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!

December 2016

How to Track a Truck

Author: Jason Carter Eaton

Illustrator: John Rocco

Summary: If you loved “How to Train a Train”, you’re going to love Jason Carter Eaton’s newest book! Use this fun guide to find the best type of truck for your pet. Read to find how to navigate trucks natural habitats, learn how to follow the clues and tracks, and finally how to tame your truck to be your pet. This is a great book for all truck lovers!

Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This would be a fun book to use for kids about to get a new pet.

Extension Activities: Check out artforkidshub.com for fun drawing activities such as “How to Draw a Monster Truck”! Click here!

October 2016

Touch the Brightest Star

Author: Christie Matheson

Illustrator: Christie Matheson

Summary: Do you need a new bedtime story to read to your kids? If so, then this book is a definite MUST HAVE! Each page is filled with wonderful, interactive directions admist soft watercolor collages. The author magically takes the reader on a quiet and calming journey to get ready to go to sleep.

Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to practice following directions,

Extension Activities: Check out this great activity guide to use with the book! Click here!

August 2016


Author: Michael Hall

Illustrator: Michael Hall

Summary: I literally laughed out loud in the bookstore reading this book! It is a fantastic "behind the scenes" story of a group of crayons who are getting ready for their debut in the picture book telling of "Frankencrayon". But suddenly, the unthinkable happens! An anonymous scribble has been left on the opening page. Despite attemps by all cast members to erase the scribble, the story is cancelled. Or is it? Read this hilarious story to find out who saves the day!

Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 years old

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to teach prediction skills (who did the scribble), but can also be used to talk about point of view and the concept of a "narrator" for a story.

Extension Activities: Make your own Frankencrayon and Scribble! Click here!

July 2016

Bug Zoo

Author: Lisa Wheeler

Illustrator: Andy Harkness

Summary: Ben is a bug collector, and loves nothing better than to collect bugs and put them on display in jars for his very own Bug Zoo. To his dismay, no one comes to visit even after he advertises and buys even bigger bugs! In the end, Ben learns an important lesson on the best way to have a bug zoo.

Recommended Ages: 3 to 7 years

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to teach kids about observing nature and the importance of keeping things in their natural habitat.

Extension Activities: Here's a great site to find activities for kids on bugs and insects. Click here!