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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!


(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Book Sequels

1 Aug

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I love to share my book knowledge with families at the library – especially when I get to tell them their favorite stories are part of a series! Check out these great sequels (and trilogies!)

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
The Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Max at Night
by Ed Vere
Max and Bird
by Ed Vere

I Want My Hat Back  by Jon Klassen
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Let’s Play by Hervé Tullet

Flannel Friday: 5 Little Leaves

4 Sep

The kids in my toddler storytime adore “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” so much so that I get nervous to leave it out of my weekly plan, but this fall I’m going to try for “5 Little Leaves” instead, just to give myself a little break from the monkeys.  This rhyme can be found in a variety of places and I’m not sure who to give credit to, except that I am borrowing it from Boy Mama, Teacher Mama.

I created my leaves using an Ellison die-cut of the leaf and then cutting around a cardstock pattern on the felt.  The brown leaf is the stiff felt and was much easier to cut out, but I’m not if it will stick as well on our flannel board.  I also happened to have the puffy paints out from my acorn project last week, so I outlined each leaf in puffy paint (didn’t have red) to make the leaves stand out just a little more.  I’m hoping my storytime kiddos don’t revolt with a change to the typical plan!

“5 Little Leaves”

Five little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing in a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town, (whooosh)
One little leaf came tumbling down.



Flannel Friday: The Acorn Song

28 Aug

11911825_10100733802326526_405108303_nI just came across this adorable acorn song from Jbrary (who else?) and I’m so excited to use during my storytime this fall.  I had a few minutes (and just the right felt and puffy paint) to make an adorable acorn for our flannelboard when we sing this song.  And he came out so cute… if I do say so myself!

The Acorn Song

I’m an acorn small and round
lying on the cold, cold, ground
people always step on me
that is why I’m cracked you see
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut (clack, clack)

Rosie Revere, Engineer

13 Mar

17290220Another amazing option for this year’s summer reading program – Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.  Rosie like to creates quiet and shy in class, but at night loves to create “gadgets and gizmos.”  But when Rosie’s Uncle Zookeeper Fred laughs at one of her inventions, Rosie becomes upset and keeps her inventing dreams to herself.  That is, until Rosie’s great-great-aunt Rosie (the Riveter) comes to visit.  Great-Great-Aunt Rose has one more goal on her list – to fly and little Rosie dares to dream about ways to make her aunt fly.  In the end, Great-Great-Aunt Rose teaches Rosie that a “great flop” is not the end of the world, but a chance to make it even better.

This is a great story to use for STEM programs with a  focus on building and engineering and the importance of persisting your passion.  It’s a great way to teach kids about a time in history and the important role women played during World War II.  I also loved reading this story because it has such a great rhythm and rhyme to it – it’s a lot of fun!  It’s also a great story for showing girls that they science is fun too!  I definitely plan on using this story during our summer reading program!

Title: Rosie Revere, Engineer
Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2014

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