Sunday, October 02, 2016

My Favorite Children's Books For The Month Of October

I'm Wild About You by Sandra Magsamen


I love everything that you do. I'm simply WILD about you!

With innovative touchable felt pieces on the cover and engaging and unique artwork on the inside, babies and toddlers will love holding, touching, and reading Sandra Magsamen's Heart-felt Books! This animal-filled love story will have little ones stomping, waddling, and roaring for more!

A breakout new series from Sandra Magsamen, the beloved bestselling and celebrated baby and toddler brand creator with more than 30 bestselling novelty books and sales of 2.8 million copies worldwide! 

The 411:

Adorable board book featuring a sweet smiling lion with a felt mane on the cover. Inside the pages animals show how much you are loved. An elephant: I love the way you stomp up and down. Penguins: I love the way you waddle when you walk. Each page features charming animals with white writing except for one very colorful word. 

Babies and toddlers will love this board book.  

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 Itsy-Bitsy I Love You! (heart-felt books) by Sandra Magsamen

My itsy-bitsy spider came up to snuggle me.
Down came my arms, we hugged so happily!

With innovative touchable felt pieces on the cover and engaging and unique artwork on the inside, babies and toddlers will love holding, touching, and reading Sandra Magsamen's Heart-felt Books! This tickly Halloween story is an adorable take on the classic song filled with heart.

A breakout new series from Sandra Magsamen, the beloved bestselling and celebrated baby and toddler brand creator with more than 30 bestselling novelty books and sales of 2.8 million copies worldwide!

The 411:

This is an adorable board book for kids this Halloween season. The cover features an adorable purple spider with felt legs and a huge smile. In this story a baby spider and her mother use the web to hug and snuggle. I love the white words with the colorful stitched word on each page.

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Penguins Love Colors by Sarah Aspinall

Mama loves brightly colored flowers and her little penguins too! Tulip, Tiger Lily, Dandelion, Bluebell, Violet, and Broccoli use red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and green to color in their snowy world and paint a colorful surprise for Mama. Will she know who painted what? Of course she will! But will YOU know? Simple language and arresting, graphic illustrations introduce readers to the six primary and secondary colors and the adorable antics of six creative little penguins. A lively text, asking children to participate by answering questions, makes this an engaging, heartwarming story that is perfect for bedtime, story time, or anytime.

The 411:

An adorable story about 6 little penguins each named after a beautiful, colorful flower that make up the brilliant colors of the rainbow. These little penguins wanted to surprise their mama so they painted flowers for her.  This is a sweet way for children to learn colors.

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Are Pirates Polite? by Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehmig & Illustrated by David Catrow
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 4
Lexile® Measure: AD850L

"Pirates are unruly
and pirates love to fight,
but pirates still say 'please' and 'thanks'
'cause pirates are polite."

Are Pirates Polite? shows pirates' rowdy activities and teaches manners lessons. These pirates remember to say "please" and "thank you." If pirates can be polite, surely young readers can, too!

Fun, rhyming text by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig pairs pirates' questionable activities with their lead-by-example lessons in manners. David Catrow's humorous, zany illustrations depict the swashbuckling nature of the pirates. Follow along as pirates have fun on a pirate ship, divide up their treasure, and teach manners. Aargh!

The 411:

A brilliant book with wonderful artwork and a great story that lets us know that if even pirates can use good manners while looting or burping so can we.  Manners aren't something we are born they are something we learn so while you are parenting and telling your children to say please and thank or to not push or maybe even the fact that when you are in the bathroom you would like some privacy get a little help from these pirates.  It doesn't matter where the lesson comes from, as long as they learn it. 

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Pirasaurs by Josh Funk and Illustrated by Michael Slack 

They're pirates. They're dinosaurs? They're Pirasaurs! We're Pirasaurs! We're Pirasaurs! We rule the open seas! We'll cannon-blast you to the past! We do just what we please! Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There's fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering well as one new recruit who may be small, but who's eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team. But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it's up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there's more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

The 411:

What  cute book. A mix of dinosaur pirates including a newbie working his way up and learning the pirate way.  I love the way it reads like a song. It is a fun, rhyming, read out loud book with enough humor and cuteness to keep reader and kids interested.

I have seen some great teaching aids for this book such as discussing predictions and what each dinosaur/pirate's job is.

The ending has two pirate groups coming together for the benefit of all. You and your kids will love this!

Video of the book

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 Super Bugs by Michelle Meadows and Illustrated by Bill Mayer

The Super Bugs help insects when they are in danger!
"Antennae up, eyes down.
Buzzing all around the town.
Super Bugs, Super Bugs, mighty, mighty
Super Bugs!"


These heroic insects are ready to fly in and lend a helping hand or wing! The Super Bugs spend all day doing good, and when the day ends...
"To the hideout -- cozy nest. Even heroes need to rest."

Young insect enthusiasts will enjoy the fun facts for all nineteen insects in Super Bugs: ants, beetles, bumblebees, butterflies, caterpillars, cicadas, cockroaches, crickets, daddy longlegs, dragonflies, fireflies, fleas, grasshoppers, houseflies, mosquitoes, moths, spiders, stinkbugs, and termites.

The 411:

This is an adorable book well illustrated for kids and MOMS who are afraid of all bugs like me. In this book the super bugs save some of the most adorable bugs around including the cutest Daddy Long Legged Spider ever. GOD I hate spiders except maybe this little guy.

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A Squash and A Squeeze by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

When a little old lady can't stand her tiny house any longer, a wise old man gives her some strange advice... And soon her house is feeling smaller than ever, with a hen, a goat, a pig, and even a cow trampling all over her kitchen! But the wise old man has one piece of advice still to give and may yet be able to solve the little old lady's problems.

Adapted from a classic folktale, A Squash and a Squeeze was the very first picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, before they went on to become international stars for their beloved picture books, including The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Long out of print in the US, A Squash and a Squeeze is back and ready to be discovered by a new generation of readers.

Video of the book read out loud 

The 411:
I loved this! It is a simple story about looking at what is bothering you from a completely different angle and soon enough you will realize that your troubles are all gone.

There is an old woman who goes to a "wise man" and complains that her home is too small. Over a few days he tells her to take in her various animals. Her house is of course too small for all of them especially when they were too small for one. His next suggestion is to remove the animals and wah la the house is big. It is kinda like when we remove the Christmas tree in January after complaining about how small the house is. Suddenly it feels like the room expanded by feet and I am wondering why I ever thought my house was too small.

Adorable story. Cute animals and a story your kids should hear.

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