April 2017

Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!

Author: Jason Carter Eaton

Illustrator: Mark Fearing

Summary: There's nothing worse than being told to clean up your room by your parents! What's the big deal?! Is leaving a few crumbs here and there really going to cause the end of the world? You and your kids will laugh out loud as you follow along (and if you’re lucky, you may even learn an important lesson or two!)

Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a fun story to use as a reminder as to why it’s important to clean your room!

Extension Activities: Check out these free step-by-step downloadable directions to help your kids clean their room! Click here!

Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

Author: Gareth Edwards

Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees

Summary: Follow along as the narrator helps prepare your child for bedtime: from dinner, to brushing teeth, to taking a shower, and eventually snuggling in bed. Giggle and learn what animals NOT to use, and predict what the BEST animal would be! This is another great bedtime book that can easily start a new bedtime tradition!

Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to review rhyming and it can also be used to practice animal research on dinosaurs, sharks, beavers, tigers, bisons, & barn owls.

Extension Activities: This would be a fun book to use to make your own book…"Never use a ____ as a ____!"

Later, Gator!

Author: Erik Brooks

Illustrator: Erik Brooks

Summary: Gator is sad because he is moving away from all his friends. Will he find a way to make new friends by saying, “Hello!” instead of focusing on saying goodbye to his old friends? Read to find out!

Recommended Ages: 4 to 7 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to use to help kids adjust after moving to a new home.

The Lost House: A Seek and Find Book

Author: B.B. Cronin

Illustrator: B.B. Cronin

Summary: Grandad needs some help finding his things in order to go to the park with his grandchildren today. Read along to see if you can help grandad finds his missing socks, shoes, and even teeth. This is a fun new twist on the “I Spy” books!

Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a fun book to use to teach tongue twisters as well as paying attention to details.

Bob, Not Bob!

Author: Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

Illustrator: Matthew Cordell

Summary: There’s nothing worse than being sick, and poor Little Louie is having a tough time being sick AND being understood. No matter how many times he calls for his “mom”, it comes out “Bob!” because of his stuffy nose! You and your kids will be sure to laugh as Little Louie struggles with the side effects of a cold.

Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to read to those kiddos sick in bed.

Extension Activities: Check out this free book guide! Click here!

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