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Author Reading: Michael Garland and Oh, What a Christmas!

Join Santa's wild ride in this soon-to-be Christmas classic! Michael Garland reads aloud from his new picture book, Oh, What a Christmas!

9780545242103_sm[1]Saturday, December 17th at 11am
Boulevard Books & Café       
7518 13th Avenue   
Brooklyn, NY 11228   
718-680-5881

 

When the harness to Santa's sleigh breaks mid-flight, Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer gang fly off into the night...leaving Santa and all of his presents stranded! Who will guide Santa's sleigh and save Christmas now? Luckily, Santa lands near a tiny barn filled with sleepy animals. With a twinkle in his eye, Santa sees a solution and wonders how well cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and an old hound dog can fly.

Author Event: Quiara Alegria Hudes and Welcome to My Neighborhood

Join author Quiara Alegria Hudes as she reads from her book, Welcome to My Neighborhood!: A Barrio ABC. 

9780545094245_lg[1] Saturday, November 19th from 12 - 3 p.m.   
El Museo del Barrio       
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street   
New York, NY 10029   
212.831.7272

About the book:

M is for las muralistas, making murals of island vistas. Waterfalls that hide brick walls. Rainforest full of tropical trees.

N is for the noisy neighbors who sit on the stoop and catch the breeze.

When Ava's friend Chien visits her in the Barrio, she takes him on a tour of all of her favorite things about the neighborhood. From fire hydrants to ice cream trucks, bodegas to vacant lots, the sights and sounds of the Barrio — even the less perfect things — come to life in the poetic words of Quiara Hudes, author of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.

Praise for Welcome to My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC

*"An expressive girl takes a friend on a poetic tour of her inner-city neighborhood. "E is for the echo of the elevated train./ F is for the fire hydrant spraying summer rain." Chalky, gouache washes capture both the vital and gently dilapidated elements of city life: "Q is for quemar, to burn a house to the ground beneath,/ making a block full of row homes look like a smile that's missing its two front teeth." The subtle presence of the girl's personal narrative and her nuanced understanding of what makes her neighborhood home set this ABC book apart. Spanish-language edition also available." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Author reading: Amy Gibson, Around the World on Eighty Legs

Author Amy Gibson reads from her new picture book, Around the World on Eighty Legs!

9780439587556_lg[1] About the book:

A fun, fresh animal journey! Amy Gibson and Daniel Salmieri take readers on an  exciting animal adventure around the globe. As readers explore habitats ranging from the Arctic to the Savanna, they will learn fun and humorous information about the animals who live there.


Monday, November 7th at 6 p.m.
B&N #1944
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd   
San Jose, CA 95117
408-984-3495

Author Reading: Arthur Levine and Monday is One Day

Join author and editor Arthur A. Levine as he reads from his picture book, Monday is One Day.

9780439789240_lg[1] Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 p.m.   
Secret Garden Bookshop   
2214 Northwest Market Street   
Seattle, WA 98107   
206-789-5006

About the book:

A love note from a working parent to a child, counting the days of the week — each one a special opportunity to spend time together!

One by one, the days of the week roll by. Monday is one day, Tuesday is blue shoes day, and Wednesday is halfway day.

When Saturday and Sunday finally come, it's time for little ones and the adults who love them to play, share, and celebrate. Every day of the week offers a special opportunity for families to enjoy being together!

Author Event: Cynthia Lord at the Burlington Book Festival

Join author Cynthia Lord as she reads from her picture book, Happy Birthday Hamster, at the Burlington Book Festival this weekend.

9780545255226_lg[1] About the book:

Pink cake, blue cake, chocolate through-and-through cake.

Short cake, tall cake, cannot-eat-it-all cake.

WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson return with a tale chock-full of fun rhymes and hilarious artwork about Hamster's favorite day: his birthday! But is it possible that Dog and his friends have forgotten all about it? Not a chance. Join them as they plan the best surprise birthday party ever!

Sunday, September 25th      
Burlington Book Festival   
Burlington, VT       
802-658-3328

Author Appearance: Brian Sendelbach and The Underpants Zoo

Underpantszoo Join author Brian Sendelback as he reads from his new picture book, The Underpants Zoo.

Saturday, June 18th from 12-2pm   
Books of Wonder   
18 West 18th Street   
New York, NY 10011   
212-989-3270

"There's a new zoo in town,
and here's what I've heard:
The Underpants Zoo
is completely absurd."

What kind of underpants does a lion wear? What about an elephant? The answers to these questions will have readers laughing and turning the page to find out more!

 

Author Event: Mark Teague and LaRue Across America

9780439915021_sm[1] Join author Mark Teague as he reads from his newest book, LaRue Across America.

Monday, May 2nd at 6:30pm
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Ave. #110   
Huntington Beach, CA 92647   
714-897-8781

About the Book:
Ike's plans for a peaceful cruise with Mrs. LaRue are thwarted when their neighbor, Mrs. Hibbins, falls suddenly ill from heat stroke. Mrs. LaRue suggests that she and Ike care for her cats while Mrs. Hibbins is in the hospital, inviting them along on the cruise. But cats aren't allowed, and Mrs. LaRue decides to take them all on a week's vacation of road-tripping.

Author Appearances: Arthur Levine and Monday is One Day

9780439789240_sm[1] Join author Arthur Levine as he reads from his newest picture book, Monday is One Day.

The hardest part of going to work is being away from you.
Let's count the days until we're both at home
with a special thing to do.

One by one, the days of the week roll by. Monday is one day. Tuesday's blue shoes day. Wednesday's halfway day. With monster roars and splashy puddles, with crazy ties and hugs, kids and perents count the perfect small moments of their weekday time together, looking forward to the weekend, when the days will be all theirs.

Friday, April 29th at 6:30pm
Wild Rumpus   
2720 W 43rd St   
Minneapolis, MN 55410   
612-920-5005

Sunday, May 1st at 2pm
The Red Balloon Bookshop   
891 Grand Avenue   
St. Paul, MN 55105   
651-224-8320

Author Event: Pam Munoz Ryan and Tony Baloney

9780545231350_sm[1] Join author Pam Munoz Ryan as she reads from her newest picture book, Tony Baloney.

Thursday, March 31st at 4:30pm   
Yellow Book Road       
7200 Parkway Dr., Ste. 118   
La Mesa, CA 91942   
(619) 463-4900

Tony Baloney is a macaroni penguin. He loves fish tacos, Little Green Walrus Guys, his stuffed animal, Dandelion, and anything with wheels. He does not love trouble...but trouble loves him. Sometimes, when he is tired of Bossy Big Sister Baloney and exasperated with the Bothersome Babies Baloney, Dandelion behaves badly. And then, Tony must say he is sorry, which is not always easy for him.

Whether you are a mischievous middle, a bossy biggest, or a bothersome baby, you are sure to root for Tony Baloney and find yourself, or someone you love, in the Baloney family.

AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Karen Beaumont, Shoe-la-la!

9780545067058_sm[1] Join New York Times bestselling author Karen Beaumont as she reads from her newest book, Shoe-la-la!

Wednesday, March 16th at 3pm
Hicklebee's       
1378 Lincoln Avenue  
San Jose, CA 95125   
(408) 292-8880

About the book:
Join Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Claire as they search for the perfect pair of party shoes. Girls of all ages will love to shoe shop with these four fabulous friends. From "fuzzy boots for when it snows" to "ballerinas on our toes," the girls try on every shoe in the store, but "eeny, meeny, my, oh, my, [they] just don't know which shoes to buy." With some feathers and glitter, a little bit of glue, and a LOT of imagination, the girls come up with the best shoes of all!

AUTHOR EVENT: Leonid Gore and Worms for Lunch

9780545243384_sm[1] Join author Leonid Gore as he reads from his new picture book, Worms for Lunch. In this funny, lighthearted romp that celebrates indivudal taste, young readers will relish guessing what each different animal calls lunch. And they'll be hungry to read this one again!

Saturday, March 5th at 10am
Watchung Booksellers   
54 Fairfield Street   
Montclair, NJ 07042   
(973) 744-7177



AUTHOR EVENT: Derek Anderson and Story County

9780545168441_sm[1] Award-winning illustrator Derek Anderson welcomes you to the publication party for his new book, Story County: Here We Come!. Story County is the place where friends Farmer, Dog, Pig, Chicken, and Miss Cow create a special farm through teamwork. It is the kind of place where anything can, and usually does, happen. Together these friends paint the barn a rainbow of colors, plant jelly beans and candy corn, and fashion a fabulous scarecrow, until presto! -- the farm is done. Or is it?

Derek Anderson was born and raised in the real Story County, which is located in the center of Iowa farm country. He loved visiting his grandfather's farm when he was growing up. "It was such a fun, almost magical place to explore," he says. "I wanted to create a farm in my book that had that same feeling -- a place where anything is possible."

Saturday, February 12th at 10:30am
Red Balloon Bookshop   
891 Grand Avenue   
St Paul, MN 55105-3008   
(651) 224-8320

Monday, February 21st at 10:30am   
Wild Rumpus       
2720 W 43rd St   
Minneapolis, MN    55410     
(612) 920-5005


AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Karen Beaumont, Shoe-la-la!

Shoe Join New York Times bestselling author Karen Beaumont as she reads from her newest book, Shoe-la-la!

Thursday, February 10th from 3-5pm
BookSmart       
80 East 2nd Street   
Morgan Hill, CA    95037   
(408) 778-6467

About the book:
Join Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Claire as they search for the perfect pair of party shoes. Girls of all ages will love to shoe shop with these four fabulous friends. From "fuzzy boots for when it snows" to "ballerinas on our toes," the girls try on every shoe in the store, but "eeny, meeny, my, oh, my, [they] just don't know which shoes to buy." With some feathers and glitter, a little bit of glue, and a LOT of imagination, the girls come up with the best shoes of all!

ILLUSTRATOR EVENT: Alix Delinois, Eight Days

9780545278492_sm Join illustrator Alix Delinois as he appears in support of Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.

Saturday, January 15th at 11am
Greenlight Bookstore       
686 Fulton St (at South Portland)   
Brooklyn, NY 11217   
(718) 246-0200

About This Book

From National Book Award nominee Edwidge Danticat comes a timely, brilliantly crafted story of hope and imagination — a powerful tribute to Haiti and children around the world.

Hope comes alive in this heartfelt and deeply resonating story.

While Junior is trapped for eight days beneath his collapsed house after an earthquake, he uses his imagination for comfort. Drawing on beautiful, everyday-life memories, Junior paints a sparkling picture of Haiti for each of those days — flying kites with his best friend or racing his sister around St. Marc's Square — helping him through the tragedy until he is finally rescued.

Love and hope dance across each page — granting us a way to talk about resilience as a family, a classroom, or a friend.

Praise for Eight Days: A Story of Haiti

"Using rich acrylics and thick brushwork, Delinois (Haiti-born, like the author) creates active, emotionally charged playscapes from which the narrator often looks up gravely, making steady eye contact with viewers as if to say: I am strong enough for this. Danticat closes this powerful, affirmative statement with an eloquent author’s note." — Kirkus, starred review

Author Event: Leonid Gore, The Wonderful Book

6a00e54faaf86b88330133f5879e7f970b-800wi[1] Join Leonid Gore as he reads from The Wonderful Book, a heartwarming and delightful romp that's sure to become a classic for young book lovers everywhere.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 21st, from 1-3pm   
Books of Wonder       
18 West 18th Street   
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270

AUTHOR EVENTS: David Shannon

Itschristmasdavid David Shannon, the award-winning artist and best-selling author of It's Christmas, David, makes several November appearances in support of his fourth full-length book featuring the irrepressible David.

Reviews
"An unusually funny read-aloud for Christmas." - Booklist

"Shannon's irresistible illustrations show David's emotions careening from hope to anticipation to sadness to joy, with a masterful use of perspective keeping the reader on the same emotional level with the little boy. The touching final page shows David clutching his new fire truck and a note from Santa, with Mom's protective arm around him as always." - Kirkus

"Emotions are easily conveyed, from David's hyper anticipation, to his very real fear that maybe his behavior makes him unworthy of Santa's attention, to the comforting and blissful endpage." - School Library Journal

Wednesday, November 17th @ 2pm   
Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop   
1030 Bonita Avenue   
La Verne, CA 91750   
(909) 599-4558

Friday, November 19th @ 7pm   
Borders, Inc.   
3700 Torrance Boulevard   
Torrance, CA 90503   
(310) 540-7000

Saturday, November 20th @ 10:30am   
Vroman's        
695 East Colorado Boulevard   
Pasadena, CA 91101   
(626) 449-5320

Saturday, November 20th @ 2:30pm   
Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe   
4199 Campus Drive, Suite A   
Irvine, CA 92612   
(949) 854-8288

Wednesday, December 1st @ 5pm   
Barnes & Noble    
1201 3rd Street   
Santa Monica, CA 90401   
(310) 260-9110


ILLUSTRATOR EVENT: Jim LaMarche & The Sea of Sleep

Otters Join illustrator Jim LaMarche on one of this Winter appearances in support of The Sea of Sleep.

About the book
Baby Otter is sleepy after a long day of play. Now he cuddles in his mama's arms as calm, silvery waters rock him gently toward sleep.

But there are many wondrous things to see before he gets there. They drift past leaping dolphins and schools of swimming fish. And there's the loving, beaming moon, who rests her friendly face on the water's sparkling surface. All the while, jewel-like stars light their way as they glide through the night toward morning.

Warren Hanson's mesmerizing voyage into the nighttime sea and Jim LaMarche's spectacular, affecting paintings create the kind of cozy, stirring images that will live for a lifetime in the reader's heart and imagination.

November 7th @ 11:30 am   
Kepler's Books   
1010 El Camino Real   
Menlo Park, CA 94025   
(650) 324-4321

Fall 2010 Librarian Preview Webcast

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It's not too late to get the inside scoop on upcoming picture books, fiction and nonfiction titles by Walter Dean Myers, David Shannon, and other favorite authors being published by Scholastic's trade imprints this Fall. Watch the Fall 2010 Librarian Preview Webcast today!

Help Reading Is Fundamental

RIF

For 40+ years Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. has helped children build literacy skills and provided greater access to books. Now, with funding in jeopardy, RIF needs your help to keep its programs alive. Find out how to support RIF and spread the word.


Plus, help RIF while getting students excited about reading over the summer. Join the 2010 Summer Reading Challenge — students have fun competing to read the most books while participating in Scholastic’s 50,000-book donation to RIF!

Author Events: Sarah MacLean, Liani Taylor, & More

9780545048866_xlgSarah MacLean, author of The Season will be making an appearance at:

Book Cove in Pawling, NY
November 14, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET
Call for details: 845-855-9590





9780545097499_xlg Michael Northrop, author of Gentlemen will be making an appearance at:

Book Cove in Pawling, NY
November 14, 2009 at 1 p.m. ET
Call for details: 845-855-9590





0545055857_xlgLiani Taylor, author of Lips Touch: Three Times and illustrator Jim DiBartolo will be making an appearance at:

Books of Wonder in New York, NY
November 16, 2009 at 6 p.m. ET
Get Details





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Marilyn Nelson, author of Beautiful Ballerina and photographer Susan Kuklin will be making an appearance at:

Scholastic Store in New York, NY
December 2, 2009 at 7 p.m. ET
Call for Details: 212-343-6166



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Maggie Stiefvater, author of Shiver will be making an appearance at:

Borders, Inc. in Fredericksburg, VA
December 12, 2009 at 2 p.m. ET
Call for Details: 540-785-6171

Save the Dates! Fall Season Webcasts

Fall Season Webcasts Offer Something for Every Student and Teacher

This fall season, Scholastic is offering THREE LIVE WEBCAST events that deliver original, engaging, and interactive content directly into classrooms.

Winter's Tail Winter's Tail: A Virtual Fieldtrip to Clearwater Marine Aquarium
October 7, 2009, 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST
Students will go deep underwater (while staying on land!) as this webcast explores the facts about dolphins and the inspirational true story of Winter, whose journey of courage and determination is documented with the new book Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again. Author Craig Hatkoff and special guests (including Winter!) will join the webcast too!

www.scholastic.com/winterstail

Goosebumps Get Goosebumps! with R.L. Stine
October 28, 2009 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST
What’s Halloween without a few scares? Bestselling author R.L. Stine will weave a spine-tingling story on the spot, with YOUR students’ help! Students can submit their ideas for a thrills-and-chills story in advance, and a tie-in writing contest will see one lucky student and school win a Goosebumps prize package!

www.scholastic.com/goosebumpswebcast

The 39 Clues The 39 Clues: Advanced Agent Training
November 2, 2009 1:30 pm EST/10:30 am PST
To unlock the mystery of the 39 clues, kids need highly classified, super-intense skills. Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, this webcast will offer just that! All five authors, of the first six books of the groundbreaking, multi-platform series, including Rick Riordan will help students uncover the secrets of being an agent. Upon successful completion of the training, your classroom will receive a secret code that unlocks never-before-seen files that will help answer a key question in the series. Pre-register for your webcast event kit and for details on The 39 Clues Advanced Agent Training Essay Contest!

www.scholastic.com/the39clues

Join us on exciting adventures without leaving your classroom!

Book Video - Family Huddle

It's definitely fall and we're all spending a lot of time in the Scholastic offices thinking about what teachers need and want this time of year. Meanwhile, all I'm thinking about is football. So excuse me as I indulge my two favorite things: football and picture books in this great video:

I love those Manning boys. They do make my Sundays. And this Family Huddle book looks adorable.

It's a Secret: Caldecott Contender?



It's a Secret It's a Secret!
Written & illustrated by John Burningham
Ages 3-9

This latest offering by John Burningham finds Malcolm the cat sleeping by day and venturing out to secret adventures at night. Inquisitive Marie Elaine is not content to let sleeping cats lie and manages to accompany Malcolm to a party after being chased by a gang of dogs.


Mr. Burningham's ability to infuse his illustrations with a wry sense of humor (case in point, the introduction of the dog gang) and his simple but engaging story make for one heck of a read.  He has truly created some magic here and I would think we'll be seeing this book on the Caldecott short list.

TeacherShare Activity

Dog Days of Summer


Wiggens
Wiggens Learns His Manners 
at the Four Seasons
by Leslie McGuirk & Alex von Bidder
Ages 5-9

With hot weather settled in, I thought this would be a good time to feature a dog-themed book and Wiggens fits that bill. This Labrador pup is in need of some manners and he heads to the Four Seasons for training. 

Wiggens and his friends retain their puppy enthusiasm as they're taught about social graces. The quirky speech bubbles are sure to keep kids entertained while the 10 lessons on manners are served up in a unique style.  Bon appetit!

Activity: Generate a list of manners with your students and write them on paper plates. Create a restaurant-themed bulletin board display and post the plates for all to see.

Author Event: Terry Golson, Tillie Lays an Egg

TilleLaysAnEgg


Terry Golson, author of Tillie Lays an Egg is making a live author appearance on September 22, 2009.

Barnes & Noble at 10:30a.m. ET
1 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA

Call for details: 508-628-5567


Find more live Scholastic author events.

New Book: The Tushy Book

TushyBook I was hopping around the web and came upon this adorable trailer for The Tushy Book by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tracy Dockray.


It's true! I can't say the word "tushy" without a smile. And the Tushy book website includes downloadable activities, greeting cards and more booty fun.

Perhaps something to add to your summer reading list?

Friday Blog Round Up


Spout CoverCongrats to Eric Carle on the big 80!  The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be celebrating this event in a number of ways, including a Birthday Bash and Children's Book Festival with the Western Massachusetts Illustrators' Guild, on June 13th. If you can't make it, be sure to check out their online gift shop. The bath spout is one of my favorites.   




Oh, the Places You'll Go!, that Dr. Seuss classic, is the focus of a new scholarship sponsored by Random House. President Chip Gibson announced Random House Children's Books, "will award one 2010 graduating high school senior $5,000 toward post-secondary education." Visit www.ohtheplaces.org for details.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast has yet another interesting interview, this time with illustrator Amy Ackerley. I still haven't stopped laughing from seeing her illustration of Patrick the penguin with a plunger on his head.

Tuttles-Cover If you're in the market for some picture book illustrations you need to check out the R. Michelson Galleries. They have a terrific selection; everything from Dr. Seuss to Mo Willems. They even had a show for one of my favorites, Thomas Locker. If you're in the Northampton, MA area, this jewel of a gallery is worth a visit. You can even pick up an autographed copy of one of Mr. Michelson's picture books.  







Have you signed up yet for Scholastic Mini Books?  Now's the time my book-savvy friends. There is quite a selection, including resources on favorites like The Grouchy Ladybug and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


Hope you have a super summer folks. If you're looking for some summertime books reviews, be sure to visit me on TeacherShare. Until then, keep reading and enjoy the sun!

Picture Book Thursday: Art for Everyone

FlyKiteFly Fly, Kit Fly!: A Story of Leonardo and a Bird Catcher
Written and illustrated by John Winch
Little Hare

Ages 4-9





A_is_for_Art A Is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet
Written and illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson
Ages 5-9







Vermeer_Interviews The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art
Written and illustrated by Bob Raczka
Ages 8-16







Fly, Kit Fly!: A Story of Leonardo and a Bird Catcher

This book was published a year or two ago but it's a good one to have for your classroom. This bit of historical fiction is based on the real meeting of Leonardo da Vinci and his life long friend Giacomo. Challenged to capture a red-tailed kite for the prince, the young boy completes his mission by offering a model built by da Vinci. Combined with rich red infused illustrations, this book is a fun tale and visual treat.  

A Is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet
This has to be one of the most interesting alphabet books on the market. Filled with truly abstract artwork and accompanying alliterative text, this title is well suited for old and young students alike. I think my favorites are "Fast Food Frenzy" featuring french fries and "Hoopla!" every Slinky aficionado's dream. Nice job Stephen T. Johnson!

The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art
What a innovative way to help children to appreciate art. Bob Raczka "interviews" a number of the figures found in the paintings of Vermeer, allowing him to comment on artistic style and symbolism as well as everyday life in the 1600s. You're going to enjoy reading this as much as your students will.

Activity
After having a class discussion about Leonardo da Vinci, students can draw pictures of their own inventions. Bind the drawings together to create a class book or display them on a bulletin board.

For more book reviews during our summer hiatus, be sure to hop on over to TeacherShare.

Friday Blog Round Up: Duck! Rabbit! and an Olivia poster

Duck_rabbit Cathleen at Chronicle Books tipped me off to a bunch of cool book features they have online. They include teacher guides, printable posters and videos. Check out the links for the following: Duck! Rabbit!, Little Oink, and Horse Crazy.

Chris Gall is currently being featured on the Little Brown Books You Tube channel. Hear about his inspiration behind Dinotrux! or check out another video to hear Patrick McDonnell, Stephenie Meyer, or James Patterson.

Over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, there's an interview with one of my favorite illustrators, Christopher Denise, as well as author Kristy Dempsey. It's also worth taking a look at his Web site; you'll get a full sense of his artwork. Keep up the good work Christopher!

With all the festivities around last week's Children's Book Week, there are still so many fun resources out there. I'm assuming this poster of Ian Falconer's Olivia is still available and worth the 60 cents for your classroom.

There's something about Mir that makes me want to pull a chair up to the table at Kitchen Table Reviews. This week she's blogging about Tedd Arnold's Super Fly Guy -- and fly he is!

You know the drill folks. Have a happy weekend and we'll see you back here next week!

Picture Book Thursday: Chicks

Missingchick The Missing Chick
Written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Candlewick Press

Ages 4-8





Littlechick Little Chick
Written by Amy Hest
Illustrated by Anita Jeram
Ages 4-8



Toughchicks Tough Chicks
Written by Cece Meng
Illustrated by Melissa Suber
Ages 4-8





The Missing Chick

I have to admit, right off the bat, that I am a Valeri Gorbachev fan. His artwork has always reminded me of that of Garth Williams, another of my all-time favorite illustrators. He once again delivers with The Missing Chick, a Richard Scarry-esque mystery about a missing chick. With good-hearted help from the police, firefighters, neighbors, and a detective, the chick is found safe and sound in a laundry basket. The cute characters and simple plot will keep children engrossed. 

Little Chick
I honestly was not expecting this book to be able to pull off three entertaining stories, but they're all very sweet. Children will find them affirming as Little Chick struggles with life's wonders. "The Carrot That Would Not Grow," "The Kite That Would Not Fly" and "The Starry Night" all feature the nurturing relationship between Little Chick and Old-Auntie.  

My favorite tale has Old -Auntie offering some words of wisdom: "'A tall carrot is certainly nice,' agreed Old-Auntie. 'But sometimes,' she whispered, 'a small carrot is just what you need.'"  This book could easily become a beloved classic.

Tough Chicks
Are they tough? Well they're certainly not punks, but tough in more of a resourceful and inquisitive way. Much to the chagrin of their barnyard buddies, they also know how to have a good time, diving after barn flies, roping the roosters, and rolling in the pigpen. When it's time to save the day, they jump into action, stopping the tractor from hitting the hen house -- and then going so far as to repair it. These are some chicks I'd want watching my back!

Activity
Take a white paper plate and cut it in half in a zigzag fashion. Attach the two halves with a brad fastener to create a "cracked egg."  Cut out a chick from yellow construction paper and glue it to the back of one half of the plate.  When the egg "cracks" the chick should peek out.

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