »

Book Bites: October 2015

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Baby Toddlers: Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, September 2015) Bacon is the star of the diner and gets more attention than anyone else, much to Canadian Bacon’s disgruntlement. But Bacon’s popularity goes to his head, and trouble is on the way. Eric Wight’s illustrations set in a diner make this very clever story to share over ... Read More »

Book Bites: September 2015

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Baby Toddlers: Little Owl’s 1-2-3 by Divya Srinivasan (Viking Books for Young Readers, August 2015) We loved her first two books, so we are thrilled that the author has adapted them for little hands (and mouths!).  The little owl flies around the night sky visiting his friends.  Help young readers to find all the animals in this visually stimulating board ... Read More »

Book Bites: August 2015

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Baby/Toddler: Global Baby Bedtimes by Maya Ajmera (Charlesbridge Books, July 2015) The photographs of babies in their own beds worldwide will enchant both children and parents. They are all being put to sleep lovingly and gently.  Sing a lullaby while you turn the pages.  This sturdy book is the fifth in a multicultural collection that deserves a spot on your ... Read More »

Book Bites: July 2015

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Baby: Get Ready For School by Dorling Kindersley, Editors (Dorling Kindersley, July 2015) Are you already worried about your child’s first day of preschool?  Dorling Kindersley has published a great interactive book to help prepare you and your toddler for his or her exciting new adventure.       Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo and Flo! by Laurel Molk (Penguin Books ... Read More »

Book Bites: June 2015

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Baby/Toddler: MY COUSIN MOMO by Zachariah O’Hora When cousin Momo comes to visit in the forest, he is not what his family expected. He is a flying squirrel, but he won’t fly for them.  He’s not interested in their games.  Everyone is disappointed until the parents’ sage advice is heard: “Give him time”.  This is a great way to introduce ... Read More »

Book Bites: May 2015

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Toddler: Duck’s Vacation by Gilad Sofer (Feiwel & Friends, May 2015) Duck is on vacation and all he wants to do is relax. Without you (the reader) turning the page. Can you please stop turning the page? All duck wants to do is sit on the beach and enjoy the sun. He does not want to be bitten by crabs, ... Read More »

Book bites: April 2015

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Toddler Grasshopper And The Ants by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 2015) Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney returns to Aesop’s fables to tell the story of the Grasshopper and the Ants. Grasshopper cannot understand why the ants will not join him in playing throughout the seasons, and when winter comes, he has nothing set aside. Stunning illustrations ... Read More »

Book Bites: March 2015

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Toddler Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony (Scholastic Books, January 2015) Listen closely to the answers to Mr. Panda’s question about who wants doughnuts.  The colorful illustrations will attract the attention of the youngest of readers.  There’s a lesson on manners in here which is subtle but oh so true.   Emerging Readers The Princess In Black by Shannon Hale ... Read More »