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Read Alouds

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Author: David LaRochelle

Great read aloud.  There is nothing meaner than green beans with pointy boots and tall cowboy hats.  This story needs someone to save the day, who will it be?

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Title: Extra Yarn
Author: Mac Barnett

This Caldecott Honor book is right on the mark!  Striking and simple illustrations tell just as much as the words in this book.  Annabelle is a generous and self-assured young girl who finds a way to improve her community through a magical box of yarn.

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Author: Benjamin Chaud

This oversized picture book is a kind of "look and find" with a story. Bear and Cub are set to hibernate for the winter when Cub hears a honeybee and cannot resist chasing it down. When Bear realizes Cub is gone he is off to find him and the journey takes him through a forest to a far-away metropolis. Eventually Bear finds Cub but not before traversing busy streets, the underbelly of the opera house and the opera stage itself. The illustrations to this story are what make this book stand out. Readers and listeners of a certain age will want to spend lots of time looking for Cub and the honeybee he is chasing as well as tune in to all the action going on in the streets, basements, stores and apartments of the metropolis. This is a book cleverly done.

Trickster Tale

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Author: Gita Wolf

This book is a treasure trove of art, text, paper, type - no detail is left undone. While the author did a good job of adapting text from the oral Rajasthani trickster tale, it is Sunita's art that makes this book sing sing sing. Sunita is young artist from the Meena tribe and the art is also an adaptation of the traditional finger style painting that is called Mandna. Gobble You Up! is the story of Jackal and his penchant for gobbling up everything in his path. The book is handmade with thick brown paper on which the beautifully rendered drawings are printed. This book would be a very good read aloud for all elementary grades and the artistic elements would appeal to high school students too. A truly fantastic book.

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Author: Michael Ian Black

This book is about all the different words for our "bumper". It is silly and fun with a humorous ending!

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Author: Jennifer Berne

This book conveys how the imagination and creativity of Einstein must have FELT! It is a great jumping off point for learning more about Einstein!

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Author: Mark Sperring

This book is a poem accompanied by bright, dazzling pictures that tells about the shapes that a child would encounter in the course of a day. The book ends with the mother of the child explaining that the shape of her heart is filled with all of their time together and her love for her child.

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Author: Orianne Lallemand

In this comical readaloud, wolf tries on different colors until he realizes that he is good the way he is.

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Author: Tim Harrington

This book is a new twist on the fingerplay, "This Little Piggy". The toes decide to break out on some wonderful adventures.  It is pretty funny what they get themselves up to!

Adorable!

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Author: Alison Murray

The three characters in this book are a puppy, a pie(!), and a little girl. The book is a clever exploration of the alphabet with each page reeling out a letter to tell the story of the three characters. *There is satisfaction in the chase.* I loved the expressive pictures.