Nikki the R.E.A.D. dog was here on Feb. 1!

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Reading Lists

New York Reading List for Early Childhood and Beginning School age

New York Reading List for Early Elementary age
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Caldecott Award Winners and ALA Notable Books!

 

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Building Our House
by Jonathan Bean
A review by Terry Numa, Librarian

The story is based on the author’s own families true experience with building their home as they left the city for the country. Through a year and a half journey, the reader follows mother, father, and two children through a harsh winter to moving in day. Construction as told through the eldest child, reveals the challenges and rewards of building from scratch. The illustrations drawn in four vignettes over a spread of two pages reveal the progress of the build. Budding architects will appreciate the illustrations and kids of all ages will enjoy the tools, machines, vehicles and house making activities.

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Locomotive
by Brian Floca
A review by Terry Numa, Librarian

Locomotive by Brian Floca captures the excitement of riding America’s new transcontinental railroad in 1869.  Reader’s will engage all their senses experiencing the sights, sounds, speed and strength of the train as it crisscrosses the America’s, from the scream of the train whistle to the bellow of the conductor. The many perspectives from the bird’s eye views to sweeping panoramas are beautifully illustrated. An engaging read for all and not to be missed.

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If You Want to See a Whale
by Julie Fogliano
A review by Terry Numa, Librarian

If You Want to See A Whale presents an imaginative story of a little boy and his dog gently, quietly, waiting, wondering, looking, asking in a poetic search for the giant of the sea.  Sea foam colors, whale shaped clouds and an armchair boat invite the readers along. The ending is certainly worth the wait.

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Mr. Wuffles
by David Wiesner
A review by Terry Numa, Librarian

Mr. Wuffles creates an out of this world experience for one funky cat. Actually, the aliens have landed in his territory. Tiny green ones inside a metal object. Once spotted, Mr. Wuffles takes numerous swats batting at it unsuccessfully while the ship and the aliens take cover under the radiator. This almost wordless book is filled with alien language, hard to decipher but greatly adds to the storyline. Extraterrestrials and the insects inside the wall plan to outsmart Mr. Wuffles for one fantasy adventure you won’t want to miss. David Wiesner is also a three time Caldecott Winner.

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This Is NOT a Good Idea!
by Mo Willems (ages 4-6)
A review by Terry Numa, Librarian

Three time Caldecott Winner Mo Willems whose picture books and early readers are not to be missed including, Leonardo the Terrible Monster and We Are in a Book, two of my favorites has created a new picture book with a classic villain (a fox) who catches the eye of the babushka wearing duck. He entices the duck for a stroll in the forest to his kitchen of course. While strolling a litter of chicks warns the duck, “That is really, really, really, really not a good idea!” This one is a crowd pleaser and parents will like the don’t talk to strangers message of this engaging story.

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Beautiful Oops!
by Barney Saltzberg

A creative look at how mistakes on the page can be made into wonderful art.

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Great Sites for Kids!

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Visit PBS Kids

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Brain Pop Internet Safety

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Kids Astronomy

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