I spent more than 6 hours reading, researching, writing and packing box #2. I know it’s unbelievable how long it takes to do this, but I believe giving books to libraries in need is worth it. Here are some picturebook titles I included in the box to River Valley from Henry Holt & Company, Peachtree Publishers, and ABDO.
Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! by Kyle Mewburn with illustrations by Ali Teo & John O’Reilly. Peachtree Publishers, 2006. Reviewed in SLJ here and included in the article "Put a Little Love in Your Curriculum" by Barbara Auerbach in SLJ’s Curriculum Connections.
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. ABDO’s Spotlight books. I found this extra copy in my house and it’s perfect for silly farm times. Plus, I remember once a year having the PE teacher bring in a trampoline for us all to try. Don’t tell my sons, but one day I was at the neighbor’s house when the boys were asleep and the grownups danced on the trampoline. Since I am such a klutz, I’m lucky I wasn’t injured.
My Preschool by Anne Rockwell. Henry Holt & Company. 2008
This is a wonderful title for preschools and those elementary programs with daycares and preschools. Anne Rockwell has subtly interwoven details about sharing, conflict resolution, and emotionally reacting to change.
Yes, readers, I do miss the babies that came to storytime in my elementary library. Those of you with special education programs know what it’s like to have a child turn 3 years old and immediately start going to school no matter what day it is -September 1 or April 10th. We had vision programs, hearing programs, CBIP programs, and more that allowed children to begin receiving help when they turned three. Yes, we did have many storytimes with children sitting on our laps. I do love those babie!
Mokie & Bik by Wendy Orr with illustrations by Jonathan Bean. Henry Holt, 2007. This title was on Betsy Bird’s Golden Fuse Awards for 2007 and I have treasured it at my house, but now it’s time to go to a new library and be read-aloud. I’m sure I have a copy of Mokie & Bik Go to Sea, also, so let me find that to send.
In the Pig Pen by Patricia Stockland – ABDO Books Interactive CD. I can’t wait until the farmer kids interact with this CD. I can remember when my brother Randy would accompany me when I was babysitting. I’d be in the house with the two children while he’d wander the farm with their dad learning how to give pigs shots, castrations and more. He was 8 or 9 years old. Tough market, so I hope they give me feedback.
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman. Henry Holt, 2008. I love this simple story. Katie is a dog who is so excited when the three new kittens come home that her enthusiasm scares them. Only when she is calm and asleep do they seek her out to cuddle and curl up. Stories like this help young children share about their pets. We all have stories we want to share about our pets.
Last year when we had 6 kittens in our house, I believe they helped my Marshall live a little longer. One day Allison and I were chatting when suddenly we saw Marshall, the German Shepherd, had a kitten in his mouth and was taking him to lie down with as if the kitten were his stuffed animals. He was surprised When the kittens grew old enough, they would seek out Marshall to lie on and kiss his ears. He loved those kittens.
Five Little Firefighters by Tom Graham is a book for little hands to hold. Henry Holt, 2008.
Vera’s Halloween by Vera Rosenberry. Henry Holt, 2008. Perfect for preschoolers, this title shows what Halloween can be like when you have a snow storm. One year I took my 4 sons (under the age of 5) through a snowstorm to trick or treat at the neighbors house. They had to wear their snowsuits under their costumes, but they loved it. I wonder how similar Vera Rosenberry’s childhood in Cambridge, England, was to mine in Washta, Iowa.
Duck Dunks by Lynne Berry. Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. Henry Holt, 2008. Preschool storytimes can easily be arranged around a duck theme. There are so many fingerplays, songs, and books with ducks. From the first page, the rhythm of these rhymes caught me:
Ducks in swimsuits. One with a float.
One with a kite and cakes in a tote.
Big Brown Bat by Rick Chrustowski. Henry Holt, 2008. I’m such a fan of bats and I’m happy to place this title on the very top of the box. The author’s website is a treat. I wonder if River Valley owns all his other titles like:
Army Ant Parade
Blue Sky Bluebird
<sigh> This box is full and ready to be taped up. I wonder if the librarian there will be able to sense how much love and thought goes into this box. Maybe not, but some child will hopefully pick up these books and know.