Today a picture book arrived that reminded me of ML and her friends.  Shopkins are a huge part of their life right now.  If you don’t know what Shopkins are, consider yourself lucky.  Think baseball cards, or Pokemon cards in the shape of small little plastic characters with names like Lolli Poppins, Betty Boot, Zappy Microwave, Mary Meringue, Carrie Carrot Cake…   There are commons, rares and ultra rares.  Not to mention seasons.  Currently, they are on season 4.  I’ll admit I had a hard time when ML first showed up at my house with Shopkins because I knew they are probably made by children her age.  I posted on fb, “I’m trying to think of shopkins as learning about economics, and history. You know… supply and demand, bartering, social stratification (commons, rares and ultra rares), and child labor.”

Which brings me to the book, Swap! by Steve Light.  It’s a delightful book every teacher should own.  It teaches economics in a fun, easy to understand way.  The illustrations are exciting.  It’s the first book I’m adding to this year’s Mock Caldecott 2017.

It’s best described by it’s publisher, Candlewick Press, “In a young scalawag’s first tale of bartering, a peg-legged youngster sets out to help his captain repair his vessel. One button for three teacups. SWAP! Two teacups for four coils of rope. SWAP! And so it goes, until the little swashbuckler secures sails, anchors, a ship’s wheel, and more . . . including a happy friend. Steve Light’s intricate pen-and-ink illustrations, punctuated by brilliant blue and other hues, anchor this clever tale of friendship and ingenuity.

An old ship. A sad friend. A button . . . An idea. Let’s SWAP!”



First Five Star Picture Book of 2016 – Rock-A-Bye Romp

Rock A Bye Romp

Rock-A-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Simona Mulazzani – My first five star picture book of this year.  Need I say more?

Ok, I’ll write a little more.  This is a perfect gift for expecting parents.  Since I don’t know any expecting parents, expecting grandparents or great-grandparents will suffice.

How to Dress a Dragon

How to Dress Dragon

While my library location is being renovated, I’m spending time at one of the smaller community libraries.  This Saturday, I’m doing story time.  The theme is favorites.  Immediately before planning the program, I read How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin and illustrated by Eric Barclay.  Of the twenty-four picture books I’ve read in 2016, I think it will be the biggest story time hit.  How can it not be?  It includes two of preschoolers favorite subjects… underwear and dragons.  Add in dinosaurs, trains and princesses… it would be a preschoolers dream.  I know what I’ll do. I’ll create the dream program for preschoolers.  Time to find my favorite dinosaur, train and princess books.

Do you have suggestions?