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Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet book cover: rea with a small astronaut boy floating upon title and a blimp floating below title"If words make up stories, and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters..."

This picture book, longer than most, may or may not keep your listener engaged. The adult doing the reading is more likely to enjoy the clever humor, as I did. Witty Jeffers offers a story for each letter of the alphabet, each a few pages long. Some of the stories are lovely little poems while others are outlandish or wacky. The text and images play off each other in a remarkably imaginative way, each extending the other. His humans, animals and invented characters --- such as the Whiraffe --- are lots of fun and often pop up in each other’s stories.

This over-sized picture book is recommended for parents and caregivers who are bored with the read-alouds that their kids have been choosing.  Jeffers’ imaginative stories and art will keep you in good humor as you read book after book to your little one.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Rainy Day Fun

Messy Hands, Busy Minds with photograph of child's hand covered in pink fingerpaintIn our Messy Hands program, we had a lot of fun creating things with homemade playdough. Homemade playdough is a perfect activity when you are stuck indoors when the weather turns leaky.

The dough was made with simple ingredients, just flour (can substitute Gluten-Free flour if necessary), vegetable oil, cream of tartar, water, salt, food coloring. We recommend using various food coloring to have a lot of different colors to play with. However, each color batch will need to be prepared separately. The homemade playdough does require a bit of cooking on a stove top burner so the dough preparation should be done by (or with) an adult.

Our recipe cPhotograpgh of balls of homemade playdough.ame from the blog Domestic Superhero, and we encourage to visit there for the complete cooking instructions. Step-by-step photographs were included, which make the preparation instructions very easy to follow.

Once the dough has finished cooking (and cooled) you are ready to unleash your creativity. It is also worth noting that you can prepare the dough ahead of time and store it in a sealed plastic container until you are ready to play.

crocodile made from green homemade playdoughWhat will you make? Perhaps something with a little bite?

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

"somethThis Book Just Ate My Dog! book cover. Features a girl dressed in blue dress, coat, and hat holding a leah that trails to the book's spine with no dog in sight ing very odd happened."

You know the crease in the middle of the book where the pages meet? Well, Bella's dog went in and didn't come back out. Help arrives in the form of a friendly boy, a police car, and a fire truck. They also promptly go missing. What's Bella to do by try to rescue her dog herself?

This simple picture book encourages independence, quick thinking, and is silly enough to entice plenty of giggles. A perfect short read-out-loud for those aging from 2 to 7 or anyone who is willing to be a little silly.

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Celeste, Kids World

Super Heroes: Colors, Shapes, and more! By DC Comics

Super heroes Colors, Shapes, and more! book cover: illustrations of batman, green lantern, and superman on the cover“Krypto is White. Catwoman’s cat is Black.”

Learning is always better with friends, so these Super Heroes are here to help. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (just to name a few) are on the scene, and together you’ll learn about colors, shapes, and actions. Made of durable cardboard, this book is perfect for infants and toddlers to learn basics that every child will need. Parents can easily help children associate shapes and colors with characters they already know and love to make learning fun. Super!

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Naomi, Kids World

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Carl Bowen & Daniel Ferran

The stange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde book cover. A man's profile cut in half. One side shows a man in Victorian suit the other side shows a green muscular monster with a hat on."It happened some months ago, late at night in the Soho neighborhood."

Meet kindly Dr. Jekyll and horrific Mr. Hyde, two men who are so different...or are they? The answer is so bizarre, that readers need to see it to believe it.

Retold in a graphic novel format with lush Victorian illustrations, this edition is perfect for readers from grade 4th and up, as well as those with a taste for classic literature.

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Jennifer, Kid's World

My Little Pony Omnibus Volume 1 by Katie Cook and Heather Nuhfer

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Omnibus Volume 1: Six of the my little pony characters are on a dirt road, grass and trees on either side"Silly scary lady, friendship is stronger than fear will ever be!"

Welcome back to Ponyville, comic book style. Follow the new stories of Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Twilight Sparkle (Spike too!) as they fight against the forces of evil that threaten the land of Equestria once more. Using the magic of friendship the Mane Six battle against old and new foes alike, but when one of their own turns to the darkness can they still manage to save the day?

My Little Pony Omnibus is a graphic novel collection with a lot of text, and fans of the show will notice an overall darker tone. Grades 3-6 would be very comfortable reading this solo, but the younger ones will need help. Parents will have fun spotting the pop-culture references hiding in each issue. (Blues Brothers Ponies, I’m looking at you.)

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Naomi, Kids World

El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo book cover: a bunny in white t-shirt and blue shorts is flying through the air among the clouds with a red cape trailing behind“With or without superpowers, I am still El Deafo --- and I am outraged!”

If you enjoyed Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, you will also love El Deafo.  With a similar funny and sweet style, this graphic novel tells the story of Cece from age four through fifth grade.  Because the voice is so authentic, you will know right away that this is Bell’s personal growing-up story.  Cece loses her hearing when she is four years old.  Well-intentioned adults and friends constantly interfere with what Cece wants most of all --- to just be treated like everyone else.  She deals with school and relationships (and develops her strong sense of self) by transmuting her embarrassing hearing devices into superpowers, thus imagining herself a superhero.  Her memoir shows us that we all share this superpower --- coping in the life we get.

This graphic novel memoir is recommended for grades 3 – 6 and older.  Just a few weeks ago, it received a 2015 Newbery Honor Award.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Stuck Inside with the Winter Blues?

Messy Hands, Busy Minds, with photo of child's hand covered in pink paintHere are some fun activities you can do with your kids from our Messy Hands, Busy Minds program.

Almost all of the ingredients can be found in your house, but you might need to make a trip to the store to pick up a few of the materials. Quick tip: You might want to cover your tables with newspaper or plastic for any easy cleanup.

Homemade Flubber

Photograph of two hands squeezing purple flubber: it looks like a wet slimy version of play-dohDo your kids like all things squishy and mushy?

Homemade flubber is fun to squeeze and shape. The recipe we used came from Schelastic Education Center and worked very well. We made a few different colors.

The instructions are very easy and quick, and your kids will love getting messy.

Homemade Moonsand

Image of a pile of moonsand accented with a blue wizard, white unicorn, and a queen fingerpuppets. Moonsand is not only fun to make, but provides a lot of creative opportunities for you to build things. You might want to even add accessories depending upon what you make. Leafs, pebbles, cars, Lego minifigures are just some of the options you might want to consider. We used plastic finger puppets. Quick tip: Make sure any toys used to play in the Moonsand is washable.

Our recipe came from KiwiCrate's Cloud Dough, and provided tons of entertainment.

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story book cover: a cartoon boy stands in center looking at large fingerprints, scribbles, and food stains all over the cover"Who would eat a jelly sandwich… while reading MY book?"

Little Louie’s dismayed look on the cover lets us know that something is amiss here.  Someone has modified his book title with crayon and spilled lots of icky things on it.  Inside, the story begins with Louie skipping along into his unknown “perfect story” until a blob of jelly falls onto the page.  He sniffs, licks and gets upset about it and is further aggravated by a blob of peanut butter --- “the chunky kind!” --- and a series of other book-wrecking messes.  Despite these setbacks, Louie realizes that we are still reading his story and declares that it is worth telling, “messes and all”.

The art is quite clever here; the offending “pb and j” look so real, you’ll feel compelled to wipe it up.  Nothing really happens in the story except for the interruptions.  It’s just a silly, fun read.  Readers ages 3 to 63 will enjoy this light picture book, especially if it is read aloud by one for the other.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

There's a Mouse Hiding in This Book! by Benjamin Bird

There's a Mouse Hiding in the Book! book cover: head of a gray cat stares at a small brown mouse in corner of the book"We've cornered Jerry in his mousehole! ... Are you coming with me?"

Tom invites the reader on a wild chase through the pages of the book as he endeavors to catch that "pesky" rodent. This book's interactive dialouge encourages the reader to be active participant in the effort to nab the mouse.

Concept of a cat chasing a mouse is a universal one, therefore you do not have to be fans of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, or even know who they are, in order to enjoy this picture book. This short but highly amusing tale is perfect for those ages 2 to 9 years seeking funny stories with adult readers who do not mind acting a bit silly. Fans of interactive books such as Tap the Magic Tree by Matheson or Press Here by Tullet will also find this book worth reading.

Shake the book, blow on it, and see if you can't catch that mouse.

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Celeste, Kids World

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