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Books for Kids (ages 6-8)

 

Hot Dog!  Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic

 

By Leslie Kimmelman; illus. by Victor Juhasz

 (Juvenile Non-fiction; ages 7 years and up)

This nonfiction picture book tells the true story of the British monarchy’s first visit to America since we won our independence from England. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s duty, as the president’s wife, was to plan the celebration. And much to the chagrin of many, she chose to serve the royal couple hot dogs! A wonderful insight into the life of this remarkable woman of prodigious abilities and talent, Hot Dog! offers up a quirky tale. The illustrations, which are caricatures, add just the right touch of humor. Recommended for those with an interest in presidents, history, and stories of strong women. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Every Body’s Talking: What We Say Without Words

By Donna M. Jackson

(Juvenile Non-Fiction; Grades 5 and up)

Every wonder what a person in front of you is thinking, or how they’re feeling? Do you know which gestures are OK to use in the U.S.A., but are terribly insulting somewhere else? Would you like a few simple tips on how to boost your confidence before speaking in front of others? Or, are you looking for tips on how to make  your comic book characters look more lifelike? Then this book is for you. People say as much with their bodies as with their words, and our bodies are often the more honest communicators. The author breaks down body language into easily understood chunks to help readers interpret the actions and expressions of others, along with tips to improve your own confidence and interpersonal skills. The photos and other graphics are clear, well-chosen, and help illustrate the author’s points. (Format: Print)

 

  

 

Naked!

By Michael Ian Black

(Picture Book; ages 4-8)

A boy is in the bathtub, Naked!  He’s running through the house and eating cookies, Naked!  He might just spend the rest of his life, Naked!  Then he discovers something even better than being Naked!  A picture book that is so stinking cute, funny, and true to life, it’s hard to do it justice in a review.  The illustrations are perfect (and totally unrevealing, never fear), the text is simple yet brilliant, and the expressions on the adults’ faces are priceless.  Perfect for bedtime, playtime, and any time giggles are allowed. (Format: Print)

 

 

  

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

By Lori Mortensen; illus. by Michael Allen Austin

 (Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

Trying to give a dog a bath is often a situation ripe for laughs, but add a cowboy named Clyde and his dirty “dawg”  and you’ve got one hilarious adventure!  You can get a country twang going as you read about the stunts Dawg pulls to avoid getting a bath, while Clyde soaks other animals in the process. (Format: Print)

 

  

 

That’s Not a Good Idea!

By Mo Willems

(Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

When a very hungry fox meets a very plump goose, a yummy dinner is on his mind.  He invites the goose to go for a walk that ends with a visit to his kitchen.  As Mama Goose accompanies Mr. Fox through the woods and into his lair, her babies are constantly shouting the warning, “That is not a good idea!”  But who needs to heed the warning, Mama Goose or Mr. Fox?  You won’t want to miss yet another hilarious offering by Mo Willems, author of the Elephant and Piggy series, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.   (Format: Print)

 

 

  

Hi, Koo!  A Year of Seasons

By John J. Muth

(Juvenile Poetry; ages 4-8 years)

Hi, Koo! features haiku about the four seasons.  Featuring Koo, the little panda introduced in Muth’s Zen Ties, this ode to the natural world will enchant many young readers.  Muth does not strictly adhere to the traditional English understanding of haiku’s form (i.e. the five, seven, five syllable rule), thou he does adhere more closely than most to the traditional Japanese focus on nature.  For added fun, you can follow the alphabetical path Muth creates with capitalized words.  As always, Muth’s illustrations, created with watercolor and ink, are soft, inviting, and whimsical.   (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Who’s on First? 

By Abbott & Costello; illus. by John Martz

(Picture Book; ages 5-10 years, but shh, it’s really for adults!)

Third base!!  The only time you will laugh harder is watching the actual Abbott and Costello classic comedy sketch. “Who’s on first?  What’s on second?  I Don’t Know’s on third” comes alive in this wonderful children’s picture book.  The illustrations are perfect: bold, big, and full of comical expressions.  I’m 100% positive this children’s book is for the parent.  But, you know, we can share, too.  Genius.  (Format: Print).

  

 

 

World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

By J. Patrick Lewis; illus. by Anna Raff

(Juvenile Poetry; ages 5-12 years)

After reading this book I bet “ewe” will never forget that June 14 is Ohio Sheep Day!  Don’t forget to appreciate your favorite dragon on January 16 – Dragon Appreciation Day.  Fun illustrations, featuring a cute group of rodents, accompany clever poems to educate the reader about wacky  - and real  -  holidays.   (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 Lifetime: the Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives 

By Lola M. Schaefer; illus. by Christopher Silas Neal

Did you know that in one lifetime a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers and an alligator will build 22 nests (and lay 550 eggs!)?  Kids will pore over this non-fiction picture book that shares fascinating facts about different animals through the framework of each animal’s average adult life span. Informative appendices give additional information about each animal featured and explain what an average is. Perfect for the curious young child who prefers fact to fiction.  (Format: Print)

 

  

 

Lifetime

By Lola M. Schaefer; illus. Christopher Silas Neal

(Juvenile Non-fiction; ages 5-8 years)

Did you know that in one lifetime a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers and an alligator will build 22 nests (and lay 550 eggs!)?  Kids will pore over this non-fiction picture book that shares fascinating facts about different animals through the framework of each animal’s average adult life span.  Informative appendices give additional information about each animal featured and explain what an average is.  Perfect for the curious young child who prefers fact to fiction. (Format: Print)

 

 

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