May 2014



Other read-alouds
for Preschoolers

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THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY
written/illus. by Kazuno Kohara, (Roaring Brook Press), 32p, Ages 3-6

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TURTLE ISLAND
written/illus. by Kevin Sherry, (Dial Books), 32p, Ages 3-5

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THREE BEARS IN A BOAT
written/illus. by David Soman, (Dial Books), 40p, Ages 3-5

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THE TREE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
written by Bonnie Verburg, illus. by Mark Teague, (Orchard Books), 40p, Ages 3-5

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NAUGHTY KITTY!
written/illus. by Adam Stower, (Orchard Books), 40p, Ages 3-7





Other Read & Read-Alouds
for Ages 4-8

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WINSTON & GEORGE
written by John Miller, illus. by Giuliano Cucco, (Enchanted Lion Books), 56p, Ages 5-8

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THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
written by Hans Christian Andersen, illus. by Virginia Lee Burton, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 48p, Ages 4-8

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THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES
written by Marianne Berkes, illus. by Roberta Baird, (Dawn Publications ), 32p, Ages 4-7

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GOING PLACES
written by Paul A. Reynolds, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, (Atheneum Books), 40p, Ages 4-8

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JACKALOPE
written by Janet Stevens/Susan Stevens Crummel, illus by Janet Stevens, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 56p, Ages 4-8





Other Reads
for Ages 8-12

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ONE DOG AND HIS BOY
written by Eva Ibbotson, (Scholastic Press), 288p, Ages 8-12

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THE QUANTUM LEAGUE: Spell Robbers Book 1
written by Matthew J. Kirby, (Scholastic Press), 272p, Ages 9-12

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LUCKY DOG: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs
written by various authors, (Scholastic Press), 192p, Ages 9-12

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UNDER THE EGG
written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald, (Dial Books), 256p, Ages 8-12

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A SNICKER OF MAGIC
written by Natalie Lloyd, (Scholastic Press), 320p, Ages 9-12






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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to middle graders.

Literacy begins at home by reading to children, and is developed over the years when good literature is available at home and at school for children to listen to and read. We hope that you enjoy our selections.

For more information on reading to children, great books to read and read aloud, and a summer reading program, log on to our web site at www.tchliteracy.com.


Preschool
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OH DEAR, GEOFFREY!
written/illus by Gemma O'Neill, (Templar Books, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-6659-0), 32p, Ages 3-7

"Meet Geoffrey, the young giraffe. He's very, very tall, with a very, very long neck … and sometimes he's very, very, clumsy." Due to his long wibbly-wobbly, bendy-buckly legs, which are hazardous to smaller animals around him, Geoffrey has problems making friends. Exasperated with his clumsiness, Geoffrey lumbers off in search of tasty leaves, only to discover treetop friends who accept and love him. Gorgeous illustrations accompany this fine tale of differences, acceptance, and friendship on the African Savannah.

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THE ODD ONE OUT: A Spotting Book
written/illus. by Britta Teckentrup, (Big Picture Press, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-7127-3), 32p, Ages 3-6

In this seek-and-find puzzle book, kids hunt for the one different animal on each page among repeating look alike animals. Rhyming text accompanies each page of birds, bats, camels, seals, tortoises, ostriches, pandas, monkeys, rhinos, flamingoes, fish, lemurs, penguins, and butterflies. "As moonlight replaces / the rays of the sun, / a cloud of bats / comes out looking for fun. / Stretching their wings, / they take to the skies — / but which of the bats / hasn't opened its eyes?" On the final page, the last puzzle contains a new hidden animal to locate among all the others. These clever puzzles, some more challenging than others, will have kids yearning for more.

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A TREE FOR ALL SEASONS
written/illus. by Maryse Guittet, (Twirl, $9.99, ISBN 978-2-8480-1945-1), 8 p, Ages 3+

Young children will enjoy the seasons in all their splendor presented in this tree-shaped board book. Birds, bees, ladybugs, butterflies, flies, caterpillars, dragonflies, and spiders flit through the trees, while questions on the flaps ask, "Who's hiding here?", "Who is munching these apples?", "Who is making that crunching sound?", and Who's there?" This colorful and attractive board book is a great introduction for little ones to the yearly seasons.

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BOOM SNOT TWITTY
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Renata Liwska, (Viking Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-670-78575-9), 32p, Ages 3-5

"Three unlikely friends, and three different ways of being in the world. This simplest of stories is a fable for life." Boom, an impetuous bear, Snot, a patient snail, and Twitty, a careful bird spend a day climbing, reading, crocheting, unraveling yarn, and braving a storm. When the rain begins, Boom stands against it, Twitty hides in the trees, and Snot happily rides a leaf on the water. The crochet project undergoes many changes, from a tree cozy to a collar for Boom. Friendship can always be fun and pleasurable, regardless of personalities and approaches to life.

 
Ages 4-8
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PAUL MEETS BERNADETTE
written/illus. by Rosy Lamb, (Candlewick Press, $14.00, ISBN 978-0-7636-6130-4), 40p, Ages 4-7

Paul lives in a goldfish bowl and spends his uneventful days swimming in circles, until the day Bernadette drops in. His solitary life suddenly takes an exciting turn, when she shows him the possibilities of imagination. A banana becomes a boat, a vase of flowers transforms into an enchanting forest, a clock is a cactus, newspapers are dresses, a blue teapot becomes an elephant, and two fried eggs are the sun and moon. Paul's world no longer involves swimming in circles, but is a daily fascinating and captivating adventure. A simple breakfast table holds magical possibilities, when viewed through the eyes of imagination.

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PEGGY: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure
written/illus. by Anna Walker, (Clarion Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-544-25900-3), 32p, Ages 4-7

Peggy's quiet life in her backyard, involves eating, playing, and watching the pigeons. One day a gust of wind picks her up from a trampoline and deposits her onto a bustling city street. Undaunted by her surroundings, Peggy "picked herself up, ruffled her feathers, and went for a walk." Fascinated by department stores, escalators, and storefront displays, Peggy soon tires and grows homesick. Challenged by subway system, she loses her way, only to be rescued by a flock of pigeons. Safely home, Peggy now eats, plays, chats with the pigeons, and sometimes catches the train back into the city. Adventure can be an exciting experience with the right attitude and a little help from friends.

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A POND FULL OF INK
written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, illus. by Sieb Posthuma, transl. by David Colmer, (Eerdmans Books, $16.00, ISBN 978-0-8028-5433-9), 34p, Ages 6-10

Full of imagination, adventure, and humor, this collection of delightful poems offer children a peek at intriguing characters and ridiculous situations. Three elderly otters desire to go boating, but decide on biking; a tea kettle, reprimanded for singing too loud, blames the whistle; furniture comes alive and steps out for a walk by the shore; Aunt Sue and Uncle Steve live and raise their children in a tree; Aunty Jo finds a contented deer residing on her sofa and discovers many uses for its antlers. Zany characters, quirky illustrations, and witty morals make this collection a very special read.

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MRS. NOODLEKUGEL AND FOUR BLIND MICE
written by Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Adam Stower, (Candlewick Press, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-5054-4), 96p, Ages 5-9

In this second installment of the Mrs. Noodlekugel series, her four crumb-spilling, farsighted mice take a trip to the oculist for tiny glasses. Mrs. Noodlekugel, Mr. Fuzzface (the talking, piano-playing cat), children Maxine and Nick, and the mice (attached to Mrs. Noodlekugel's hat by elastic bands) ride the bus downtown to Dr. Bil's office. New glasses for the mice result in a celebration lunch at Dirty Sally's Lunchroom, where they gorge on cheesecake served by a sign-holding monkey. A sugar rush sends the mice running out the door, and the ensuing chase results in Mr. Fuzzface discovering his long lost "fadder." Kids will enjoy the clever mice eye chart, the non-speaking monkey, and a feel good ending in the loopy world of Mrs. Noodlekugel.


Ages 8-12
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SECRETS ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
written by Betty G. Birney, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-399-25796-4), 134p, Ages 7-9

Secrets abound in Room 26 where Humphrey resides as the classroom pet. Helping the students solve their problems is Humphrey's job, but neither he nor OG, the classroom frog, can decipher which student is leaving. In Betty Birney's 10th installment in the series, the beloved hamster juggles secret student clubs, the loss of his journal, supervising an Egyptian class project, enjoying weekends with students, and sneaking around the school at night. Who is leaving? Is it Stop-Talking Sophie, Slow-Down Simon, Tell-the-Truth Thomas, or Forgetful Phoebe? Chapters end with "Humphrey's Top Secret Scribbles" and his rhyming comments, "The Sphinx and her riddle give me quite a fright. / To solve her ancient secret, I might stay up all night!" Kids who love this series will eagerly await the next adventure.

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ANDI UNEXPECTED
written by Amanda Flower, (Zonderkidz, $10.99, ISBN 978-0-310-73701-8), 224p, Ages 8-12

Upon the death of their parents, twelve-year-old Andora Boggs and her sister are sent to live with their college professor aunt in rural Killdeer, Ohio. In the attic of their home, Andi and neighbor Colin discover memorabilia from another Andora Boggs, whose life is shrouded in mystery. Searching for clues in the town's museum, they realize that some townspeople have sinister reasons for uncovering the mystery, while others desire to cover up Andora Boggs' disappearance. Memorable characters, likeable sleuths, family dynamics, and an intriguing mystery will have kids eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER: Mystery on Museum Mile
written by Marcia Wells, illus. by Marcos Calo, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-544-23833-6), 248p, ages 9-12

Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, a 14-year-old African American student in a New York City exclusive prep school, uses his photographic memory and artistic talent to help police solve an art theft. Witness to an alley mugging, Eddie sketches an exact likeness of the perpetrator for police. With the promise of wages and school funding, (his out-of-work father cannot continue tuition payments), the police hire Eddie to work undercover at museums to identify members of the Picasso Gang. Working with a surly detective, who nicknames him "Eddie Red," is challenging. His hyperactive, obsessive, and compulsive best friend, Jonah, secretly joins Eddie to outsmart the police, discover a mole in the police department, and determine the gang's next target. Kids will enjoy the boldness and persistence of this young sleuth, as well as the bullet-flying climax. The amazing portrait illustrations complete this clean and fun mystery, the first in a planned series.

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MOUSEHEART
written by Lisa Fiedler, illus. by Vivienne To, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-8781-9), 336p, Ages 9-12

Raised in a pet store as food for the reptiles, Hopper and his siblings escape their cage onto the streets of Brooklyn, only to be separated when sucked into a storm drain. Landing in the subterranean world of the subway system, Hopper is rescued by Zucker, Prince of the rat empire, Atlantia. Zucker teaches him to avoid the metal monsters (trains) and roving mice rebels in the transit tunnels. Although innocent and naïve, Hopper's courage emerges as he teams up with Zucker, and joins the battle between warring rats, rebellious mice, and feral cats. He wonders about his connection to the mysterious Mus tribe, and realizes that he may be the long awaited "promised one". Great storytelling, an underdog story, sword-wielding battles, memorable characters, and fast-paced action, await kids in this captivating adventure/fantasy, the first tale in a promising series. Older readers may realize themes of government domination and trading freedom for safety and peace.

Over the years, we have researched thousands of children's books, and can recommend some of the best in outstanding children's literature for parents to read aloud and children to read. Our recommendations must meet certain criteria: fun, creative and imaginative stories, delightful illustrations, and excellent for age appropriate listening and reading. We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations. If you desire further information some of the best in children's literature, please visit our website, www.tchliteracy.com.

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