I’m On My Own – Twenty Picture Book Arrivals

Looks like I’m on my own for a bit with picture books.  ML wants us to read chapter books together.  I thought I could sneak a few picture books into our bedtime reading.  It didn’t work, she’s adamant.  We’ve decided to start the first Harry Potter book.

So I’m on my own until I convince her that picture books are great for every age.  In twenty words or less, I’m sharing my favorite part of the following seventeen??? picture books

Little Red's Riding Hood

Little Red’s Riding Hood by Peter Stein and illustrated by Chris Gall – “Why, Granny!  What a big GRILLE you have!”

Yeti and the Bird

Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen – Worm Jam


Hoot Owl

Hoot Owl:  Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and illustrated Jean Jullien – Pay attention to the eyes.

Nobody's Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect by David Elliott and illustrated by Sam Zuppardi – “This is my room before I clean it.  This is my room after I clean it.”

Backwards Birthday

The Backwards Birthday Party by Tom Chapin and John Forster and illustrated by Chuck Groenink – “We blindfolded the donkey, and he pinned the tail on us.”

You Are Not Small

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant – I loved the big gray-green, hairy monster leg and the parachuting pink monsters.

No, Silly

No, Silly! by Ken Krug – “I like to sleep on cookies.”


Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by David Small – The cat says “ME” and the dog says “WOW.”

Little Puffin's First Flight

Little Puffin’s First Flight by Jonathan London and illustrated by Jon Van Zyle “a puffling will eats as many as 2,000 fish in its first six weeks of life.”

Big Tractor

Big Tractor by Nathan Clement – A unique book about seasons sharing the life of a farmer and various farm equipment used throughout the year.

You Nest Here

You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by Melissa Sweet – Who knew cowbirds don’t make nests? “the uninvited guest, Leaves her egg in a foster nest”

I Don't Want to Be a Frog

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt – “You are a Wet, Slimy, Bug-Eating very luck Frog.”


In by Nikki McClure – Don’t miss the Owl Guide at the end of the book.


Counting Crows

Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Rob Dunlavey – Fun words throughout the book. . . by jango, smackers, grackle, yeppers.  Who knew crows could look so delightful?

My Pen

My Pen by Christopher Myers – A book celebrating drawing in creative illustrations and words.  “My pen tap-dances on the sky.”

Nana in the City

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo – “I felt brave in my cape.”  what a great line.

Room for Bear

Room for Bear by Ciara Gavin – I love Bear’s problem solving and the “Eat Quack Love” sign in his den.

Little Bird Takes a Bath

Little Bird Takes a Bath by Marisabina Russo – I broke out in song throughout the book, “Rain, Rain Go Away” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and many other classics.


P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis -I love this chicken that marches to a different drummer and lays eggs on her own terms.

If I Had Triceratops

If I had a Triceratops by George O’Connor – The illustrations for “I’d be sure to clean up after her” and the one of her playing fetch.



Catch That Cookie!

Catch That Cookie

Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand and pictures by David Small – “Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can’t wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it’s time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they’re gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic.”

Why should you read it?
It’s a clever, treasure hunt of a story.  Perfect for this cookie baking time of year.

ML is rarely able to attend programs at the library where I work.  However, one afternoon I was able to take a late lunch.  I picked her and two friends up from school to enjoy building and decorating cookie houses.  Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute to pick out a book to read to the crowd.  My first choice, Catch That Cookie!, was checked out.

Trust me and take my advice.  I’ve been there.  Don’t buy a gingerbread house kit.  Instead, grab a milk carton, graham crackers, frosting, pretzels, candy, cereal and sprinkles.  It’s an easier and more enjoyable experience for parents and kids alike to decorate a milk carton “gingerbread house.”  ML’s creation is pictured below.

Cookie House (2)

ML is Going to Be Vice President


School started 2 hours late today.  It’s wonderful to have other single mom friends.  I took the early shift, staying home until it was time to drop the kids.  She picked ML up from after school so I could get a full eight hours in at the library.

Her daughter plans to be President of the United States.  Her son wavers between being a General or Secretary of State.  Today, he decided top General of the Navy is his future career.  ML will assume the position of Vice President.  They named one of their friends as White House Tour Guide.  I said, “You know what that means the moms will be.”  Their response, “Old.”

“Wrong,”  I explained, ” We will be the most powerful people in the nation.  Mothers of the President, Vice President and the highest ranking General in the Navy.”

A few books to prepare them for the campaign trail, future home and responsibilities…

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin – Duck is not happy with his chores at the farm so he runs for Farmer and wins.  It’s not a fun job.  He decides Governor is a better choice for him.  He campaigns for it and wins.  Once in office, he learns being a governor is even harder work.  So he runs for president and wins.  Soon, he learns it’s the hardest job.  So he puts the Vice President in charge and answers an advertisement for a farmer looking for a duck.  Wonder if ML’s friend will resign and hand the reins over to her?

Capital by Lynn Curlee – This book includes in depth information about the design and building of 5 National Landmarks – The White House, The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial and The Capitol building.  There’s a map at the end so our future president can get her bearings.

So you Want To Be President? by Judith St. George and illustrated by David Small – A perfect selection for their friend appointed to White House Tour Guide to read.  Did you know… the White House has a swimming pool, bowling alley and movie theater?  The most exciting tidbit is Theodore Roosevelt’s son took his Shetland Pony, Algonquin, upstairs using the White House elevator to cheer up his sick brother.

Anybody want to make a contribution to their campaign war chest?  They’re not eligible to run for 28 more years.  By then support of a SUPER, SUPER, SUPER, SUPER PAC will probably be needed to win the White House.