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Max The Brave by Ed Vere This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau. What it's all about Max is a brave, fearless kitten who chases mice… if only he knew what a mouse looks like. When he finally (think he) finds a mouse, it looks an awful lot like a monster. Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf… A funny story of misunderstanding (or would that be mice-understanding?) with smudgy-sweet illustrations by award-winning storyteller Ed Vere. Our favorite line(s)… "Wakey, wakey, Mouse!"…

Ghost in the House (Book) : Paquette, Ammi-Joan : Slip-sliding his way through a haunted house, a little ghost is joined by a shuffling mummy, a happy little monster, and other ghoulish friends before discovering the scariest creature in the house. Halloween Stories For Kids, Halloween Books, Boy Halloween, Halloween Tricks, Halloween Scene, Ghost House, Spooky House, Best Children Books, Childrens Books

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This week's bookshelf pick is from Cottager Anika Denise. Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette illustrated by Adam Record What it's all about . . . Ghost In The House is a pitch-perfect cumulative rhyming tale about a wee ghostie who meets up with a mummy, monster, skeleton, witch and so on, in a "creepy haunted house." Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . . It's a brilliant read-aloud that reminds me of a childhood song or game, perfect for Halloween-themed story times. The book…

Title: Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova Author: Laurel Snyder Illustrator: Julie Morstad Publisher: Chronicle Books . Anna Pavlova, Marie Curie, Book Of Life, The Life, Album Jeunesse, Josephine Baker, Thing 1, Children's Book Illustration, Book Illustrations

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Swan, the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder illustrated by Julie Morstad This week's bookshelf pick is from cottager Anika Denise What it's all about... Swan is a picture book biography of Anna Pavlova, one of the most famous and gifted prima ballerinas of all time. Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf... Because it’s exquisite. The language is spare and delicate; the illustrations, jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Like a classic ballet, it builds steadily to the dramatic…

Ghosts in the House: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Ammi-Joan Paquett, illustrated by Adam Record Halloween Books, Chapter Books, Book Authors, Book Recommendations, Diy For Kids, Childrens Books, Illustrators, Character Design, Creatures

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This week's bookshelf pick is from Cottager Anika Denise. Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette illustrated by Adam Record What it's all about . . . Ghost In The House is a pitch-perfect cumulative rhyming tale about a wee ghostie who meets up with a mummy, monster, skeleton, witch and so on, in a "creepy haunted house." Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . . It's a brilliant read-aloud that reminds me of a childhood song or game, perfect for Halloween-themed story times. The book…

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Lenny & Lucy by Phillip C. Stead illustrated by Erin E. Stead This week's pick is from cottager, Anika Denise. What it's all about . . . Peter and his father are moving to a new house, over a bridge, beyond the dark unfriendly woods. Scared and skeptical, Peter constructs Lenny out of pillows and blankets, and anoints him "Guardian of the Bridge." But Lenny will be lonely, so Peter makes him a companion, Lucy. With Lenny and Lucy's watchful reassuring presence, Peter and his dog Harold rest…

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Lenny & Lucy by Phillip C. Stead illustrated by Erin E. Stead This week's pick is from cottager, Anika Denise. What it's all about . . . Peter and his father are moving to a new house, over a bridge, beyond the dark unfriendly woods. Scared and skeptical, Peter constructs Lenny out of pillows and blankets, and anoints him "Guardian of the Bridge." But Lenny will be lonely, so Peter makes him a companion, Lucy. With Lenny and Lucy's watchful reassuring presence, Peter and his dog Harold rest…

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When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau. What it's all about Santa's parents love their little baby boy — after all, he has merry dimples, and a dear little nose like a cherry. But then there's the fact that Baby Santa will only wear red, and likes giving away his presents...and has an odd interest in chimneys. His parents can't help wondering: what kind of person will their child grow up to be? Why it's on The…

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. Fans of Big Fish , Peter Pan, and Roald Dahl will fall in love with Circus Mirandus, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in the world. Roald Dahl, New Children's Books, Great Books, Books 2016, Middle School Books, Chapter Books, Read Aloud, Book Recommendations, So Little Time

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CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley This week's pick is by Cottager Jamie Michalak. What it's all about . . . Even though his mean Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus and its greatest magician, The Lightbender. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With the help of his skeptical friend Jenny, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the…

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Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle illustrated by Stephanie Yue What it's all about . . . Through the spring, summer, fall, a little mouse pops out of his hole each morning and goes off into the wide world. When it’s finally winter, he retreats back into his warm hole, fixes himself a hearty feast, and snuggles up under his blanket with a good book. Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . . We're about to welcome Autumn this week, and there’s already a chill in the air…how better to…

Such a Little Mouse - written by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Stephanie Yue // Title under consideration for the January 2016 Mock Caldecott event hosted by Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science Mouse Paint, Nursery Bookshelf, Reading Recovery, Little Blue Trucks, New Children's Books, Summer Reading Lists, Children's Picture Books, Color Mixing, Childrens Books

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Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle illustrated by Stephanie Yue What it's all about . . . Through the spring, summer, fall, a little mouse pops out of his hole each morning and goes off into the wide world. When it’s finally winter, he retreats back into his warm hole, fixes himself a hearty feast, and snuggles up under his blanket with a good book. Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . . We're about to welcome Autumn this week, and there’s already a chill in the air…how better to…

Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There's only one problem-Max doesn't know what a mouse looks like! With a little bit of bad advice, Max finds himself New Children's Books, Great Books, Books To Read, Library Books, Library Corner, Class Library, Dream Library, Toddler Books, Childrens Books

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Max The Brave by Ed Vere This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau. What it's all about Max is a brave, fearless kitten who chases mice… if only he knew what a mouse looks like. When he finally (think he) finds a mouse, it looks an awful lot like a monster. Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf… A funny story of misunderstanding (or would that be mice-understanding?) with smudgy-sweet illustrations by award-winning storyteller Ed Vere. Our favorite line(s)… "Wakey, wakey, Mouse!"…

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova Author: Laurel Snyder Illustrator: Julie Morstad Publisher: Chronicle Books Anna Pavlova, Book Of Life, The Life, Christian Robinson, Forever Book, Make You Cry, Children's Book Illustration, Book Illustrations, Writing A Book

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Swan, the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder illustrated by Julie Morstad This week's bookshelf pick is from cottager Anika Denise What it's all about... Swan is a picture book biography of Anna Pavlova, one of the most famous and gifted prima ballerinas of all time. Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf... Because it’s exquisite. The language is spare and delicate; the illustrations, jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Like a classic ballet, it builds steadily to the dramatic…

This is Leo. Most people cannot see him. Leo is a ghost. And so begins the incredibly charming new picture book Leo: A Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Best Children Books, Childrens Books, Children Reading, Leo, Christian Robinson, Children's Picture Books, Ghost Stories, Children's Book Illustration, Graphic Illustrations

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Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett illustrated by Christian Robinson This week's bookshelf pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak. What it's all about . . . For many years, Leo the ghost lived by himself in a large house on the edge of the city. But when a family moves in, Leo finds himself unwanted. So he roams the city, where nobody sees him. Until . . . he meets a girl named Jane, and becomes her "imaginary friend." Leo loves his new pal. But if he tells her he's a ghost, will he scare her…

LEO: A GHOST STORY by Mac Barnett with Illustration by Christian Robinson. A young girl thinks Leo the ghost is her imaginary friend. Best Children Books, Toddler Books, Childrens Books, Young Children, New Children's Books, Good Books, Big Books, Christian Robinson, Leo

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Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett illustrated by Christian Robinson This week's bookshelf pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak. What it's all about . . . For many years, Leo the ghost lived by himself in a large house on the edge of the city. But when a family moves in, Leo finds himself unwanted. So he roams the city, where nobody sees him. Until . . . he meets a girl named Jane, and becomes her "imaginary friend." Leo loves his new pal. But if he tells her he's a ghost, will he scare her…

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W.

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Lillian's Right to Vote A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans This week's pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak. What it's all about . . . "It's Voting Day, she's an American, and by God, she is going to vote." As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a "long haul up a steep hill" to her polling place, she sees the history of the civil rights movement -- the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her…

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it's tough to lose your balloon by Jarrett J. Krosoczka This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau. What it's all about It’s tough to lose your balloon, and it’s sad to drop your sandwich in the sand. But thanks to this book by renowned author-illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, readers will discover that there can be an upside to just about every bad situation. Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf… We’re big fans of Krosoczka’s other books, especially his zany Lunch Lady series and his…