Sunday, June 14, 2015

Book Review: Your Baby's First Word will be Dada!!-Jimmy Fallon

For most new moms and dads, when their child starts talking, they hope their first word will be "Mama" or " Dada". But in the animal world, it is most likely that a piglet will " Oink", a puppy will " Woof" and a duckling will " Quack". And while it might be frustrating, in time ( and in some form), they may one day say " Dada".

This is a really cute book from Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show. I love the oddly-cute animals like the triangular-shaped mice and the half-circle chickens. I would have like a bit of a plot, but I'm assuming that the intended audience is for the under 3 set, they can just point at the pictures and say the animal sounds in the bubbles (or  perhaps I could use  this for the animal/farm section of Mother Goose on the Loose.) Perfect for new dads.

Your Baby's First Word will be "Dada" by Jimmy Fallon
Age Range: 2 and up
*** (3 stars)

Looking for more books celebrating Dad ? Here are some recommendations:

  • Daddy Hugs  by Nancy Tafuri
  • Saturday with Daddy  by Dan Andreasen
  • Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin
  • The Fathers are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown

By the way, Fallon wrote a children's book long before he was married and had kids. It's called Snowball Fight!! and it's a good read aloud for winter.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bookworm List: Summer!!!

Hello all!!

So this weeks marks the start of our Summer Reading Program, Every Hero has a Story ( and runs until August 1st). This week, it's all about summer!!! Is anyone heading to the beach or planning a big vacation? Or are just planning to relax and have some fun reading before school starts?

Well, about reading some books all about .... Summer!! Here are some recommendations-

  • At the Boardwalk by Kelly R. Fineman
  • The Night Before Summer Camp by Natasha Wing
  • Sun Dance, Water Dance by Jonathon London
  • A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever! by Marlee Frazee
  • Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
  • Totally Polar by Marty Crisp
  • Happy Birthday, America by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Beach Day by Karen Roosa
  • Sand Castle by Brenda S. Yee
  • Fun in the Sun by David Catrow
To close, I felt like posting a Beach Boy song ( especially since I used one for tonite's Family Storytime and tomorrow's storytime for ages 2 and 3 and ages 4 and 5. ) Here is " True to Your School". Enjoy!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book Review: Bow Wow's Nightmare Neighbors-Mark Newgarden

About 7-8 yrs ago when I did my first outreach programs at the Merrillville public schools, I read a wordless, comic-like picture book called Bow Wow Bugs a Bug, in which a little yellow dog had some fun with a flea.  In his latest adventure, Bow Wow ventures to a spooky house to deal with some cats who bit him on the tail while napping and stole his doggie bed. With creeks and scares around very corner ( not to mention an even bigger tail-biting cat ), can Bow Wow retrieve his bed on a dark and stormy night?

Like the first Bow Wow, I laughed and laughed my head off ( plus felt the need to make spooky sounds and spooky music, like "Dun-Dun-DUNNNNN"). I'll have to keep this book in mind for upcoming Halloween programs ( or when things go bump in the night).

Bow Wow's Nightmare Neighbors by Mark Newgarden
Age Range: 2 and up
***** (5 stars)

Looking for more books featuring dogs? Here are some suggestions:

  • Bow Wow Bugs a Bug by Mark Newgarden
  • Traffic Pups by Michelle Meadows
  • Homer by Elisha Cooper
  • Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell