Picture Book of the Week: Flora and the Flamingo

| December 27, 2013

From OtLS favorite, Molly Idle, this wordless picture book is flat-out awesome! I just bought my first copy of Flora and the Flamingo to give away as a gift. This book falls into so many categories, but let me first tell you what it’s about. Flora (who appears to be an aspiring toddler ballerina-swimmer), begins […]

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Picture Book of the Week: When Sheep Cannot Sleep – The Counting Book

| November 29, 2013

I hadn’t heard of author/illustrator Satoshi Kitamura until Mama Funk began taking a course in children’s picture book illustrating (the course was analyzing picture books, not learning how to draw them). When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book (originally published in 1988) was on the course’s syllabus, and rightfully so. This book sparked an animated discussion regarding the […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Jangles – A Big Fish Story

| November 22, 2013

Written (and, of course, illustrated) by OtLS favorite, David Shannon, Jangles: A Big Fish Story tells the story of the legendary fish that no one’s been able to catch. First, the narrator explains the historic lore of Jangles, then how Jangles got his name (his mouth is pierced with innumerable hooks and he makes a jangling sound when he is […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster

| November 1, 2013

Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving. Or Hanukkah. Or as the case is this year, Thanksgivukkah (Hanukkah will not overlap with Thanksgiving for another 70,000 years, no joke). And what better way to celebrate Thanksgivukkah than with a Hanukkah book about giving gifts? Enter the world Esther’s Hanukkah […]

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Story Time: Halloween

| October 23, 2013

Here’s how we celebrated Halloween during Story Time at our library.

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Picture Book of the Week: Chicken Cheeks

| October 19, 2013

Of all the picture books my family has given out as gifts, not one has received more feedback, all positive, than Chicken Cheeks, by Michael Ian Black. Black, a veteran of all forms of comedy (stand-up, writing, acting) has put together an exceedingly clever and consistently comical list of names for animal bottoms (see the title). […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

| September 6, 2013

I first came across this book when it won the 2012-13 Chickadee Award (an award voted on each year by children in the state of Maine). Before reading it I thought, eh, just another cat book … but WOW! This tale of a cat going from shelter to new home and becoming part of a family is wonderfully […]

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Picture Book of the Week: 1 Zany Zoo

| August 30, 2013

A Rhyming and counting book, 1 Zany Zoo is a quick romp through the zoo during the hours just before opening time. When the animals get out of their cages (by stealing the zookeepers keys), a little boy gets to see them giving each other haircuts, playing musical chairs, performing concerts, and all sorts of other wacky activities. […]

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Story Time: Frogs

| August 26, 2013

Ribbit! Ribbit! Frogs are always a popular topic with young children! Recently we had a Preschool Story Time about Frogs at the library. Here are some of the books and activities included in our story time. Try them at home or school and have lots of fun!

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Picture Book of the Week: Nugget & Fang

| August 9, 2013

Written by Tammi Sauer, an up and coming (or rather, just up, since she’s already come, having released a dozen or so picture books) picture book author, Nugget & Fang tells the story of an unlikely pair of friends: Nugget the minnow and Fang the Shark. When Nugget starts minnow school, his teacher and classmates tell […]

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