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!

March 2017

Du Iz Tak?

Author: Carson Ellis


Summary: Carson Ellis weaves a magical story of a tiny seedling growing in a backyard filled with an assortment of bugs. Between the multiple stories happening on each page and the mysterious language spoken by the bugs, your child is sure to be captivated! Oh my goodness…I fell in love with this book the second I read it, and I know your kids will too!

Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is the perfect book to demonstrate how using visual clues can help you "read" and decipher the story.

Extension Activities: Have fun with the book activity guide. Click here!

March 2017

You Don’t Want a Unicorn!

Author: Ame Dyckman

Illustrator: Liz Climo

Summary: Wishing for a unicorn is something many kids do…but this book hilariously explains why this is NOT a good idea! From shedding, to scratching, jumping to chewing, the narrator tries valiantly to show you why wishing for a unicorn is the WORST possible thing to do. This book is sure to make you laugh, and keep on laughing even after the end!

Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This would be a fun book to practice making predictions.

Extension Activities: Check out this great storytime activity kit! Click here!

February 2017
Books about friendship and love

Pig the Pug

Author: Aaron Blabey

Illustrator: Aaron Blabey

Summary: Meet Pig the Pug…a greedy and selfish doggie who refuses to share his toys. Meet Trevor, a wiener dog who tries to get Pig to play together and share his cool toys. Just when Pig stockpiles all his possessions in a mini-mountain, something happens that may change his outlook on sharing. Get ready to giggle at the ending!

Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to open discussions about sharing instead of being selfish. You can also use it for rhyming and making predictions.

Extension Activities: Check out these great discussion questions to use with the book. Click here!

January 2017
Books about love and friendship

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story

Author: Nancy Rose

Illustrator: Nancy Rose

Summary: Another great sequel in "The Secret Life of Squirrels" saga by Nancy Rose! I absolutely love the creativity of the pictures, using real-life squirrels in hand-made sets. You and your kids will fall in love with Mr. Peanuts again, this time as he wishes for and finds someone special to have in his life.

Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to use to discuss the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction books.

Extension Activities: Use the bookmark to create your own new scene for Mr. Peanuts. Click here!