April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Floaty by John Himmelman | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Mr. Raisin is a grouchy old misanthrope who doesn’t like anything but sewing. When he discovers a basket at his front door containing a puppy, he is not amused.

Love by Matt de la Peña | SLJ Review

Gr 2-5 –How do we love and care for one another? Award-winning author de la Peña sets out not only to count the ways but also to help young people recognize and take these tender mercies to heart, especially when times are tough and beyond the control of the adults around them.

Honey by David Ezra Stein | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The curious young bear from Leaves returns for “his second year,” fresh from hibernation and eager for the taste of honey.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. Every day and every night, the lighthouse guides the way for passing ships, as its keeper tends to the light and writes in his guidebook.

Kate, Who Tamed The Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –Young Kate helps tame the wind that disrupts the life of a man living atop a steep hill by planting a stand of aspen trees.

I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –A small, plump gray cat, mouth downturned and green eyes cast upward at a row of tall animal legs lined up behind him, is a fine indication of things to come in this humorous introduction to the larger cat family.

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Each day, the trucks hoist, push, and dig as they work together to build tall buildings, long roads, and big bridges. The work is the same day after day until one day Digger is inspired to make a change.

Picture Books: A Love Letter to NYPL, Retellings of Classic Tales, & More | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

A unique exploration of jobs A-Z; two brothers begin a quest to rescue their dragon-napped dog; and a tiny fish uses teamwork to help a lost baby whale in December’s picture book Xpress,

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The Pond by Nicola Davies | SLJ Review

K-Gr 4 –The first thing one notices about this picture book is the black pages, sometimes appearing as solid backgrounds, at other points layered with textured, mixed media compositions. A relatively rare choice in children’s books, but one that supports the despondency and rage a boy experiences when his dad dies.

Nile Crossing by Katy Beebe | SLJ Review

Gr 2-5 –Readers will gain a whole new perspective on the first day of school when they read about a fisherman’s son in ancient Egypt on his first day.

How To Find an Elephant by Kate Banks | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –An imaginative, elephant-loving young explorer goes on an adventure to find one in the wild.

7 Snowy Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Seven delightful picture books about winter wonderlands.

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Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Two boys have their backs to each other as they draw lines on the ground.

Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –This prehistoric romp opens with Tyrannosaurus Rex throwing his weight around as usual, terrifying other dinosaurs as he searches of a suitable breakfast. As the other dinos flee in terror, Edna, the very first chicken, stands her ground, and when the “lord of the forest” tries to eat her, he gets a nasty surprise.

100 Things I Love To Do with You by Amy Schwartz | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –In the same format as her 100 Things that Make Me Happy, this book employs rhyming couplets and a diverse cast of characters to celebrate things children can enjoy with the people in their lives.

Waltz of the Snowflakes by Elly MacKay |SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –This wordless picture book opens with Christmas just days away, but the only sign of holiday cheer is Gran’s holly leaf print dress and her excitement at having tickets to The Nutcracker.

The Wooden Camel by Wanuri Kahiu | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –Etabo dreams of racing camels, even though his siblings think he is much too small to ever accomplish this.

Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant | SLJ Review

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Little Skeletons Countdown to Midnight/Esqueletitos un libro contar en El Día de los Muertos by Susie Jaramillo | SLJ Review

JARAMILLO, Susie. Little Skeletons Countdown to Midnight/Esqueletitos un libro contar en El Día de los Muertos. illus. by Susie Jaramillo. 40p. (Canticos). Encantos. Aug. 2017. Board $14.99. ISBN 9781945635069. BL

PreS-Gr 1 –Children can practice their numbers while singing and dancing with a delightful group of skeletons. In her now trademark bilingual concertina format, Jaramillo introduces children to a Mexican counting song. A clock with movable hands at the start of the book will help them keep track of the graveyard fun. As the […]

Red Again by Barbara Lehman | SLJ Review

LEHMAN, Barbara. Red Again. illus. by Barbara Lehman. 32p. HMH. Nov. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544818590.

K-Gr 3 –Picking up exactly where The Red Book leaves off, the boy who finds the mysterious red book at the end of that story takes it home to examine it in this one. Wordless panels show him looking through the pages at the islands that fans of the first tale will recognize, zooming in until he sees a girl fishing in a boat and finding the red book […]