8/1 – 8/7 Children’s Book of the Week: All About Alice

All About Alice
by Penny Dale
Alice is a precocious preschooler – very independent, but also aspiring to be just like her awesome big sister, Laura. The book takes us through Alice’s day – from when she gets up to bed time – but what really makes the book are the question pages. Almost every other page is full of little illustrations of all the options Alice has at her disposal: what she’s going to wear, what to eat for breakfast, what she should play with, etc. These pages are a blast for young readers, as they encourage active reading and creative thinking. With such vibrant illustrations, kids will love to learn all about Alice!

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~

7/11 – 7/17 Children’s Book of the Week: The Sun Egg

The Sun Egg
by Elsa Maarten Beskow
An unidentified, round and orange object has been spotted in the woods! To our little elf, it’s as big as as some of her woodland friends, but a lot more mysterious. Its beautifully bright color give it away; the elf is sure that it is a sun egg. Her friends all come to investigate the sun egg, fairy and fauna alike, but after some trial and error (and not a few tears), they decide that it is both edible and perishable. Eventually Owl points out that it is an orange, but not before all of these disarmingly sweet characters interact with the odd and beautiful find.

A charming story with beautiful illustrations. Makes for great storytelling because of all the different (and vocally interesting!) characters who come to investigate. Particularly great for ages 5-7.

~ Author Susan Chodakiewitz is  the founder of Booksicals. Her debut picture book: Too Many Visitors for One Little House is also a live musical and is now available as a musical DVD along with the SNOOZLE DANCE VIDEO for kids. Too Many Visitors for One Little House will soon be released as an e-book with READ to ME musical narration ~

6/27 – 7/3 Children’s Book of the Week: Elisabeth

Elisabeth
by Claire E. Nivola
Ruth and Elisabeth do everything together. They sleep in the same bed, eat from the same plate, and even share the same shadow – Elisabeth is a doll. They live in Germany with Ruth’s mother and father, at a time when life there is just beginning to get harder for Jews. Ruth can feel the change at home, at school, even at her father’s workplace. Suddenly, Ruth’s mother and father tell her they must leave at once, that they can bring nothing with them – not even Elisabeth. After having to migrate from Germany to Italy to France to America, and after many years, Elisabeth finds Ruth again. And this time, for good.

Based on the true story of the author’s mother, ‘Elisabeth’ is a story about change, courage, and hope, touching upon the situation for Jews in the early stages of Nazism in Germany. A great story, with more detail as to the real Ruth’s experience on the back flap.

 

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House. She is the founder of Booksicals books and theatrical.  Booksicals currently performs the picture book Too Many Visitors at schools, libraries, book stores, and special literacy events ~
 

5/30: Children’s Book of the Week; Sheila Rae, the Brave

Sheila Rae, the Brave
by Kevin Henkes
Sheila Rae isn’t afraid of anything: the dark, big dogs, thunder or lightning. She’s fearless with tricks on her big-kid bicycle, scoffs at superstition, and will beat up any monster lurking in her rather less fearless sister Louise’s closet. Louise is in awe of her big sister and her fearless feats;

“You’re too brave for me”

But when Sheila Rae  takes a new, unknown way home from school, it’s the support and love of her little sister, and not her own fearlessness, that guide her home.

Another excellent and classic children’s book, from mouse-book author Kevin Henkes. Other wonderful children’s picture books include Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (reviewed here), Chrysanthemum, and Chester’s Way.

~ Author Susan Chodakiewitz is  the founder of Booksicals. Her debut picture book: Too Many Visitors for One Little House is also a live musical and is now available as a musical DVD along with the SNOOZLE DANCE VIDEO for kids. Too Many Visitors for One Little House will soon be released as an e-book with READ to ME musical narration ~

5/2: Children’s Book of the Week; Children Make Terrible Pets

Children Make Terrible Pets
by Peter Brown
Lucy has found the cutest critter in the whole forest…it’s a little human boy! She’s calling him Squeaker because he makes such funny sounds, but Lucy’s mom sees the situation differently.

“Don’t you know that children make terrible pets?”

Lucy promises her mama that Squeaker will be her responsibility alone, but for as cute as he is, Squeaker is a very tricky pet! Lucy has to learn that some critters are better kept out in the wild, but she and Squeaker have a good run while it lasts.

Adorable story with a format that reads more like a comic book. Great for ages 4-7.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~


3/14: Children’s Book of the Week: Whoosh! Went the Wish

Whoosh! Went the Wish
by Toby Speed
illustrated by Barry Root
Henry, a sweet but lonely old man in a little cottage by the sea, wants a cat. A lot. He wishes for one everyday. One day, a wish fairy, sick and tired of the urban wishing-scene, goes to Henry in his little cottage to grant him his wish. Piece of cake, right? Not so much, as it turns out! Every time Henry makes his wish, parts of it catch on brambles, or get lost on the wind–and all sorts of crazy starts happening! The Wish Fairy will have to get inventive if she wants to help Henry get the right wish, but will this seriously fed-up fairy be able to make good on her wish to help Henry at all?

A sweet story about simple pleasures told through beautiful watercolors, this book is really ideal for K-3 readers and their parents.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the Founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts and the author of the book
Too Many Visitors for One Little House ~

 

2/14: Children’s Book of The Week; Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
Lilly loves everything about school, but most of all she loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger. Now Lilly knows what else she has to be when she grows up; a teacher! But when Mr. Slinger asks her to wait for show and tell to parade her fabulous new purse, she does something that she really regrets later. A wonderful book about role-models and saying sorry, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is a beloved classic in Kevin Henkes Mouse Book collection. Also check out the more recent Lilly’s Big Day for more of Lilly’s larger-than-life self!

~  Susan Chodakiewitz, Founder of Booksicals is also a composer and song writer.  Her company Booksicals is dedicated to encouragin a love of reading through the arts by taking picture books and bringing them to life ~

2/7/2011: Children’s Book of The Week; The Rainbow Goblins

The Rainbow Goblins
by Ul de Rico

Originally painted on canvas three times the size of the actual illustrations, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the Rainbow Goblins. These goblins have drunk dry all the colors to all the rainbows everywhere but one, untouched valley.  The rainbow goblins journey to the valley, eager to get their lassoes around the last few rainbows…but they didn’t plan on nature fighting back! A story about the consequences of greed, The Rainbow Goblins is a great story set to wonderfully imaginative illustrations. Be sure to also check out its sequel, The White Goblin.

 

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~

1/31: Children’s Book (or two!) of The Week

The Pigeon Wants A Puppy!by mo willems

by Mo Willems
“You know what I’ve always wanted forever (well, at least since last Tuesday)? A PUPPY!” Hilarious for kids and their parents, this cheeky little pigeon will do anything to get a puppy! The pigeon knows he’d make the best puppy owner ever, but quickly discovers a pet-project is a much bigger responsibility than he bargained for!

Willems is the winner of 2 Caldecott honors for Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. He’s also won 6 Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street, and it shows in this book. Adorable!
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressedby mo willems

by Mo Willems
Wilbur the naked mole rat is a little weird. He really loves getting dressed up! The other naked mole rats don’t take it at all well—naked mole rats don’t wear clothes! Will Wilbur have to play it safe forever, or can he turn the naked mole rats on to another point of view? More than a story about self-expression, Wilbur is an entirely pink and toothy reminder it only takes one question to create more fun for everyone; “why not?” Another excellent book by the award-winning Mo Willems!

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the Founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts and the author of the book
Too Many Visitors for One Little House ~