Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook

"I'm Ragweed. I'm a farm dog, and I'm really, really good at it. Most dogs aren't. But don't worry. You'll be great! You have the handbook."

Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook is a delightful new addition to our picture book collection. Throughout this darling book, Ragweed lists off tasks that a farm dog is not supposed to take part in, such as "don't wake the farmer", "don't lie in the mud" and "don't sit on the chickens' nests", but it's not until the end that Ragweed reveals the true purpose of being a farm dog: getting biscuit treats! With each line of advice, Ragweed is quick to break his rule... but usually receives a biscuit for his efforts anyway!

This adorable new book by Anne Vittur Kennedy features a fun premise and a truly charming pup. The humor is instantly identifiable, and readers of all ages will enjoy reading this goofy book together. The bright and colorful illustrations perfectly showcase Ragweed's enthusiasm and fervor for his perfectly suited profession. This hilarious romp through the tricky task of being the world's best farm dog is a real treat!

New Animal Picture Books

Do you like pretty picture books about animals that are filled with illustrations so gorgeous you can't stop staring? Here are two worth a view.

A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups features simple information on different animals and what they are called while in a group. A scurry of squirrels, a mischief of mice, a romp of otters. The book is beyond beautiful and will delight both adults and children.

In The Bear Report a little girl ponders what there is to say about polar bears, and her answer is “nothing.” She is quickly corrected by a polar bear named Olafur who shows her the light, literally. They go off on an adventure North where he teaches her about where they live and how they spend their time. It’s a small, quiet book perfect for lap time with the little ones, and demonstrates how wonderful it is when you look at something up close to admire it.

Collect Away!

Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World, by Gordon Grice, is a great new book that tackles collecting natural treasures. I was thrilled to find this book, because I have a large collection of bones, shells, feathers, and more. This book explains scientific classification and breaks down the chapters in the book using the Linnaeus classification system.

Each page of this book is filled with beautiful photographs and drawings that show off the specimens that you might find in the wild. The book gives clear instructions on how to find animals that are already dead, rather than killing live creatures. It also explains the laws for certain protected shells and species. Instructions are provided for cleaning, caring for, and displaying specimens of all kinds.

Cabinet of Curiosities is a great book for curious readers of all ages who want to learn how to find and display the treasures that the earth has to offer.

PreK Bits - "Z" is for ZOOLOGICAL PARK

Ms. Rachel presented Zoo Stories in Storytime.

First Banjo Betsy led the song "Zippity DooDah".
BABY BEEBEE BIRD is new to the zoo ... and disturbs the other animals' sleep rhythms.
Banjo Betsy led “Mama’s Taking Us To the Zoo Tomorrow” by Tom Paxton ... which you can find on the CD LET’S GO TO The ZOO and the CD PETER, PAUL And MOMMY.
We helped the animals get dressed in BLUE HAT GREEN HAT by Sandra Boynton.
We looked at a few of the cutie patootey photos in ABC ZOOBORNS by Andrew Bleiman ... and everyone said, "AAawwwww!" with the pictures.

Here are more zoo stories to enjoy at home or in the library:
STOP SNORING BERNARD! by Zacchariah Ohora … with illustrations of the cutest otters you ever saw, sleeping in the zoo.
LET’S GO TO The ZOO by Tom Paxton, the creator of “Going To The Zoo” song. You can sing the words in this book.
POO IN The ZOO by Steven Smallman … for folks who like to say “poo” out loud.
FIELD TRIP FIASCO by Julie Danneburg … “be prepared” when the class goes to the zoo.
A SICK DAY For AMOS McGEE by Philip and Erin Stead.
And TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson … true story of two daddy penguins hatching an egg and raising a chick at the New York City Zoo.
ONE COOL FRIEND by Tony Buzzeo.

New Picture Books to Celebrate Friendship

Two new adorable picture books about friendship have showed up in Youth, and I can’t stop talking about them! Buddy and Earl, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Carey Sookocheff, is a slight and simple story about the friendship between a dog and a hedgehog. When Earl the hedgehog shows up in Buddy’s life, Buddy doesn’t know what to make of him. Earl tells Buddy that he is a race car, a hairbrush and a giraffe, among other things. Buddy is wonderfully naive and sweet, and Earl is clever and loyal. Fergus’ text is witty and unexpected, and Sookocheff’s illustrations capture their unusual friendship beautifully.

Written by Lisa Mantchev and lavishly illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, Strictly No Elephants is about a little boy who is devastated to find that his tiny elephant is not allowed at the local Pet Club. Rather than wallowing, he teams up with a girl and her pet skunk to start a new club that welcomes everyone. The variety of animals that come to this new club is astonishing, and each one is drawn with beautiful care. Throughout the book, readers are reminded of the kind things that friends do. Never didactic, this book is absolutely adorable and highly recommended!

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:

Please, Open This Book!

Do it. Open it.

You might remember the funny picture book Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt. Well, those animals are back in his follow-up Please, Open This Book! And they’re not too happy. They’ve been trapped in a book! It’s dark in there, and if a book is closed all of the monkey’s bananas get smushed! If you happen to open this book and then close it the animals will be trapped all over again! What will you do? I highly recommend you open the book and find out.

Parent’s Corner: What’s New?

Many great new books have hit the Parent Shelf! The Parent Shelf is located in the downtown youth area, where you’ll find all sorts of books on hot parenting topics like behavior, potty training, divorce, and picky eaters.

There are new books on discipline such as Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, When Kids Call the Shots, and for the teen years there’s The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It.

Or maybe you’re looking for books on how to help your kids succeed. If so, check out Raising kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection with Trust and The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

Perhaps you're looking for guidance working with children with special needs. Parenting Children With ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach is full of helpful tips. And Autistic Logistics: A Parent's Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Tantrums, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges focuses on many aspects of autism and how to help your child in every day life.

Shark Detective

This new picture book is a winner! Shark Detective! tells the story of a shark who lives in a hotel, watches detective shows on TV and eats potato chips. But he was ever so lonely. At night he would dream he was a detective solving mysteries! Then one day he saw a poster for a missing kitty. Oh no! What could do? He had a great idea -- Shark Detective to the rescue!

The book has charming illustrations, is hilarious, and tells a sweet story about how friends are made. This book is recommended if you're a fan of the silly style of Dragons Love Tacos or Weasels.

“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:
DINO BITES … food chain … until a BU-u-rp !
EDWINA: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct

Try these CDs for sing-along dino-songs:
DINOSAURS: 16 All-Time Great Dino-Songs
DINOSTORY: The Ultimate DinosaurRock Opera
OR …
CHOOSE your own Dino from this list.

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