November 23, 2015

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard & Tanya Simon | SLJ Review



SIMON, Richard & Tanya Simon. Oskar and the Eight Blessings. illus. by Mark Siegel. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596439498.
PreS-Gr 2–On the seventh day of Hanukkah in 1938, which also happens to be Christmas Eve, a young refugee boy named Oskar arrives in New York City from the horrors of Nazi Europe with only a photograph and an address to find an aunt he has never meet. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to […]

A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen | SLJ Review


ROSEN, Michael. A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young. illus. by Chris Riddell. 80p. Candlewick. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763681166.
Toddler-PreS–This collection of silly rhymes and poems is sure to please the prereading crowd. Most of the entries are a page or less, and although they are often nonsense, they are notable for their joyful rhymes and bouncy rhythm. The text often echoes the style of traditional nursery rhymes, working with nonsense words and made-up characters to bring fun […]

Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester | SLJ Review


LESTER, Alison. Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach. illus. by Alison Lester. 32p. ebook available. S. & S./Beach Lane. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481446259.

PreS–Another lovely rhyming book for preschoolers about Noni and her friends, Dave the Dog, Coco the Cat, and the “ladies next door” (cows), who go to the beach for a day of frolicking and splashing. Simple, happy illustrations depict the friends’ day, against a backdrop of pale turquoise sea, sandy beige beaches, and the rosy pink […]

Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell | SLJ Review


MCDONNELL, Patrick. Thank You and Good Night. illus. by Patrick McDonnell. 40p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780316338011.
PreS-Gr 1–Clement, a rabbit, is having his first sleepover. Jean (an elephant) and Alan Alexander (a bear) arrive appropriately dressed in pajamas, ready to take part in the fun. The friends spend their evening in innocent pursuits, such as happily performing the chicken dance, playing hide-and-seek, and jumping on the bed. Maggie, the young girl who shares Clement’s home, serves each […]

The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle | SLJ Review


CARLE, Eric. The Nonsense Show. illus. by Eric Carle. 40p. Philomel. Oct. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399176876.
PreS-Gr 1–Nonsense indeed! A rabbit pulls a boy out of a hat, a mouse chases a cat, and a girl plays tennis with an apple instead of a ball. These are just a few of the goofy images readers will find in Carle’s latest picture book. In rhyming text and surrealist illustrations, the book is full of Carle’s distinct art featuring bright and colorfully […]

Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown | SLJ Review


Brown, Marc. Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten. illus. by Marc Brown. 32p. ebook available. Knopf. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780553496581. LC 2014002818.

PreS–Monkey draws on his supportive family to combat first-day-of-school jitters in this new picture book. His parents and big brother are very excited about kindergarten, but Monkey isn’t so sure. Along with the usual list of worrisome “what ifs,” Monkey doubts he even needs kindergarten. After all, he can count to 12, and he’s pretty good with the alphabet. […]

T Is for Toddlers | Early Childhood Picture Books


An array of titles to tickle and delight young listeners when shared one-on-one or in a small groups.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Primer for Big Siblings, A Tale of Two Twins, and the Latest from Nikki McClure | Early Childhood Picture Books


These picture books for the younger set cover all manner of family situations (separation anxiety, twins, and how to handle a new baby). And readers won’t want to miss Nikki McClure’s gorgeous concept book In.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Reviews Reorganized into Librarian-Friendly Sections


After conducting surveys and focus groups with subscribers and reviewers, SLJ’s reviews editors have instituted some subtle but key changes, all with the goal of making collection development decisions easier and more efficient for our readers.

Early Literacy Picture Books for Fostering Lifelong Learners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation of The Horn Book and SLJ’s “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event, check out the following early literacy selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Get On Board: SLJ Selects A Bevy of Board Books


In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.

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Chew That Book: Why Babies Belong in Libraries | First Steps


Essential is what our early literacy programs need to be—especially if we want children’s librarian jobs to be considered necessary community services. Make it your mission this year to increase early literacy services at your site by offering at least one nursery-rhyme-based program a month for ages birth to two years old.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pick of the Day: Sukey’s Circle (DVD)

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Sukey Molloy delivers 15 mini shows that encourage young children to play, sing, and move in Sukey’s Circle! Vol. 3, a DVD not to be missed.