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#blogbookaday: Goodnight, Little Bot

17 Jan

34525426.jpgSummary:  “Little Bot, it’s time for bed. Let’s get ready, sleepyhead.” 

A sweet goodnight story with a unique hero.
Even little robots need their rest—and their parents tuck them in just like human mommies and daddies do. It doesn’t matter if young bots slip on their pjs over power packs and enjoy batteries for their pre-sleep snack; just like children, they love bedtime stories, hugs, a cuddly toy, and lullabies. This charming picture book is perfect for winding kids (and robots) down for the night.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: An adorable goodnight, getting ready for bed book that will sure to make your little one’s eyes droop. This little robot must get ready for bed and he does everything a human child does, just with a robot twist. The rhyming text is simple enough for toddlers, but preschoolers will enjoy this robot story as well. With bright, digitally created illustrations filled with colors, your kids will pour over these pictures as they recognize their own bedtime routines in the storyline.

Personal Reaction: I’m a sucker for good rhyming text – text that doesn’t make you stumble or pronounce a word a specific way to make it work. And Karen is able to pull it off with a great rhythm, but also very simple for an easy read with little ones. And the Little Bot is just adorable as he gets ready for bed with his mama (and his pet – a robot cat). There are more bedtime books than I can count, but this one is definitely one I’d read as kids power down for the night.

Title: Goodnight, Little Bot
Author: Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrator: Kim Smith
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Picture Book Month: Fathers

14 Nov

14If you’re looking for a different story about fathers, then this is it! I loved this adorable story of love told by a father to his child about the significant events in his life that led him to get the tattoos he has. The child asks about in a familiar way and the reader understands that this is a popular bedtime routine for the family. This is truly a sweet book and depicts a character in children’s literature you don’t often see – a person with tattoos. So hurry and pick up this story for the tattooed dad you’re close with – it’d be the perfect gift for him and his family!
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Picture Book Month: Storms & Typhoons

5 Nov

If you’re looking for the most adorable stormy to read to your scared little ones. Look no further than – Stormy Night by Salina Yoon. I first fell in love with Salina’s work after reading her book Penguin & Pinecone and I was hooked. This is a sweet story of a little bear frightened by the stormy night outside his window, but he tries to be brave as he comforts first his stuffie – Floppy, then his mama, and then his papa. I love the way Salina chose to give our little protagonist the power to comfort his parents becuase it made him feel empowered, but she also shared his scared side and when the time came his parents were right by his side. I love this book completely and it’s a must read for the whole family on those stormy nights! Continue reading

Book Review: Brobot Bedtime

28 Apr

31305485.jpgBrobot Bedtime by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Scott Campbell is the adorable story of three robot brothers who are having trouble falling asleep, well one brobot is having trouble sleeping causing the other two brothers to try and help fall asleep before Mommybot comes back into their bedroom.

Poor Beep gets the flick-ups (hiccups), is scared of the possibility of monsters, the light is too bright, the blanket fort is too hot, the fan is too loud… well, you get the picture.  But, when Buzz, Crash and Beep work together they finally help Beep fall asleep. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it continues to be adorable until the final page!

The only way to read this story is in your best robot voice, kudos to you if you have three unique robot voices for each of the brother robots. The illustrations are also adorable, allowing you to easily follow who’s speaking as their word bubbles are the same colors as their bodies. It’s also helpful because each robot look unique making it easy to differentiate between the three.

What brothers wouldn’t love a story about robots, a blanket fort and bedtime?!? Share this with your favorite brobots (at bedtime)!

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Beep can’t fall asleep, can the brobots help Beep enter “sleep mode” before he breaks down and Mommybot comes in to give them all a reboot?

Title: Brobot Bedtime
Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Illustrator: Scott Campbell
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Page Number: 32 pages

Stuffy Sleepover

12 Feb

H080_P1.tifTonight is our stuffed animal sleepover for children ages 3 – 6 and their stuffies!  We’ve done events like this before and we’ve gotten fairly good at making the plans and being ready for every possible scenario.  I’m going to go through each step of our process, in case you haven’t offered a program like this.  And they are totally worth it, the kids love it!

In our marketing materials for this program we ask parents to arrive about 15 minutes prior to start of our storytime.  This allows us to fill out the child’s information and take their photograph with their stuffy.  We’ve created this simple form to keep us organized!  Each child gets a nametags with their name and their stuffy’s name, while the stuffy’s get a nametags with the same information, plus some additional information on the back, again to keep us organized.  We also tell parents they might think about bringing two stuffies for their child as leaving your favorite stuff overnight can be difficult for some children.

Here’s our storytime plan for tonight.  We’re mixing up fast-paced music at the beginning of the storytime with quiet, sleepy stories to get everyone sleepy.  Hugs and kisses are a must at the end of storytime and all stuffies are left on a blanket in our storytime room.

Opening: “Clap Your Hands” No! ~ They Might Be Giants

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

ASL Sign: Sleep (open hand in front of face and lower your hand while touching your fingers to thumb below chin)

Early Literacy Tip: Create your own bedtime stories with your little ones as the main characters; use their favorite stuffies in the stories as well!

Book 1: SHHHHH! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes

Transition: “Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” So Big Hap Palmer

Wiggles: “Bananas Unite”  (http://jbrary.com/toddler-storytime-songs-get-wiggles/)

Bananas unite! Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas (2x) Chop bananas, chop chop bananas (2x) Mash bananas, mash mash bananas (2x) Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas (2x) Go Bananas!

Book 2: The Stuffed Animals Get Ready for Bed by Alison Inches

Transition: “10 in the Bed”

Wiggles: “See the Little Bunnies Sleeping” (http://jbrary.com/toddler-storytime-songs-get-wiggles/)

See the little bunnies sleeping til it’s nearly noon Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune Oh, how still. Are they ill? Wake up soon! Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop (repeat 4x)

Book 3: Someone’s Sleepy by Deborah Lee Rose

Closing: “Rock-a-bye Your Bear” The Wiggles

When our storytime is over we hand out a reminder for parents that their child can pick up their stuffy after 12:00 pm, noon the next day.  When the families come in the next day we have cute frames they can decorate with crayons and attach one of their stuffy’s photographs to.  Each stuffy gets three photographs taken, one of them with their human child, a second with a group of stuffy’s doing something fun in the library, and a third of just themselves reading a story or making some mischief at the sleepover.  The stuffy’s nametags have checkmarks on the back to ensure all stuffies get their photos taken.  The children come back to the library, pick up their stuffy, their three photographs and have a chance to decorate a frame in the library or when they get home to show off their stuffy’s adventures.

Overall, it can be a rather labor intensive project to remember who got photographs taken, which animal belongs to which child and that everything goes off without a hitch.  But this kids love coming back the next day to see what their stuffy has done all night long!

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