One of the joys of summer is having extra time for reading and reviewing books. The public library has a wonderful selection of picture books for elementary students. Here are my picks for this month.
First is Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Samar and Jacky Davis, a Dial book published in 2009. Lulu and Sam are both at the playground. Lulu wants to play with Sam, but Sam isn't interested. This sweet story shows how the children decide by cooperating to find creative play they both enjoy.
For this next book called Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! I am going to link to a marvelous blog by Leah Kulikowski, children's librarian at a Kansas public library, who has fantastic ideas for picture book story hours. Sunflower Storytime. It's a fun book for toddlers and anyone who likes to make farm animal sounds. Just looking at the cover makes me smile.
Finally, these two were my favorites about Skippyjon Jones, star of dozens of books, and his own website. Check out this link for tons of Skippyjon Jones fun. If you've never experienced these books by Judith Schachner about the 'Siamese cat turned Chihuahua' you are in for a treat!
I borrowed two titles: Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones, featuring Darwin the neighbor dog, published in 2007 by Dutton. In this book Skippyjon Jones goes in search of Skipposaurus, a legendary dinosaur. Of course when he gets into trouble, El Skippito comes to the rescue, with a little help from other, of course! One of the many delights of reading these books are the poems like this one:
"Oh I'm Skippyjon Jones
and I bounce on my bed,
'Cuz I love to eat pickles
That tickle my head."
Published in 2006, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble reminds us that "Skippyjon Jones did his very best thinking outside the box". Skippyjon Jones' mother warns him that what he's reading is TABOO, so off to his room he goes to jump and think about the forbidden 'Curse of the Cat Mummy' . Suddenly, Skippito Friskito appears and he's off to see 'Old Egypti-ito'. These books are always fun read-alouds.
As Skippyjon Jones encounters 'King-Tootin-Kitten-Kabootin', I had to wonder if the author had ever watched the Three Stooges episode where they encounter 'King Rootin-Tootin'. Maybe it's just a good way to make a rhyme.
Great fun -- highly recommended! Keep reading, just one week left to finish up the summer reading program at the public library.