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National Poultry Day!!!!*

*no birds were eaten during the making of this post. 

Hi Everyone,

For those of you who don’t know, March 19th is National Poultry Day.  On this day, we celebrate all edible fowl, by eating them for every meal. While that is all well and good, I say let’s also celebrate the bird books. Though that date has passed, I thought I’d spend a little time recognizing these animals. So, in honor of National Poultry Day, I’m going to take a look at the books in which poultry will never be eaten, safe forever in the their illustrated pages.

That Is NOT a Good Idea!– Mo Willems

Let’s face it: Mo Willems is great at writing (and illustrating) stories with birds. And we sure are glad. That Is NOT a Good Idea! is yet another fantastic story (told as if it were a silent movie) about a duck who doesn’t realize that a wolf wants to have her for dinner. Literally! But the ducklings who are watching the events unfold know, and they keep trying to stop the duck from walking into the wolf’s trap. With an ending you won’t see coming, this book doesn’t disappoint with it’s humor and cleverness.

Interrupting Chicken– David Ezra Stein

This 2011 Caldecott Honor is the story of Papa who tries to read a bedtime story to his son, Chicken, but Chicken keeps interrupting. Finally, Chicken has interrupted all the stories, and Papa is about to give up. But Chicken pulls out a story of his own, and tells it to Papa. There are stories within a story, humor, and fairytales in this great picturebook. Really, what more could you ask for?

 

Caterina and the Perfect PartyErin Eitter Kono 

Caterina, a little brown bird, loves to make lists. Her current list is all about her perfect party. She’s sent out invitations to her friends, made food and decorations, but there is one thing she wasn’t counting on: a surprise rain shower! Now everything is ruined, but she can always count on her friends to make the clouds disappear. I love Caterina and her crazy organizational skills. Kono has beautifully written and illustrated this new picturebook that celebrates unwanted surprises.

So go out and celebrate all the birds! By not eating them. Well, maybe just for a day? They’ll really appreciate it, I’m sure.

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day. 

Different Kinds of Love

Hi Everyone,

The books this time showcase different kinds of love.

No Ordinary FamilyUte Krause 

No Ordinary Family is one of those books that surprised me. The narrative begins as a story about a family separated by divorce. But this is not all a sad story. When the Bandit kids’ parents split up, the kids, left with their mother, decide to go visit their father. And when the kids arrive, they find that a princess and her children have come to live with him! Well, the Bandit kids don’t like these prissy princesses. Not at all! So they pull some pranks and accidentally go a bit too far. But, by the end, the Princess and Bandit children are friends, and it’s time for the Bandits to go back to mom’s house. And you’ll never guess what they find there! Definitely an ending I didn’t expect, but in a funny way.

 

A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee portrays the different ways one can care for a friend. Amos loves his job taking care of his animal friends at the zoo. He plays chess with elephant, races with tortoise, hangs out with penguin, has a handkerchief for rhinoceros, and reads bedtime stories to owl. But one day, Amos doesn’t come to work. The animals worry, so they travel to Amos’ house. He’s in bed with the sniffles! All the animals take turns staying with Amos, and, soon he feels better enough that he reads them all a bedtime story. This 2011 Caldecott Medal winner is one of my favorite recommends for children who love animals. It is a sweet and lovely story, with an aspect that is reminiscent of Peggy Rathmann’Goodnight Gorillathere is a red balloon that readers can follow throughout the illustrations. 

 A Year with MarmaladeAlison Reyonds

A Year with Marmalade chronicles the time that Ella and Marmalade, the cat, spend waiting for their friend Maddy to return home with her family. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, but Ella and Marmalade aren’t friends. Ella spends the time trying to do all the activities that Maddy did with her, but Marmalade avoids them. Marmalade won’t play in the leaves, jump in puddles, or  But, one frosty morning, Ella wakes up to Marmalade laying on her feet. Thus begins a fast friendship. They play in the snow and read books by the fire. Soon, Maddy returns, and the three enjoy a great reunion. This book is one of my favorite new releases of 2013. The illustrations are charming, and the text tells a lovely story of a growing friendship. I cannot wait for the next Marmalade book, A New Friend for Marmalade!

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day.

Great Snowy Books

I love snow, and winter is my favorite season. So to celebrate the wonderful frozen water that falls from the sky, I’ve gathered some great snowy books.

1. The Snowy DayEzra Jack Keats

When the little boy wakes up, the world is covered in snow. This story follows his adventures while playing outside and trying to avoid the big kids’ snowball fights.

 

2. The Long WinterLaura Ingalls Wilder

I read this series over and over as a child, especially this one.

The Ingalls’ town is hit with a blizzard, and, even though it is fun in the beginning, the snow, which reaches the rooftops, has cut off the train. People are running out of food quickly. Will someone figure out a way to save the town?

 

3. The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeC. S. Lewis

Narnia is stuck in winter, having not seen summer for many many years. But when Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund discover the wintery land in the wardrobe, the snow begins to melt.

Follow the Pevensies’ adventures in Narnia!

 

4. Curious George in the Snow– Margaret & H. A. Rey

 Join Curious George for a hot beverage before he rockets down the snowy mountain! Curious George reaches the bottom of the mountain safely, but not without causing a ruckus along the way.

 

What are some of your favorite snowy books?

-Sam

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day. 

 

New Books to Think About!

Wondering what new books are out there? Trying to find a new book for the kid who’s read everything?  Well, here are few great reads (one newly released in paperback) that might be perfect for you.

Lost Cat– C. Roger Mader

Embark on a journey with Slipper the cat as she searches for her humans. They accidentally left her behind during moving day, and, just when Slipper decides to look for other people to adopt, she finds a lovely surprise.

 

Old MIkamba Had a FarmRachel Isadora

This twist on the nursery song “Old McDonald” is beautiful and fun. You’ll have fun making these different animals sounds, because, instead of farm animals, Old Mikamba’s farm houses cheetahs, elephants and lions.

There, ThereSam McBratney

From the author of Guess How Much I Love You! While playing outside, Little Hansie Bear gets into all kinds of scrapes while walking like a duck and digging the deepest hole. But his father hugs Hansie and reminds him that everything will get better soon. And when Hansie’s dad steps on a thorn, Hansie knows just what to do.


Abigail
– Catherine Rayner

Abigail the giraffe loves to count, but every time she tries, her friends unintentionally ruin her fun. But her friends find a way to help Abigail do what she loves and even join in.

 


Sidney, Stella and the Moon
– Emma Yarlett

Sidney and Stella cannot share, and fighting over a bouncy ball causes the moon to break into a million pieces. Can they settle their differences and find a new moon?

 


The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root– Christopher Pennell

In this new book published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, someone is stealing the rats of Whistle Root in the dark of night, forcing them to substitute vegetables for musicians when they play their instruments. Carly is the only one who notices because she cannot sleep at night. Carly must fight the horrid griddlebeast to save the rats and the rest of Whistle Root Woods.

 


Treasure Hunters- James Patterson

Hunt treasure with the Kidd kids as they sail the seven seas in search of their lost parents. In this humorous story, the Kidds encounter pirates, treacherous storms, and befuddling mysteries, but each obstacle brings them closer to their parents and a treasure bigger than either of them can imagine.

 


Snow in Summer Jane Yolen

Now in paperback: a fairytale of Snow White turned upside down! Summer’s life was perfect, but that changes when her mother dies in childbirth. Her new step-mother, Stepmama, is terrible, and Summer isn’t sure that she can stop Stepmama from doing something truly horrible.

 

If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think? If not, which ones interest you?

-Sam

 

 

Sam is the book buyer for the iconic World’s Only Curious George Store. After earning her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, she decided to travel the world, searching for Hufflelumps, Diagon Alley, Cair Paravel, silver slippers, and Neverland, before settling in Curious George’s house to read books all day.