Category Archives: Ages 0-3

Little Wolf’s First Howling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little Wolf’s First Howling

By Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee
Candlewick Press, 2017

It’s Little Wolf’s first night to howl, he can’t wait!  When Little Wolf, asks, “Can I howl now?”  Big Wolf suggests he listen to a demonstration.  So thrilled, Little Wolf takes a deep breath, lifts his muzzle and howls.  Little Wolf tries again, adding his own flavor to the howl, but Father says.  “It is not proper howling form.” Even though he knows it’s not proper form, Little Wolf lets loose with his own howl.  Although it is not correct, Big Wolf’s tail wags and ears twitch and he joins in with a howl like Little Wolf’s.

An endearing story of being patient when teaching a child new skills.  Filled with onomatopoeia, children will love the sounds and love the warm illustrations set in Yellowstone Park.

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A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day
by Lane Smith
Roaring Book Press, 2017

A perfect day means different things to different creatures, but what happens when it means the same thing?

The cat enjoys the sun in the flower bed, the dog enjoys a water’s coolness in a wading pool, the Chickadee enjoys the seeds in a bird feeder, and the squirrel enjoys an ear of corn…..until bear arrives!  It was a perfect day for squirrel, Chickadee, dog and cat and now it’s a perfect day for bear.

With richly textured, whimsical paintings showing the emotions of each creature, the young reader knows exactly what is happening when each creature enjoys their perfect day and when it is taken away. It tugs at the heart, but life is what it is.  Somehow the story is comforting.

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Monster’s New Undies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Monster’s New Undies

by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Tad Carpenter
Scholastic, 2017

An endearing story of undies?  It’s true!  In this rhyming story we meet little monster who dreads shopping for new undies.  When his mom takes him to Undie World, he is soon overwhelmed.  He vetoes polka-dots, tiny whales and racing car undies for him!  In despair he’s about to leave, when he spies the perfect pair.

Filled with all the words for undies and what they cover, it’s clean fun and a fun read-aloud for both parents and kids.

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Spunky Little Monkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spunky Little Monkey
Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won
Scholastic Press, 2017

Bill Martin Jr (of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) does it again with a new interactive book for spunky toddlers.  Spunky Little Monkey is all about rhythm and rhyme, exercise and fun, and getting the body started in the morning.

Little Monkey has difficulty waking and the doctor prescribes exercise:
Rutabaga, Rutabaga
Sis! Boom! Bah!
POP UP, Monkey!
Rah! Rah! RAH!

Through a rhythmic, energetic, dancing song, monkey finds the rhythm in his head, then he finds the rhythm in his hands, then his feet and his hips.  When he puts them all together, he feels much better.  He gathers together his friends and off they go to play.  Perfect book to learn body parts and run off steam. Brian Won illustrates monkey action in a toned down rainbow palette, showing lots of actions; although most kids readers will be dancing, not enjoying the art work!

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Wake Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wake Up!

by Helen Frost, illustrated by Rick Lieder
Candlewick Press, 2017

Through a gentle poem, reader’s eyes can savor photos of nature’s birds, insects, and animals. Creatures shown are so close, readers may feel like they can reach out and touch each one.  The yellow duckling looks right into their eyes, some may want to screech at the croaking frogs, and they may hold their breath at the sight of a newborn fawn.  A wonderful introduction to nature.

The afterward provides additional information on each creature featured, to invite conversations on their favorites.  A book that inspires curiosity about learning more.

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Henry Wants MORE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Henry Wants MORE!
by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
Random House Children’s Books, 2016

Written in perfect, playful rhyme, we spend a day with Henry and his family.  Throughout the day, each family member plays with Henry who giggles and laughs.  While Papa, Grandma, Lucy, Charlie, and Mama soon tire of their selected activity, Henry doesn’t and always asks for ‘More’.   Done in soft pastel colors, readers see and feel the love exchanged on every page.  At last, at day’s end, Henry falls asleep, but wait—there is one more ‘more’!

Asking for ‘more’ is so universal, every family member will relate.  This heartwarming story is a joy to read and has the making of a classic.

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Reach for the Moon, Little Lion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reach for the Moon, Little Lion

by Hildegard Muller
Holiday House, 2017
Originally published in Germany

Hippopotamus, Leopard and Crocodile badger Lion for being so little.  They poke fun at him and claim if he were a real lion, his paw could touch the moon.  Feeling smaller than he already is, he climbs onto a hill and stares at the moon.  Raven comes along and asks, “What’s the matter?”  Little Lion says, “I want to be big.”  Raven questions him further about why he wants to be big, and has an idea.  Raven calls all the animals to the hill the next night.  Find out how Little Lion quieted Leopard, Hippopotamus and Crocodile.

The story and illustrations, using a Cintiq and Pen Display, are endearing.  The story also includes many other animals the children will love to identify.  An empowering story for little ones.

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Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oops Pounce Quick Run!  An Alphabet Caper
by Mike Twohy
Balzer + Bray, 2016
2017 Geisel Honor Book

Using approximately 26 words, beginning with A and ending with Z, we follow a story of a sleeping mouse who is chased by a dog when the dog’s ball accidentally bounces into the mouse’s lap.  For readers learning the alphabet, they’ll delight in finding the next letter really does continue the story as the chase goes through the Kitchen, Living room, and the mouse is Missing.  The O, P, Q, R in the title are the actual words in the story.  See how the illustrations work together with the alphabet words to make this story one of suspense, yet one with an endearing ending.  A fun and educational read.

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Swallow the Leader, A Counting Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Swallow the Leader, A Counting Book

by Danna Smith, illustrated by Kevin Sherry
by Clarion Books, 2016

In perfect rhyme we follow the leader, swimming into coral caves, riding waves, flapping like a ray, and puffing like a blowfish.  But as the school of fish grows, the reader watches a shark swim nearby and become fish number ten!  Suddenly the game turns into “Swallow the Leader”…but don’t despair, the surprise ending will delight children into peals of laughter!  They’ll want to read it again and again.

Big, bold colorful fish swim through watercolor backgrounds making this a visual delight—an opportunity to practice both numbers and colors!

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Round

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Round

by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

Nature poet Joyce Sidman takes the shape “round” and shares about round shapes abundant in nature.  From round oranges, to round seeds that grow, or turtle eggs being buried to later hatch.  Each page is a nature lesson.  Each page gives young readers things to think about. “Some swell into roundness” (mushrooms)….”stretching toward the sun” (sunflowers). Some start in a different shape, but become round when all sharp edges wear off (rocks in oceans).  Some are hidden (rings in a tree stump), some last only a moment (bubbles). A wonderful way to share a shape and explore many aspects of nature.

Gentle, nurturing, yet sciency-exciting.

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