Children’s book reviews by elementary school teachers Kate Glinsmann and Jennifer Sykes.
When I first saw the title Doug Unplugged, I was able to guess the moral of this story. On the cover, there was an adorable young robot boy holding the plug of his cord and smiling. I have so often had to lecture my young girls about walking away from devices that I made a very simple rule for video games or computers: If it’s not for school, no electronic devices may be used from Monday to Friday, and may only be used during limited hours on weekends… unless there’s a storm, blizzard, or robot invasion. Read More
If you were a very prickly porcupine whose favorite thing in the whole world was a balloon, I’d tell you that you were not setting yourself up for happiness. But in the delightful picture book Perfectly Percy, we find just such a situation… and a happy ending. Read More
Poetry is a form of literature that we often forget about, but it’s one of the most adaptable and enjoyable varieties to read with kids. It’s also a form of reading that isn’t too intimidating to young readers — stanzas are less overwhelming that paragraphs. Read More
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach is a delightful escape for many of us caught in this particularly horrible winter. My preschooler was drawn to a new book in a favorite series, and I was drawn to anything involving sun, sand, and some faint memory of what life is like when not buried under snow. Read More
Last year, I was volunteering in my daughter’s first grade class when a little boy told me a knock-knock joke.
Interrupting Cow, wh–
This was cute — the first 32 times, at least — so when I saw Interrupting Chicken on the shelf at our library, I thought of that joke and how much fun it was for the miniature comedian. Read More
Explaining death to young children is such a touchy thing. It’s usually something parents don’t want to do, so we put it off until we are grappling with difficult loss and in no position to be mature, thoughtful creatures. And then we desperately turn to books to help us choke out a few reassuring words. Read More