#IMWAYR – Oct 10, 2016

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share titles, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and honorary Canadian friends!!

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I’ve got a bumper crop of books to share this week, so let’s dive right in.

Mr. King’s Machine by Genevieve Cote

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Mr. King is a merry old crown-wearing feline king who loves pretty things and machines. When a caterpillar mars a pretty thing – a flower – Mr. King turns to his second love – machines – for revenge. He creates a mechanical butterfly catching machine not unlike an orange tank, and races around the land in pursuit of the offending butterfly. Unbeknownst to Mr. King, though, his machine is filling the air with terrible pollution, and his friends are most displeased with him. To set things straight, Mr. King uses his mechanical know-how to create something beautiful and practical!

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A fun, sweet story from a Canadian author/illustrator and publisher – how cool is that? And how can you resist that charming face?! It’s definitely worth checking out this third adventure featuring the delightful feline, Mr. King.

Pigs and a Blanket by James Burks

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Two little pigs share a much beloved blanket. Each likes to have fun with the blanket in their own way – making movies, playing with trucks, reading or dancing. When the two little pigs each decide they want the blanket for themselves, they quickly realize that sometimes sharing something with someone you love is actually a million times more rewarding than having that something all to yourself.

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Anyone with siblings or multiple children will immediately recognize these dear little piggies, and it’s a lot of fun for story times. Pigs and a Blanket is a great little story about sharing and caring with text that’s simple and approachable enough for even the youngest readers.

Hoot and Peep

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Big brother owl Hoot is thrilled that his little sister Peep is finally old enough to come outside on the rooftop with him at night. He can’t wait to teach her all his owl wisdom. But little Peep just doesn’t seem to understand what being an owl is all about! Instead of saying hoo! like a normal owl, she wants to sing! Could it be that the unconventional Peep actually has her own owl wisdom after all?

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Hoot and Peep is a beautifully illustrated story about finding your own song, and about having the courage to dance to the beat of your own drummer, no matter what anyone else has to say about it.

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As anyone who’s ever worked with or raised young children can tell you, sharing can be a difficult concept to grasp and master. Giving something away to someone else, with no guarantee that you’ll ever get it again, isn’t necessarily intuitive! It can be hard enough for us grown ups to share, so imagine how difficult it must be for little ones.

In this colourful picture book from author/illustrator Irene Dickson, a little girl named Ruby plays happily with her red blocks, while a little boy named Benji plays with blue blocks. But when Benji snatches away one of Ruby’s red blocks, and Ruby decides to take it back, they bring both of their block sculptures tumbling down. When Ruby and Benji learn to share, they realize that by combining their block collections they can open up an entirely new world of building ideas and creations!

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Like Pigs and a BlanketBlocks is a great story about sharing and caring, and is a great starting point for conversations about collaboration, sharing and team work. It’s also super cute!

So many sweet and wonderful picture books, so little time! Hopefully you can get your hands on copies of all these books – they’re all great reads in their different ways.

Have a great reading week, everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday – My Fall TBR Pile

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the bookishly inclined team over at The Broke and the Bookish.

There are so many books I can’t wait to read. So.  Many. Books.

One of the challenges with being a Canadian librarian is that you so often have to exercise that patience you were supposed to have developed in primary school. So many books come out later in Canada than they do in the United States, which means you have to sit patiently pining while all your American blogger friends rave about their favourite new books. Such sadness!

I also rely on the public library to meet my bookish needs, which sometimes means adding my name to waitlists so long they make your eyes water.

Here are just a few books I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Soon, my pretties….soon.

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The Liszts by Kyo Maclear

Leaping Lemmings! by John Biggs

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

Bring Me a Rock by Daniel Miyares

Shy by Deborah Freedman

Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge

Before I Leave by Jennixa Bagley

The Secret Subway by Shana Corey

A Child of Books by  Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

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So, what’s on your reading wish list this fall?

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday – September 2, 2015

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Here’s this week’s entry for KidLitFrenzy‘s Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesdays.

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Title: How Big Were Dinosaurs?
Author / Illustrator: Lita Judge
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Publication Date: 2013
Genre/Format: Nonfiction/Picture Book 
Publisher’s Summary: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur’s teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY?
With kid-friendly text and seriously silly illustrations, this fact-filled book puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up. And a huge fold-out chart compares the dinos to each other, from the tiniest Microraptor to Argentinosaurus, the largest animal to ever walk the land.
An NPR Best Book of 2013

My Two Cents: Dinosaurs! Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Nobody, that’s who! How Big Were Dinosaurs? is a delightful nonfiction picture book that really brings dinosaurs to life. What makes this picture book so awesome is the way it not only includes less common dinosaurs, such as leaellynasaura, but also uses modern-day equivalents to help children visualize the true size of these creatures. For example, leaellynasaura are pictured with a flock of penguins, while the famous velociraptor is shown beside a dog, to illustrate their actual size (note that the actual velociraptor was much smaller than the fictionalized velociraptors in Jurassic Park, which were actually closer in size to the larger utahraptor. Did I mention I’m still a bit of a dinosaur nut?) Author/illustrator/fellow dinosaur lover Lita Judge provides facts and figures with a smile and a sense of humour, creating an informational picture book that is sure to fascinate young readers. Highly recommended (and not just because I love dinosaurs….)!