Rebecca’s Favorites of 2011

Rebecca loves picture books and sharing them with our story time attendees! f you’ve ever been to one of her story times, you know how much she loves reading stories aloud. These are a few of Rebecca’s favorites of the year:

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems; $8.99; Hyperion Books; ages 4+

Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich;$15.99; Simon & Schuster; ages 3+

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; $16.99; Random House; ages 3+

Fox and Hen Together by Beatrice Rodriguez; $14.95; Enchanted Lion Books; ages 3+

We have our Wee Ones story time every Friday and Saturday morning at 10:30 and other additional story times for older children throughout the month, so check out our events page and download calendar to find the time that works best for you!

Please Take Me for a Walk by Susan Gal

Join a rambunctious puppy as he tries to convince his owner to take him for a walk! Our doggie friend details all the fun things to do outside–chasing cats, greeting the florist and the bookseller, watching kids play, catching a frisbee, and even meeting other canine pals! How could anyone possibly resist saying yes to this exuberant ball of energy?

Susan Gal’s text is sparing and upbeat, always returning to a familiar refrain of “please take me for a walk.” Her texturally inspired illustrations capture perfectly the action of the story, especially when depicting the gleeful hero of the tale.  Little ones will be entranced by this delightful picture book–and its furry protagonist!

Stop by the store and flip through this rollicking adventure! Hooray for good books!

–Miss Megan

Please Take Me for a Walk, Susan Gal, Knopf Books for Young Readers, pub. May 2010, Ages 3-6

Sally’s Great Balloon Adventure by Stephen Huneck

It’s a beautiful spring day, so why not pick up a few outdoor books and read them in the park today? A great choice is hot-off-the-press Sally’s Great Balloon Adventure.

Sally, a beloved family pet, gets mixed up in search of some delicious fried chicken and winds up in a hot air balloon! She travels across the city and sees the world from a great height. Told with few words and driven by unique, block-print-inspired illustrations, this story is sure to delight pet lovers and adventurers. You’ll have to read it to find out if Sally ever gets that chicken!

Sally’s Great Balloon Adventure by Stephen Huneck, hardcover, $16.95, Abrams Books for Young Readers, ages 3-6

Tarra and Bella

tarra This touching story about an elephant named Tarra and a dog named Bella is especially fun to read because it’s a true story! No one would guess that a retired show business elephant and an adorable stray dog would form a friendship, but these two became inseparable. Carol Buckley’s photography shows Tarra and Bella swimming together  in a pond and strolling around the elephant sanctuary. When Bella gets sick, Tarra, loyal and concerned, stands waiting outside for her friend to get better. This is a great book about an unlikely friendship. A must-read for animal lovers! Check out the video below!

Tarra and Bella, text and photography by Carol Buckley; G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 16.99; 2009

See a video story of Tarra and Bella

Who Wants to be a Poodle I Don’t: Erin’s Pick of the Day

Who Wants to be a Poodle I Don’t; Lauren Child; $16.99; published 2009; Candlewick Press (ages 3-6)

poodleAuthor Lauren Child’s trademark humor and whimsical illustrations bring to life the story of Twinkle Toes, a pampered poodle who dreams of splashing  in puddles like the other dogs.  Twinkle Toes struggles to find her place as a dog, putting her owner through all sorts of hijinks.  The pages are filled with highly entertaining collage pictures, and the story has a nice theme of self-acceptance.  Who Wants to be a Poodle I Don’t is a book you’ll enjoy reading and re-reading.

Megan’s Book of the Day 7/3/09

Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt, by David Catrow, Ages 3-7

9780545057486Max is no ordinary dog. He is a great hunter! His prize of choice? Dinosaurs! But Max simply can’t hunt dinosaurs inside. For that, he must go on a true adventure to the unexplored wild of the backyard. As this zany canine prowls the yard, he encounters bicycles, toys, a rake, and a gardening hose. But to Max, the intrepid dinosaur hunter, these items are no mere playthings and grooming implements–they are dinosaur bones! Piece by piece, the bloodhound puts together a towering display of dinosaurian strength that he is sure will strike fear into the hearts of any trespassers!

From David Catrow, beloved illustrator of the energetic Doggone Dogs and I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, comes an equally entertaining picture book for young adventurers! Catrow’s text is simple and sparing, allowing his fantastic illustrations to shine brilliantly. The sketch and watercolor artwork is colorful and alive with movement and silliness. This is the perfect fast-paced summer read for children who are ready to get up and go! Additionally, Catrow’s design makes this book fantastic both for a read-aloud storytime and for beginning readers who aren’t quite ready for chapter books.

Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt, David Catrow, pub. Summer 2009, Orchard Books

Need more recommendations for growing readers? Stop by or give us a call! Hooray for Books, 1555 King St., Alexandria, Virginia. 703-548-4092.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July–and keep reading!

Miss Megan

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Bark George CoverBark, George, by Jules Feiffer (ages 3-6)

George’s mother is trying to get him to bark and he does everything but.  A trip to the vet reveals the reason why.  A hilarious and imaginative book filled with various animal sounds.  Great for reading aloud, naming animals and their sounds.  Jules Feiffer’s illustrations float on the page, so the emphasis is placed on the characters of George and his mother (along with some other supporting characters).

Bark, George, by Jules Feiffer; HarperCollins, 1999; $17.99