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School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex & Christian Robinson

Reviewed by Amy Horne

“School’s First Day of School” provides a funny twist to first day jitters. We think about teachers and students being nervous about starting a new school year or perhaps starting a new school altogether, but what if the school building itself is the nervous one?

Frederick Douglass Elementary is a brand new building who does not know what to expect on the first day of classes. Will the students like school?  Will they be nice?

Things get off to a rocky start when several kids are overheard announcing they do not like school.  One kindergarten girl doesn’t want to come in and has to be carried into the building by her mother. She refuses to tell her name, and whispers to herself that she also “doesn’t like being at school.” Constant touching of everything and making messes by students, as well as an accidental fire drill only add to the frustrations.

By the afternoon the school has listened in on lessons and has seen how happy the students are while learning. It then begins to understand how important of a job it has. The school is especially excited when the little kindergarten girl draws a beautiful picture of the school and the teacher hangs it on the bulletin board.  The school is not so nervous anymore after realizing its purpose and it is excited that the students will be returning tomorrow.

This book will make a great read aloud for a parent with an apprehensive child about school and also for teachers to read to their class in the beginning of the school year.

Find many more books about going to school on our School Subject Shelf.

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We Are the Dinosaurs! by Laurie Berkner

Reviewed by Kelly Schaller

One of my favorite things to do besides reading, of course, is singing and being silly with kids.  I am always on the lookout for fun and catchy books to encourage mad masses of giggling children! I have found that my own kids enjoyed the fun songs of the performer, Laurie Berkner. One of my favorite songs that my kids loved to dance to was, “We are the Dinosaurs!” By Laurie Berkner. Well…Guess what…she has made that song into a sing-a-long book! The best part…. it is here at our library!

“We Are the Dinosaurs!” by Laurie Berkner is not only a fun song but it encourages movement and dancing. Singing is a GREAT tool for early literacy skills too!  You can’t help but sing and romp around as you are reading it! The illustrations are bright and fun…plus who doesn’t like pretending to be a dinosaur?

Don’t know the tune? No problem! You can always head to her website to hear and see the video! (www.laurieberkner.com) Great music for little ears and big fun for everyone!

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Picture Books: Dinosaur Shelf

Reviewed by Lisa Tyson

Tazewell County Public Library has organized all of its children’s picture books by subject. Instead of shelving our picture books by author we are grouping them according to subjects such as: Cats, Cultures, Space and Sports. Each book has a special label on the spine to indicate which category it belongs to. The Dinosaur books have a label with T-rex, the Wild Animals books have a picture of a tiger. Using images helps our youngest patrons to find books to check out.

Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein is the story of a newly hatched dinosaur named Dinah who is looking for someone to kiss. Instead she stomps and chomps her way through the story. Every attempt at kissing ends in disaster. “Who can I kiss?” she bellows. Finally, she comes face to face with another hatchling. WHOMP! A surprise happy ending awaits.

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont tells the story of a dirty dino named Dini. After a productive day with mud and dirt it is bath time for Dini. He splashes into the tub fully dressed. “Silly Dini Dinosaur! Don’t you know? You have to take your SHOES off…” Dini is in and out of the tub, shedding layers of clothing until finally, a sparkling clean dinosaur emerges. He is ready for bedtime stories, lullabies and kisses. Snug in bed, Dini drifts off to sleep. Kids and adults will enjoy this sweet bath time adventure.

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ZooZical by Judy Sierra

Reviewed by Amy Horne

The animals at the zoo are bored and somber from the lack of visitors. The lemurs have stopped leaping, the owls do not give a hoot, and the pandas have quit being cute. Everyone is moping except for a very small hippo and a baby kangaroo they are hip-hopping around the zoo. Their enthusiasm becomes contagious and soon all the animals feel as if they were born to be singers, dancers, and acrobats. The animals begin to practice their acts for the now planned and advertised ZooZical.

The news had spread like a wildfire of such a performance that when the curtains open the small hippo froze from stage fright at the sight of such a crowd. A quick thinking tiger let out a roar from backstage startling the hippo into hopping and tapping all around the stage. The crowd loved it and continued to enjoy all the other animal performances. It was a magical ZooZical that had many hoping it would never end.
Our summer reading program this year will be Reading by Design so come to the library and check out the Arts subject shelf for more books about designing your own play, dance, or art project.

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Children’s Books About Grandparents

Reviewed by Amy Horne

When a Grandpa Says “I Love You” by Douglas Wood

During the holiday season make time to talk with kids about the importance of family. So check out one of many books about families from our Family Shelf.
In the book When a Grandpa Says “I Love You” it shows the love between a grandpa and child. Grandpa’s show their love in all kinds of special ways such as teaching you to tie a shoe, and how to wink, how to learn a new game, and especially by telling stories that only a grandpa can tell that make you feel special. Cute and cuddly illustrations that use animals to portray the bond between grandfathers and the kids who love them.

Silas’ Seven Grandparents Anita Horrocks

Since the holiday season is the time of year families gets together, sharing stories about what others families do when they get together can be a lot of fun.
Silas is proud to have seven grandparents that enjoy spending time with him and devouring him with their attention. But when his are parents are going away on a business trip he is left with a very tough decision to make. Which grandparent to stay with since there is only one of him and seven of them? Silas decides not to stay with any one of them but to have all seven come and stay with him. Each one offers a fun, unique, and valuable activity they can do together. Silas knows he is loved seven times.

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Practically Perfect Pajamas by Erik Brooks

Reviewed by Natasha Hunt

The Practically Perfect Pajamas is a roasty, toasty book perfect for this chilly weather. Percy is a polar bear that loves his footy pajamas. Not many of the other polar bears like the pj’s but Aurora the Arctic fox has been watching and thinks they are very stylish and has a splendid idea to share with Percy. A fabulous book to read snuggled up in your perfect pajamas with a polar bear sized cup of hot chocolate at your side. This book will warm you from head to toe. Erik Brooks has also written another frosty tale of two friends that live on opposite sides of the world called Polar Opposites. These books and many more for the snow days to come can be found in the young people’s room.

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Picture Books: Heroes Shelf

Reviewed by by Lisa Tyson
Tazewell County Public Library has organized all of its children’s picture books by subject. Instead of shelving our picture books by author we are grouping them according to subjects such as: Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Family. Each book has a special label on the spine to indicate which category it belongs to. The Dinosaur books have a label with T-rex, the Wild Animals books have a picture of a tiger. Using images helps our youngest patrons to find books to check out.


The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon is the story of a boy transformed into a superhero who fights Worldwide Wickedness. A red cape, black mask and super letter “A” for awesome, make him a stylish crime fighter. When life seems overwhelming and Awesome Man is getting angry and wanting to hit something, he goes to a quiet place, gives himself a “ginormous” power grip hug, calms down and rejuvenates with “positrons.” Superhero fans will identify with this character’s awesomeness and his need to occasionally power down in between bouts with villains. Complete with a Slimebot and the Flaming Eyeball, there is plenty of action to enjoy.


The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer tells the story of Tim, who is accused of not telling the truth. Everyone doubts his word when he speaks about a ninja who eats chocolate cake, a pirate who swills tea and a giant squid that eats his book bag. What’s a boy to do? Tim has a plan he puts into action to save his tarnished reputation. See how Tim solves this dilemma and is rewarded with 100 ice creams!

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Children’s Books about Grandparents

Reviewed by Amy Horne

When a Grandpa Says “I Love You” by Douglas Wood

when-grandpa-says

During the holiday season make time to talk with kids about the importance of family. So check out one of many books about families from our Family Shelf.
In the book When a Grandpa Says “I Love You” it shows the love between a grandpa and child. Grandpa’s show their love in all kinds of special ways such as teaching you to tie a shoe, and how to wink, how to learn a new game, and especially by telling stories that only a grandpa can tell that make you feel special. Cute and cuddly illustrations that use animals to portray the bond between grandfathers and the kids who love them.

Silas’ Seven Grandparents by Anita Horrocks

silas-seven

Since the holiday season is the time of year families gets together, sharing stories about what others families do when they get together can be a lot of fun.
Silas is proud to have seven grandparents that enjoy spending time with him and devouring him with their attention. But when his are parents are going away on a business trip he is left with a very tough decision to make. Which grandparent to stay with since there is only one of him and seven of them? Silas decides not to stay with any one of them but to have all seven come and stay with him. Each one offers a fun, unique, and valuable activity they can do together. Silas knows he is loved seven times.

 

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Picture Books: Dogs Shelf

Reviewed by Lisa Tyson

Tazewell County Public Library has organized all of its children’s picture books by subject. Instead of shelving our picture books by author we are grouping them according to subjects such as: cats, dogs, heroes and family. Each book has a special label on the spine to indicate which category it belongs to. The Western books have a label with cowboy boots, the Space books have an image of a rocket. Using images allows even a three year old to find books to check out.

rrralph

RRRALPH  by Lois Ehlert is the story of a talking dog; he speaks English. He tells his owner his name, RRRALPH! He sits on the ROOF!  ROOF! of his dog house. He declares that the path is ROUGH! ROUGH! And of course, the tree is covered in BARK! BARK! The text is accompanied by delightful mixed media collage illustrations that include a pop can for the pooch’s nose. After reading this you might find yourself listening more carefully to your dog.

bark-george

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer is a silly story about a dog named George that can meow, quack and moo but cannot bark. His mother takes him to the vet who proceeds to pull a cat, duck and cow out of George’s mouth. Finally, George can bark. On the way home mom says, “Bark, George.” You’ll need to check out the book to read George’s reply. It’s not bark.

chewy-louie

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider begins with a hungry puppy that eats all the food in his bowl and then eats the bowl. The owners decide to name him Chewy Louie. He proceeds to eat toys, tables, cars and couches. Chewy Louie’s family calls on a vet, a pet trainer and a musical therapist to try to cure him of his awful appetite. Nothing works

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Monkey Not Ready For Kindergarten by Marc Brown
Reviewed by Amy Horne

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten

Many kids worry about starting back to school or transferring to a new one. Monkey has lots of different worries about starting kindergarten. What if his teacher doesn’t like him? What if he doesn’t make new friends? What if… what if… what if? Luckily, Monkey has help from his family and friends to ease his nervousness about going to school.

You can find other great books about going to school, not wanting to go to school, and field trips on our School Subject Shelf.

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