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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

2017 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Finalists

29 Mar

llama.jpgThe first annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award finalists were announced last week and I didn’t get a chance to post this yet, so here goes. Anna Dewdney, children’s book author and illustrator, most well-known for her series Llama Llama passed away last year of brain cancer at the age of 50. Sadly, much too soon for the children’s book world, but Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader created an award in memory of Dewdney that will continue her legacy for years to come.

The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, “will be given to a picture book published in the U.S. during the previous five years that inspires empathy and connection and makes for an exceptional read-aloud.” Dewdney’s own books were about the every day trials and tribulations of a young child’s llama’s life in which you feel empathetic toward his plight, and they also made amazing read alouds with such a great rhyme and rhythm.

The finalists are:

  • Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade, illustrated by Olga Stern (Simon & Schuster)
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam)
  • Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Toby by Hazel Mitchell (Candlewick)
  • Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Holt)

The winner will be chosen during Children’s Book Week, a week to celebrate children’s literature and the announcement of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Award at the end of the week. If you haven’t had a chance to read all five of these titles, stop by your local independent book store or local library to grab copies of them all to share with your family!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

28 Mar

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I’ve been so lucky to meet some of my favorite authors already (conferences, BEA, festivals, etc.) But I wanted to create a list of authors that I haven’t yet met that I’d really love to meet in person!

  1. Anna McQuinn – Her Lola & Leo series is one of my favorite read alouds for toddler storytime not only because they’re all adorable, but it “about diveristy” without being “about diversity” – a family going about their day-to-day life who also happen to be Black. Love the series, would love to meet this Irish author!
  2. Salina Yoon – Have you ever seen a cuter penguin in your entire life?!?!?! These adorable stories of friendship just make me want to give their creator a great big hug!
  3. Kate DiCamillo – Everything this woman writes is pure genius and I would love to talk with her about where she finds her ideas (especially the names of her characters) and really just sit down and chat with her on the front porch (because I feel like she’d be the type of person who would love that!)
  4. Natalie Lloyd – Because an author who can stop a very quick reader in her tracks and pause because the words are so beautiful to read, that’s a person I have to meet!
  5. R.J. Palacio – I loved Wonder and appreciate the diversity in this story so much. I grew up helping my parents at programs for people with disabilities and learned at a very young age that a disability/deformity doesn’t necessarily stop you, you just have to be a little more creative. I love that so many kids have read this book and love it as much as I do!
  6. Katherine Applegate – Another prolific author, although I didn’t read the Animorphs series, I really enjoyed Home of the BraveThe One and Only Ivan and Crenshaw. I really appreciate authors who aren’t afraid to tackle the “tough” stuff for kids!
  7. Ann M. Martin – An author who I read growing up (almost all the Babysitter Club books) to the books she continues to write that touch my heart – she would be someone I would LOVE to get a chance to talk with!
  8. Nicola Yoon – I got The Sun Is Also a Star as a Christmas gift and it was one of those stories that sucked me up right away and I didn’t want to leave, so now I’ve got to find time to read Everything, Everything and if it’s as great as The Sun then I feel like we need to hang out and talk!
  9. E. Lockhart – A book that completely blindsides me is an amazing experience and that’s what I got when I read We Were Liars – to learn about how Lockhart came up with that idea would be so cool!
  10. Heidi Heilig – A newer book I got a chance to read – I loved the concept of time travel with a pirate ship and the possibility of alternate dimensions through stories – it was awesome!  Definitely an author I’d love to meet!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Women’s History Month Booklist

18 Mar

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In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 20 picture book biographies about awesome women!  Enjoy!

  1. Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

  2. Frida by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Ana Juan

  3. Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story Of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way To Fame, Fortune & Swimsuit History! by Shana Corey, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

  4. Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough, illustrated by Debby Atwell

  5. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illustrated by Frank Morrison

  6. The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

  7. Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss, illustrated by John Hendrix

  8. Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray, illustrated by Christine Davenier

  9. Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Edel Rodriquez

  10. Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick

  11. Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Julie Paschkis

  12. Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola

  13. Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy

  14. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Don Tate

  15. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Díaz

  16. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

  17. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer by Shana Corey, illustrated by Chesley McLaren

  18. Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

  19. The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
  20. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

10 Titles for St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

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Grab your favorite leprechaun and pick up a book about St. Patrick, Ireland and the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  2. A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Tom Curry
  3. The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Ethan Long
  4. Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
  5. Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk: An Irish Tale by Gerald McDermott
  6. The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer
  7. The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
  8. That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
  9. O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
  10. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tome DePaola
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