March 28, 2016

Books to Celebrate Spring

I did a previous blog encouraging themed browsing boxes at home.  I love playing librarian to my daughter and creating a collection of holiday books for her learn about, enjoy, and celebrate the season.  I recently put together a browsing box full of spring books.  Below is a list of books about springtime for you to create your own themed browsing box at home.  Happy reading and happy spring!

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson
Marley Springs Ahead by John Grogan
It’s Spring! by Linda Glasser
Spring by Sian Smith
How Do You Know It’s Spring? by Allan Fowler
Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum
Wake up! Wake up! by Nancy Davis
Springtime in Bugland! by David Carter
Spring by Aaron Carr
Let it Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
I See Spring by Charles Ghigna
What Happens in Spring by Sara Latta
Crafts to Make in the Spring by Kathy Ross
Splish, Splash Spring by Jan Carr
The Sweetest Spring by Apple Jordan
The Spring Chicken by Mary Tillworth
Spring is Here! by Carol Monica
Welcome, Spring! by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
Hooray for Spring! by Cindy Morrow
Spring Showers Bring Flowers by Cordelia Evans
Fresh-n-Fruity Spring by Lauren Cecil
Max’s Special Spring by Rosemary Well
Little Einstein’s Oh Yes, Oh Yes, It’s Springtime! by Susan Ring
Minnie’s Rainbow by Sheila Sweeny Higginson
Diego’s Springtime Fiesta by Lara Bergen
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Hooray for Spring! by Patricia Hubbell
When Will It Be Spring? by Catherine Walters
Poppleton in Spring by Cynthia Rylant
The Spring Dance from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

March 20, 2016

The Challenge Continues . . . Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge 2003

And the reading challenge continues!  As stated in a previous post, my librarian friend Ashley Lambacher of the Book Talker and I are hosting the Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge.  Our goal is to read all the past winners from the children’s book category in chronological order from 1982 to the present.  I will read the K-2 picture book winners and Ashley will read the 4-8/3-5 chapter book winners.  Because 2002 was skipped, today I continue my challenge by reading the winner of the K-2 Buckeye Book Award in 2003, David Goes to School by David Shannon.

David Goes to School takes readers on another humorous journey.  First encountered in No, David in 1998, David is the poster boy for mischief-makers everywhere.  In David Goes to School, he gives his weary mother a rest by going to school.  He is expected to follow all the rules.  He can't run in the halls, cut in line, call out, or swing his paintbrush around.  Drawing on his desk is the final straw, and although minor punishments have already been given out, it's time for him to stay after school.  In a punishment that fits the misdemeanor, he has to wash the desks.   Despite being troublesome, David is a lovable character.  David Shannon’s minimal lines of text allow the humorous illustrations to tell the rest of the story.  Overall, young kids can relate to David’s first experiences at school, classroom rules, and punishment for poor behavior.  Still a popular book, this title (and all the other David books) are checked out often in my libraries today.  An understandable winner for a Buckeye Book Award.

Ashley, your upcoming 2001 book is another Captain Underpants book.  Like David, these books are always fun to read and remain well-liked today.  

Would you like to join Ashley and I as we read through Ohio’s award winning books?  We welcome any and all who are interested in participating in this fun reading challenge.  For more information, click here.

March 15, 2016

New Picture & Chapter Books - Hilliard U 3/15/16

Ashley Lambacher, from The Book Talker, and I presented at Hilliard U today.  We shared new notable picture and chapter books released in the past few months.  Click here to see our list of recommended books.  Many thanks to all who came to our session!