‘I Took the Moon for a Walk & Ladybug Girl’ – Tuesday’s Look at these Books!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.

LadyBug Girl Moon Walk

A special thank you to our friend and teacher Beth Lawton for sharing these super books with us!

Today’s great book: I Took the Moon For a Walk by Carolyn Curtis with illustrations by Allison Jay(2004, Barefoot Books)

Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis (2008, Dial Books for Young Readers)

Author Interview/Publisher Website: http://blog.barefootbooks.com/2012/02/100-greatest-books-for-kids/


Time to Read: short and sweet; especially bedtime or anytime

Summary:  from the back cover – “Join a small boy on a lyrical, nighttime journey as he and his friend, the Moon, discover the mysterious beauty of the world after dark.”

“Ladybug Girl knows how to make her own fun, right in her own backyard!”

Best Quote from the Book:  I Took the Moon for a Walk – “Then as we turned back, the Moon kept me in sight.  It followed me home and stayed there all night…”

Ladybug Girl – “Feeling as big as the whole outdoors, Lulu stretches out her arms and flies down the hill with her wings bobbing behind her.”

Our View:  Here are two picture books for young children that we highly recommend.  From their illustrations to the innovative storylines, each book offers a beautiful view of the world and a place that children will immediately recognize.  The style of rhyme and rhythm are easy to read and allow for a peaceful end to the day.  Your children will love them!

‘My Monster Mama Loves Me So’ – Look at this Book!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…

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Today’s great book:  My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck with illustrations by Mark Buehner (1999, HarperTrophy)

Time to Read: short and funny; bedtime or anytime

Summary:  from the back cover…”At once tender and funny, this monster bedtime story is guaranteed to generate giggles, tickles, and plenty of monster hugs.”

Best Quote:  “And when the moon sets in the sky, she sings a monster lullaby of things that shriek and moan and creep – soothing things to help me sleep.”

Our View:  The wonderfully intricate illustrations filled with detail and color and coupled with the rhythmic, sing-song style of the text really do make this a special “monster” style book for children and their families.  When I first used it in my student teaching work with kindergartners, it helped diminish the scary mystery that simply comes from that word – monster – and helped them find some commonalities among themselves and this sweet monster child (who is even scared of human children!) in this story.  This week, when I asked my own daughters which Halloween book we should review and create a recipe for, they immediately remembered this book, which we had not read in several years – so it must have made an impression on them and will make a great one on you and your kids, too.

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Monster Mama” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.