Children’s Books

Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan

A reader’s review: Celebrating the uniqueness of each life Snowflakes Fall is a thoughtfully written book for children. Like each snowflake that falls no two lives are just the same.
The seasons of life are seen in snowflakes. Where Spring brings rain, Winter brings snow. Life like the seasons progresses through times of trouble and sorrow and yet there are times of joy and happiness as well.
Snowflakes Fall celebrates the joys of knowing life even if it is fleeting like a snowflake falling to the earth. Written in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook/Newtown shooting I liked how the book has a trail of snow angels at the end. This book will appeal to children and parents alike and is highly recommended.

At One: In a Place Called Maine by Lynn Plourde

At One, In a place called Maine is an almost hypnotic story about the great state of Maine. But it is more long poem than a story because there is no plot line. It speaks in short, simple verses about some of the wonders found in Maine such as its tall mountains, its pine forests, its wildlife, and many other interesting lines about nature in Maine. –Bangor Daily News

Lovable Lyle by Bernard Waber

Review by RJ Metz: In this book, almost everybody loved Lyle the Crocodile until one day Clover Sue Hipple (a new friend to young Joshua Primm) started putting hate mail under Lyle’s door. Nobody knew who was doing this, until one day Mrs. Primm caught the note writer and found out why she was angry with Lyle. She invited Clover’s mother to meet Lyle, only to end the visit with the crocodile falling on both Mrs Hipple and Mrs Primm. Mrs Hipple threatened to have Lyle arrested. But at the beach the next week, Lyle saved Clover’s life, and won over both Clover and her mother.

Calvin C. Waxwing by Eva D. Ward

Amazon.com description:   Should three young children try to rescue a helpless bird that’s too young to fly or feed itself? This is the true story of a successful attempt by loving and dedicated girls. New laws have been enacted since then that make it illegal in many areas for people to rehabilitate wild creatures themselves. Most attempts do not end as fortunately and often the animal was not truly abandoned in the first place. The parent was often nearby, watching and waiting for humans to leave the scene, and would then successfully retrieve and care for the animal. Now there are rehab shelters for injured/abandoned animals in many locations. This book helps children think about the responsibilities and issues involved while fostering a love and respect for wild creatures and especially of the Cedar Waxwing bird..

A Starlit Snowfall by Nancy Willard

Review:  Lavish full-spread watercolors… bristle with energy even as they suggest the restlessness youngsters may experience in the deep of night, wide awake and alone. Publisher’s Weekly Pinkney’s watercolors are lusciously tactile, the monumental, somnolent bear wedged into generous double spreads while his ever-alert friend springs from clover to stream and almost off the page on a marvelous final foldout spread. Delectable. Kirkus Reviews Graceful in both picture and word, this creates a mood that transcends the intricacies of the text. Booklist

Karoo the Kangaroo by Kurt Wiese

Amazon.com description:  Kurt Wiese’s 1st illustrated book with 15 color lithographs,pictorial front board and illustrated endpages

Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie

Amazon.com description:  Toot and Puddle are the best of friends. But when Toot leaves Woodcock Pocket to travel and see the world, Puddle chooses to stay at home. Just when Puddle begins to miss his old friend, he embarks on some of his own adventures-right at home. Finally, after Toot returns from his year-long trip, the two discover that true friendship knows no boundaries.  With a delightful mix of humor, warmth, and a classic style all her own, Holly Hobbie captures

Monster Mash by David Catrow

From Amazon.com:  The “Monster Mash” was a graveyard smash–and now it’s a picture book by David Catrow!

The “Monster Mash” gets Wolf Man, zombies, and other monsters to dance and party in this catchy, classic song. Dracula rises out of his coffin, vampires feast in the master bedroom, and the ghouls get a jolt from Boris’s electrodes.

This “graveyard smash” caught on in a flash, and it became the hit of the land. The song, written in 1962 by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and Lenny Capizzi, has gone on to sell over 4 million copies. Fifty years later, David Catrow takes it to new heights as a picture book, with his fun and wacky illustrations that are sure to get kids singing and “mashing” along.

The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich

From Amazon.com:  On the first night of Halloween, what does your mummy give you? A bright, shiny Skeleton Key, of course!

In fact, for each of the thirteen nights leading up to the big night, your mummy is ready with gifts that include everything from singing skulls to demons dancing to icky eyeballs. The spookier and slimier, the better!

From debut author-illustrator Guy Vasilovich comes a picture book that is sure to inspire even the youngest readers to start the creepy countdown to Halloween. Sing along to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as you get ready for the scariest—and silliest—night of the year.

Skeleton Cat by Kristyn Crow

From Amazon.com:  A spooky Halloween read-aloud guaranteed to tickle the smallest funny bones!
After nine lives, Skeleton Cat is back for his tenth. And he has big dreams: to be a drummer. So he rattles and shakes his way through town to find the perfect band. And this phantom cat cause quite a hilarious scene.
Kristyn Crow’s punchy beat, rollicking action, and clever rhyme paired with Dan Krall’s ghoulishly charming art makes Skeleton Cat a perfect, catchy read-aloud for all ages.