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The Little Engine That Could

Title:  The Little Engine That Could
Author:   Watty Piper
Recommended for: Preschool and up
Call Number/Link:   E PIPER,W.

Synopsis:   The Little Engine That Could is an illustrated children’s book that was first published in the United States in 1930 by Platt & Munk. The story is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work.

Comments:   This has been one of my favorite children’s stories.  “I think I can, I think I can” a phrase that has instilled hard work and perseverance in young children.

I love this book because of the sense of accomplishment this little engine has after he has made it over the mountain.




Harold and the Purple Crayon


Title: Harold and the Purple Crayon
Author: Crockett Johnson
Series: N/A
Recommended for:
Pages: 239
Call Number/Link:  E JOHNS
Synopsis: One night Harold decides to take a walk in the moon light with his purple crayon. Go on an adventure with Harold and his purple crayon in this imagination filled classic.
Review:  Let Harold and his purple crayon take you on an adventure filled with dragons, hot air balloons and pie!  In a world of technological distractions this book is a great way to remind us all to have fun and use our imagination. There are quite a few books in this series that are just as fun as the original.

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Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Bedtime, Picture Books


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Brownie and Pearl Go for a Spin


Title: Brownie and Pearl Go for a Spin
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Series: Brownie and Pearl books
Recommended for: 18 months-K
Call Number/Link: E RYLANT

Synopsis: Brownie and Pearl have a new toy car! Join them as they cruise around the neighborhood, greeting neighbors, delivering the mail, and—yum!—sharing tasty carry-out snacks.

With their simple stories, bold, graphic illustrations, and pitch-perfect moments of humor, the books in Cynthia Rylant’s acclaimed Brownie & Pearl series are a wonderful choice for babies, emerging readers, and everyone in between!

Review: These books are fun and interactive and really keeps a toddlers attention. They also come in a beginning reader format. Those are found in the reader section under READER RYLANT,C.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Author: Martin, Bill Jr

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Birth to Kindergarten

Pages: 40

Call Number/Link:  E MARTI

“A told B and B told C I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” A mischievous group of 26 lower case letters race each other to the top of the coconut tree. Not before the tree starts to bend and all the letters fall down and get twisted in a big pile. 


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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


Mouse and the Motorcycle

Title: Mouse and the Motorcycle
Author: Beverly Cleary
Series: Mouse and the Motorcycle Series
Recommended for: Ages 8-12
Pages: 208
Call Number/Link:  J CLE

Synopsis: In this imaginative adventure from author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his toy motorcycle check into the Mountain View Inn.

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom come a lot of obstacles. With a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle.

One of my childhood favorites! You can not go wrong with Mouse and the motorcycle. A great classroom read-a-loud or a great transition book for a young reader.

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Posted by on December 19, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Funny, Juv, Uncategorized


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Title: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Author: Linda Williams
Recommended for: Preschool to First Grade
Call Number/Link: E WILLI

 Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!


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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Funny, Holidays, Picture Books, Uncategorized


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Title:Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Author: Mo Willems
Recommended for: Ages 3-5
Call Number/Link:  E WILLE

Synopsis:   When a bus driver takes a break from his route he leaves the reader with very specific instructions, DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! This pigeon is sneaky and will try and trick you into letting him drive the bus.


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Title: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Author: Mo Willems
Recommended for: Preschool
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When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.

In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum.


Duck for President


Title: Duck for President
Author: Doreen Cronin
Series: Click, Clack, Moo Series
Recommended for: Preschool to grade 2
Pages: 32
Call Number/Link: E CRONI

Synopsis: Hilarious story of a duck who is tired of working for Farmer Brown and thinks he can improve the farm yard. He holds an election and WINS! Duck quickly realizes that politics might be his thing. Follow Duck in his adventure on the campaign trail!

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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Funny, Picture Books


A Bad Case of Stripes


Title: Bad Case of Stripes
Author: David Shannon
Recommended for:  Ages 5-9
Pages: 32
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Synopsis: A wonderful and funny story about a little girl named Camilla Cream who soon finds out that being her self is way more important than what others think.