Monday, October 31, 2016

Review Round-Up: Books for Beginning Readers, October 2016

Happy Halloween! Here is the October 2016 review round-up of titles for beginning readers!

Easy Readers

Elephant and Piggie Like Reading, Mo Willem's new easy reader imprint, has been popular this month. There were reviews of We Are Growing at Sal's Fiction AddictionProvo Library Children's Book Reviews and Jean Little Library, and of The Cookie Fiasco at Sal's Fiction Addiction and Jean Little Library.

Jean Little Library also reviewed Pug, while Provo Library Children's Book Reviews reviewed Go Otto Go.

Other easy reader reviews included:

Chapter Books

A couple of popular titles from last month are still floating around out there. Kids Book a Day reviewed Juana and Lucas, and Jen Robinson's Book Page reviewed The Infamous Ratsos. Guessing Geisel is also wondering whether the latest title in the beloved Princess in Black series has the potential to win the Geisel this year.

Also receiving consistently positive feedback are the Tales from Deckawoo Drive books. This month Sal's Fiction Addiction reviewed Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon and Provo Library Children's Book Reviews reviewed Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? Provo Library Children's Book Reviews also posted about Belmont and the Dragon: The Forest of Doom and Gloom.

Geo Librarian highlighted three different series this month: Super Happy Party Bears, Ranger in Time, and Zapato Power. The Zapato power books were also mentioned in a post from Readerkidz which also highlights the Peter Powers and Jo Schmo series.

Jean Little Library also had a couple of chapter book reviews: Meet the Bobs and Tweets and Weekends with Max and His Dad.

Other chapter book reviews included:

Friday, October 7, 2016

November Story Time Themes

During the month of November, I like to center my story times on themes that connect in some way to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are my favorites.


Suggested Books:
  • A Feast for Ten by Cathryn Falwell
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
  • Mouse Mess by Linnea Asplind Riley
  • Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli 
  • Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges

Extension Activities:


Suggested Books:
  • Too Many Turkeys by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
  • Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
  • Over the River: A Turkey's Tale by Derek Anderson
  • This is the Turkey by Abby Levine 

Extension Activities:


Suggested Books:

  • The Day Ray Got Away by Angela Johnson
  • Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
  • The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes
  • Balloons Balloons Balloons by Dee Lillegard
  • A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood 

Extension Activities:


Suggested Books:

  • Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim
  • All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin
  • Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
  • Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp
  • This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed

Extension Activities:
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