Posts Tagged ‘children’s book review’

The Read-Aloud Handbook

Saturday, August 30th, 2008
by Jim Trelease
The Read-Aloud Handbook
Do bedtime stories really add up to academic success? In this amazingly thorough book, Trelease discusses the importance of reading aloud to children from birth through high school in both a home and a school setting. Always upbeat, he presents anecdotal and academic evidence to encourage parents and teachers to include reading aloud and silent reading as an important part of every child’s life. Included is a list of suggested reading materials for every age group. There is a reason this book is now in its sixth edition.

Discover and Explore

Friday, August 29th, 2008
by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Michael Koelsch
Discover and Explore
Part of the Get Set for Kindergarten series, this is a compilation of fun natural history lessons written in narrative form. Accompanying each picture are activities and additional questions so your little one can apply the lessons to his or her own life. The whole series is a great way to introduce your child to what they will be learning in school. Recommended for ages 4-6.

Froggy’s Sleepover

Thursday, August 28th, 2008
by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Froggy\'s Sleepover
Froggy is so excited about a sleepover at his friend Max’s house. But this being his first sleepover, he’s not quite sure how to act. Join Froggy as he learns what a sleepover is all about. Remkiewicz’s whimsical pictures add to the fun. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Doctor De Soto

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
written and illustrated by William Steig
Doctor De Soto
Doctor De Soto is a dedicated dentist. But as a mouse, he refuses to treat “cats and other dangerous animals.” When a pitiful looking fox turns up, however, Doctor De Soto makes an exception. Will Doctor De Soto and his wife get eaten for being too kindhearted, or will they out fox the fox? Recommended for ages 4-8.

Up and Down with Kate

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
written and illustrated by Kay Charo
Up and Down with Kate
This easy reader includes four chapters about a young elephant named Kate. With the help of her family members, Kate learns to deal with her emotions of fear, frustration, and sorrow. The bright pictures make this easy reader fun to read as well. Recommended for ages 4-8.

How Do You Make a Baby Smile?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo
How Do You Make a Baby Smile?
Whether it’s grinning like Papa Crocodile or making a face like Mama Baboon, every creature has a special way of delighting his or her little one. The simple rhyming text is artfully illustrated with large, high-contrast pictures to make it especially accessible for young children to follow along. Recommended for ages 1-5.

How Much is a Million?

Friday, August 22nd, 2008
by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
How Much is a Million?
How big would a gold fish bowl have to be to hold one million fish? What about one billion? What about one trillion? Discover these fasinating facts in this refreshing view of mathematics. Kelloggs pictures are detailed and imaginative to make the math come alive. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Arrow to the Sun

Friday, August 22nd, 2008
retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
Arrow to the Sun
How can a young boy follow in his father’s footsteps when his father is the Sun? Originally a Pueblo Indian folktale, this Caldecott Medal winner (1975) is delightfully retold with captivatingly bright illustrations. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Bunny My Honey

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
written and illustrated by Anita Jeram
Bunny My Honey
Bunny enjoys playing with his friends –within sight of his mommy, of course. But what happens when Bunny wanders a little too far? Jeram’s illustrations are bright and sweet. This is a charming and reassuring tale that will be a joy to read and share with your little Honey. Recommended for ages 2-6.

Little Baa

Monday, August 11th, 2008
written and illustrated by Kim Lewis
Little Baa
Little Baa spends a joyful day romping in the fields with his friends. But suddenly, he realizes his Ma is nowhere to be seen. How will Little Baa find his mother again? A sweet and reassuring book for young children who sometimes wander a little too far. Recommended for ages 2-6.