No, No, Gnome!

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No, No, Gnome! by Ashlyn Anstee
Grades: PreK-2
Rating: ♦♦♦♦
Gnome can’t contain his enthusiasm which gets him into some tricky situations. His big heart helps him make it up to his friends in the end. We really enjoyed this funny and endearing tale.
We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

A Big Surprise for Little Card

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A Big Surprise for Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper and Anna Raff
Grades: PreK-2
Rating: ♦♦♦♦
We loved this delightful little book full of twists, turns, and an adorable little card who doesn’t let disappointments get him down.
We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

Our Favorites for Map Lovers

Our boys are obsessed with maps. Every night during story time, they find some reason to consult their globe, wall-decal maps, or one of their many atlases. They love to track down where authors and illustrators live, find countries or cities referenced in whatever we read, and remind us of all of the trips they have planned. Here are some of our favorite resources.
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Wall Pops makes this dry-erase world map. They also have U.S. and Canadian versions. They really brightened up the boys’ room and since we hung them at their eye level, the maps are consulted constantly.

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GeoPuzzles are a hit with our puzzle and geography loving kids. These are some of the few geography puzzles I have seen where the pieces are shaped like countries/states/provinces.

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The 50 States is our favorite U.S. atlas. It contains tons of information, contemporary references, and fun facts (who knew there was a sculpture of a spoon with a cherry on it in Minneapolis, MN?)

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Our favorite world atlas has beautiful illustrations and is full of interesting information and details. Candlewick recently released a Maps Poster Book which we wrote about here.

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I’m shocked this interactive globe didn’t get better reviews on Amazon. We’ve had ours for two years and it is still going strong despite almost daily use. It provides information about continents, countries, capitals, currency, and fun facts. It also has engaging  games that our boys love.

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Dance! Dance! Underpants!

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Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea
Grades: PreK-2
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦
Bob Shea has outdone himself with this second installment to the Ballet Cat series. The humor is layered and appeals to kids and adults alike. We loved Butter Bear and her stalling tactics. Be on the lookout for a cameo appearance from Sparkles the pony from Ballet Cat and the Totally Secret Secret!
We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

Maps Poster Book

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Maps Poster Book by Aleksandra Mizielinski and Daniel Mizielinski
Grades: PreK+
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦
Squeals of delight resonated throughout our household when this book arrived. Our boys are obsessed with geography and maps these days so they can’t wait to have these posters laminated to be used as placemats and decoration in their room. Each perforated page features an illustration from the beautiful and informative atlas, Maps.

We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

Who Done It?

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Who Done It? by Olivier Tallec
Grades: PreK-2
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦
We love this entertaining book. Each page asks the reader to find a character who did something specific such as Who is in disguise? Our boys had so much fun examining each character and laughing at the expressions and body language that they didn’t realize all of the inferencing work they were doing.

Henry Wants More

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Henry Wants More by Linda Ashman and BrookeBoynton Hughes
Grades: PreK-1
Rating: ♦♦♦♦
We all enjoyed this rollicking rhyming tale about an energetic toddler who can’t get enough play time. Henry reminded us of own Matt and his boundless enthusiasm for life and we loved that a bi-racial family was depicted in the illustrations.
We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

Mother Bruce

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Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Grades: PreK+
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦
I’m not sure what is more fun: reading this book or watching other people’s reactions while reading this book. It is laugh-out-loud funny but also witty and touching. Definitely don’t miss this fun read about an egg-loving bear who finds himself the accidental mother to a gaggle of goslings.
We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

The Red Hat

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The Red Hat by David Teague and Antoinette Portis
Grades: PreK and up
Rating: ♦♦♦♦
We loved this delightful tale about a lonely boy living at the top of a skyscraper who goes to great lengths to meet the girl living in the tower recently built next door. The story is whimsical–reminiscent of a Disney short–and beautifully illustrated by one of our favorite artists.
We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.