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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »