While this may look like some kind of crazy, action hero version of the Hanukkah story, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Tilda Balsley does an amazing job of distilling the Hanukkah story for the 3 to 6 set. With rhyming text, we learn the story behind the Festival of Lights. Antiochus, Mattathias and his five sons, and the re-dedication of the temple are all part of the story. Though it does get a little hokey in places, this is the first story that I’ve seen that gives a good background to why Hanukkah is celebrated and the history behind it. Balsley’s approach and Harrington’s illustrations are less lesson or lecture style and much more storytelling.
Archive for Ages 3 – 6
Having hosted our Friday morning Wee Ones Storytime for the better part of five years, I can attest to the fact that toddlers don’t like to sit still. They really, really don’t. Really. Any time they can get on their feet and moving, they’re happy campers! And this book provides the perfect opportunity.
Tiptoe Joe greets his animal friends and urges them to follow him on tiptoe to see a fantastic surprise. Each animal has a signature sound (which can easily be accompanied by a simple movement of your choice) that is repeated through the story. All this action is punctuated by the refrain, “Tiptoe, tiptoe, quiet please. Tiptoe underneath the trees.” It’s an awesome way to get kids moving in a controlled (read: not flailing!) way.
Repetitive stories are so helpful for getting little children involved, and author Ginger Foglesong Gibson is clearly clued in to that!
Read on, readers!
Looking for a rhyming read-aloud book that your pre-schooler will love? Check out Pirates Love Underpants. I’ve had a lot of luck reading books about underpants to pre-schoolers, so I have no doubt that this one will be a hit! Join these pirates as they make their way through Big Knickers Bay, Three Pants Ridge, and the Long-John Bridge to search for the Pants of Gold.
And, if you enjoy this tale, you’ll have to check out Aliens in Underpants Save the World by the same duo.
Oliver is a little insecure about his first day of school, so he brings an alligator in for reinforcement. While the alligator takes care of one scary thing after another, Oliver starts to realize school might not be so bad. But he has to decide before everything is devoured!
Readers will identify with Oliver’s fears and eat up Paul Schmid’s adorable pastel illustrations.
If you’ve missed out on one of our (very fun!) author events, don’t despair. Chances are we’ve still got copies of their books in our autographed bookcase.
(The bookcase itself isn’t autographed, FYI. It’s the books inside. You get it.)
Here’s a sampling of what’s there right now!
This hilarious retelling of “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” is a fast-paced, rip-roaring adventure! A rambunctious piglet gets loose at the county fair, and a wild chase ensues! Perfect for storytime with energetic wee ones.
Russell is, as indicated by the title, a sheep. And yet, in a cruel twist of irony, he is having trouble falling asleep. He tries everything! He counts everything! Until, in a flash of brilliance, he realizes he’s forgotten the most important thing of all.
James Bond meets middle grade adventure in this third installment of Gutman’s hilarious and action-packed series! Twins Coke and Pepsi (yes, you read that right) are on the wildest road trip of their lives—and it’s about to get wilder!
The summer Carly’s little sister, Anna, turns pretty, everything changes. Carly’s ready to stop playing the part she’s expected to take on in her comfortable Southern lifestyle. It’s time to be real! But now that Anna’s suddenly beautiful and popular, Carly is thrown for a loop. A delightful, funny summer read for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.
This futuristic/dystopian retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a thoroughly engaging, imaginative, arresting romance that teens and adults will be unable to put down. Peterfreund’s a local author, so keep an eye out for events for her upcoming Across a Star-Swept Sea, a re-imagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
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Every Sunday our tireless and dedicated booksellers calculate our store bestsellers and put them in the coveted bookcase by our cash register. If you ever want to know what’s popular with young readers at any given time, this is the place to check! Here’s a peek at what’s trending this week.
This installment in a ridiculously cute series condenses popular fairy tales into their most basic form. Each title offers colorful spreads highlighted by one or two words that pick out concepts from the story (“baby,” “hair,” “tower,” etc.). Perfect for fans of BabyLit and Cozy Classics!
One of our favorite interactive reads! Readers are prompted by the text to manipulate the colored dots on the page, creating patterns and images. A joyous exploration of art and creation!
Buzz dreams that his pet Fly Guy constructs a horrifying monster! FRANKENFLY! Thankfully, all works out in the end for these unlikely pals. We love the Fly Guy series for emerging readers who like a good laugh!
Cady has an enormous Talent for baking—but she has no idea that it will pull her into a twisted web of mystery! Told from multiple perspectives, this magical tale is good, clean fun for readers who like their books with a side of cake.
This latest installment of the tremendously entrancing Books of Elsewhere series finds Olive and company struggling with a difficult decision. Where do they put their trust? With mysterious magic? With her bizarre neighbors? And what about the titular strangers?
In the not-too-distant future, admission to university is reserved only for those who survive The Testing, a rigorous competition of will and strength. Into the fray enters Cia Vale, warned by her father to trust no one. Tailor-made for fans of The Hunger Games trilogy!
There’s three more days of Waldo! That’s still plenty of time to download a Waldo passport and set out for an Old Town adventure! Get 10 stamps and receive a Waldo sticker and $1 off a Waldo book; get 20 stamps and be entered in our grand prize raffle. Find more information here!
And don’t miss our Waldo Shindig & Raffle Drawing, this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm!
It goes without saying that this book grabbed my attention—just look at it! Peter Carnavas’ latest is an adorable little tale of two children who, as suggested by the title, love books. Their tiny house is full of them. Their family doesn’t have much, but with so many stacks of stories, it doesn’t seem to matter!
But one day the house can hold no more. Sadly, the little family decides they must get rid of their books. When all the piles are cleared, their house is emptier and lonelier than they could have imagined.
Later, though, a book falls out of young Lucy’s backpack. The family gathers around to read together, and once again they are smitten with the power of stories. They run out to their local bookstore (indie bookseller thumbs up!) and restock. Soon their home is full of joy and love and piles and piles of beautiful books! Hooray (for books)!
Read on, readers!
There are so many counting and alphabet books out there, but a few new books went straight to my favorite list. The first two books are brand new, and the third was published a year and a half ago. All three are worth checking out.
Counting monkeys is fun and easy! Right? Not when a horde of wild animals and polite grandmothers enter the picture. Pack with Barnett’s signature humor, this book demands readers do more than count, they must act in order to find those mischievous monkeys!Barnett’s wit and Cornell’s brilliant illustrations bring this counting adventure roaring to life.
It’s an alphabet book! No, it’s 1 book about numbers! So goes the battle between numbers and letters as an increasing ridiculous host of animals enters the book. By the time 13 monkeys wearing 14 neckties and juggling 15 oranges appear, the numbers and letters have decided to collaborate. Show-stopping illustrations make this book a delight, even for proficient counters and readers!
Of all the ABC books out there, Z is for Moose is my favorite. Z is obviously not for Moose, but he is too impatient to wait for his curtain call. After his interruptions disrupt the elephant and other animals, the director decides to go with Mouse for M. Children who already know their alphabet and are just learning to read will find this zany book hilarious.
The gingerbread man is joining a class on a field trip to the firehouse. Upon arrival the gingerbread man falls out of the safety of the backpack and right on the snout of the firehouse dalmatian. The gingerbread man will have to run as fast as he can to keep from becoming a tasty treat for this pup.
What makes this picture book stand out from other re-tellings of The Gingerbread Man tale is its educational aspect. Readers get to see all aspects of the firehouse as the gingerbread man hides in the firetruck cab, shimmies up the fire pole, and bounces over the beds where the firemen sleep. The gingerbread man gets an extra adventure when he winds up going along with the firefighters as they are called to put out a barn fire.
Mike Lowery’s illustrations are comic-panel style with clean lines and simple details. Murray’s text is a joy. Familiar Gingerbread Man rhymes that have been updated to suit the purpose of the book: “I’ll ride to the rescue as fast as I can. I want to help, too! I’m the Gingerbread Man!”
Great for any fire truck lover or those who enjoy classic/modernized folktales. As an added bonus, the book comes with a fire safety poster.