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#blogbookaday: All Aboard for the Bobo Road

25 Apr

All Aboard for the Bobo RoadSummary:  “All aboard for the Bobo Road! Fatima and Galo load the luggage while their dad Big Ali drives the bus. Help count on bikes, sacks of rice, melons and even goats and chickens as the bus travels past Gurunsi houses, the hippo lake, waterfalls and jungle, all the way to Bobo. With the authentic setting in Burkina Faso drawn from the author’s own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to an amazing culture. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Big Ali’s bus picks up people and goods along the Bobo Road, stopping at iconic sites throughout Burkina Faso. Throughout the story, the goods pile up including bikes, food, animals and more before finally getting to Bobo Station where everything is unloaded and the people on the bus go about their business. Fatima, Galo, and Big Ali sit down for a delicious meal after a long day of hard work! The bright illustrations showcase Burkina Faso in a gorgeous way and the text is simple enough for toddlers, but could be used through elementary school to introduce kids to this beautiful country.

Personal Reaction: I know very little about modern Africa and absolutely loved this small glimpse into a beautiful country. I also loved the counting aspect of this story making it so accessible to little ones and a great way to introduce a global perspective to little ones.

Title: All Aboard for the Bobo Road
Author: Stephen Davies
Illustrator: Christopher Corr
Publisher: Andersen
Publication Date: April 7, 2016


#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!

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#blogbookaday: Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms

24 Apr

Sakura's Cherry Blossoms.jpgSummary:  “When Sakura’s father gets a new job, she and her parents leave their home in Japan. In America, Sakura misses the blossoming cherry tree where she and her grandmother would play and picnic. How will she feel at home in this new and unfamiliar place? What if she forgets the beloved grandmother she left behind? Making friends with her neighbour helps Sakura feel more settled and when springtime finally arrives, a gorgeous and fateful surprise awaits her.

Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms captures the beauty of the healing power of friendship through Weston’s Japanese poetry-inspired text and Saburi’s breathtaking illustrations. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is a beautiful story of the power of friendship as Sakura learns that saying good-bye is not easy. Sakura’s family leaves Japan for America for her father’s job leaving her beloved grandmother behind. Learning a new language, going to a new school and meeting new friends is difficult for Sakura. A surprise in the spring helps Sakura to understand that it’s never easy to say goodbye, but it’s also important to say hello.

Personal Reaction: This little book packs a huge punch talking about the immigrant experience, making new friends, the death of a family member and sharing in the beauty that surrounds you are all done equally well – told in tanka poetry (similar to haiku but with a few more lines). The illustrations show the relationship between Sakura and her grandmother and how much the cherry blossoms mean to the little girl. This was a beautifully done story – perfect for a young elementary age audience who will grasp the concepts well.

Title: Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms
Author: Robert Paul Weston
Illustrator: Mis Saburi
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: February 20, 2018


#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!

#blogbookaday: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car

23 Apr

Twinkle Twinkle Little Car.jpgSummary:  “A little red car beeps good night to all of his four-wheeled friends in this fresh take on the classic song, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

Twinkle, twinkle, little car,
how you love to travel far.
Now it’s time to go to bed.
But you want to drive instead.

It’s time for Little Car to go to sleep, but he isn’t tired yet! So he cruises around town saying goodnight to all of his friends, from the tractors in their shed to the buses and taxis in town to the cranes and diggers at the construction site. Finally exhausted, Little Car putt-putts home where at last his beep-beep dreams begin.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little car is ready for bed yet so he goes on an adventure seeing all his friends – if you’ve got a kid who loves things-that-go, you’ve got to read this adorable bedtime book! I had a hard with the rhythm of the story and song pairing together, but if you sing the rhyming words, you’ll get some sort of rhythm out of it (mine probably wasn’t right, but it worked.) The illustrations are block prints which is different from other styles I’m used to and I love the texture it provides on the page. Overall, this is a sweet bedtime story for your little one who never stops going!

Personal Reaction: My nephew is two and a half and absolutely loves anything with wheels – he’s going to love this book! The little red car visits tractors, an airplane, the firehouse, a construction site, and a tug boat which means it’s right up his alley! I’ll definitely be sharing this story with him the next time I see him.

Title: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car
Author: Kate Dopirak
Illustrator: Mary Peterson
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: February 13, 2018


#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!

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Therapy Dog

23 Apr

dog-reading.jpgProgram Name: Paws to Read

What: This has been an extremely popular program during our Summer Reading program where elementary children get a chance to read aloud to our library’s therapy greyhound. This dog is fairly large, about 80lbs. but is the most gentle dog I’ve ever met -so calm and relaxed and absolutely loves spending time with the kids. And our therapy dog’s mom is also a library board member which is great for us and she does an amazing job, providing picture books to display for kids to read and spends time with each child answering questions about Star, our therapy dog and teaching the kids how to properly walk up to a dog and how to pet them.

Where: We offer this program in our children’s department which can at times be difficult, but we have learned how to navigate kids (who aren’t reading and just wants to pet the dog) and giving adequate time to each child to read – we usually give kids a 10-15 minute time slot to ensure that there are enough kids to read to Star and not to have him sitting in the library waiting for a long time between readers.

When: We offer this program during our summer reading program – one morning a week for six weeks during the summer for about 2 hours each session. We’ve tried this program throughout the school year and it’s difficult to get the kids to show-up after registering for the program so we tend to host it during the summer only.

Who: This program is geared toward elementary school who are learning to read or are fluent readers.

How: As I said, we have a library board member who has a therapy dog and donates her time to coming to the library during the summer, which we absolutely love, but this is not an uncommon program that many libraries have offered.

Alternatives:

  • I’ve seen libraries partner with local SPCAs to encourage pet adoptions which would be a great program as my own pup is a rescue.
  • I’ve also seen a number of universities offer time for students to cuddle with puppies or kitties during finals week as a way to decompress.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

#blogbookaday: Teddy’s Favorite Toy

21 Apr

Teddys Favorite Toy.jpgSummary:  “A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.

Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style.

Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day. Can Teddy’s mom reunite Teddy with his favorite toy?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: GASP. Teddy’s favorite toy is a doll and although that can be a problem for some parents, I enjoyed how well this story integrated his doll in with all of his other toys. I also loved that what Teddy loves most about Bren-da is also similar to how awesome his mom is when rescuing his favorite toy.

Personal Reaction: I liked the overall story, especially because it didn’t focus on Teddy’s favorite toy being a doll, more so his favorite toy doing all this great stuff and then him losing her. And although the mom being able to retrieve Bren-da from the garbage truck is far-fetched, I loved to what lengths she went to find her son’s favorite toy. I worry that sayings like, “Yass Queen!” will date this book very quickly, but overall, I enjoyed the story and think it’s a great one to have on the shelf.

Title: Teddy’s Favorite Toy
Author: Christian Trimmer
Illustrator: Madeline Valentine
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 27, 2018


#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!

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