January 2018



Preschoolers
Best of 2017

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BULLDOZER HELPS OUT
written by Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann, (Atheneum Books, May 2017), 40p, Ages 3-6

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CHARLIE’S BOAT
written/illus. by Kit Chase, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, May 2017), 32p, Ages 2-5



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Ages 4-8
Best of 2017

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A CAT NAMED SWAN
written/illus. by Holly Hobbie, (Random House, Feb. 2017). 32p, Ages 3-7

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HATTIE & HUDSON
written/illus. by Chris Van Dusen, (Candlewick Press, May 2017), 40p, Ages 4-8





Ages 8-11
Best of 2017
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THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS
written by Gigi Priebe, illus. by Daniel Duncan, (Aladdin Books, , Jan. 2017), 160p, Ages: 7-10

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GRAND CANYON
written/illus. by Jason Chin, (Roaring Brook Press, Feb. 2017), 56p, Ages 7-12

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ZACK AND THE TURKEY ATTACK!
written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illus. by Vivienne Tu, (Atheneum Books, Oct. 2017), 176p, Ages 7-11





Ages 10-13
Best of 2017

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BLUEBERRY PANCAKES FOREVER #3 (Tuesday McGillycuddy Adventures)
written by Angelica Banks, illus. by Stevie Lewis, (Henry Holt & Co., Feb. 2017), 320p, Ages 8-12





Ages 14-18+
Best of 2017

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WHAT GOES UP
written by Katie Kennedy, (Bloomsbury, July 2017), 336p, Ages 13+



 





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

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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Preschool
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SMALL WALT
written by Elizabeth Verdick, illus. by Marc Rosenthal, (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Book, $17.99. Oct. 2017, ISBN 978-1-4814-4845-1), 40p, Ages 3-6

Smallest in a fleet of large, yellow snowplows, Small Walt hopes to be picked this time to clear the roads when a huge snowstorm blows in. Thinking he is too little to keep up, the crew leaves the little red snowplow behind. Suddenly a worker rushes to check his load of ice-melting salt, inspect the salt spreader, and test the plow and lights. Declared “good to go,” Gus steers him over icy bridges, ramps, and steep hills while Small Walt hums, “My name is Walt. / I plow and I salt. / I clear the snow / so the cars can go!” ‘

With determination and perseverance, Small Walt wins the respect of the larger snowplows and is rewarded with a blue scarf that Gus ties around his rearview window. Timeless messages of never giving up and teamwork make this a perfect story for reading aloud during cold seasons and snowy weather.

 
Ages 4-8
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HENNY, PENNY, LENNY, DENNY, AND MIKE
written by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Mike Austin, (Beach Lane Books, $17.99, Sept. 2017,
ISBN 978-1-4814-4523-8), 40p, Ages 3-8

Five fish friends from a pet shop are taken home by a little girl and plopped into her aquarium, where they love the orange gravel, the diver, a beautiful rock, a pirate ship, and bubbles, but not the resident yucky snail, which they ignore. Their days are perfect with swimming, gulping, and blowing kisses to the little girl, except on cleaning day.

When three new additions join the group, they laugh at the clown fish’s jokes, admire the angel fish, and love the fairy castle, until Lenny becomes trapped in the door of the castle. “The clownfish tries to lighten the mood with a joke. The angelfish begins to pray. Yet nothing unsticks Lenny.” When the overlooked and ignored snail comes to the rescue, everyone is grateful with lots of kisses, jokes, and prayers. Charming and loaded with fun, kids will love these friendly, fun-loving fish is grateful and one goofy snail.

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PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW
written by Jody Jensen Shaffer, illus. by Stephanie Laberis, (Henry Holt & Co., $16.99, June 2017, ISBN 978-1-62779-615-6), 32p, Ages 4-8

Prudence is a book-loving cow and takes every opportunity to study science, architecture, and engineering. “When it was pond-standing time, Prudence stood with the herd. She was doing great … but then she calculated the water temperature and wind speed.” Not impressed, the cows complain that she’s too different, and just, “a little too part-time” cow. In a moment of inspiration, Prudence devises a plan to win over the herd with her cow-pleasing inventions—an electronic “cow-culator” to keep track of the calves, a “portable shade tree” from an umbrella and saddle, and a guitar for the bull. With creativity, intelligence, and problem-solving skills, Prudence finally becomes a full member of the herd, but still remains a part-time cow who loves to read.

 
Ages 8-11
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THE CHICKEN SQUAD #5: GIMMIE SHELTER: Misadventures and Misinformation
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Kevin Cornell, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $12.99, Sept. 2014, ISBN 978-1-5344-0571-4), 128p, Ages 7-10

According to the Chicken Squad a storm is brewing and likely to hit soon. So they begin digging a storm shelter in the backyard with spoons. “’There’s always a storm coming kid,’ replied Sugar. ‘I’ve been watching those Connolly kids next door, and they’ve been moving all kinds of things into their garage. A little bit every day. They know something is coming, and now I know something is coming, too.’”

Soon they unearth what they think is the leg of a female T-rex, or maybe a Unicorn bone, and an eyeball. They decide to create a grid to track their discoveries, but are somewhat hampered by the squirrels and chipmunks digging their own holes for protection. Kids will love the Restricted Area signs, the humorous Chicken Squad illogical logic, the ping pong ball storm, the emergency tunnel, and J. J. saving the day.

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THE TINY HERO OF FERNY CREEK LIBRARY
written by Linda Bailey, illus. by Victoria Jamieson, (Greenwillow Books, $16.99, June 2017,
ISBN 978-0-06-244093-8), 336p, Ages 8-12

Eddie, a little green bug, lives with his 53 siblings, parents, and Aunt Min behind the chalkboard in the fourth-grade classroom of Ferny Creek Elementary School. Aunt Min taught Eddie to read and told him about the wonderful classics from Dr. Seuss to E. B. White in the school library. When she fails to return from the library one day, Eddie begins a quest to find her, dodging sneakers, spiders, and falling books, only to find her injured, starving, and hiding on the librarian’s desk in the paper tray.

Once there, Eddie discovers that the substitute librarian wants to board up the windows, remove all the books, and turn the library into a testing center. Eddie begins another quest involving sticky notes, blueberry juice, and licorice. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this unlikely hero, who faces dangers and obstacles with tenacity and perseverance. Endpapers include “Eddie & Min’s Bugliography” featuring over 25 classics for reading and reading aloud.



Ages 10-13
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THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF
written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, translated by David Colmer, illus. by Eda Kaban, (Delacorte Press, 2016, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-553-53503-7), 160p, Ages 10+

Mr. Tibble is a shy newspaper reporter, who only writes about cats. After nearly losing his job, he rescues a young woman from a tree that she climbed trying to escape a dog. When Minou confides in Tibble that she used to be a cat, he gives her room (a box with fresh newspaper), board (fish), and a job as his secretary in exchange for juicy scoops from her newly organized “Cat Press Agency.” She passes on non-cat stories from local felines, who feed her scoops that Tibble turns into great articles.

When he writes a story that reflects very badly on a well-known, but ruthless businessman, Tibble’s job is in jeopardy again. Find out how one young girl, the cats of Killenthorn, and Minou save Tibble’s job and rescue the community from a corporation takeover. Kids will love the various cat names (the Butcher’s Cat, Council Cat, Pump Cat, Metropole Cat, Deodorant Cat, etc.), the Great Yawl-Yowl Song, and Minou’s efforts to suppress her cat urges.

Ages 14-18+
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THE MIDNIGHT PEACOCK (The Sinclair’s Mysteries)
written by Katherine Woodfine, illus. by Julia Sardà, (Egmont, 2017, $6.99, ISBN 978-1-4052-8290-1), 352p, Ages 13+

This thrilling conclusion to The Sinclair’s Mysteries series finds Sophie and Lil helping with the preparations for Mr. Sinclair’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Peacock Ball. Little do they realize that Sophie’s nemesis, the Baron, has planned his own New Year Eve party, which includes a royal assassination and explosions in Piccadilly Circus. Friends come together to thwart the Baron, and Sophie finally discovers answers to her family’s fate. Readers, who love the series will look forward to the new series, "Taylor & Rose."

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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