Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A few children's book suggestions

Every year the Children's departments at our Main and branch locations put together an annotated booklet of book suggestions published in the previous year. Each staff member recommends several titles. Here are the ones I submitted.

Duck by Randy Cecil
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Candlewick (February 12, 2008)
In this sweet story Duck is a carousel animal who longs to fly. She adopts a lost duckling and they soon become inseparable. Can Duck teach her duckling to fly?

Big Bad Bunny by Franny Billingsley (Author), G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (February 19, 2008)
As Mama Mouse tucks in her babies, Big Bad Bunny is running wild through the woods. Mama notices Baby Boo-Boo is missing. As Mama searches for Baby Boo-Boo, Big Bad Bunny continues her forest romp. Will Mama find Baby Boo-Boo? Who is Big Bad Bunny?

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (April 17, 2008)

Serious Emily is seriously bothered by Duck, who is anything but serious. Duck likes to wear clothing, and everyone knows ducks don’t wear clothes. Can Emily cast off her serious side and learn to laugh with her new friend?

Help me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems By Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (April 1, 2008)
Are you a canine with a human problem? Write to Mr. Mutt and he will give you solid advice. Of course, his feline friend The Queen has something to say about Mr. Mutt’s words of wisdom.

I’m Not Santa by Jonathan Allen
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (September 23, 2008)
In this adorable Christmas tale, fluffy Baby Owl, wearing his red winter hat and pulling his sled comes across Baby Hare who insists that Baby Owl is Santa. What will it take to convince Baby Hare that Baby Owl is not the jolly old elf?

Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland retold by Jon Scieszka (Author), Mary Blair (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Disney Press (September 2, 2008)
Using the art that helped shape the look of Disney’s classic animated film, this new release of Alice in Wonderland will delight readers of any age.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)

A sweet poetic story of how babies from around the world all have ten little fingers and ten little toes, even the one sitting on mama’s lap.

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