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October 3 – World Smile Day

1 Oct

Happy Smile Day!

I love that when I type in one single word, SMILE, onto my library’s search page I get 1819 suggestions! Clap Along!


You Make Me Smile written and illustrated by Layn Marlow (2013)

This books makes me smile all over! A snowman tells the story of a child enjoying a special day, the first snow day of the year. The snowman anticipates the day before the snow starts to fall and while the child is getting bundled up. Finally the child builds the snowman, gives him a warm scarf and makes him smile with a small curved twig. And although spring is around the corner, the snowman promises that he will be back when the seasons pass and winter returns.


Happy Belly, Happy Smile written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora (2009)

Louie spends every Friday with his grandfather. Grandfather owns a Chinese restaurant, and Louie knows everyone who works there. One Friday, Louie sees his friend, Franklin, at the restaurant.  At the end of the meal, Grandfather opens his fortune cookie. It says ‘Happy food, happy belly, happy smile.’ Louie and Franklin put an orange slice in their mouths and give each other a huge smile.


I Love It When You Smile written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Charles Fuge (2006)

Little Roo was feeling grumpy. Nothing his mother did helped him feel better. She tried tossing him up in the air and tossing leaves over his head, but still he didn’t smile. Finally, his mother put him in her pouch to go home for lunch. But partway down the hill, Little Roo’s mother slipped in a mud puddle and got them both muddy from head to toe. When Little Roo saw his mother’s muddy face he couldn’t help but… smile!


Where’s Your Smile, Crocodile? written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Sean Julian (2001)

Kyle the Crocodile woke up feeling grumpy. His mother sends him out to play hoping he’ll find his smile. Parrot tried to cheer him up with his silly noises. Orange Monkey tried to cheer him up with her silly faces. Elephant tried to cheer him up her noisy bubbles. But nothing worked. Then Kyle the Crocodile round Little Lion Cub sitting by himself. Little Lion Cub had lost his way home. So Kyle and Little Lion Cub go off together to find what they had lost. To cheer up the Little Lion Cub, Kyle made Parrot’s silly noises, Orange Monkey’s silly faces, and Elephant’s noisy bubbles. Little Lion Cub soon felt better. When they reached the deep purple cave, Little Lion Cub was even happier because they had found his home. And Kyle the Crocodile felt better because he had found his smile.


Smile! written and photographed by Roberta Grobel Intrater (1997)

This collection of adorable babies will make you smile too! Simple, rhyming lines and photographs of real smiling babies create a special boardbook for babies and toddlers and their parents.

January 30 – Fun at Work Day

21 Jan

Happy Fun at Work Day!

Kids know how to do it. We could learn a lot from them!


Snowmen at Work written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner (2012)

When the boy in the story wakes up to more snow, he finds that his sidewalk has already been shoveled. He wonders if his snowman did it during the night. If so, maybe snowmen have many other jobs as well. Maybe snow teachers work in schools full of snow boys and snow girls. A snow dentist might fix a snowman’s crooked smile. And snow bakers could make frozen cakes for snow birthdays. What else could snowmen do?

3184990Sally Gets a Job written and illustrated by Stephen Huneck (2008)

Sally is left home when everyone else goes to work. She thinks she might like to get a job too, maybe a school bus driver, a teacher, or a zookeeper. She might even want to be a lifeguard, or an archaeologist, or even a paleontologist. Sally imagines what it would be like to be famous, like a pro- ball player, the president of the United States, or a hip-hop star. But in the end, Sally realizes she has the best job in the world… taking care of her family!

2621721Worm Gets a Job written and illustrated by Kathy Caple (2004)

Worm wants to enter an art show but he doesn’t have enough money to buy new paints, so he goes out to get a job. His first job, babysitting, couldn’t end soon enough. His second job, housekeeping, was a bust. And his third job, delivering newspapers, was bad news. Finally, Worm lands a job he really has the talent for, painting signs for the grocery store. But Worm does more than paint words and prices, he paints masterpieces… and gets fired. Just as he’s leaving the store with his masterpieces, the judges from the art show run into him. What’s this? Worm wins first prize and an Ultra-Deluxe Artist’s Paint Set. Then Worm has an idea… he opens an art studio to sell his work. Now he has a job he loves!


Mr. Griggs’ Work written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Julie Downing (1989)

Mr. Griggs was a very old postman who loved his job. He thought about it even when he wasn’t at work. And sometimes he even snuck back into the old post office after hours to look up some important question he had. Then one day, Mr. Griggs got sick and he couldn’t get to work. He was miserable. He hated thinking that someone else was at his desk doing his job. The next day, he felt better and returned to work. He was so happy to see all his regular customers again. As a matter of fact, Mr. Griggs would tell you, ‘there’s nothing finer’.

December 18 – Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day

16 Dec

Happy Answer the Phone like Buddy the Elf Day!

Do you remember the scene in the movie ELF, when Buddy answers the phone? Watch this and then answer the phone like Buddy the Elf at least once today. It’ll make you smile, I promise!

Something else sure to make you smile is a great picture book about an elf. Look at these:


Memoirs of an Elf written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers (2014)

Spark, the elf, journals one of Santa’s trips around the world with his smartphone. He begins by taking an ‘elfie’ of himself and his two partners, Bobbin and Nutshell. Spark’s job is to keep Santa on schedule. He uses his GPS and chronicles their stops along the route with added little-known facts. One of the little-known facts is that Santa loves dogs, and dogs love Santa. Another is that reindeer love tinsel, and it gives them as much energy as 50 cups of coffee. And it’s a good thing that tinsel has that effect on reindeer, because at the end of night Spark finds an unexpected stow-away in Santa’s bag, a puppy named Tugboat has come home with Santa. With only 30 minutes to go, Santa gives the reindeer some tinsel and they zoom back to Tugboat’s house to return him to his family. Everyone is so happy, that Spark takes another ‘elfie’ of himself, Bobbin, Nutshell, and Santa before they head for home.


The Littlest Elf written by Brandi Dougherty and illustrated by Kristen Richards (2012)

Oliver was very excited because this was the year he was going to find his special job at the North Pole. The problem was, he was too small for any of the traditional jobs. He got lost in the stuffing at the toy shop. He couldn’t carry the tools at the bicycle shop. He fell into the giant mixing bowl at the bakery. And he only succeeded in making a mess at the bookmakers workshop. Then Oliver went to the stables. He met a brand-new reindeer named Dot. Dot was too little to fly or pull Santa’s sleigh, but she and Oliver found the perfect job for themselves. They made tiny ornaments, cards, and decorations for the other elves in the village. Dot pulled a tiny sleigh and pulled Oliver through the village delivering their gifts. Santa was so happy to see how Oliver and Dot made everyone smile, that he made them his special helpers that year.

The Happy Elf written by Harry Connick, Jr. and illustrated by Dan Andreasen (2011)

Eubie was the happiest elf at the North Pole. He was actually so happy, he was sometimes annoying. One Christmas Eve morning, the head elf gave Eubie a job to keep him out of everyone’s way. Eubie checked the naughty and nice list. But Eubie noticed something terrible, there was a small town called Bluesville that had no children on the nice list… no one, not one! Eubie used his magic hat to travel to Bluesville to find out what the problem was. When he got there, Eubie found two children throwing rocks at each other. He talked to them, these were not ordinary rocks, they were unburnable chunks of coal that came from their mountain. The coal wasn’t good for anything but throwing. And since there was nothing else to do in Bluesville, the kids threw the coal at each other. Eubie went back to the North Pole to see what he could do to help them. Eubie found out that the coal shone when it was cleaned up. So he returned to Bluesville with a coal polish and a Christmas tree. He met the same children and showed them what he had learned about their coal. Together, they shined up coal mountain until it sparkled in the sunlight. Then they decorated the Christmas tree and sang Christmas songs. Pretty soon, the whole town joined in. Back home at the North Pole, Santa was so pleased with Eubie’s kindness that he invited him to ride with him on Christmas Eve and help deliver the toys. Now Eubie really was the happiest elf at the North Pole!

December 1 – Antarctica Day

29 Nov

Happy Antarctica Day!

The North Pole gets a lot of attention in December, but today we start the month with an observance of the South Pole.


The Natural World Antarctica written by Steve Goldsworthy (2014)

Photographs enhance the information given in this non-fiction book for children. Older picture book readers will love pouring over each page for facts and details about the continent, the plant and animal life, ecosystems and habitats, biomes, and conservation of Antarctica.


Explore My World: Penguins written by Jill Esbaum (2014)

Written for National Geographic Kids, this book is a beautiful introduction to the South Pole’s most famous inhabitants, the emperor penguins. The striking photographs give young readers a view into a world most people have never seen first-hand. And Jill Esbaum guides them through this world with easy to understand descriptions of this wondrous bird.

537385North Pole South Pole written by Nancy Smiler Levinson and illustrated by Diane Dawson Hearn (2002)

Non-fiction book for young readers, this book helps children take a look at the similarities and differences between the north and south poles. Easy vocabulary makes this a great introduction to the geographic polar opposites on earth.

July 28 – Buffalo Soldiers Day

21 Jul

Happy Buffalo Soldiers Day!

This day was established to honor the African-American soldiers who fought for our country beginning with the Civil War. A monument at Fort Leavenworth was dedicated by General Colin Powell on this date in 1992.  Here is a website to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers.


Pink and Say written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco (1994)

This is true story set during the Civil War. It is a story about Sheldon Russell Curtis (Patricia Polacco’s great great grandfather) and Pinkus Aylee, both union soldiers. Sheldon, known by everybody as Say, was injured and left for dead in a Georgia field. Say was found by a black union soldier who carried him out of that field and to his home to be cared for by his mother, sweet Moe Moe Bay. The boys immediately realize they’re putting Moe Moe Bay in harms way just by being in her house. For weeks Moe Moe Bay took care of the boys, cooking for them, watching over them as they slept, and encouraging Say to walk on his injured leg every day so it wouldn’t go cripple on him. Pink talks about the poor conditions of his regiment, but he still wants to go back to help them fight the war. Say, on the other hand, doesn’t ever want to go back. As they heal, Pink talks about growing up a slave in this house. How he was taught to read by his owner, and how he knew that although he might be owned as a person, no one could ever own him. When Say admits that he doesn’t know how to read, Pink promises to teach him how to read one day. Say, who had once shaken hands with Abraham Lincoln, shook hands with Pink so that he could say that he touched the hand that once touch Lincoln’s. Say also admits that he’s afraid to go back, and that he was injured while running away. When marauders attack the house, Moe Moe Bay pushes the boys into the root cellar to hide, goes to face them alone, and gets killed in the attack. After burying Moe Moe Bay, the boys took off in search of their troops. However, they are captured by Confederate soldiers and taken to Andersonville to one of the worst camps in the south. Eventually Say was released and went home. He returned to his family, got married, and saw children and grandchildren grow up. Pink was never released. It is said that he was hanged within hours of arriving at Andersonville prison. At the end of the story Patricia Polacco encourages readers and listeners to say the name of Pinkus Aylee aloud because he has no family to remember him.



The Buffalo Soldier written by Sherry Garland and illustrated by Ronald Himler (2006)

This is a historical fiction picture book. It tells the story of a young black man who signs up with the U.S. Army after becoming a freeman. He enlisted for the $13 a month paycheck which he saved to support his Mama back home. The rest of the money he wanted to save to buy himself a piece of land. He trained with a sergeant who was a mean as a skunk and worked hard all day. In the evenings, he attended school on the post where the chaplain teaches the men how to read and write. His troop escorted stagecoaches and patrolled the land for raiding Indian parties. Then he met a pretty washerwoman and married her the next June. He marched and served in forts from Kansas to Texas to Arizona and then to the land of the Sioux, apache, Camanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Shoshone, Crow, Arapaho, Lakota, Kickapoo and Lipan. He re-enlisted so many times, his wife said she hoped his fingers would freeze off so he couldn’t sign up again. After 30 years in the army his troop charged up San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War and he promised to leave the army for good. Now, an old man, he receives a letter from his grandson fighting in the Second World War complaining about his sergeant who’s as mean as a skunk. He just nods his head and smiles.

Book Love Blog Hop

31 Jan


I’m participating in a blog hop to promote the books I love.

This isn’t a big stretch for me, is it? I’m always recommending great children’s literature on this site.


Last year I challenged myself to find picture books to celebrate every day of the year. (Of course, I didn’t think of this until March so I’m still catching up a few last days of February to complete the year; but it’s almost done!) I’ll bet you knew that February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day, but did you know that May 13th is National Jumping Frog Day? Have you ever celebrated Rubber Duckie Day or World Smile Day or National Violin Day?  You can find my picture book recommendations for those and 360 other days under the heading CELEBRATE EVERY DAY WITH A PICTURE BOOK

So, to complete this blog hop challenge, I will/have:

1. Pick some books you love (any genre) that you think deserve more attention than they are getting. Here are pics of some of the 2015 books I have liked so far. You can find them on my page, at the BOOKS ALIVE! tab.

2. Post reviews for the books you chose on Amazon/social media. I also post on goodreads. You can follow me there as well. I would love to connect with you and find out what you’re reading also. Take a peek at my 2014 Bookshelf on goodreads.

3. Post the reviews on your own blog.

unnamedThis year, I’m focused on reviewing newly published picture books for 2015. This endeavor includes a review of wonderful new picture books and links or ideas to help parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, caregivers etc. with simple and fun ideas to do with children to extend their enjoyment of the books. I call it BOOKS ALIVE! And I hope you will join me there to see the new and exciting publications.

4. Display the BOOK LOVE badge.

So you love the badge? Cute little bunny in heart-shaped glasses reading a book. Oh yeah! Grab it for yourself. And take a minute to visit the creator of the badge, Dana Carey Up in the Attic Lately and on the Sub It Club.

5. Tag some friends.

I’m tagging all the members of the new writing Facebook page, Mothers Writing Picture Books. Moms, Grandmoms, Mommies-to-be, and Favorite Aunties, heck pretty much anyone who loves a kid in their lives knows what it’s like to find just the right picture book for their little ones. So if you know of an uncelebrated picture book all you MWPBs, jump right in and share the love.  Even if you’re not a member of Mothers Writing Picture Books, you can hop right in and join the fun. Just follow the five easy rules and VOILA! you’re it!

Thanks to Carrie for her brainchild blog hop. If you would like to learn more about it and possible join in, visit Carrie Finison at her Story Patch site at BOOK LOVE – A BLOG HOP

2016 Christmas Picture Books

17 Dec

I spent a magical morning reading more than a dozen new Christmas picture books. Three were religious in nature the rest secular, and one was a Christmas/Hanukkah combo story.  All were published this year.


Although this is not a comprehensive list of the new Christmas titles, these are the ones I was able to get from my local library. In this collection, I found a few new favorites. They are listed alphabetically by the author’s last name.



A Night of Great Joy

written and illustrated by Mary Englebreit

Zonderkidz, 2016

Sweet rendition of the biblical Christmas story. The children set the stage and put on the play of the first Christmas. Cute pictures showing how young children might put on a simple production of the Christmas story.



The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

written by Mareen Fergus and illustrated by Cale Atkinson

Tundra Books, 2016

Love this new twist on the old ‘I don’t believe in Santa anymore’ syndrome. This time it’s Santa who doesn’t believe… in Harold. He’s discovered that it’s Harold’s mom who writes the letters and Harold’s dad who puts out the milk and cookies. And at Harold’s house, Harold has a few doubts of his own. On Christmas Eve, they both decide to wait up and see if the other is really real. Funny. Sweet. And definitely believable!



Santa’s Underwear

written by Marty Rhodes Figley and illustrated by Marty Kelley

Sleeping Bear Press, 2016

Is there anything funnier than underwear? Santa can’t find his special Christmas long johns. He can’t get dressed until he does. Kids will love watching Santa try on all his other pair of underwear. But none of them will do. Finally, Santa finds a special gift from the reindeer… a new pair of long johns as bright as Rudloph’s nose!


28686978The Christmas Fox

written and illustrated by Anik McGary

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016

Lovely story and artwork. All the other animals invite Little Fox to go meet the new baby but Little Fox is too busy playing in the snow. The other animals have gifts to bring the baby and Little Fox doesn’t believe he has a gift. But when he decides to go he brings the his joy and the baby smiles!



The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present

written and illustrated by Harriet Muncaster

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2016

Tiny story that packs a big punch! Clementine is small, very small. She doesn’t think Santa knows how tiny she is because he brings her gifts that are too big. So she sets about to let him know her actual size. Then one year he brings her the biggest gift of all… a giant dollhouse… just perfect for Clementine!



Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree

written and illustrated by Lori Nichols

Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016

Sisters Maple and Willow spend the day choosing just the right Christmas tree. It’s the best tree in the world, but Maple is allergic. The tree ends up outside and both girls are disappointed. Then in the middle of the night, Willow gets a great idea. She gets up and decorates a most unusual ‘tree’ in their living room.


1762447The Christmas Boot

written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Michael Glean Monroe

Mitten Press, 2016

Beautiful book! Artwork and story work together to tell a wonderful tale of Christmas magic. A lonely old woman finds a single boot in the snow. The one boot becomes two and soon she has everything she needs and more, until the owner of the boot returns. He takes his boot but gives her exactly what she needs.


Run out to your bookstore or library and find a few new favorites of your own.

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!




Billy’s Booger

14 Oct


Billy’s Booger written and illustrated by William Joyce and his younger self (2015)

Billy is a kid with a great imagination, but not much interest in school. Especially math. As a matter of fact, Billy is the principal’s most challenging student. The one thing Billy likes to do is draw. So when he hears that there is a contest to write a book, Billy thinks he can finally do something right. He writes a book about a booger, his booger, a super booger. The booger is actually very smart and is excellent at math. The booger helps Billy with his math homework and soon Billy is the smartest person in the world. Even the president calls Billy to answer important math questions. Now, Billy thinks his book is quite fantastic and submits it for the contest. However, the judge (and principal) doesn’t agree. Billy’s book doesn’t win first, second, or third prize. It doesn’t even win honorable mention. But, his book is the one most of the kids check out of the library. So there’s that. And that makes Billy smile!



William Joyce says this is a true story, and that the book Billy wrote is actually one he wrote himself in the fourth grade. So that’s pretty cool, right? It makes you think you might want to save some of your kid’s stories from childhood, just in case they grow up and want to publish one some day.

You can begin by making sure your kid has plenty of paper, pencils, and crayons around to create their first masterpieces.

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The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

10 Oct


The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade written by Justin Roberts and illustrated by Christian Robinson (2014)

Sally McCabe was the smallest girl in the smallest grade. And no body noticed her, but she noticed everything. Sally McCabe was paying ‘super extra special attention’ to everything around her. She noticed the kite stuck in the tree, she noticed that the janitor had 27 keys on his keyring, and she noticed all the bullying going on in her school. She noticed when Tommy Torino was tripped in the hall and when Kevin McKuen got pushed off the slide. She noticed when Billy was dragged away by his much larger father. She noticed all the stares and whispers behind people’s backs. Then one day, Sally McCabe had enough. She raised her hand in the lunchroom and announced, “I’m tired of seeing this terrible stuff. Stop hurting each other! This is enough!” And surprisingly, one after another, other hands went up in the air. Students, teachers, and even the principal all raised their hands with their fingers in the air. Everyone felt that moment, and soon people began taking care of each other and being polite to one another.

Justin Roberts, of children’s music fame and the Not Ready 4 Naptime Players, has captured the essence of bullying that is many times considered too small to matter and often goes unnoticed. He gives voice to the smallest, who are often the ones who do notice but are afraid to stand up.

Christian Robinson, illustrator of Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, Rain by Linda Ashman, and Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renee Watson, brings the simplicity of this message through simple drawings. The faces look like they have been drawn by the children themselves (in a good way) with circular heads, dot eyes, round noses and single lined smiles. The pictures look like crayon drawings, leaving the reader ample room to focus on the message. Every detail is clear and unmistakeable.

I love the last line of the book best, “And how the world could transform and a change could be made by the smallest girl in the smallest grade.” Hooray for Justin Roberts and Christian Robinson!

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