By Jean Reagan
Illustrated by Lee Wildish
The How to series has the perfect one for this time of the year! It is on How to Catch Santa. I got this book last Christmas but we were not successful in catching Santa. Annoying Little Brother and I will try again this year.
The book gives lots of perfect, just perfect ideas on how to catch Santa. One of them is really funny and involves using a volleyball net at the beach. I think it is too cold here to do that! Mom says we can’t do the one using glitter. It is too messy! I do plan to put out lots of carrots for the reindeer!
I think kids will like this book. It is funny and silly. Kids like funny and silly!
If you wanted matching pjs, they even have them! So silly!
Come back tomorrow for an interview with author Jean Reagan!
By Gary Karton
The Last Akaway is good. It is about you having a spirit animal. I know my spirit animal ( I have three: Mr Hungry the Penguin, Lucy the Black Leopard and Raven). I like the idea of spirit animal. In this book, Brody Boondoggle finds his spirit animal. His friend doesn’t believe in Akaways. The friend’s uncle makes video games and they are trying to stop him because he somehow the video game to the world. If they don’t stop him, the Akaway will be saved.
I liked this book because it helps connect to spirit animals. It was a fun book to read. It is longer than most books I review and it took me a week to read. It is for kids a bit older than me but I read books at a higher grade level than mine.
The next book in the series comes out this spring and right now, there is a deal on the book. I am excited they have a Raven necklace. I am getting it!
I posted a special video message on my facebook page. Please join me over there to see it!
My name is Leslie Minor and I am a children’s librarian at Everett Public Library in Everett, Washington. The library website is www.epls.org
I graduated from the library school at the University of Washington in 1982! I wanted to be a librarian because I love books and people and like to get them together. My first job was at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs (Oceanography) on San Juan Island. It was great fun! Our books came by seaplane from Seattle!
I purchase the picture books, easy readers, board books and children’s music for my library. We order through baker and Taylor and I read reviews and spend about 44,000 dollars per year on these books. About half of the money goes to replacing all of the wonderful library ‘basics’ (because when children’s books are checked out, they are read about a dozen times while adult books are typically read only once, so condition is usually the issue for ‘weeding’ a children’s book) and the other half goes to new books.
It’s hard to pick a favorite author, but I love Julia Donaldson and Rosemary Wells, and Jane Cabrera, oh and also Jan Thomas and Mo Willems!
I usually ask a kid what s/he has enjoyed reading lately and go from there. We have bookmarks with selected books for each grade, and it’s always fun to check out the new book shelf. There’s also the five finger rule. You count the words you don’t know on a page and if you don’t know one, that book is too easy. If you don’t know two or three, that book is just right. If you don’t know four or five, that book may be too much of a challenge for you.
I don’t have a picture of myself but have included one of my dog, Pearl, and one of my two little grand daughters, Elena and Alice
Today it is cold and snowy outside. It is 7 degrees outside as I write this (brrrrr). In honor of the cold, I am picking my top five Penguin Books!
1. Penguin and the Pinecone by Salina Yoon (ps doesn’t Annoying Little Brother make a cute Penguin in that photo)
2. Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon
3. Smithsonian Q & A: Penguins: The Ultimate Question & Answer Book ( I haven’t reviewed this yet but I love this book)
4. Five Christmas Penguins by Steven Lenton
5. Penguin on vacation by Salina Yoon
Honorable mentions: Mr Popper’s Penguins, Penguin and Pumpkin, Penguin in Love, Penguin’s Big Adventure
(Bridget note: Mom said I couldn’t make this another Salina Yoon is the greatest post but my secret is I think she is)
Social media/website: http://www.EmilyArrow.com, twitter:helloemilyarrow
Tell me a little about you: I created a genre of music called KidLit Tunes, or songs about my favorite books written for kids! I have a ukulele named Bow and I perform all over the country and create videos and songs while I travel.
How did you start writing songs about books? I was an elementary music teacher and I wanted to start using books in my music classroom. I couldn’t find many musical resources online that went with the books so I decided to create my own!
Do you have a favorite kid author?
How do you pick the books you write a song about? I pick the books based on a few things: the illustrations, the titles, and the way the book makes me feel. Sometimes I totally love a book but it’s not right for a storytime. Or sometimes I love the illustrations but the the title is too long for a song. I always know a right match for a song the first time I read it.
Do you have a favorite song you wrote? I love performing the BE A FRIEND Song inspired by the book by Salina Yoon. It’s so funny to watch audience members do “jazz hands!” with me!
One of my favorite authors is Peter H. Reynolds.
He creates the most inspiring picture books and every time I read one, I feel brave and creative.
Do you have a recommendation for kids who want to write songs?
I would recommend learning an instrument. Ukulele is a great place to start because it’s a bit simpler than guitar and is a fun instrument to write song with.
Is there a book you really want to write a song about?
Tons!! I’m working on a song about the book PENGUIN PROBLEMS
by Jory John right now and haven’t finished the verses yet. I have a huge list in a notebook of all of the books I want to write songs about. I add more songs every time I go to a bookstore and feel inspired!
By Ashlyn Anstee
Tomorrow, Emily Arrow is answering my questions. My favorite song by her is “Are we there, Yeti?”, so here is a review of the book.
Are we there, Yeti? is funny, silly, funny, funny, silly, silly book. It is about kids going on a field trip with a Yeti bus driver. All through the book, the kids ask “Are we there, Yeti?” and other questions my mom says kids ask in the car. Do you get the Yeti/Yet switch?
I don’t want to share the secret of where they were going, so I really suggest you read this book. It is just silly! I am so glad Emily wrote a song about it so I went to find the book. That is the best thing about Emily’s music – she introduces me to new books!
I give 10 stars and 99 bonus snowballs!