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Don’t Be A Chicken – READ!

Unusual Chickens for theIt all began with Rosie’s Walk by Pat Huchins…Regardless of whether they’re picture books or chapter books, I realized when reading this recently published book this past weekend, that I can’t seem to get enough of books with chickens as main characters.

Sophie Brown, the main character of this book is memorable, but what I enjoyed most about this book was its format.  Kate Klise  started a trend with her Regarding the… and her 43 Old Cemetery Road series, Drew Daywalt continued the trend with the 2015 Sakura Medal Picture Book winner, The Day the Crayons Quit, and Kelly Jones successfully told the entire story from the point-of-view of Sophie Brown through the letters she writes.  When Sophie and her family move from the city to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm she wants to raise some animals.  Needless to say, she is in for a surprise when some very unusual chickens show up at the farm.  I recommend Unusual Chickens for An Exceptional Poultry Farm by Kelly Jones as a second or third grade read aloud.

Don’t Be A Chicken…READ…Chapter Books you’ll love!

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Don’t Be A Chicken…READ…Picture Books you’ll love!

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***Note:  Chick-O-Saurus Rex is a 2016 Sakura Medal contender and P. Zonka Lays An Egg is in the running for a Caldecott Medal.

4T Book Talks – October 28, 2014


Puss in Boots translated by Malcolm Arthur and illustrated by Fred Marcellino

A retelling of the French fairy tale in which a clever cat wins his master a fortune and the hand of a princess.




OPQ GrandfathersJourney1
Grandfather’s Journey written and illustrated by Allen Say

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.



RST lon po po
Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood Story from China translated and illustrated by Ed Young

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.






LMN my father's dragon

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett

A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them accross the river on Wild Island. (Note: This is the first book in a series of three.

       elemer and the dragon                 the dragon's of blueland


OPQ the year of billy miller

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.



whipping boy

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

And the Winners Are….Caldecott Medal

Gold Medal


Honor Books

flora flamingo

mr. wuffles

journeyThis year I found it hard to narrow my Caldecott Contenders to 20+ books.  This seemed to me to be “The Year of the Picture Book”; however, all four of the winners were on my Caldecott Contender list this year.  If had chosen the gold it would have gone to Flora the Flamingo.

If you haven’t had a chance to read any of the winners or the books I picked as Caldecott Contenders, stop by the library today.  They are on display and ready for checkout along the blue wall in the Picture Book Section. I purchased multiple copies of all of these books, so more patrons could enjoy these amazing books!