The Best of 2015

It's that time of the year. Avid readers are eager to see how their favorites in the past 12 months stack up against other great reads. Many will depend on them for gift-giving inspirations. Or simply use the lists to jump start on the titles you have been meaning to get around to.

If you are flummoxed by the massive New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015, you are not alone. I suggest you take a look at some of the more focused Best of the Best lists. Let's start with their 10 Best Books of 2015.

Goodreads Choice Awards is the only major book awards decided by readers. Very democratic and organized in 20 categories: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance... etc. as well as Nonfiction, Memoir & Autobiography, Science & Technology, and Humor.

The site that gives us top ten books published each month that librarians across the country love, just released LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2015. Not many surprises there but what a strong list! (and three of them debut novels).

I also like Publishers Weekly's Best Books 2015; BuzzFeed's The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015; The Washington Post's The 10 Best Books of 2015 (if you scroll down this last list, you will see a list for the Best Audiobooks as well as Best Graphic Novels).

Happy Reading.

PreK Bits - "1" Stands Alone

Ms. Rachel told stories about the number one in storytime.

PAPA PLEASE, GET The MOON For ME ... there was one little girl, one person she called "Papa", one thing she wanted ... the moon.
Banjo Betsy and Ms. Rachel led the action song "Faster, Faster, Faster, Faster" by Jim Gill.
There was a birthday story about ... “One Lonely Candle”. An original story created by StoryLaura.

Please enjoy more singular stories as follows:
ONE DUCK STUCK by Phyllis Root.
ONE BIG BUILDING: a counting book about construction by Michael Dahl.
ONE COOL FRIEND by Tony Buzzeo.
ONE MORE HUG For MADISON by Caroline Church.
ONE TOO MANY: a seek & find counting book by Gianna Marino.
ONE DROWSY DRAGON by Ethan Long.
ANOTHER BROTHER matthew Cordell.
ONE PUP’S UP by Marsha Wilson Chall.
ONE DOG CANOE by Mary Casanova.
ONE LIGHTHOUSE ONE MOON by anita Lobel.
"1" stands alone ... among many more.

PreK Bits - "Y" is for YUMMY!

Ms. Rachel brought YUMMY stories to Preschool Storytime.
Bear woke up one day with a hankerin’ for yummy, yummy UGLY PIE.
Banjo Betsy led the action for “Stir It Up” from the CD FOR THOSE ABOUT TO HOP.
There were "5 Plum Buns In A Bakery Shoppe" ... a rhythmic interlude with "sugar on the top".
And Wolf needed to plump up Ms. Chicken for his chicken stew with plenty of yummy baked goods in WOLF’S CHICKEN STEW. Wolf got a surprise!

If you want more yummy literature for your hungry reading palette try the following:
FROM APPLE TREES TO CIDER PLEASE.
BETTY BUNNY LOVES CHOCOLATE CAKE.
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS.
DONUT CHEF.
BEE BIM BOP.
MAX'S CHOCOLATE CHICKEN.
COW LOVES COOKIES.
HUNGRY ROSCOE.
TALIA And The VERY YUM KIPPUR.

“X” is for Extinct … X’d out

Ms. Rachel brought cave boys, a baby dodo, and dinosaur bones to PreK Storytime.

First we found dinosaur bones and fit them together ... inspired by the book DINOSAUR BONES … a first book of non-fiction for PreK.
Ms. Sara sang “Dinosaurs At Play” by Tom Paxton.
We read IF THE DINOSAURS COME BACK in big book format.
we followed Caveboy to find a new playmate in ME WANT PET .

If you are fans of dinosaurs, here are more things to read and sing:
MEET DIZZY DINOSAUR
DINO BITES … food chain … until a BU-u-rp !
EDWINA: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct
IF I HAD A TRICERATOPS
SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR:a First Book Of Manners
IF DINOSAURS LIVED IN MY TOWN

Try these CDs for sing-along dino-songs:
DINOSAURS: 16 All-Time Great Dino-Songs
The BEST Of The LAURIE BERKNER BAND
DINOSTORY: The Ultimate DinosaurRock Opera
SHA-DOO-BE-DOOP
MOST AMAZING DINOSAUR SONGS
OR …
CHOOSE your own Dino from this list.

"W" is for Wiseguys and Whiskers

Ms Rachel brought “Wise Guys and Whiskers” tales to Storytime.
Can you tell who the “Wise Guys” are?
In FLOSSIE And The FOX ... Flossie has to get her basket of eggs safely to Ms. Viola’s house.
Flossie doesn’t know what a fox looks like but she figures it out.
We went on a “Fox Hunt” together … looking for the cute fox with the bushy tail, pointy ears, fur coat and whiskers.
Finally .... we sang along with the GINGERBREAD GIRL … as she planned a more successful ending to the classic story of the GINGERBREAD BOY.

If you had fun on "The FOX HUNT" ... Here are more versions of this classic action story:
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT ... same book written in Arabic and written in Tamil.
WE’RE GOING ON A LION HUNT.
WE'RE GOING ON A GHOST HUNT.
LOOKING FOR A MOOSE.
Especially for Halloween ... "Looking For Dracula" is one of my favorite versions!
It is found on the CD 10 CARROT DIAMOND by Charlotte Diamond.

"U" is for "Up" and "Under"

Ms. Rachel told stories for concepts of up and under.
Mr. Rabbit tricks Mr. Bear with choices of TOPS and BOTTOMS … "Which part of the vegetable would you choose … uppers or unders?"
Banjo Betsy accompanied Bell Horses” and "Grand Old Duke Of York" … with ups and downs ... for our action songs!
These songs (and more) can be heard on the CDs SONGS & GAMES For TODDLERS and WHERE IS THUMBKIN?.
Mr. OWL at HOME … has problems with “Strange Bumps” … under the covers!

For more stories that have something underneath try the following titles:
UP In The GARDEN And DOWN In The DIRT
GOOSE GOES TO SCHOOL … but stays under Sophie’s desk.
OVER And UNDER The SNOW
THERE’S An ALLIGATOR UNDER MY BED
ALPHABET UNDER CONSTRUCTION
UNDER A PIG TREE ... a confusion of words.
UNDER My HOOD I HAVE A HAT

"T" is for Tricks and Treats

Ms. Rachel brought tricky farm stories to Storytime.
We learned how to be a farm dog with "Ragweed" who his currently touring with his book RAGWEED'S FARM DOG HANDBOOK.
Banjo Betsy led the participation song "Oh I Wanna Be a Dog" ... versions can be found on the CD 10 CARROT DIAMOND with Charlotte Diamond ... and OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS with Barry Polisar.
Then we found the animals playing with the tractor when the farmer slept late in GOBBLE GOBBLE MOO TRACTOR.

For more TRICK and Farm stories try the following favorites:
OTIS … an older tractor … still important on the farm.
HENRY’S MAP … Henry made a map of the farm so everyone would know their place.
BIG TRACTOR … four seasons … with tractor equipment.
ARTHUR’S TRACTOR … study the pictures. There’s more than one story going on … in addition to the tractor.
McTOAD MOWS TINY ISLAND … a silly story of transportation … and a lawn tractor.
TURKEY TOT ... creative thinking … for when the sweet, juicy berries are out-of-reach.
DRIVING MY TRACTOR … a CD and Book KIT.
Remember ... dogs really, really love BISCUITS !!!

PreK Bits - "R" is for Russian stories

Ms. Rachel brought Russian stories to Storytime this week.
“Naughty Rozalina” is an oral tradition story told with nesting matryoshka dolls.
Ms Sara played guitar and sang “May There Always Be Sunshine”. She even sang the first verse in Russian language!!
The song can be found on the CD GLOBALullabies and the CD SONGS Of Our WORLD.
The TURNIP: An Old Russian Folktale is a classic tale with Dedoushka, Babushka, Mashenka and the animals all pulling together.
Pierr Morgan's version is a favorite of mine for the illustrations and the simple telling.
Unfortunately it can no longer be replaced so we keep the last copy for story programs.
Fortunately there are more versions to borrow in this list.

For more favorite Russian folklore try the following titles:
BABUSHKA’S MOTHER GOOSE … nursery rhymes with Russian themes
AT The WISH Of The FISH … be careful what you wish for …
LUBA And The WREN … a version of the fisherman story illustrated and told by x|l&sort=oldest|Patrica Polacco
GRANDMA CHICKENLEGS ... a traditonal Baba Yaga story.
The LITTLE SNOWGIRL … Pavel makes a snowgirl for his wife.
The LITTLEST MATRYOSHKA … teamwork saves the day.
MAY THERE ALWAYS SUNSHINE ... a poetically perfect song to grow with.

Dr. Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Guru, Motivational Speaker Has Died

Dr. Wayne DyerDr. Wayne Dyer
The author, motivational speaker, and psychotherapist, Wayne Dyer, passed away this past Saturday at 75 years old after battling leukemia. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University where he received his doctorate degree in counseling. He was a self-help guru popular with a number of celebrities, like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres (whose marriage to Portia De Rossi he officiated). He believed that the power of positive thinking could lead to a healthier, happier life. His book, Your Erroneous Zones, is one of the bestselling books of all time.

PreK Bits - "O" is for Only One

One is where you begin.
O is for one.
Ms. Rachel began with ONCE AROUND The BLOCK … a story about what to do while waiting … because waiting is hard to do ... for Beatrice.
Ms. Sara and Ms. Rachel led the action song "Walk, Walk, Walk ... Until We stop" which is sung by Raffi on the CD RISE & SHINE and by the Bartkowiak's on the CD HONK HONK RATTLE RATTLE.
SOUP FOR ONE … is perfect for one bug, ... at least until one (and one, and one ...) more arrive.

For more stories that begin with one, try the following favorites:
ONE BIG BUILDING ... begins with one big machine.
ONE DUCK STUCK … who will help?
ONE TWO THAT’S MY SHOE … counting one to ten with a puppy.
ONCE UPON A TIME, THE END … one imaginative bedtime story.
ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET … where every letter gets its own story.
YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL …. settling a bet once and for all.
ONCE UPON A MEMORY … a gentle journey of growth.
ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA ... sophia uses too many words until she finds the perfect "one".

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