The Rain Came Down

November 17th, 2008
written and illustrated by David Shannon
On Saturday morning, the rain came down. It made the chickens squawk. The cat yowled at the chickens, and the dog barked at the cat. Each cause and effect leads up to a huge, noisy, bickering mess . . . until the sun comes out. Shannon’s distinct illustrations keep readers hooked from start to finish. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Bud, Not Buddy

November 13th, 2008
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud is 10-year-old African-American orphan in Depression-era Michigan. Fed up with the cruel treatment he receives as a foster child, he decides to run away and find his long lost father, or at least, the man he believes is his father –the famous jazz musician Herman E. Calloway. Join Bud on his adventure to freedom, fortune, and family! Curtis’ writing is both hilarious and touching. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, this book deserves all the praise it has received. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Frog in the Well

November 5th, 2008
retold by Irene Y. Tsai, Chinese translation by Joyce Lin, illustrated by Pattie Caprio
A delightfully simple retelling of the Chinese idiom, the frog in the well is king of his watery little kingdom. But one day, a sea turtle comes along and tells him of the wonders the sea holds. Suddenly, the frog realizes that his world of experience is very limited. Written in both English and Chinese, this book is a wonderful introduction to new speakers of either language.

Another Important Book

October 27th, 2008
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Chris Raschka
“The important thing about being one is that life has just begun” –thus begins this charming book chronicling life from ages one to six. Brown perfectly captures the excitement a young child feels from of growing, learning, and doing. Raschka’s dynamic illustrations add life to each page. Recommended for ages 1-6.

Humphrey’s Corner

October 20th, 2008
written and illustrated by Sally Hunter
Humphrey is a young elephant looking for a special place to play. But nowhere seems to be just right –until Mommy comes to the rescue. Hunter’s sunny watercolor illustrations cheerfully invite you to experience the world from a toddler’s intimate perspective. Other Humphrey books are equally delightful. Recommended for ages 1-4.

Humphrey’s Birthday

Humphrey’s Family (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)

Humphrey’s Christmas

Humphrey’s Garden (Picture Puffin)

Humphrey’s Bedtime

The People Could Fly

October 14th, 2008
by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
This is a fabulous collection of American black folktales. Beyond Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, Hamilton captures a unique ensemble of tales told in authentic dialects reflecting the diversity of the black American experience. Funny, grotesque, and inspiring, these stories will resonate with people of all cultures. Recommended for ages 9-12.

Fanny’s Dream

October 8th, 2008
by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
Fanny is a country girl with big dreams –someday she will marry a prince, or at least the mayor’s son, and live a life of ease. But when her fairy god mother fails to appear, Fanny settles for the young farmer next door. Years pass and Fanny stuggles the best she can to raise her family and scrape a living out of the ground. Then suddenly one night, Fanny’s fairy god mother belatedly appaers offering her the opportunity she always dreamed of. But, will Fanny accept it now? This delightful story stands Cinderella up on end. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Mirror Me (Baby Einstein)

October 4th, 2008
by Julie Aigner-Clark, illustrated by Nadeem Zaidi
Babies love to look at faces –especially their own. In this interactive book, each set of pages has it’s own non-breakable mirror inset so infants can mimic the expressions of the characters. Recommended for ages 0-2.

The Snowman

October 1st, 2008
written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs
When a young boy builds a snowman in his front yard, it unexpectedly comes to life. The boy shows his snowman around his home, and in return, the snowman takes the boy on a magical journey to the North Pole. This story without words has become a classic Christmas tale and was even made into a short film. Recommended for ages 2-6.

A Child’s Garden of Verses

September 25th, 2008
by Robert Louise Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
This classic collection of poems are lovingly illustrated by the renowned Tasha Tudor. Stevenson has a way of putting into words life as experienced by a child. They’re a delight to read aloud or silently on your own. Recommended for ages 4-8.