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Title: I Love Ewe
Author: Aaron Zenz

I Love Ewe: An Ode To Animal Moms is a great, quick read for preschool aged children.  The book has adorable pictures of animal babies with their moms, along with the formal name for each animal mom.  Who knew hens lived underwater?  The final page of the book is a yearbook-style synopsis of all the animal moms, listing the animal along with the mom name and a picture, such as Fox-Vixen or Opossum-Jill.  The companion book, Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads is just as fun!

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.

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.

Author: Allison Jackson

A short, sweet and silly Valentine story, set to the tune of Clementine.  You just have to sing along once you start reading!

Trickster Tale

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.

Author: Michael Ian Black

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

Author: P. L. Travers

Understanding that this book was written in the 1930s, when books for children were just becoming popular, I was amazed at the imaginative story lines in this book.  Each chapter really a short story, I found myself wanting to compare and contrast with the classic Walt Disney movie, Mary Poppins.  There are some movie scenes not in the book.... and some book scenes not in the movie. Then, after seeing Saving Mr. Banks (Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson) which is the story of P. L. Travers and her reluctance to give up the rights to her story to Disney, I really wanted to read the book.  In the end, I think Mr. Disney did P. L. Travers a huge favor in making sure her story of Mary Poppins lives on for generations.

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!