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  ~

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.

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 ~

2/28: Children’s Book of the Week; A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon
Camilla Cream loves lima beans…but she’ll turn every color in the rainbow before she lets anyone find out! In this beautifully bizarre story, Camilla wakes up one morning to find herself covered head-to-toe with rainbow stripes! But the colors won’t stop there. Camilla’s new look can change at the drop of a hat—into whatever people around her want it to be! Her parents bring in Doctors, Specialists, and Experts, but no-one knows why Camilla’s changing colors. Ultimately, Camilla must learn that what other people would like her to be isn’t half as important as who she really is.

A beautiful story about self-confidence and *ahem* showing one’s true colors. Love it!

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of Too Many Visitors for One Little House. Susan is also a composer, lyricist and producer of musical theater. Too Many Visitors for One Little House is available as a musical DVD ~