Assignment Four LIBR 262 A

For this post I will be focusing on evaluating digital learning resources. Digital learning resources include things such as television programs and DVD’s. These five items I would recommend to any first-time parent to enhance the rapid brain development of a child ages 0-4. The first item I will examine is the classical program of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood began in 1963. The series is aimed primarily at preschool ages 2 to 5, but has been stated by PBS as “appropriate for all ages”.  According to the shows information page, “All through the series we include traditional “tools” for learning ABC’s, numbers, letters, colors, and basic concepts. They’re offered in a way that children can see that reading, writing, and counting are helpful, interesting, and fun, so they’ll want to learn those skills.

Just as importantly, the programs foster the social and emotional “tools” for learning self-esteem, curiosity, self-control, the ability to pay attention, to handle mistakes, and deal with anger. Children are more able to use their energies for learning if they feel good about themselves, can deal with their feelings, and get along with others.”

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is a program for children that can withstand the test of time. The skills children were exposed to in 1963 continue to be skills that young children today need in order to foster their brain development. Below is a list of child development principles that creator Fred Rogers based the television series on.

  • Self-esteem
  • The ability to deal with their feelings
  • Self-control
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity about their world
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Cooperation
  • Tolerance for waiting
  • Persistence
  • Ability to handle rules and limits


With his soft, calm, welcoming voice and masterful way of including the television viewer in the visit, Mr. Rogers’ continues to be a program that all early learners should view, enjoy and learn from. Each independent PBS station decides the time the program airs so you should check your local listings for times.

If you and your little ones want to watch a newer program on television that promotes early learning and literacy you can try The Backyardigans. “The Backyardigans is an animated musical-adventure series for children ages 2 to 5. In each episode, the show’s five high-spirited preschool friends–Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, and Austin–rely on their vivid imaginations to transform their backyard into a fantastical 3-D landscape, and together they embark on amazing epic journeys.

These lovable characters will inspire children to sing and dance along, and to stretch their imaginations as they climb up mountains, slide down glaciers, and sail across oceans. Each episode is driven by an exciting, age-appropriate story and enlivened by original music–including big band, reggae, rockabilly, bossa nova, and hip-hop–and by professionally choreographed dance numbers.”

The show airs on the Nickelodeon channel during their Nick Jr. programming aimed at pre-school aged children. Music is a key component in the program and helps to promote singing and dancing and stretching their imaginations. Children as young as 9 months old love this show and can clap to the music and begin to recognize the main characters during each episode. For older pre-schoolers they follow the cast as they navigate their way through a daily task. The beginning and the ending of the show feature the same music in each episode so don’t be surprised if your little ones are singing along and begging you to join in. Below is a link to the shows website for you to explore and even print out activities to do with your kids.

The Baby Einstein products are the third item for today’s blog. “Baby Einstein offers a wide range of developmental and entertainment products for babies and toddlers. What makes Baby Einstein products unlike any other is that they are created from a baby’s point-of-view and incorporate a unique combination of real world objects, music, art, animals and nature – providing you with a fun way to introduce your baby to the big, beautiful new world around him.”

Baby Einstein keeps early learning and brain development of children in mind when creating their products and has won several awards for their focus. Here are a few awards they have won recently

.American Baby Magazine, Very Best Toys of the Year 2012SheKnows Parenting Award Winner 2012PTPA Media Award

Baby Einstein has built its reputation on creating developmentally and age appropriate content that parents know they can trust. In support of interaction beginning at a very early age, they recommend:

WATCH TOGETHER. Baby Einstein DVDs are designed to inspire parent-child interaction and to make a parent’s active participation easy. By using the DVD like a “hands-free” book and simply pointing to or naming objects on the screen, parents will open a whole new world of discovery for baby. The difference is that you make up the story.

LISTEN TOGETHER. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to share time together is to listen to or make music. No matter what the preferred genre is, music is enjoyed by all generations, cultures, and geographies. When you listen to a Baby Einstein CD, clap, dance, or sing with baby – it will make the listening experience fun for both of you.

TALK and READ TOGETHER. Not only do conversations and story-time foster language development and communication, they stimulate a child’s imagination. The more words a child hears, the more he or she can begin to express feelings, name objects, and respond to you with sounds that will soon become words. The Baby Einstein books are designed for lap time and cuddle time when you and your baby can talk about each picture.

Baby Einstein products are a must for all new parents. I personally used their Baby Mozart DVD’s and CD’s with my nephew from the moment he was born. His Mom was like all new Mom’s, tired, overwhelmed and needed a break. I purchased the Baby Mozart items and not only did they soothe my fussy nephew, my sister loved the music and was able to nurse while listening to the CD or watching the DVD. As my nephew has grown and is now a bustling 4 year old he continues to love the Baby Einstein products and the time he and his Mom spend together learning.

Baby Einsteing Website Link:

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a new program on PBS that was created with one of Fred Rogers’ favorite friends Daniel Tiger. The program is aimed at children ages 2-4.

“Each episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood consists of two engaging stories that center on a common early learning theme such as dealing with disappointment. One of the key ingredients that sets the new series apart is its groundbreaking use of catchy, musical strategies that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and parents will both sing – and use – together in their daily lives.

The series’ stories were written based on extensive input from a wide range of early learning specialists, formative research with children and the benefit of more than 40 years of the work of Fred Rogers. It all adds up to a powerful tool for parents: an entertaining and thoughtful guide for today’s families that integrates music, interactivity and a research-based curriculum.”

I have watched several episodes of this show with my niece who is 2 and it is a wonderful program that is visually engaging and beautiful. The program addresses the following early learning concepts.

Child Development Strategies

With Daniel Tiger as our guide, the series offers a fun, safe place for young children to explore their ever-expanding world, and teaches them developmentally appropriate pro-social strategies. Each episode has one social-emotional theme, explored in a way that’s relatable and generalizable, but never preachy. Examples of the theme are repeated more than once in different situations, to ensure comprehension.


Music plays an important role in the series, as it did in the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Daniel is an expressive, artistic and imaginative character, and music highlights his fantasy life. In each episode he has an “imagination moment” where he plays out a fun preschool fantasy set to music. For instance, on a picnic, he wonders what it would be like to be as small as the ants! The singable, repeatable strategies taught in the series are reprised in a full song at the end of each story – a fun and useful take-away for kids and grownups.

The final recommendation I have for you today is The Brainy Baby Early Discovery Collection DVD. The DVD set is comprised of 3 DVD’s which totals over three hours of learning for your child. The video collection is for infants and toddlers and includes, Right Brain, Left Brain, Peek-A-Boo, and Laugh & Discover (formerly Laugh & Learn).

The Brainy Baby has a vision of, “helping young children develop a love of learning for a lifetime.” I

To differentiate Brainy Baby products in the marketplace, Brainy Baby specializes in products that bring the learning experience to life by uniting three key elements:

1. A rigorous, proven learning methodology
2. Compelling, multi-layered content
3. Intuitive, engaging delivery of the content and learning experience

“The Brainy Company combines these three key elements to create a unique learning experience for young children that has earned us more than 75 awards to date.”

“Brainy Baby products are different because they introduce infant and preschool subject matter with the use of real children, familiar objects, bright colors, and friendly, encouraging voices and music. We know every child learns differently and through a variety of experiences. The DVDs are specially paced, using small segments with a teach, repeat, review method. Brainy Baby videos are purposely designed to be viewed in these short segments instead of traditional “start-to-finish” story lines.” I have used many of these DVDs and CD’s with my own child and I would recommend these to all parents who want to give their infants and toddlers a good start in their learning and brain development.





Assignment Two LIBR 262A

For this posting we will be looking at tools that are useful in helping to promote early literacy. I have chosen a variety of items to look at, which include The Department of Education’s website tools for parents on “Helping their Child Become a Leader”, the Get Ready to Read Screening Tool, the Match It Bingo game, the Touch and Feel learning cards and the article by Reading is Fundamental titled, Getting the Most out of Picture Books. These tools are all very different from one another however they have one goal in mind and that is to promote early literacy in children ages 0-4.

"Helping Your Child Become a Reader" CoverThe United States Department of Education’s website has thousands of tools for parents, teachers and librarians to utilize in the learning development of children.  The item I chose to review is an online booklet that is titled, “Helping your Child Become a Reader”, from ages infancy to 6. The booklet is available to be printed out in its entirety or simply a few pages at a time depending on the age of your child. Sections in the booklet include topics such as, becoming a reader, activities, a reading check list and Typical Language Accomplishments for Children, Birth to Age 6. According to the booklet, “This booklet gives you information about how you can use your language skills to build your child’s skills. It offers suggestions about how you can:”


  • Talk with and listen to your child.
  • Read together with her.
  • Help your child learn about books and print.
  • Encourage your child’s early writing efforts.
  • Help your child learn to read if his first language is not English.
  • Prepare your child for success in school.

This booklet has so much information and is presented in an easy to use manner. I think this booklet is a must have for all parents. It does not cost anything to print the booklet from the website or you also have the option of ordering a copy. I think this would be an excellent example of literature that could be handed out at story times, parent nights at school or sent home in new baby kit from the hospital.

The next item I will examine is an article located on the Get Ready to Read Organization website. Their website is much like the Department of Education’s website in that it has wealth of information and many items you can use for free. The article I will focus on is titled, “Getting the Most Out of Picture Books by Reading is Fundamental. The article addresses topics such as, bringing books to life, seeing the world and building reading skills. One section that I especially enjoyed is entitled, “Hook Kids in with Illustrations”. The section discusses that yes we all judge books by their cover especially children! The section goes on to talk about how important it is to let the children choose books to read and conduct “picture walks through books to help them discuss what they see before they read. I love doing picture walks with children. Not only does it give them an introduction to the book it helps them point to things and name things and just get excited about the book before one word is read. Below is a link to a list of books recommended by Reading is Fundamental.

The next item is also from the Get Ready to Read website. The item is called the Get Ready To Read Screening Tool. The tool according to the website, “is a reliable, research-based series of questions for children in the year before they enter kindergarten, to determine whether they have the early literacy skills they need to become readers. The screening tool is part of a flexible program, not a curriculum, which complements most early literacy and early reading programs. Educators can use the screening tool and activities as a part of a regular classroom program.”

The tool is aimed at children 3-5 years old but I think some two year olds would be able to be screened using the tool as well. The early literacy skills that this tool looks at are:

  • Print knowledge refers to a child’s understanding of books, printed letters, and words.
  • Linguistic awareness refers to a child’s understanding of how words and language works.
  • Emergent writing refers to a child’s first efforts to create and use print in a meaningful way.

The tool has a series of questions based on the child’s age. The test is on the computer and they ask that you sit with your child why they work through the screening. The screening takes about 15 minutes and they recommend only testing your child twice a year. After the screening is complete the parent, or teacher can print out the results as well as a wealth of information pertaining to the child strengths and weaknesses. The parent or teacher then can use the sites free skill building activities to address the child’s needs. There are countless numbers of activities and book lists to help the adult proceed with enhancing the young child’s learning. I also have provided a link to a list of 100 picture books everyone should know.

The next two items I want to discuss are learning toys that can help in a child’s early literacy while having fun! The first item is called The Touch and Feel learning cards. I have seen several card sets similar to this one. This particular set I found on the Fat Brain Toys website. The website is packed with learning toys and are high quality and can withstand over and over again use. The cards can be purchased either in the ABC version or the 123 version. Both come in a sturdy storage box and contain 13 double sided cards. The cards are tactile flash cards that are designed to. “Jump start counting and language skills with darling graphics on educational cards that teach. Each double-sided learning card has a different texture to help children identify what they see. The back of each card is filled with interactive activities for a parent and child to explore together.”

The cards are oversized so little hands can easily use them and have an age range of 2-5yrs. Each card features:

  • Vibrant sensory learning
  • Brilliant attractive graphics with wide variety of textures that delight
  • Counting & language tools for young children


I think these cards are a must have for libraries,educators and parents. Kids love being able hold things in their hands and touch and feel. These cards offer all of these things and are a learning tool as well. I plan on purchasing a set of these cards for a special 2 year old who I know is going to love them.


Another learning toy I discovered on the Fat Brain site is the Match It! Bingo Picture Game. The game is intended to aid in word recognition and makes it fun. The age range for this learning game is 3 and up. But again I think a younger child could use the cards with an adult and then progress later to actually playing the game. A toy that grows with the child is always one I look for!  Each player must “match the picture word cards to the large Bingo cards. The words printed below the pictures help young learners begin to identify simple words. When that becomes too easy, just flip the cards over to the word-only side. Then children must listen carefully to the letters and sounds to find the right Bingo space.”

Other specifics of the game include:

  • Develops word recognition, early phonics skills
  • 4 Bingo Cards each with 9 objects pictured
  • 36 double-sided picture and word cards
  • Includes several variations for play

 All of the tools I have discussed are easy to use and will not only help any parent, teacher or librarian promote early literacy they will be doing so in a way that is fun for the child. Below is a list of information regarding each tool and where to find it.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Childlike drawing of a mother holding and reading to a small child.

U.S. Department of Education
Margaret Spellings

First published in September 2000. Revised 2002 and 2005.

This booklet is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part for educational purposes is granted. While permission to reprint this publication is not necessary, the citation should be:

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications and Outreach
Helping Your Child Become a Reader
Washington, D.C., 2005

To order copies of this publication in English or Spanish write to:

ED Pubs
Education Publications Center
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794-1398

or fax your request to: 301-470-1244

or email your request to:

or call in your request toll-free: 1-877-433-7827 (1-877-4ED-PUBS). If 877 is not yet available in your area, call 1-800-872-5327 (1-800-USA-LEARN). Those who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a teletypewriter (TTY), should call 1-800-437-0833.

or order on-line at:

This publication is also available on the Department’s Web site at:

Getting the Most Out of Picture Books
By Reading Is Fundamental/

Get Ready to Read Screening Tool

Touch & Feel Cards

Match It! Bingo – Picture Word






Assignment ONE LIBR 262A

The Kirkus Review began in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus. Kirkus arranged to receive advanced galley proofs of books for review. She read each book  and wrote brief, critical evaluation of their literary merit and probable popular appeal. Today Kirkus Review is still one of the most popular reviewers of books and other media. According to its’ website, “Today, Kirkus reviews more than 7,000 books published by traditional houses and more than 3,000 self-published books every year. The magazine is published on the 1st and 15th of every month, and because of the scope of our coverage, our authoritative voice and the timeliness of our reviews, Kirkus Reviews is revered by many as the first indicator of a book’s potential.

The Kirkus Review I found to be easy to use and divided into categories based on genre and age which makes searching for items related to children ages 0-4 easy.  Each of the reviews includes a picture of the book, author, illustrator and appropriate age range. One review site I examined,  The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books had very few pictures. There many books that have the same title therefore, having a picture to reference is very helpful.  Kirkus also includes the publication date, publisher, ISBN number and date of review at the end of each review in a neat and easy to understand format. Again unlike The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books whose reviewed item information was nearly non-existent. In most cases it was not present. Below is a sample of the item information as presented by Kirkus Review.

Pub Date: Feb. 12th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6518-0
Page count: 8pp
Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick
Review Posted Online: Feb. 13th, 2013

Another book review publication I examined was The Horn Book. The Horn Book was founded in 1924 by Bertha Mahoney to showcase the best in children’s literature. According to The Horn Book website, “More than eighty years later, we are still following her lead. The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide are the most distinguished journals in the field of children’s and young adult literature and the core of our company.We also produce The Horn Book Guide Online, a fully searchable database of more than 80,000 reviews, and Notes from the Horn Book, our monthly e-newsletter for parents.”

The Horn Book reviews are generally shorter in length than the previous mentioned Kirkus Review and The Bulletin. However, the book information such as publisher, ISBN, etc. placed immediately at the beginning of the review which is nice in that it is easy to find but I do not care for the placement. It tends to run into the review itself. The Horn Book’s online reviews are not divided into categories by age. In their review section I had to scroll down through the books being reviewed to find one that pertained to our target age. Dividing reviews by genre and age I think is easier and more appealing for users. Below is an example of a review from The Horn Book showing the book information immediately at the beginning of the review in no way set apart from the review in an eye pleasing manner.

Review of My First Day

January 30, 2013 By Leave a Comment

my first day Review of My First DayMy First Day
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; illus. by Steve Jenkins
Preschool, Primary    Houghton    32 pp.
1/13    978-0-547-73851-2    $16.99
“What did you do on your first day — the day you were born? Probably not much” begins this book about baby animals’ first hours of life. Jenkins and Page’s simple text effectively highlights the differing degrees of independence of a variety of species’ young. Brief descriptions touch on the animals’ range of mobility (some can walk or swim, others must be toted about), sustenance (mothers’ milk versus solid food), and the ways in which parents use patterns, sounds, and scents to recognize their young. “On my first day, my mother held me close so I wouldn’t drift out to sea,” says a sea otter. “I dozed on her belly while she floated in the waves.” “On my first day, I trotted along with my mother,” boasts a young blue wildebeest. “My herd was on the move, and I had to keep up!” Jenkins’s torn- and cut-paper collage illustrations employ rounded edges and fuzzy textures to maximize the adorableness of the newborns as they take their first looks, steps, or leaps. End pages provide additional facts about the adult and baby creatures.

School Library Journal is another popular resource when expanding your personal book collection or public or school library collection. School Library journal was founded in 1954 with the title Junior Libraries in the pages of its parent publication Library Journal. Today, “School Library Journal, is the leading print magazine, and now serving librarians who work with young people in schools and public libraries. The two resources give librarians up-to-date information needed to integrate libraries into the school curriculum, become leaders in the areas of technology, reading, and information literacy, and create high-quality collections for children and young adults

School Library Journal (SLJ) serves librarians who work with students in school and public libraries, reaching an audience of more than 100,000. The world’s largest and most authoritative reviewer of children’s and young adult content—principally books, but also including audio, video, and the Web—the magazine and its Web site provide 38,000 subscribers with information indispensable in making purchasing decisions. In addition to its reviews, SLJ’s news, features, columns, and departments deliver the perspective, resources, and leadership tools necessary for its readers to become indispensable players in their schools and libraries.”

Using the School Library Journal (SLJ) reviews is easy. There reviews are broken down into categories by age. I would like it broken down into smaller age groups as it would make our target age easier to find. The reviews include a picture of the book being reviewed as well as the publisher, author, and ISBN denoted after a red star just before the review. While I still prefer the Kirkus Review presentation of information the SLJ does highlight the information by using the red start to flag the post. The reviews are generally the same length as the Horn Book reviews and I would use either as a source when looking for book recommendations. Below is an example of a review from the SLJ site.

star Pick of the Day: Bunnies on IceWRIGHT, Joanna. Bunnies on Ice. illus. by author. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-404-2. LC 2012001187.
PreS-Gr 1–This budding champion (a white snow bunny) loves to ice skate so much that she patiently waits for perfect conditions.  When the other bunnies are doing summer things, she is planning what she will do when the snow falls. She proceeds to wait through the fall as she dresses her scarecrow with a pair of skates. Then when the snow arrives and the conditions seem right, she heads for the ice with her family as her support team. She boasts about all the maneuvers she hasn’t quite perfected yet, all while proclaiming her champion status. After a rigorous workout of not-so-perfect figure eights and leaps, she rewards herself with après skate indulgences, including hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and a warm bath. After her busy day, this little bunny goes to bed, ready to try again tomorrow. Wright has created a charming and determined character. The youngster’s fortitude and enthusiasm are admirable even if she isn’t as accomplished as she makes out to be. The dark-outlined illustrations are painted in soft hues. This sweet story about a bunny who is determined to follow her dream is a great addition.–Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT

The final book review source I examined was Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews. This source is much smaller than the others I examined but I found it to be very charming and easy to use. I would recommend Through the Looking Glass over The Bulletin not only for its appealing website but also its presentation of information. Through the Looking Glass was started in October 2003 by Marya Jansen-Gruber. According to their website, “Our goal is to provide parents, teachers, and others with a tool to help them find truly exceptional books for the young people in their lives. We do not sell books, we just review them, and we only review the books we like, so our reviews are always positive ones. Over time TTLG has expanded this fundamental goal to include doing what we can to review books published by small houses, to publicize organizations who work for children, and to publicize the work of new authors and illustrators.”

Through the Looking Glass sorts their reviews by categories such as, Board Books, Pop-up Books, Wordless Books, Craft Books, And Other Novelty Titles, Picture Books and many others. I found the category sort to be easy to use and although the source is new compared to others such as SLJ and Kirkus Review the information is presented professionally and in an easy to use manner. The book being reviewed is pictured and its pertinent information is clearly stated above the review. The reviews I viewed were a little shorter in length than other sources but I enjoyed the website and its wealth of information and honest reviews. Below is a board book review from Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews.

Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy

Chris Raschka
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House, 2011   ISBN: 978-0375858611Daisy the dog has a red ball that she loves very very much. She plays with it, and even snuggles it when she is napping on the sofa. One day Daisy and her owner go for a walk. Daisy’s owner carries Daisy’s beloved ball and then she gives it to Daisy to play with. All goes well until a brown dog decides to play with the ball too. To Daisy’s consternation the brown dog runs off with the ball and then, horror of horrors, the ball bursts. To say that Daisy is devastated is an understatement. Daisy cannot understand why her ball is not ball-like anymore. What has happened?In this delightful wordless book, Chris Raschka perfectly captures the love a little dog has for her ball. Readers will be able to easily understand all of the little dog’s moods, and appreciate how lost she is when her treasure is ruined. The wonderfully expressive illustrations in this title will charm readers of all ages.Review Written by Marya Jansen-GruberAfter looking at several children’s book review sources I plan to model my reviews after Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews and the School Library Journal. Both presented their materials in a clean concise manner and presented the book information at the beginning of the review yet not awkwardly placed into the review. I also will include a picture in all of my reviews because I think it so important and frankly I would not want to read a review without the picture to reference. Below are my first five reviews of books directed at children ages 0-4.SLEEP LIKE A TIGER

Author: Mary Logue

Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

ISBN 978-0-547-64102-7


“Does everything in the world go to sleep?” Yes it does including the inquisitive little girl in this charming award-winning book by Mary Logue. Just like all of our little ones the little girl in this charming bedtime story does not want to go to bed. She is simply not tired. Her all-knowing parents gently nudge her along through her nighttime routine as she questions and learns about other creatures sleeping habits. By the end of this bedtime tale the little girl is snuggled in her bed fast asleep like a tiger. Just as your little ones will be too.
Creepy Carrots!

Author: Aaron Reynolds

Illustrator: Peter Brown

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

ISBN 978-1-4424-0297-3


Jasper LOVES Carrots. Especially the ones from Crackenhopper Field. But one day Jasper feels like the carrots are following him. Is he imagining things? Mom and Dad thinks so. They have checked the shed and under the bed, “No Creepy Carrots”! This silly but darkly illustrated book will delight those picky 4yr old listeners who will be trying to convince their own parents that carrots are creepy! Definitely not a book that the little readers will like do to the scary faces on the carrots but the 3 and 4 yr old kids will understand the meaning of the story and the funny carrot twist!



Author: Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A Neal Porter Book  Roaring Brook Press

ISBN 978-1-59643-397-7

Is your favorite color green? Even if it is not you will love this book! With its magical page cutouts and luscious oil paintings of green this book showcases the color green. Each page has a special way of tying into the rest and kids will love the thrill of finding out how one simply cutout of a blade of grass can turn into a work on the next page. This book is appropriate for ages 0-4 and is sure to please those who love the color green and its presence in our beautiful world.





Author: Toni Buzzeo

Pictures By: David Small

Dial Books for Young Readers an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

ISBN 978-0-8037-3413-5

Elliot is a curious child with no time for your typical childlike behavior. One day at the aquarium Elliot meets his new best friend and they go on quite the adventure. While telling a simple tale of friendship the author also provides the adult readers with penguin information and additional resources for further activities for their little penguin lovers. However I think when reading this book during storytime or bedtime it might be wise to remind our little listeners that penguins and ice rinks do not belong in their bedrooms! Simple pen and ink pictures in black and white with the occasional ice blue give this book a retro 1950’s feel yet tells a story that is timeless and sure to please even the littlest of penguin fans.



Author: Mac Barnett

Illustrator: Jon Klassen

Balzer + Bray An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

ISBN 978-1-06-195338-5

It is a dark and dreary winter and Annabelle sets out to add color to a lifeless world. She does it with the help of her never-ending supply of yarn and her little dog. But as usually the evil villain shows up and tries to steal Annabelle’s happiness. but true happiness as we all know is something no one can ever take away from you. This charming story would delight children age 0-4 and is easy for all to understand. Much like a true fairy tale this story has its heroine and dastardly villain and the heroine’s sidekick puppy. You can engage you readers with discussions about not stealing from others, seasons and how does Annabelle get all the yarn in her magic box? A purely wonderful updated fairly tale with just the right amount of vivid imagination.