Picture Book

Recipe by Angela Petrella and Michaelanne Petrella

Recipe Book Cover: a long-haired brunette appears to be laying on the ground with a spatula in her hand. Some type of food is clutched in her other hand. What appears to be marshmallows is all over the ground. A gray dog wearing a pink helmet smiles down at her.“Recipe is served! No refunds.”

Have you ever had a recipe go all wrong?  These sister/authors have and they decided to find the humor in a bad situation.

Turn the pages and laugh as gap-toothed Kristen decides to be “IN CHARGE” of the kitchen.  Her mother agrees to follow orders and the craziness begins.  This girl’s grocery list includes twenty bags of marshmallows, four hundred hot dogs and a “squirt duck”.  Oh, and a new puppy.  The mom comes through, the dog is blue, the squirt duck is put to use as kitchen safety equipment and the resulting “goop” is ultimately chopped up with a baseball bat.  We are left with a question; do the raccoons eat it or not?

I recommend this silly story for kids and adults, ages six to sixty.  If you enjoy wacky, “random” stories, you will get a kick out of this one.  The artwork is pretty inane as well.  Warning to parents: the recipe in the back of the book involves chocolate and a clothes dryer.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns book cover: young girl holding a lantern in from behind the image of a golden building"Red is the rug Dad kneels on to pray, facing toward Mecca five times a day."

This picture book's simple rhyming text introduces the reader to world color as it draws examples from the rich traditions of the Muslim faith. Each color is showcased in illustrations which fill a double page spread, making this book perfect to share with a large group if desired.

Younger readers (and listeners) may wish to concentration on the beautiful color examples. However, the book's glossary includes pronunciation tips and further defines the highlighted object or tradition, which allows this book to serve well as a basic introduction to the Muslim faith for older students.

For educators looking for an multi-cultural book for young elementary students, this picture book is definitely worth a look. For families looking for a gentle introduction to color, this picture book offers something different than the usual examples while keeping the colors in the illustrations simple and easy to spot.

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Celeste, Kids World

The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman

The Ghosts Go Haunting book cover: five cartoon ghosts seen on the stairs of a building not shown, however the sign on the grass reads M.T. Tombs Elementary"The Ghosts go haunting one by one. Boo! Boo!"

All your favorite spooky creatures are seeking out some "Halloween fun" in this holiday picture book.

Those familiar with the tune, "The Ants Go Marching," may catch themselves singing along instead of reading. The grins on the creatures' faces keep them friendly and funny as they run amok through the school and frighten the school staff.

The book's large pictures and the school setting make this a perfect classroom read for teachers' seeking a new Halloween treat. But, whether shared by a group or read individually, there will be giggles and chuckles all around as the librarian is "chased up a tree" and the "principal leaps from his chair and runs."

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Celeste, Kids World

Dinosaur vs. School

Dinosaur vs School book cover: red t-rex looking dinosaur on a yellow alphabet background. Dinosaur is wearing a blue plaid jacket and is carrying a metal lunchbox“Dinosaur versus… glitter, glue and googly eyes! … Roar!  Sprinkle!  Roar!  Glue!”

Brawny Dinosaur confronts each first-day-of-school situation with his self-assured “ROAR!”  Bob Shea’s humorous mixed media artwork conveys the repeated anxiety and relief that we all feel as we conquer new situations.  In this sequel to Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, we follow Dinosaur through a new school day.  Each task is a “win!” as our protagonist makes friends, plays dress up, snacks and even braves the communal clean up.

This is a picture book that will appeal to kids ages 2 – 6, especially if they are just starting (or going back) to school.  Read it in a funny --- “RAWR!” --- dinosaur voice, and your young ones will demand to “read” it back to you!

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Mary Jo, Kids World

"Hooray for Hat" by Brian Won

Hooray for hat! book cover: zebra, elephant, lion, turtle on parade with various hats on their heads"Elephant, Zebra, Turtle and Owl marched down the road to show Lion. Hooray for Hat!"

When Elephant wakes up, he is in a very, very, grumpy mood. The only thing that will make Elephant happy - a present! He discovers a very large, funny hat on his doorstep and decides to show all of his friends. Come along on the hat parade with Elephant and friends as they learn the importance of sharing!

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Bridget, Kids World

Little Green Peas by Keith Baker

Little Green Peas book cover: title in rainbow colors, small green peas are playing an assortment of outside games"Blue boats, blue seas, blue flags...and little green peas."

If you enjoyed the books LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas, also by Keith Bakers, then you will not want to miss this new book! Using vibrant illustrations, the little green peas take us on a colorful tour of the world around us. Perfect for little ones just learning about colors!

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Bridget, Kids World

World Language Collection

cartoon Earth with glasses reading a book with a tan coverNew materials to the World Language Collection in Kids World is now available. Books written in Arabic, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, and Spanish can be found on the very back wall behind the chapter book collection. Additional titles will be finding their way to those shelves in the upcoming months.

These books will have the traditional 3 week checkout period.

If you have a suggestion for a specific title or author, please feel free to stop by the Kids Desk. We would appreciate any suggestions or feedback.

Find materials in Arabic for children in the Library.

Find materials in Chinese for children in the Library.

Find materials in Gujarati for children in the Library.

Find materials in Hindi for children in the Library.

Find materials in Italian for children in the Library.

Find materials in Polish for children in the Library.

Find materials in Spanish for children in the Library.

Children's Songs and Rhymes

http://catalog.swanlibraries.net/search~S46?/tChildren%27s+illustrated+classics./tchildrens+illustrated+classics/1%2C4%2C19%2CB/exact&FF=tchildrens+illustrated+classics&1%2C16%2CAre you looking to share traditional songs with your child, but cannot quite remember the words? Want to your child to experience traditional rhymes, but the Mother Goose nursery rhyme collections are just too big and bulky?

A new series has hit the Picture Book shelves perfect for one-on-one reading with two and three year olds. Rhymes like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and songs like "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" each have their own book. The simple illustrations provide grounding for new vocabulary words. When you are ready to recite the words "off book," the song books include an activity section with movement suggestions.

Perfect for a first introduction or a refresher, these song and rhyme books make the learning fun.

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Celeste, Kids World

The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory

"The GirThe short giraffe book cover: brown sky with a few small washed out clouds; from bottom center pops up just the head of a yellow giraffe smilingaffes were very excited. They wanted it to be perfect."

It's picture day! Boba the baboon is the taking a picture of the giraffes, but there is one small problem - Geri is the shortest giraffe who ever lived. He doesn't fit in the picture! The other giraffes try to help by putting Geri on stilts, making him wings and other crazy ideas, but it's no use. Will Geri be able to get into the picture at all?

Humorous, colorful pictures support the important message of accepting and celebrating our differences!

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Bridget, Kids World

Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup

Clumsy Duck book cover: A brown and yellow duck with large feet fills the cover. The duck is standing on one leg and tilting to side seemingly almost ready to fall."Clumsy Duck was very clumsy. She had just fallen over again!"

Everywhere she went, Clumsy Duck tripped over her feet! She fell into mud puddles, bumped into trees and tumbled down hills. Why were her feet so big? Travel along with Clumsy Duck and Chick as they try to solve Duck's dilemma and maybe discover that having large feet isn't so bad after all. Pick up this picture book for reading time with your toddler.

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Bridget, Kids World

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