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Book Bites: September 2016


Toddlers: Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas (Beach Lane Books, September 2016) Jan Thomas writes funny books for the youngest of readers.  Pig doesn’t always use his best judgment when helping to add ingredients to moose’s soup, but his smart friends help him.  Toddlers already know what the response is to these silly questions.     Swallow The Leader ... Read More »

Book Bites: August 2016

Baby/Toddler: This Is Our Baby, Born Today by Varsha Bajaj (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Books for Young Readers, August, 2016) Looking for a gift for a new baby? Look no further! This joyful celebration of a new baby’s arrival reminds us of the community that supports each child. Local author Varsha Bajaj has created a classic picture book for all to share. ... Read More »

Summer Reading Programs for Kids

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By Lauren Strait I was shocked when I read the research that discovered how much kids can lose if they stop reading during their summer break. According to studies, kids can lose up to three months of reading comprehension in one summer. That is an entire quarter of school. So it’s important that we keep those books open and try ... Read More »

Book Bites: June 2016


Baby/Toddler: The Moon’s Almost Here by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Tomie dePaola (McElderry Books, June 2016) Look no further for a new bedtime story. Patricia MacLachlan’s soothing words about animals going to bed pair beautifully with Tomie de Paola’s illustrations. This is an instant classic, perfect for the new baby in your life.     Goodnight Baddies by Deborah Underwood, ... Read More »

BOOK BITES: May 2016


Baby/Toddler There Is A Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press, May 2016) Lane Smith (GRANDPA GREEN and IT’S A BOOK) has created another stunning picture book. From a pod of whales to a smack of jellyfish, he details groups of animals in relation to a small child, one of the tribe of kids. Sly clues sprinkled through ... Read More »

BOOK BITES: April 2016


Baby/Toddler: Grumpy Pets by Kristen Lombardi (Abrams Books for Young Readers, March 2016) Billy’s mom takes him to the pet store to get a pet that will hopefully give him a reason to smile. He’s surrounded by cute, happy dogs and cats — blech! Fortunately, he finds a section in the back of the store reserved for the Grumpy Pets, ... Read More »

Book Bites: March 2016

Baby/Toddler: Night Gardener by Terry Fan (March 2016, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) Each morning, William sees a new tree sculpted into an animal. Quiet language and gorgeous illustrations combine into a winning picture book. Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run by Michael Twohy (February 2016, Balzer & Bray) A mouse is sound asleep until a ball, chased by a ... Read More »

Book Bites: January 2016


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


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


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 »