Archive for August, 2008

Varjak Paw

Saturday, August 9th, 2008
by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean
Varjak Paw
Varjak Paw is a cat with an aristocratic pedigree, but he feels he is an outsider within his own family. When a mysterious man suddenly enters his ritzy home, Varjak ventures into the Outside. In order to survive in his new surroundings and to save his family, he must learn the Seven Skills in the Way of Jalal, a form of feline martial arts developed by his legendary ancestor. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Where the Wild Things Are

Thursday, August 7th, 2008
written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are
Max dons a wolf suit in pursuit of mischief and ends up in the middle of a forest full of Wild Things. It sparks the imagination, tickles the funny bone, and leaves you feeling snug and adventurous all at the same time. This is the Caldecott Award winner for 1964. This is a monster-ously good book! Recommended for ages 4-8.

Goodnight Moon

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
Goodnight Moon
A little bunny tucked in bed says goodnight to all of the objects in his room. The simple pictures and the repetitive rhyming text contribute to a sense of calm perfect for helping your little one fall asleep. It’s THE classic bedtime story. Recommended for ages 1-4.

The Penderwicks

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks
A charming tale about four sisters sharing a summer of adventure in a rented cottage on the grounds of an opulent mansion. While there, they learn some things about love, family, rose gardening, writing style, and bulls. In addition, they help their landlord-neighbor, a boy named Jeffrey, face his domineering mother in his quest to become a concert pianist. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Guess How Much I Love You

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
Guess How Much I Love You
No matter what Little Nutbrown Hare does to say “I love you,” Big Nutbrown Hare shows that he loves him even more. Sweet and reassuring, it’s one of those books you don’t mind reading to your children over and over. It ranks as a modern-day classic! Recommended for ages 3-8.

Bright from the Start

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
by Jill Stamm


Bright from the Start


Focusing on the three essential aspects of childhood development (Attention-span, Bonding, and Communication), Dr. Stamm helps parents understand the simple things they can do to enhance their children’s mental, emotional, and social development. She explains not just what to do, but why it’s important in a way that is easy to understand and very motivating! This is a must-have book for expecting, new, or even experienced parents of young children.

Good Knight Sleep Tight

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
written and illustrated by David Melling


Good Knight Sleep Tight


What is a Good Knight supposed to do when the infant princess’ pillow has been destroyed? Go on a quest of course! Our brave hero sets off to find the softest material in all the land to fill the royal pillow. The lively text and comical pictures make this a fun read for bedtime or anytime. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Other books featuring the Good Knight include:

The Kiss That Missed

The Three Wishes