Archive for the ‘Early Elementary’ Category

Before the Storm by Jane Yolen

June 29, 2012 - 8:35 am No Comments

With temperatures past 100 degrees in some parts of the country this week, I know many of your children will know exactly how the children in this book feel. Strider, the family dog, lays panting on the lawn. Pete is reading a book about the Arctic and Sara is coloring, but her crayon is turning soft with the heat. Their younger brother can only sit on the swing…it’s too hot to actually swing. But then Mom makes lemonade and they break out the hose which cools them all off. What they weren’t expecting though was a cool off from Mother Nature when a big loud summer storm comes rolling through.

Letter to the Lake by Susan Marie Swanson

June 28, 2012 - 12:42 am No Comments

It is very cold outside and Rosie and her mom have to scrape the frost off the window of their car, but memories of the warm summer days spent at the lake picking raspberries, chasing dragonflies, rowing in the rowboat and collecting rocks helps her get through that cold miserable day.

One Summery Day by Larry Dane Brimmer

June 26, 2012 - 4:40 pm No Comments

I am loving all of these summery books I have been reviewing this week! They make me want to head to the beach ASAP. This is another book that celebrates all things wonderful about summer…sleeping in late, tire swings, lemonade and trips to the beach. Also, this is a great book for reading out loud, but it’s also an easy reader for those little readers who are beginning to read on their own.

Nathan Saves Summer by Gerry Renert

June 25, 2012 - 2:51 pm No Comments

Nathan wants to be a lifeguard, but when he dives into their small swimming hole to save a young tiger cub he ends up splashing all of the water out of the pool. Now the animals have nowhere to swim and they have officially declared summer over. But wait! All of that water had to go somewhere! Two penguins find that it’s made a little stream and is flowing into a river which leads to a beautiful lagoon that all of the animals can enjoy. It turns out that Nathan actually saved summer.

The Summer Visitors by Karel Hayes

June 24, 2012 - 3:40 pm No Comments

A family is coming to spend the summer at their cabin which means the bears who have been living there need to pack up and move out in a hurry. As the people move in, the bears move out, but the bears don’t go far…wherever the people are the bears are right around the corner. Occasionally there’s a cake missing or some mysterious footprints, otherwise, the people never catch on that the bears are enjoying their summer right alongside the people in the lake cottage.

This is one of those books that doesn’t have a lot of words, but there are a lot of pictures which much to explore and discuss. Your kids will especially enjoy this book if your family has a lake house or lake cottage. Maybe you have some bears right around the corner, too. 🙂

How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan

June 8, 2012 - 8:46 am No Comments

I love this book of a little boy and his grandpa spending the day together while his mom and dad are out. They make yummy snacks together (ice cream topped with cookies and cookies topped with ice cream), go on a fun walk while looking for lizards and dandelion puffs, build a pirate cave, draw and read. Grandpa even manages to sneak a little nap in. A super cute book and a great way to celebrate grandpas!

My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long

June 6, 2012 - 2:33 pm No Comments

This is such a cute book and the illustrations are adorable. The boy in the story lists all the reasons why his dad is NOT a superhero (he can’t leap over tall buildings in a single bound, he can’t see through walls, he can’t run very fast, etc., etc.) but in the end decides that his dad is super and is a hero to him.

The 10 Best Things About My Dad by Christine Loomis

June 5, 2012 - 1:09 pm No Comments

Everyone probably has their own top ten list of things they love about their dad if they thought about it. This little boy knows what his are and they include a dad who reads bedtime stories, is a very good listener and likes to be silly. Maybe your little ones can make a Top 10 List for their dad this Father’s Day.

Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg

May 31, 2012 - 2:58 pm No Comments

Tobias has a dad that’s like a lot of the other dads except for one small detail…Tobias’ dad is a Tyrannosaurus. Not only is he a Tyrannosaurus, but he’s a very hard working Tyrannosaurus, so he doesn’t get to spend as much time with Tobias as Tobias would like. Tobias would very much like for his dad to come and help on field day, but his dad is too busy and won’t be able to make it. Unfortunately, some tough kids show up to ruin field day, but guess who shows up just in time to make things right…

Blue-Ribbon Dad by Beth Raisner Glass

May 29, 2012 - 10:40 am No Comments

A little boy is counting down the hours until his dad gets home. He is trying to find just what he needs to make his dad something special so it will be done by the time his dad comes home from work. As the hours count down, the little boy is remembering all of the things his dad does for him: giving him hugs and kisses, taking him to swim lessons, packing his lunch, taking him to school and reading him bedtime stories. This is a cute rhyming story that would be a great book to help your kids celebrate the wonderful dad they have.