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Sep 18, 2014

ML Love this ORQ. (he cave boy.)

ML Love this ORQ. (he cave boy.)

this ORQ
We read this ORQ.
David Elliot write.
Lori Nichols illustrate.

Orq Love Woma.
Woma love Orq.
ML love Orq.
ML love Woma.
I love Orq.
I love Woma.
I love ML.
ML love me.

Confused? Read this ORQ. (he cave boy.) by David Elliott and illustrated by Lori Nichols.

We love book.

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Sep 17, 2014

Finally! Another Unicorn Picture Book I Like - Uni the Unicorn

Finally! Another Unicorn Picture Book I Like – Uni the Unicorn

Uni the Unicorn

Over a year ago, I wrote a post called “Finally!  A Picture Book About Unicorns I Like.”  This week a new book about a unicorn arrived at the library.  It’s phenomenal.

Uni the Unicorn:  A Story About Believing by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager is spectacular in both the story line and illustrations.   Uni’s unlike other unicorns… she believes little girls are real.…

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Sep 16, 2014

Dog Books to Honor the Stroller Puppies Team

Dog Books to Honor the Stroller Puppies Team

Own Dog

Just in time for StrollerThon a new picture book about dogs arrived. Huh? Is that what you’re thinking? What do dogs have to do with a Strollerthon?  If I didn’t know ML and friends named their team “The Stroller Puppies,” I’d be thinking the same.  Not sure what a StrollerThon is, read my previous post “Do You Know What is a StrollerThon Is?”

The main character in I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra…

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Sep 12, 2014

Will “Get the Scoop on Animal Poop!” Win the North Carolina Junior Book Award?

Will “Get the Scoop on Animal Poop!” Win the North Carolina Junior Book Award?

Scoop on Animal Poop

Recently, I set a goal to read all the nominees for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award… both the Picture Book and Junior Book Award.  I’ve read all the nominees for the Picture Book Award; and I’m not able to predict which book I think will win this category.

However, I just finished Get the Scoop on Animal Poop by Dawn Cusick.  Even without reading the other choices, I think it will win…

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Sep 9, 2014

Nancy Knows by Cybele Young

Nancy Knows by Cybele Young

Nancy Knows

ML and I savored Nancy Knows by Cybele Young.  A story about an elephant named Nancy whose trying to remember something important; but her mind is flighty.  It wanders all over the place… thinking of clothes, things from long ago, places to go and so much more.

The illustrations are amazing!  A sketch of Nancy is drawn on each page using graphite pencil.  Inside the outline, tiny sculptures made…

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Sep 7, 2014

Gravity - An Amazing Book

Gravity – An Amazing Book


Sometimes nonfiction books explain scientific terms in a boring way; not Gravity by Jason Chin. In 32 pages, and less than 70 words, Chin uses everyday objects from childhood to explain this concept.  Don’t just read the words.  Pay attention to the illustrations.  View the obvious.  Discover the inconspicuous. Only then, will you understand the magic of this book.

There are two pages at the end…

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Sep 5, 2014

Slumber Party: My Friend is Crazy

Slumber Party: My Friend is Crazy

I’m a little upset with my friend.  My “go to” excuse for not having a slumber party with over three kids at our was our house is too small.  Not going to work now.  My friend’s place is the same size.

The first slumber party I remember attending was at Laura’s house.  Sometime that night, her mom threatened to pop us with a wooden spoon if weren’t quiet.  The next morning we watched Saturday…

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Sep 3, 2014 / 2 notes

We Met Jon Scieszka

We Met Jon Scieszka

Stinky Cheesefrank einsteinBattle BunnyTrue Story Pigs

In 1991, my good friend from college introduced me to Jon Scieszka books.  She was taking a Children’s Literature course for her degree in Early Childhood Education.  I’ve followed his career for over twenty years.  I consider him the father of the “Fractured Fairy Tale” subgenre.  I’m sure others penned these types of tales before him; but his book The True Story of the Three Little Pigswas the…

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Sep 1, 2014

How We Spent Our Labor Day Weekend

How We Spent Our Labor Day Weekend


Last week, I featured How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague. Today, I share How We Spent Our Labor Day Weekend.

We had a Lice-A-Palooza. A term I learned from David Shannon’s book Bugs In My Hair! I’ve already shared a post on the book. You can read about my first lice experience as a mom here.  I held a minor role. My friend diagnosed, called someone to treat ML, bagged up stuffed…

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Aug 31, 2014

One Special Day: A Story For Big Brothers & Sisters

One Special Day: A Story For Big Brothers & Sisters

One Special Day

I’m often asked for stories about a new sibling arriving. Tonight, we read One Special Day: A Story For Big Brothers & Sisters written by Lola M. Schaefer and illustrated by Jessica Meserve. Spencer is a wild and crazy boy. “Strong as a bear. Loud as an elephant. Messy as a pig.” And more! One special day Spencer is quiet. He’s waiting to meet the new addition to his family; so he can gently…

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