Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Round-Up

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
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Ma gave Sam and Victoria a dozen cookies to share; that’s six each! But then the doorbell rang and some friends showed up. Now the children must figure out how to divide the cookies for more people. But just as they figure it out the doorbell rings again! Soon the kitchen is packed with friends and there’s only one cookie for each. What will the kids do when the doorbell rings again? Good thing it’s Grandma with another batch of cookies to save the day! This ALA Notable Children’s Book is a classic and makes a great addition to a math or cookie themed storytime. Make some flannel board cookies and have the kids help you divide them as more friends arrive at the door. Try pairing it with The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

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Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
Doug is a robot and every day his parent plug him in to “fill him up with lots and lots of facts.” But one day, as Doug is downloading information about the city, he is distracted by a bird on the window sill and this made him wonder what else was outside his window. So Doug unplugged and his adventures around the city begin. There’s been a wave of books about the benefits of unplugging in our tech-oriented society, but many of them are rather heavy handed and didactic. Yaccarino’s story certainly addresses the issue, but the narrative and bright, bold illustrations are strong enough that readers will be engaged in the story.

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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
This playful wordless book focuses on the push and pull of a friendship between a young girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo. At first the two don’t get on very well, but by the end of the book energetic Flora is teaching her feathered friend to plie, jete, and pirouette. This cleverly designed book uses flaps to express the emotions of the characters. The pink-centric illustrations are set off against a simple white background decorated with just a hint of flowers (pink, of course). A great book to share with a young dancer or at your next dance/ballet themed storytime.

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A House in the Woods by Inga Moore
After a series of house building (and wrecking) catastrophes, Moose, Bear and three pigs decide to call upon professional builders, the Beavers, to make a house just right for the roommates-to-be.  The Beavers negotiate their price (peanut butter sandwiches) and the house building begins. Warmly whimsical illustrations accompany the story of friends with a common goal. This is a great book to use when focusing on narrative skills. Try using it for a storytime on building.

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Oliver by Birgitta Sif
Oliver was a bit different, but most of the time he didn’t care. His friends, an assortment of stuffed animals and hand puppets, are there for him when he wants to go on an adventure. Over time, Oliver wants to do more things that his friends can’t do. You can’t play tennis with a puppet and the toys didn’t seem as enthusiastic about his piano playing anymore. However, everything changes the day Oliver and his friends chase an errant tennis ball to the house next door. There Oliver meets Olivia. She’s a bit different, but Oliver doesn’t care. The pencil and digital illustrations create a soft, drab world that introverted and introspective Oliver illuminates with his vast imagination. The story is written simply in short, but heartfelt sentences. This is Sif’s picture book debut and I’m hopeful we will see more of her books published in the near future.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Global Exploration is Just Around the Corner!

Hi all-

Today I'm posting something a little bit different, but I hope you enjoy it and can help me out. I'm taking a graduate course on the Art of Storytelling and one assignment is to create a digital advocacy story to highlight one of our values in librarianship. Part of the assignment is to get feedback using social media, so if you have 5 minutes, please take a look at the Prezi and leave your feedback on the blog or project comment area.

Click here to see the project:
Global Exploration is Just Around the Corner!

Thank you,