Picture Books

07/23/2015 - 12:35pm
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

"In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play." 

A zebra, a lion, a moose, and a sheep find shelter in a cave, but maybe they should have first asked The Very Cranky Bear. He chases the quartet out into the storm with a "ROAR!"

07/23/2015 - 12:34pm
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

When the Bunny family finds an abandoned wolf pup on their doorstep, they raise it as their own. Only big sister Dot is skeptical of little Wolfie the Bunny.

05/05/2015 - 3:17pm
Knowledge and Fears

I am not afraid of snakes. I find them fascinating, and as a child I even saved my allowance to purchase one as a pet. In recent years, I’ve encountered many copperheads; the ones in the yard are no problem, I simply give them a wide berth and continue on my way. It’s those I’ve met while gardening that make me nervous. There’s nothing like happily weeding down a row only to arrive at the tail of a coiled poisonous snake. Once, a baby’s bright yellow tail tip even stroked my hand in its efforts to escape my rustling. I started to carry my cell phone and “announce” my presence before sticking my hands in, but I was still afraid a copperhead would misinterpret my gardening as a threat and lash out teeth first!  So I did some research on copperheads and what happens if you’re bitten. Now, when I start to feel nervous, I remind myself that although poisonous, a copperhead bite isn’t deadly, and that I definitely want to ask for the anti-venom before finding out how much it costs. This knowledge has helped me face my fear and continue a beloved hobby. While not a guaranteed cure, the power of knowledge can be a great reassurance. Here are some books that might help soothe your wary loved ones.

07/23/2015 - 12:34pm
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea

I'm a Shark is a hilarious book about fear by madcap master Bob Shea. We meet an awesome shark who declares himself unafraid of anything. Shots, scary movies, and dinosaurs are nothing to this undersea predator. That's when a tiny crab and fish happen to mention spiders.

"Creepy spider! Yuck! Is it on me? EWWW! EWWW! EWWW!"

07/23/2015 - 12:34pm
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

"By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you."

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich follows one curious creature's romp through the big city, which he interprets as the strangest and most surprising forest he has ever been in.

07/23/2015 - 12:33pm
Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown

Dancing Feet is a colorful guessing game for little ones. Each page spread alternates between questions and answers of which animal might be moving and grooving on the next page.

07/23/2015 - 12:31pm
Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Julia is new in town, courtesy of her giant tortoise-house. She likes the neighborhood perfectly fine but thinks it is a tad quiet. To make things more interesting, she hangs a sign outside her door reading "Julia's House for Lost Creatures."

Soon, all sorts of magical beings appear on her doorstep looking for shelter. It starts with a patchwork cat, then a bridgeless troll follows. Once word spreads about the house, gnomes, dragons and mermaids start lining up outside. Before Julia even knows it, her humble abode has been overrun with a bunch of fairytale freeloaders. What is a harried hostess to do?

07/23/2015 - 12:31pm
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet is as ambitious as picture books come. Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers presents 26 short tales, each based on a different letter of the alphabet. An astronaut who is afraid of heights, a daredevil girl who laughs in the face of death, and a lightning-struck lumberjack are just a few of characters we meet. 

07/23/2015 - 12:31pm
Hello, My Name Is Ruby by Philip C. Stead

"Hello, My Name Is Ruby," a small bird exclaims to anyone who will listen. She may be tiny, but Ruby makes up for her size in terms of sheer friendliness. Despite differences in size, color, and species, Ruby asks each of them if they would like to be her friends.

07/23/2015 - 12:31pm
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Louie is a picture-book character who notices the little details. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story begins to tell Louie's tale, but the book does not get very far before our hero discovers a startling fact that derails the entire story. There's a big, nasty jelly stain on the page!

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