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Extra Yarn – Mac Barnett

Extra Yarn is a fantastic book that features a little girl named Annabelle who is a terrific heroine. Annabelle demonstrates creativity, curiosity, and confidence. She finds a way to transform her dreary town of black and white into a colorful, fun place with just some extra yarn. When an evil archduke comes to town it […]

Amazing Magnetism – Rebecca Carmi

Amazing Magnetism is part of the Magic School Bus Chapter Book Series. Ms. Frizzle and the adventures of the Magic School Bus have been favorites for a long time at our home in their picture book format. We recently discovered that the adventures continue in chapter book format. Our kindergartener is incredibly delighted. These books […]

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Best wishes for a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, and fun!

The Very First Thanksgiving Day – Rhonda Gowler Greene

The pictures in this book are amazingly beautiful and are supported by the rhyming text. The Very First Thanksgiving Day provides a well organized overview of the first Thanksgiving for young readers and would make a great selection for a read aloud.

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything – Elise Broach

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything is a fun book. Often children are given stickers after successfully visiting the doctor or dentist. What if instead of a sticker, a child was given a dinosaur to take home?! After collecting a few dinosaurs on an afternoon full of errands, a little boy and his mother return home. […]

Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot – Anna Branford

Violet captured our daughter’s heart and imagination within the first few pages of Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot. Violet is a little girl of substance who has a big imagination and often finds answers to problems she encounters with “out of the box” solutions. Ultimately, her kind spirit triumphs when faced with a big decision that […]

Betsy-Tacy – Maud Heart Lovelace

I was not familiar with the well loved Betsy-Tacy series until I was introduced to them by a friend. Our daughter has quickly fallen in love with them. Betsy is five years old and longs for a best friend. She finds one in her new neighbor five year old Tacy. The two girls are so […]

Chester the Brave – Audrey Penn

Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand is a favorite book at our home, so when our daughter saw that the main character Chester was featured in a book about being brave, it was quickly added to our must read list. This book does a great job focusing on dealing with feeling afraid. Rather than suggesting that […]

The Cloud Spinner – Michael Catchpool

The Cloud Spinner is about a little boy who spins clouds and has been taught never to spin one stitch more than is needed. One day the king admires his scarf and requests that he make many, many things for the king. The young man tries to explain that the king is asking for far […]