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Mystery Reader Picks: Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Are you mystery reader this week in your child’s school?  In our new blog column “Mystery Reader Picks” we would like to offer you book suggestions for your school visit.  Our librarians will recommend favorite read aloud choices for kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Check back every other week for a new title and stop by or give us a call for many more selections.    

Mystery Reader Picks:

Unicorn thinks hes pretty great

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea 

K- 3rd 

It’s hard to be a goat, especially when Unicorn is around. Unicorn can fly, turn things into gold, and make it rain cupcakes. But it turns out Goat has talents that Unicorn admires, too. Together, they just might make an unstoppable team. This brightly illustrated story with a touch of humor is fun to read and has a positive message about friendship.  

 

Picture Books  Mystery Reader  K  Friendship  Ann's Picks  3rd  2nd  1st

 

Thanks A Lot!!! Six picture books that touch upon being grateful in this season of thanks and giving:

 

Please Mr. PandaPlease, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony

PreK-2nd Grade

Panda wants to share his yummy box of donuts, but keeps changing his mind…until he meets the meerkat who asks in just the right way. Without being heavy-handed Anthony deftly inserts a lesson in manners. Black and white illustrations with a pop of color and great humorous text will have your child saying “Please, please…read it again.”

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Mystery Reader Picks: Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin

Are you mystery reader this week in your child’s school? In our new blog column “Mystery Reader Picks” we would like to offer you book suggestions for your school visit. Our librarians will recommend favorite read aloud choices for kindergarten through 3rd grade. Check back every other week for a new title and stop by or give us a call for many more selections.  

Mystery Reader Picks:

Those Darn SquirrelsThose Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin.

K – 3rd

Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likes painting pictures of birds. He hopes that by feeding the birds he will keep them in his yard instead of flying south for the winter. But squirrels keep getting into his birdfeeders! As Old Man Fookwire soon discovers, it’s hard to thwart a wily group of squirrels…but it’s even better to have squirrels on your side. Good for anyone who has ever thought that squirrels are too smart for their own good. Not good for people who think “darn” is a swear word. Also check out the sequels, Those Darn Squirrels Fly South and Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door.

 

Picture Books  Mystery Reader  K  Humor  Ann's Picks  3rd  2nd  1st

 

Ms. Caitlin recommends NOT bedtime stories

As an appreciator of humor, a children’s librarian, and a mom to a preschooler, I’m always looking for a great read-aloud. I’m not just talking about a book that your (clearly much better behaved than mine) child will sit still and enjoy -- I’m talking about something that will spark a reaction and show that reading is not always a passive activity, it’s an experience.

WARNING - these books are not gentle bedtime reads! They are raucous, laugh out loud stories, guaranteed to rile you up, not settle you down.

guess againGuess Again! and Count the Monkeys written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex

With splashy illustrations and a snappy rhyme scheme that makes reading aloud a delight, Guess Again! gives us a ridiculous guessing game that will have you and your child snorting with laughter even as you are both rolling your eyes. It’s a book that demands audience participation, an invention that Barnett evidently loves to employ, as we see again in...

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