Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Nursery Rhyme Funtime

Nursery Rhyme Funtime is a fantastic pull-the-tab book filled with lively pictures and fun rhymes, perfect for preschoolers. What I disliked: Our toddlers loved them, but each time they tried to pull one of the tabs they inevitably ruined it.  Luckily there were many, and the book was high quality, but there's no way I… Continue reading Nursery Rhyme Funtime

Open Books, Toddler Books, Uncategorized

When the Elephant Walks by Keiko Kasza

When the Elephant Walks by Keiko Kasza is an adorable board book perfect for toddlers. What I disliked: Nothing.  This book is adorable. What I liked: I loved how the mightiest of the animal kingdom can be influenced by the tiniest.  I loved the story line, I loved the illustrations, I loved that it was… Continue reading When the Elephant Walks by Keiko Kasza

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Hello, School Bus by Marjorie Blain Parker

Hello, School Bus by Marjorie Blain Parker and Illustrated by Bob Kolar is a simple book for beginning readers. What I disliked: No criticism. What I liked: The graphics are fun, the bus looks friendly, and the words on the pages are simple.  Being a Scholastic Reader Level 1, it has "short sentences and stories… Continue reading Hello, School Bus by Marjorie Blain Parker

Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

The Leaves are Falling One by One by Steve Metzger

The Leaves are Falling One by One by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Miriam Sagasti is a fun little book to the tune of "The Ants go Marching One by One."  It's near impossible to read the book without the tune, and the lyrics are pretty well composed. What I disliked: It's a fun nursery… Continue reading The Leaves are Falling One by One by Steve Metzger

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

The Tale of Pip & Squeak by Kate Duke

Pip & Squeak by Kate Duke is an adorable book about two competitive mice, showing sibling rivalry at its finest. What I disliked: SO many words!  The kids loved it, but by bedtime I am ready for the two promised books to whiz by so I can crawl into my comfy bed.  Pip & Squeak… Continue reading The Tale of Pip & Squeak by Kate Duke

Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Who’s Seen the Scissors? by Fernando Krahn

Who's Seen the Scissors by Fernando Krahn is a wonderful book with absolutely no words.  The story is told completely with drawings, and it's fantastic.  I would suggest "reading" this book with your preschooler and letting them make up the words, or having an older child "read" it to a younger - it's interesting how… Continue reading Who’s Seen the Scissors? by Fernando Krahn

Open Books, Toddler Books, Uncategorized

Baby Talk by Steve Heinrich

Baby Talk by Steve Heinrich is an adorable photo book with cute quotes and impossibly cute pictures to go with it.  I get the sense the writer had babies at the time he wrote it, as each quote fits perfectly with the photos and resonated directly with my mom-of-a-baby heart. What I disliked: I really… Continue reading Baby Talk by Steve Heinrich

Middle School Reading, Open Books, Uncategorized

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant is a winner of the Newbery Medal.  This book tenderly takes you through the stages of grief of a young elementary aged child, intended for readers of middle school ages. What I disliked: The ending.  I didn't get it.  It just ended. We used this as part of our fifth… Continue reading Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

Elementary Books, Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berentain is A Bright & Early Book intended for Beginning Readers. What I disliked: While there was only a word or two on each page, the words were difficult for my kindergartener - not easily sounded out (outside, going, etc.).  Then by the time my kindergartener made… Continue reading Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain