12/19 – 12/25 Children’s Book of the Week: Freckleface Strawberry; Best Friends Forever

Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever
by Julianne Moore
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick are as different as can be – which precisely why they become such good friends. Windy Pants is the biggest and Freckleface Strawberry the shortest kids in their class, so when they are both chosen the very last for games, they start to hang out. They discover they have a lot in common – both have families, love books and play pretend. They do everything together! But the kids of their class have very different ideas friendship and norms between boys and girls. Influenced by peer pressure, Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants stop hanging out together, and do all the things that their new friends tell them they missed when together. Soon though, the two discover its really much better to do what makes them happy, and learn what a true friend really is.

A smart, quirky, beautiful story about friendship. Part of the Freckleface Strawberry series. Best for ages 4 and up.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the children’s picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House and the founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts.  Too Many Visitors is now available  as an ibook for ipad and iphones with a fun read-aloud musical narration.  http://bit.ly/ibookVisitors  ~

10/10 – 10/16 Children’s Book of the Week: The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
by Carla Morris 
illustrated by Brad Sneed
Melvin goes to the library everyday after school –  and at the public library, everyday there’s something new to learn! The three fabulous librarians – Marge, Leeola, and Betty – might not know absolutely everything…but they can get Melvin answers faster than even he can believe. Melvin stays riveted by his library and his dear librarians friends even as he grows up, up, up. But even as Melvin’s questions get trickier, the librarians still have answers. And when Melvin becomes a librarian himself, he responds the same way to those in disbelief of his rapid-fire answers:

We’re librarians. It’s what we do!

A sweet, engaging story with vivid illustrations and a remarkably true-to-life depiction of libraries. Best for Kindergarten-3rd grade, and a true winner for librarians!

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the children’s picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House and the founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts.  Too Many Visitors is now available  as an ibook for ipad and iphones with a fun read-aloud musical narration.  http://bit.ly/ibookVisitors ~

8/15 – 8/21 Children’s Book of the Week: The Library Dragon

The Library Dragon
by Carmen Agra Deedy
illustrated by Michael P. White
Miss Lotta Scales has a fiery passion for books, so when a school puts an ad out for a new librarian, getting the job is a piece of cake. Unfortunately for Sunrise Elementary, Miss Lotta Scales is a dragon – and a bully when it comes to books! Miss Lotta is determined not to let any grimy hands dirty, tear, or destroy her books, and she uses her fire to get her way if any child or grown-up suggests otherwise. But all that changes when near-sighted Molly Brickmeyer comes into the library and starts to read Snuff the Magic Dragon aloud. The kids of the school, usually deprived of their storytime, eagerly listen, and Miss Lotta does too, tears steaming in her eyes. Soon, Miss Lotta starts shedding her hard dragon scales, and beneath them is the much more sharing, human, library dragon.

A great story with some darn fun puns and wordplay – great for ages 6-10.

5/9: Children’s Book of The Week; Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t)

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t)
By Barbara Bottner
Illustrated by Michael Emberly
Miss Brooks is the ecstatic librarian of the elementary school…and our first-grader is not a fan. For all Miss Brooks’ extraordinary costumes of leprechauns, pilgrims, pumpkins, and groundhogs, she can’t win the resistant heart of our book-wary heroine. Our protagonist’s book-week is going to be a real chore—that is, until she finds a book about warts. A whole world is opened; one with monsters and warts and slime and all sorts of fun!

A quirky love of reading story that doesn’t have even a hint of preachiness. A charmer of a book from the producer/writer/designer of Sesame Street.

~ 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 ~