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Mouse Camoflauge

Author: Ellen Stoll Walsh

I read Mouse Paint in preschool story hour this morning. The first page shows 3 white mice stading on a piece of white paper and the cat can't find them. I asked a 5 year old "why can't the cat see them?" and he told me "they're camoflauged!"

Mouse Paint is a great introduction to color for young children. It shows the primary colors, red, yellow and blue and what happens when the mice paint themselves and then mix the colors together to make new ones. It reinforces the paint mixing when they paint the white paper always keeping in mind they need a white space because of the cat.


Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This book truly hits the mark!  Exclamation Mark really is not sure about himself in life- he knows he's different from the others, it's just a matter of finding his own uniqueness.  This book is a great example about standing out and trying to fit in, but ultimately finding that being yourself is best.  A timeless tale for all children.

Author: Kathryn Galbraith

Even bunnies are prone to squabbles and hop, hop, hop off their own directions.  But...some things, like sweet green clover and red ripe berries, are just better with friends!  In a simple, easy to understand text for very young readers, this book is a great example of not getting along with friends and then reconciling again.

Author: Amy Timberlake

Set in Wisconsin in 1871, this book brings us into the small towns of Placid and Dog Hollow during the hey day of the passenger pigeon (now extinct).  Georgie is the only one who doesn't believe that the pieces of body brought home for burial in the blue-green ball gown is her older sister, Agatha.  She needs to find out what really happened and she discovers more than she bargained for.  This book will have you on the edge of your seat until almost the very last page!  It was a Newbery Honor Book, too.

Losing a Parent

Author: Rebecca Cobb

This story begins "Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy.  I am not sure where she has gone."  The story continues through a child's eyes of losing his mommy.  It's a simple and honest approach to discussing an emotionally difficult subject.  Although sad in nature, the book also explores the positive- still being part of a family and that he will always be special to his mommy.  A very touching book.

Author: Steve Jenkins

This comprehensive compendium of the animal kingdom is not to be missed!  Jenkins' stunning work covers roughly 300 of the world's most remarkable animals.  Facts are presented in an accessible and informative way.  In Jenkins' own words he explains the book covers "the exotic and the everyday- and describes some of the amazing things they can do."  The book is a must- have for any fan of the natural world.

Author: Jenny Offill

A young girl with a very inquisitive nature tries many different experiments. She decides that ketchup and snow are the only food groups a kids needs, dogs like glitter and yodeling in the car makes time go faster. The consequences of some of the experiments don't hurt anyone but then there are others. Follow along and see what happens. Maybe you will decide to try some experiments of your own. Be sure you are ready to suffer the consequences.

Adventures in math

Author: Laura Overdeck

Bedtime Math helps kids love math. These books are designed for parents and kids to interact at bedtime or during breakfast, dinnertime or bathtime. Each chapter has 2 page spreads with fun, math word problems loaded with information on one page and 3 questions on the second page. The questions are divided into Wee ones, Little kids and Big kids. The child can answer as many as they are able to. The answers are at the bottom of every page making it easy for parents find. At the back of the book it shows you the math equations behind the thinking. Bedtime Math 2 adds a bonus question that requires more steps and makes everyone think a little harder.

These books encourage kids to think things through, work as a team with siblings or parents and gives them one on one time with mom and dad.