April 2014



Other read-alouds
for Preschoolers

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THE ODD ONE OUT
written/illus. by Britta Teckentrup, (Big Picture Book Press), 32p, Ages 2-5

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A TREE FOR ALL SEASONS
written/illus. by Maryse Guittet, (Chronicle Books), 8p, Ages 3-5

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SOCKS
written/illus. by Tania Sohn, (Kane Miller), 36p, Ages 3-6

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HOPPER AND WILSON FETCH A STAR
written/illus. by Maria van Lieshout, (Philomel Books), 40p, Ages 3-7

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OH DEAR, GEOFFREY!
written/illus. by Gemma O'Neill, (Templar Books), 32p, Ages 3-7





Other Read & Read-Alouds
for Ages 4-8

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PAUL MEETS BERNADETTE
written/illus. by Rosy Lamb, (Candlewick Press), 40p, Ages 4-7

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THE MOUSE AND THE MEADOW
written/illus. by Chad Wallace, (Dawn Publishing), 32p, Ages 5-8

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EYE TO EYE: How Animals See the World
written/illus. by Steve Jenkins, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 32p, Ages 6-9

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PEGGY: A Brave Chicken
written/illus. by Anna Walker, (Clarion Books), 32p, Ages 4-7

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AT THE SAME MOMENT AROUND THE WORLD
written/illus. by Clotilde Perrin, (Chronicle Books), 36p, Ages 6-9





Other Reads
for Ages 8-12

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A POND FULL OF INK
written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, illus. by Sieb Posthuma, (Eerdmans), 34p, Ages 7+

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THE QUIRKS IN CIRCUS QUIRKUS
written Erin Soderberg, (Bloomsbury), 176p, Ages 9-12

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MOUSEHEART
written by Lisa Fiedler, illus. by Vivienne To, (McElderry Books), 336p, Ages 9-12

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EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER: Mystery on Museum Mile
written by Marcia Wells, illus. by Marcos Cato, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 248p, Ages 9-12

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ANDI UNEXPECTED
written by Amanda Flower, (Zonderkidz), 224p, Ages 9-12






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Preschool
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MY MOTHER GOOSE
written/illus by David McPhail, (Roaring Book Press, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-59643-526-1, 96p.), Ages 2-5

Sixty-three well-known nursery rhymes, lesser known selections, songs, and concepts make this a wonderful addition to home libraries. Favorites of Humpty Dumpty, Old Mother Hubbard, and Jack Be Nimble, join with new gems of Chook, Chook, Chook, Chock to make story time, bedtime, or anytime a pleasure to read aloud.

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HERE COMES THE EASTER CAT
written/illus. by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Claudia Rueda, (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-8037-3939-0,80p., Ages 3-6

Cat plans to replace the Easter Bunny and deliver the eggs with his red motorcycle, a sparkly vest, bow tie, and top hat. Upon realizing that the Easter Bunny's exhausting schedule allows for no naps (Cat takes 7 a day), he hatches a new plan to include a sidecar on the motorcycle for the Easter Bunny. Kids will love this clever and unique story, especially the ending that implies Cat's new interest in Santa Claus.

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SHOE DOG
written by Megan McDonald, illus. by Katherine Tillotson, (Antheneum Books, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4169-7932-6, 40p,) Ages 3-7

"Dog wanted a home, a real home. A place full of hundreds of nose kisses, dozens of tummy rubs. A place as warm as soup and cozy as pie." A lovable puppy is adopted from the Animal Shelter by a new owner, "She, Herself", who is unaware of Dog's pesky habit. He relentlessly searches out and chews every available shoe, and punishment follows—no petting, no loving, and confinement in the basement ("The Land of Sad Puppies and Scratched-Up Cats and One-Eared Bunnies"). Undeterred, Dog continues to chew on flip-flops, sneakers, and boots, until he finds a new shoe, one that he will never chew, but love forever.

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OLIVER'S TREE
written /illus. by Kit Chase, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99, ISBN 9778-0-399-25700-1), 32p, Ages 3-5

Three best friends, Oliver (baby elephant), Charles (bunny), and Lulu, (owlet), love to play hide-and-seek in the trees. Oliver has a problem climbing trees, so he leaves the game, finds a tree stump, and takes a nap. Because friends stick together, Charles and Lulu decide to build a tree house/pirate ship with sticks, moss, leaves, and flowers around Oliver's stump. This sweet, simple story of friendship demonstrates the power of ingenuity, solving problems, and working together.

 
Ages 4-8
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MICE MICHIEF: Math Facts in Action
written by Caroline Stills, illus. by Judith Rossell, (Holiday House, $16.95, ISBN 9778-0-8234-2947-9, 24p.), Ages 4-7

Ten mice in various mathematical combinations from one to ten somersault, cook, juggle, wash, spin, hang, balance, scrub, dive, mop, fold, totter, dust, build, polish, swing, and play. From their three level bunk bed, mice begin their daily chores in combinations that total 10. From "9 mice tidy. 1 mouse somersaults, 9+1=10" to "1 mouse polishes. 9 mice swing. 1+9=10", exuberant fun overshadows the daily chores. Learning is more delightful when taught through the exhuberant antics of these little critters.

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WILLIAM THE CURIOUS: Knight of the Water Lilies
written/illus. by Charles Santore, (Applesauce Press, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-60433-474-6, 44p.), Ages 4-7

The Queen of the Land of Far and Wide decrees that every imperfect thing in her castle is to be discarded, and she proceeds to use the moat for a dump. Only one small and brave moat-dwelling frog dares to confront the queen about the resulting pollution problem. Determined in his quest, William puts on the armor of a discarded toy, and carrying the last surviving lily as a peace offering, fights his way past the castle guards to speak with the queen. Underneath the clever tale are lessons about caring for our environment, perfection, and overcoming obstacles.

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THE LOCH MESS MONSTER
written by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-544-09990-6, 32p.) , Ages 4-8

Who knew that in the legendary Loch Ness Lake there lives not one, but three monsters—Nessie, her husband Fergus, and their wee little Angus. Usually well behaved, Angus obeys the rules, except for rule No. 2, ("Always pick up after yourself.") As the mountain of mess grows, books, rocks, laundry, utensils, and toys are tossed on his bed. At night, Angus checks for monsters under his bed, straps on his mountain climbing gear, and hikes up to the top of the pile to sleep. When the pile bursts through the lake's surface, Angus breaks rule No. 1 ("Neverever EVER go up to the surface of the loch."), exposing himself to three local inhabitants, a duck, a goat, and a Heeland coo. Frightened by the monsters, Angus quickly begins redistributing his mountain of trash. Kids will enjoy the Glossary of Scottish Terms, including puggy-nits (peanuts), hummie-doddies (mittens), and skirps (drips).

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LUCKY DUCKLINGS
written by Eva Moore, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, (Orchard Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-439-44861-1), 32p, Ages 5-7

Based on a true story that occurred on Long Island, New York in 2000, Mama Duckling and her five ducklings, Pippin, Bippin, Tippen, Dippen, and Little Joe, waddle from their pond through the park, stop for a snack, and continue across a storm drain. The ducklings follow Mama, but disappear through the drain slats. After several attempts, three firemen and a truck driver rescue the ducklings and stop traffic as they cross a busy street and return home. This charming story is reminiscent of Make Way For Ducklings, written 70 years ago.


Ages 8-12
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OPERATION FIREBALL: Fish Finelli, Book 2
written by E. S. Farber, illus. by Jason Beene, (Chronicle Books, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4521-1083-7), 176p, Ages 8-12

Norman (aka Fish), from Seagulls Don't East Pickles, and cohorts, Roger, and T. J. fix up a 1970's whaler to compete in the Captain Kidd Classic boat race in order to beat the Viper, bully Bryce's 9.9 horsepower boat. With $9.23, the three kids dig for oysters in exchange for engine repairs, become stranded on an island with Bryce, and institute the first law in boating—help others in trouble. Fun chapter headings and informational sidebars (gravity, lightning, planning, etc.) round out this entertaining chapter book. Boys especially will enjoy this fun, entertaining, and humorous second adventure.

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STEALING AIR
written by Trent Reedy, (Scholastic Press, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-545-38307-3), 394p, Ages 9-12

Kids who love middle grade action, adventure, humor (pigout eating contests), old-fashioned ingenuity, skateboarding, and secret labs will enjoy how three creative sixth grade boys steal air and fly. Brian, new to Riverside, Iowa and dynamic skateboarder, Max, an inventor and Star Trek nerd, and Alex, a budding entrepreneur, team up to save a struggling family business. They construct an experimental airplane, risk their lives flying without safety precautions, and teach a bully to behave. Kids interested in amateur aviation, challenges, overcoming odds, the enjoyment of success, just deserts for bullies will love this treat.

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KNIGHTLEY & SON
written by Gavin Rohan, (Bloomsbury, $16.99,
ISBN 978-1-61963-153-3), 272p, Ages 10-14

Alan Knightley, a brilliant, dedicated, and obsessive detective suddenly awakens from a four-year coma ready to take on the Combination, an ancient criminal organization responsible for his coma and all unexplained crime in the world. Escaping the hospital, Alan seeks out his 13-year-old son, Darkus, who holds the key to his stolen records. With the help of Darkus' deductive and observation skills, they unravel the mystery behind a self-help mystical book, THE CODE, tied to spontaneous criminal activity. When Alan is kidnapped, Darkus continues the investigation, narrowly avoiding death at the hands of his stepfather, hypnotized by THE CODE to kill him. Conspiracy theories, high speed car chases, irrational criminal behavior, secret WW II underground railway stations, and blended family dynamics, make this Sherlock Holmes-like read a great page-turner for the start of a new father-son detective series.

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ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY
written by Chris Grabenstein, (Random House, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-307-97496-9), 301p, Ages 9-12

12 Twelve-year-olds, chosen from an essay contest enjoy the technology and game playing of a new library, built by the eccentric game-maker, Luigi Lemoncello. Spending overnight in the locked down library, the kids are given an additional challenge. "Find your way out of the library using only what's in the library." Kyle Keeley, an avid board game, word game, and video game fan, heads up one group of kids trying to solve clues and find the hidden escape route. Working together, the kids must solve the mystery and escape the library within 24 hours and win the place as spokesperson for the Imagination Factory, Mr. Lemoncello's multimillion-dollar business. Kids who love puzzles, mysteries, fantasy, and balloons will enjoy this treat. The author reminds readers that an additional puzzle in the book remains to be solved.

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