June 2014

Other read-alouds
for Preschoolers


written/illus. by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Bob Kolar (Henry Holt), 26p, Ages 3-6


written/illus. by Jedda Robaard, (Candlewick Press), 32p, Ages 2-5


written/illus. by Molly Idle, (Viking Books), 40p, Ages 3-5


written/illus. by Anthony Browne, (Candlewick Press), 24p, Ages 3-5

Other Read & Read-Alouds
for Ages 4-8


written/illus by Jean-François Dumont, (Eerdmans), 36p, Ages 4-8


E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm
written by Judy Sierra, illus. by Matthew Myers, (Candlewick Press), 32p, Ages 4-8


written/illus. by John Himmelman, (Henry Holt), 32p, Ages 4-8


written by Alison Jackson, illus. by Doris Barrette, (Henry Holt), 32p, Ages 4-7

Other Reads
for Ages 8-12


THE CHICKEN SQUAD: The First Misadventure
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Kevin Cornell, (Atheneum), 112p, Ages 7-10


written Nan Marino, (Square Fish), 272p, Ages 10-13


written by Grey Leitich Smith, illus. by Andrew Arnold, (Roaring Book), 224p, Ages 8-12


written by Megan Frazer Blakemore, (Bloomsbury), 320p, Ages 8-12


Books are fabulous creatures. They have a mind of their own. At least the best ones do. They introduce us to people and places we would not ordinarily experience.

Whether young or older, children need to listen to age appropriate stories read by adults. This shared experience is enjoyable, uplifting, magical, and fun for all involved.

We promise humor, curiosity, imagination, adventure, action, mystery, friendship, bravery, and so much more from the stories that we recommend.

These are the stories that touch the heart, color the imagination, and delight the mind. So pull up a chair, we will see you there!

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Bringing you
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Touch the Heart,
Color the Imagination, and
Delight the Mind

Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to middle graders.

Literacy begins at home by reading to children, and is developed over the years when good literature is available at home and at school for children to listen to and read. We hope that you enjoy our selections.

For more information on reading to children, great books to read and read aloud, and a summer reading program, log on to our web site at www.tchliteracy.com.


written/illus. by Kevin Sherry, (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8037-3391-6), 32p, Ages 3-5

A giant, lonely turtle roams the ocean looking for friends, until one day four shipwrecked animals take refuge on his shell. While turtle fishes for food, Owl knits, Bear builds, Frog cooks, and Cat draws. Working together, they create a community on Turtle's back, and suddenly he is no longer lonely. When the animals miss their families and decide to return home, Turtle feels a genuine loss. "Bear built a ship, Owl knit a sail, Frog packed some food, and Cat … Cat gave me a hug." Imagine Turtle's happiness, when his friends return with their families and friends to make a lasting home.


written by Shirley Parenteau, illus. by David
Walker, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, ISBN
978-0-7636-6418-3), 32p, Ages 2-5

After conquering chairs and beds (Bears in Chairs, Bears in Beds), Floppy, Fuzzy, Calico, and Yellow Bear return in an adorable story about bath time. Full of cobwebs, dirt, mud, sweat, and all over stinky, they rebel against taking a bath. Coxing and prodding by Big Brown Bear doesn't work, until he leads by example. "He jumps in the tub! / He grabs some soap / and starts to scrub. / He splashes water. / He splashes bears. / He sure is having / fun in there." Not to miss the fun, the four hop in and join the giggle party. Full of rhythm and rhyme and bouncy fun, little ones will enjoy this read aloud.


written by Jenny Broom, illus. by Nahta Nój, (Templar Books, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-6619-4), 32p, Ages 3-7

When a hungry mouse crawls across a sleeping lion's back to reach ripe berries, the lion awakes and traps the mouse under his paw. Apologizing, the little mouse explains his need for food, and the lion sympathizes, helps him reach the luscious food, and releases the little fellow. Scampering away, the mouse promises to return the good deed someday. Lion scoffs at the idea of needing help, until he is trapped by a hunter's net. "In the morning, the lion was woken by a nibbling noise. It was the little mouse, who had heard the mighty lion's roar. She gnawed and gnawed until … she set the lion free!" Digitally created artwork, die-cut holes, and peek-through windows in different shapes make this retelling of an Aesop fable a great addition to home libraries.


R IS FOR ROBOT: A Noisy Alphabet
written/illus. by Adam F. Watkins, (Price Stern Sloan, $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8431-7237-9), 32p, Ages 3-5

On a mission to build an alphabet, robots of all shapes and sizes use cranes, pulleys, wagons, tractors, ray guns, and karate to drill, hammer, and rivet their way through each letter accompanied by sounds: A is "ahoogah," C is for "Clang," "Clink," "Crash," and "Clank," while E is for "Eek!," K is for "Kapow," U is for "Umph," and X is for "EXplode." Each robot, whether a person or animal, is built differently, with some given special cleanup tasks. Loud, noisy, and rambunctious, this great presentation is for all who enjoy creativity and engineering. Endpapers feature blueprints of letters.

Ages 4-8

written by Peter H. Reynolds/Paul A. Reynolds, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, (Atheneum Books, $15.99,
ISBN 978-1-4424-6608-1), 40p, Ages 4-8

"Rafael had been waiting all year long for the Going Places contest, a chance to build a go-cart, race it … and win." Twenty-two students in Mrs. Chanda's classroom are given identical kits with instructions to construct a go-cart. Rafael, a stickler for following instructions, and his classmate Maya, a dreamer, combine their kits and build a small airplane instead. On the day of the race after a slow start, they soar above the other go-carts to win. Rolling across the finish line to the edge of a lake, they watch a frog leap from a lily pad into the water. Inspired again, the friends begin another project—an amphibious craft. The curiosity, imagination, fun, and action of this creative story will have kids longing for their own go-cart kit.


written by Rue de monde, illus. by Clotilde Perrin/Rue
de monde, (Chronicle Books, $17.99,
ISBN 978-1-4521-2208-3), 36p, Ages 5-8

Each of Earth's twenty-four time zones follow everyday activities of kids around the world. What begins with, "It is six o'clock in the morning in Dakar, Senegal. Keita wakes up early to help his father count the fish caught during the night," follows with "At the same moment …" in the next time zone with another child's activities. Time zones travel hourly eastward to France, Bulgaria, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Himalayan Mountains, Vietnam, China, Japan, Australia, New Caledonia, Russia, Samoa, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Arizona, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Greenland, Fernando de Noronha Island, and the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Endpapers describe timekeeping and time zones with a foldout world map. Unique illustrations make this enjoyable and informative book one to treasure.


written/illus. by Timothy Basil Ering, (Candlewick Press, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-2357-9), 48p, Ages 4-7

With a little bribery, a young frog faces his fear of monsters at night by corralling his imagination. During the day Hamilton Squidlegger is fearless in his quest to rid the scrintalberry swamp of threats—the fire-breathing frackensnapper, skelecragon claws, and bracklesneeds. His bravery disappears at night and he takes safety in his parent's bed from the monster shadows. Desperate, dad offers Hamilton, "a double-decker grasshopper worm-cake, with snake-belly frosting" if he will spend the night in his own mud. In a series of crazy dreams, Hamilton finds friendship and peace with the monsters and dad's special treat at sunrise. Clever and intriguing artwork makes this bedtime story one to keep.


EYE TO EYE: How Anmals See the World
written/illus. by Steve Jenkins, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-547-95907-8), 32p, Ages 6-9

"Most animals rely on their vision, more than any other sense, to find out what is going on around them. For these creatures, the eyes are the most important link to the world." Steve Jenkins explains the varieties of animal eyes that evolve from four types (eyespot, pinhole, compound, and camera) with descriptions of each type of animal. Size, color, number of eyes, heat-sensing organs are shown, ranging from starfish to the colossal squid. Eyes not only allow animals to locate food and avoid predators, but permit them to swallow food and attract mates. Large, colorful illustrations of more than twenty animals, and small pictures of the entire animal, accompany a brief paragraph featuring fascinating information on each. Animal facts, bibliography, and a glossary complete this wonderful fact-filled informative book for kids.

Ages 8-12

LINDBERGH: The Tale of a Flying Mouse
written/illus. by Torben Kuhlmann, translated by
Suzanne Levesque, (NorthSouth Books, $19.95,
ISBN 978-0-7358-4167-3), 96p, Ages 7-11

To escape the terrifying mousetraps in his German homeland, a heroic mouse discovers a way to cross the Atlantic to freedom in America. Inspired by his bat-flying cousins, Lindbergh uses his intelligence, perseverance, and strength to build a mouse-size plane, while avoiding close encounters with owls and cats. With map in paw and goggles in place, he begins the trans-Atlantic flight. "Night fell, and the air grew cold. The mouse chewed on a hunk of cheese and tried to ignore his exhaustion while swishing through the dark." Arriving safely in New York City, he soon becomes famous. Newspapers tell of his spectacular adventure and legend states that he inspired a young Charles Lindbergh. Endpapers include A Short History of Aviation, information on Otto Lilienthal, a German aviation pioneer, the Wright Brothers, and Charles Lindbergh. The illustrations are so plentiful and stunning that this wonderful tale might also be read as a wordless book.


written by Natalie Lloyd, (Scholastic Press, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-545-55270-7), 320p, Ages 10-13

12-year-old Felicity Pickle, her 6-year-old sister, Frannie Jo, dog Biscuit, and mother arrive in Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a remote mountain town with secret magic, where she hopes for a permanent home. "They say that Midnight Gulch was the happiest place in the world, back when the magic was still there." When a long ago duel between famous magician brothers results in a town curse, most of the magic disappears. With Felicity's ability to see words that reflect the secret thoughts of others, she makes friends with a local wheelchair bound boy, Jonah. He informs her of the town's magical history, performs acts of random kindness anonymously, and helps Felicity to enter a talent show to overcome her shyness. Together they work to return Midnight Gulch's lost magic and reverse the curse caused by Felicity's great-great-grandfather. Friendship, helping others, snickers (left over magic), colorful characters, and an endearing heroine make this a "spindiddly" read.


written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald, (Dial Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8037-4001-3), 256p, Ages 9-13

When 13-year-old Theodore Tenpenny's grandfather dies in a freak accident on a busy New York City street, she inherits $463 and becomes responsible for the welfare of her unreliable mother and a ramshackle Greenwich Village townhouse. With her dying grandfather's message "to look under the egg" for a letter and treasure, Theo finds a painting above the fireplace mantel depicting an egg, but an accidental spill of rubbing alcohol reveals a hidden, perhaps valuable Raphael Renaissance masterpiece. Theo's search for its authenticity takes her to the New York Public Library, the fancy Upper East Side, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Center for Jewish History, and Holocaust survivors. Along the way, she discovers her grandfather's World War II military past involving stolen antiquities. With his past employment as security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theo worries that the painting may be stolen. With the help of new and old friends, the daughter of famous actors, a punk-rock librarian, an Episcopalian priest, a street vendor, and many more, Theo perseveres. Secrets are unearthed, mysterious pasts are uncovered, and lost Holocaust children are revealed. Kids will learn about art history, renovation techniques, and research technology, encounter quirky characters, and root for an intrepid intelligent, self-reliant heroine to locate her family's treasure.


written by Matthew J. Kirby, (Scholastic Press, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-545-50226-9), 272p, Ages 9-12

When Ben Warner joins an after school science camp, he discovers a unique organization, the Quantum League, and its powerful science of Actuation (the ability to alter reality with imagination). Their agents create fire, lightning, rain, clouds, wind, and manipulate emotions. Dealing with his newfound special abilities, Ben realizes too late that his recruitment results in the loss of his family and former life. When his mentor, Dr. Hughes, is kidnapped by a rival organization and an experimental weapon is stolen, Ben becomes enmeshed in a power struggle. Joining forces with a former rogue member, they infiltrate the Dread Cloaks to rescue both scientist and equipment. While trying to manage his newly discovered gift, Ben questions the Quantum League's tactics and ethics, and longs to return to his former life and mother, who no longer remembers him. Friendship, bravery, adventure, and page-turning action promise a great adventure in the planned trilogy.

Over the years, we have researched thousands of children's books, and can recommend some of the best in outstanding children's literature for parents to read aloud and children to read. Our recommendations must meet certain criteria: fun, creative and imaginative stories, delightful illustrations, and excellent for age appropriate listening and reading. We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations. If you desire further information some of the best in children's literature, please visit our website, www.tchliteracy.com.

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