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Author: Caroline Stutson

This story is a great read aloud for Halloween! It is mildly scary but, oh, so silly and the girl who is the main character is very brave indeed. After all, she is making music in the dark!

The fun refrain for a large group is: "By the light, by the light, of the Halloween moon." I like to draw moon out like moooon.

Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

Author: Wong Herbert Yee

I was delighted to find this early chapter book by Wong Herbert Yee. I have always enjoyed his gentle, witty, inventive, and sweet style. In this book, Mouse learns how to be respectful of Mole (offering him sunglasses) and Mole learns to be respectful of Mouse (offering her candles). There are lots more in this series. I can't wait to read them all!

Author: Amy Schwartz

Anyone who has raised or is raising two girls should really enjoy this book.  It is so realistic to the way sisters are with each other.  I love the way the younger sister decides not to take it anymore and makes a plan to run away but instead imagines herself into a new solution to her problem.  I think it will help children with the emotions they don't quite know what to do with about their siblings.  

Author: David Stein

I can imagine this book as very popular being read aloud to a group of children.  Everyone needs to help make the sounds of Ol' Mama Squirrel, the most protective mama you will ever meet.  She can chase away just about anyone, but has a surprise planned to scare off the big bear that threatens her babies.  There's only one thing more frightening than a fierce protective mother..... a whole group of fierce protective mothers.  Delightful reading!

Author: Emily Jenkins

There are so many ways to enjoy this book.  It is a book about the time of day and what happens when.  It is a book about a community of families with small children and pets. It is a book about the water in the park that connects everyone!  I really, really, really want to live in a neighborhood with a park like this!

Author: Guido van Genechten

This book, and it's companion book, Odd OneOut: Big and Small, are a must read for any lapsit exploring between a parent and a toddler.  They are so fun.  Children will really have to look closely at each full page spread to find the odd one out and the one who is going to the dance.  These books would make great birthday presents!

Author: Bruce Goldstone

This book really makes a sometimes difficult concept very understandable for children.  With colorful photographs and interactive examples, readers are introduced to the concept of possibility and impossibility, certainty and improbability.  What are the odds that you will find fun in this book?  I'd say it is a certainty.

Author: Mineko Mamada

This terrific book urges the reader to look at everyday things and familiar animals in a different way on just about every page.  There isn't a lot of text and what text there is is repetitive, asking the reader, "What do you think?" This book is genuinely thought provoking and fun!