Archive for the ‘Early Elementary’ Category

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson

February 22, 2013 - 6:35 pm No Comments

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Prince Henrik is looking to marry. He wants his princess to be the outdoorsy type who likes hockey and likes to go camping.

Henrik asks his brother for advice on finding a princess and finds that his brother’s advice of finding a princess that is sensitive (aka totally picky and kind of a pain) just isn’t going to work for him.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I think you’ll like it. 🙂

When Will it Snow? by Kathryn White

February 22, 2013 - 5:18 pm No Comments

Little Bear does NOT want to sleep through the winter. He wants to stay with his friends, Mole and Squirrel, and play hide and seek in the snow and and throw snowballs and make snow angels. Plus, he is very worried that his friends will forget about him over the winter. Bears are bears though and Little Bear has to sleep through the winter…and guess who was waiting for him to play when he woke up?

The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom

November 9, 2012 - 5:44 pm No Comments

Do you have a perfect place to read? Do your kids? I know I usually read on the couch or while my kids are at tae kwon do lessons. Both of my kids do most of their reading in bed or in the car.

The little boy in this book is trying to find the perfect place to read his new book, but he can’t read in his dad’s chair because the ceiling fan is too cool and he can’t read at the kitchen table because the baby’s eating and getting food everywhere. His older sister’s music is too loud, so he can’t read in her room and he can’t read outside because the sprinkler is on. He does, eventually, find the perfect place to read though…on his momma’s lap in a comfortable chair.

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace

October 29, 2012 - 10:52 am No Comments

If you have a little aspiring dancer in your house, then they will love this story of an aspiring ballerina who also happens to be a vampire. There are a few challenges that come up when you are a vampire who wants to be a ballerina, but with a lot of work, Vampirina manages to overcome her differences and become the star she has always dreamed of being.

Meaner than Meanest by Kevin Somers

October 28, 2012 - 10:50 pm No Comments

An old hag who is the second meanest creature alive (her cat is the first meanest) decides to create a Halloween creature that will be even meaner. She uses just the right recipe to create this awful creature, but later realizes she has left out a key ingredient and ends up with something quite different than she expected. This is an adorable book that will leave you smiling.

Algernon Graeves is Scary Enough by Peter Bollinger

October 28, 2012 - 10:19 pm No Comments

Algernon Graeves is trying to figure out what to be for Halloween. He tries on all kinds of costumes from his attic. He tries a ghost and a vampire and a skeleton and a zombie and a mummy, but none of them seem scary enough. Luckily, he’s in the attic where there’s all kinds of things to choose from and he ends up with quite a costume.

Monster Mash by David Catrow

October 18, 2012 - 12:16 pm No Comments

This book is set to the words of the famous “Monster Mash” song, but with illustrations that your child will love. I don’t know if you’ll be able to just read the book though, you may end up singing it to your child instead. Lots of Halloween fun is wrapped up in this book. Enjoy!

Let’s Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile

October 12, 2012 - 1:50 pm No Comments

This is an adorable story of two boys who have already done everything they can think of…they’ve painted, they’ve played every sport they can think of, they’ve read all of their comic books and just when they think they are going to dip into the never ending depths of boredom they figure out exactly what they are going to do…nothing!

They try to be as still as statues, but the imaginary pigeons become a problem. Then they try to be as still as redwoods, but an imaginary dog, well, you know what dogs do to trees. They try again and again. Super cute and I can see this turning into a fun game in your own home. What can your kids do while doing nothing?

The “Who Was….?” Series

August 29, 2012 - 10:13 pm No Comments

I am pretty sure that our boys have read just about every one of these this summer. Some of them we checked out from the library and some of them we bought for the two longer road trips we made this summer. These books are so well written and just fantastic in every way, especially if you have a little historian in your house. The series covers everyone from King Tut to Steve Jobs to Anne Frank to Daniel Boone to Walt Disney to The Beatles and many, many more.

They all have both text and pictures. They also have a timeline in the back of each book that shows events from the person’s life and then a corresponding time line that shows world events that happened during that person’s life. Again, your little historian will love these books. I would say if you have a second grader who is a really good reader that they could probably handle these. What’s so great about them though is that I think a child even in middle school would find these interesting as well.

Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson

August 14, 2012 - 12:00 pm No Comments

Not ready to give up the Olympics just yet? This is an adorable story of a pig with a dream, about never giving up….dusting yourself off and trying again…and again…and again.

An interview with the author: