January / February 2019


A Was Once an Apple Pie
Angus and the Ducks
The Ant & the Grasshopper
The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose
Bedtime for Frances
Bentley and Egg
The Big Book of Little
Blackboard Bear
Blueberries for Sal
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What
    do You See?
The Carrot Seed
Chica Chica Boom Boom
A Child’s Garden of Verses
Each Peach Pear Plum
The Eeensy Weensy Spider
Fish Eyes
Freight Train
The Gingerbread Man
Harry and the Dirty Dog
The Little Engine That Could
The Lion and the Mouse
Make Way for Ducklings
Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose Favorites
The Mitten
Mother Goose and Friends
My Friend Bear
My Mother Goose
My Very First Mother Goose
The Napping House
Peter’s Chair
The Pokey Little Puppy
Rainbow Fish
Rosie’s Walk
The Runaway Bunny
The Saggy Baggy Elephant
The Snowman
The Snowy Day
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Ten, Nine, Eight
Ten Seeds
The Three Little Kittens
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Classics for
Ages 4-8

The 3 Little Pigs
Amelia Bedelia
Amos: The Story of an Old Dog
    and His Couch
Arnold of the Ducks
Ask Mr. Bear
Bedtime for Frances
Bentley and Egg
The Big Book of Little
The Big Orange Splot
Blackboard Bear
Blueberries for Sal
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Boy Who Was Followed
Caps for Sale
Choo Choo
Cloudy With a Chance of
The Complete Tales of Beatrix
The Complete Tales of
Curious George
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Firebird
George and Martha
George Shrinks
The Golden Goose
Goldilocks and the Three
Good Night Gorilla
Hansel and Gretel
Harry the Dirty Dog
Henny Penny
Horton Hatches the Egg
The House on East 88th Street
If I Ran the Zoo
Ira Sleeps Over
The Iron Giant
Jack and the Beanstalk
James and the Giant Peach
Katy and the Big Snow
Kermit the Hermit
The Little Engine That Could
The Little House
The Lion and the Mouse
The Little Red Hen
The Littles
Make Way for Ducklings
Mike Mulligan and His Steam
Millions of Cats
Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas
The Musicians of Bremen
My Father’s Dragon
The Night Before Christmas
The Nightengale
The Nutcracker
On Market Street
The Owl and the Pussycat
Peter and the Wolf
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Puss in Boots
Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
The Song of Mulan
Stone Soup
The Story About Ping
The Story of Babar
The Story of Ferdinand
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Three Little Pigs
Tom Thumb
Toot & Puddle
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Treasured Classics
The Turnip
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Ugly Duckling
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Wild Swans
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Classics for
Ages 8-11

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Aesop’s Fables
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
A Bear Called Paddington
Beauty and the Beast
The Castle in the Attic
Charlie & the Chocolate
Charlotte’s Web
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Cricket in Times Square
The Enormous Egg
The Firebird
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Freaky Friday
The Indian in the Cupboard
Half Magic
Homer Price
The Indian in the Cupboard
James and the Giant Peach
Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver
The Jungle Book
The Lion, the Witch, and the
Little House in the Big Woods
Mary Poppins
Mr. Poppers Penguins
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of
The Racketty Packetty House
The Railway Children
Ramona the Pest
The Secret Garden
The Snow Queen
The Story of Doctor Doolittle
The Story of the Treasure
Stuart Little
The Tales of Uncle Remus
Tintin in Tibet
The Trumpet of the Swan
The Wind in the Willows
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Classics for
Ages 10-13

The Adventures of Huckleberry
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Black Beauty
The Black Stallion
The Borrowers
By the Great Horn Spoon
Casey at the Bat
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Chronicles of Narnia
A Christmas Carol
Five Children and It
Gentle Ben
The Great Brain
The Incredible Journey
Lassie Come Home
The Little Princess
Mary Poppins
Misty of Chincoteague
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of
My Friend Flicka
The Railway Children
Robinson Crusoe
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
Swiss Family Robinson
The Woodbegoods


Classics for
Ages 12-15

Around the World in 80 Days
Cheaper by the Dozen
Hans Brinkler and the Silver
The Hobbit
The Incredible Journey
Johnny Tremain
The Journey to the Center of
    the Earth
The Legend of King Arthur
Little Women
A Long Way from Chicago
The Mysterious Island
National Velvet
Oliver Twist
The Prince and the Pauper
Robin Hood
The Time Machine
Twenty-One Balloons
Sherlock Holmes
Swiss Family Robinson
Tarzan of the Apes
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Treasure Island
A Wrinkle in Time
A Year Down Under


Classics for
Ages 14-18+

The Adventures of Sherlock
Anne of Green Gables
The Arabian Nights
Around the World in 80 Days
Ben Hur
The Call of the Wild
Canterbury Tales
The Count of Monte Cristo
David Copperfield
Earthsea Series
The Gift of the Magi
Goodbye Mr. Chips
Great Expectations
The Great Turkey Walk
The Hound of the Baskervilles
How Green Was My Valley
The Invisible Man
Jane Eyre
Journey to the Center of the
The Last of the Mohicans
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Little Women
Lord of the Rings
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Man in the Iron Mask
Moby Dick
The Mysterious Island
Oliver Twist
Pilgrim’s Progress
Pride and Prejudice
The Princess Bride
The Quiet Man
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll
    and Mr. Hyde
The Tale of Two Cities
The Three Musketeers
The Time Machine
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
The War of the Worlds
Watership Down
The Westing Game
Wutherling Heights



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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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written/illus. by Divya Srinivasan, (Viking Books, Dec. 2018, $17.00, ISBN 978-0-670-01651-8), 40p, Ages 3-5

“A chill cut through the forest. Little Owl fluffed his feathers. ‘Something is happening!’ he thought.” As the leaves change colors and drop, geese fly to warmer climates, and friends gather food and retreat into winter hiding places, Little Owl and his friend Raccoon discover the magic of winter and the wonder of a first snowfall. They find deer, fox, and skunk tracks in the snow and watch as fish swim underneath a frozen pond. When he begins to miss his hibernating friends, Bear and Hedgehog, Mama tells him that he will see them soon enough, but in the meantime he should enjoy the pleasures of snow—and that he does! Divya Srinivasan’s illustrations are a fetching introduction to the changing of the seasons.
        Themes: Adventure, Animals, Friendship, Seasons, Series


written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, Oct. 2018, ISBN 978-1-4814-5973-0), 40p, Ages 3-6 yrs

“In his home in the forest, / while the cold wind blows, / Bear snuggles in his quilt / from his nose to his toes.” But what’s a bear to do when he can’t sleep through the winter? His friend Mouse stops by to brew some mint tea, Hare fixes some warm milk, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Wren, Owl, and Raven arrive and sing him a lullaby. Nothing helps, until Bear decides to tell them a new story, a Once Upon a Time Tale, and everyone settles down to listen to a tale about Strawberry Vale. “But just before the end … / there comes a rumbling snore.” Looks like Bear’s friends will have to wait until spring to hear the end of the story. As always, Jane Chapman’s illustrations are perfect for this wonderful bedtime story.
        Themes: Bears, Friendship, Rhythm &Rhyme, Series


written/illus by Petr Horáček, (Candlewick Press, May 2018, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-9497-5), 32p, Ages 2-5

“One Saturday morning, Goat decided that she was tired of eating herbs and grass. She wanted to try something new,” The dog’s food made a delicious breakfast, and the cat’s milk washed it down. Lunch consisted of the pig’s potato peelings and a potted flower, followed by tasty shoe. That night Goat ate the farmer’s polka dotted underwear for dinner. Suddenly feeling queasy, Goat began to turn from white to red, blue, yellow, and green. After a week of recovery, does she return to her previous diet of grass and herbs, or has her appetite changed forever? Find out in this silly, cautionary tale of over-eating. Kids will love the amusing and colorful illustrations and ask for more readings.
        Themes: Animals, Concept, Food, Humor

Ages 4-8

written by Connie Bowman, illus. by Kelly O’Neill, (Belle Isle Books, 2019, HC $22.95, ISBN 978-1947860254, PB $14.95 ISBN 978-1947860261), 40p, Ages 4-7

At bedtime a father tells a story to his young son of his encounter with a menagerie of wild animals in their house that day. “This morning I was rather shocked to find an elephant in my bathtub. Thinking quickly, I said to him in a gentle voice, ‘Come on, love. It’s time to go now.’ He didn’t make a trumpet sound with his mighty trunk. He didn’t charge at all.” As the day progresses, dad discovers a shy gorilla in the kitchen, a camel in the study, a slithering cobra in the bedroom, a cereal-eating bear in the pantry, a napping lion in the living room, and a rhinoceros in the laundry room washing clothes. With an “Off we go now, love,” a “This way, darling,” and a “Come along, dearie,” the animals happily follow dad to the boy’s bedroom, where the stuffed animals cheerfully await the young master’s return from school. With delightful imagination, Connie Bowman weaves a charming story that will have children begging for more tales surrounding their favorite stuffies.
        Themes: Adventure, Animals, Families, Toys


written by Jim Averbeck, illus. by Amy Hevron, (Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, July 2018, ISBN 978-1-250-14828-5), 32p, Ages 4-6

“Trevor stretched his wings the width of his safe, boring cage. Just a tiny peck and the door would pop open, but Trevor stayed—for the seeds.” When he sees a little yellow lemon dangling from a branch outside his window, he thinks it is another plump canary, and asks it to sing. Receiving no reply, Trevor thinks the canary is shy, and shares one of his seeds with it. Day after day the one-sided friendship blossoms, and Trevor interprets the silence as friendship. Through summer rains and sunny days, Trevor sits in his new nest with his friend, until a storm knocks the lemon onto a sunflower, shattering seeds over the ground. Find out how Trevor finds new friends, who also love sunflower seeds, and the yellow lemon finds another new friend. Children, who take comfort in blankets or stuffed animals, will understand that love, support, and encouragement come in all forms.
        Themes: Animals, Friendship, Humor


written by Artie Knapp, illus. by Guy Hobbs, (Ohio University Press, $15.95, Sept. 2018, ISBN 978-0-8214-2340-0)32p, Ages 4-8

On the day of her first swimming lesson, a little North American River Otter is extremely nervous. “Little Otter started to quiver. / She was scared of the mighty river. / It was the first time away from her den, / But Mother Otter told her to jump in!” After a few splashes, excitement begins as Mother Otter patiently teaches about swimming underwater, floating, diving off logs, sneaking up on frogs, and staying safe around their river home. Setting out to explore on her own one day, Little Otter encounters a young hissing bobcat, a hungry adult eagle, and several woodland creatures, but soon realizes that the river and Mom are the safest places away from predators. Endpapers feature information on North American Otters, The River Otter Ecology Project, and saving watersheds. Children will enjoy this simple and gentle story surrounding the world of a little North American River Otter.
        Themes: Adventure, Animals, Nature, Rhythm & Rhyme


written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Matt Myers, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, $17.99, June 2018, ISBN 978-1-4424-4931-2), 40p, Ages 4-8

Take one lovable, curious, adventurous, persistent canine, a lot of dirt, and an obsession to dig, and what do you get? Of course, ditches the size of tractors, tunnels through gold mines, a visit to the White House, and on to England, Africa, and China. “He dug to the North, he dug to the South. / There was grit in his eyes and sand in his mouth, / but Doug kept scratching and scratching on, / till his head popped up on the White House lawn.” Illustrations cleverly depict various letters as mounds of dirt, gigantic holes, horizontal tunnels, and arrows. Kids will love this fantastic little digger with a nose for adventure and action-packed paws.
        Themes: Adventure, Animals, Humor, Pets


written by Josh Funk, illus. by Brendan Kearney, (Sterling Children’s Books, 2017, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-4549-1960-5), 40p, Ages 5-8

“‘Uncle,’ Croissant said, ‘the fridge is in trouble! / A horrible stench turned a whole shelf to rubble! / I’m the last hope, or the fridge will be lost! / Help me, or else we’ll be cooked, served, and sauced.” From Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast (Sterling, 2015), the favorite food friends return to assist Uncle Croissant in solving a smelly order in the refrigerator. Following clues, they cross the Salsa Ravine, circle Mount Everbean, creep through Onion Ring Cave, and stumble across Applesauce River to Corn Chowder Lake to mistakenly confront a red herring. Could it be Baron Von Waffle again? When the culprit is revealed in Casserole Cliff, adults will have a good laugh, and kids will feel sorry for him. With the help of his fruit and vegetable friends he showers, shaves, and soon is good as new. Endpapers feature a fold-out page revealing an adventurous refrigerator with Spuddy Holly and the Croquettes providing entertainment.
        Themes: Adventure, Food, Friendship, Humor, Mystery, Rhythm & Rhyme, Series

Ages 8-11

written by Cynthia Rylant, (Beach Lane Books, $16.99, May 2018, ISBN 978-1-5344-1277-4), 160p, Ages 9-11

The year is1972 in the small community of Rosetown, Indiana, where nine-year old Flora Smallwood has just begun fourth grade, discovers the wonder of friendships, and wrestles with the twists and turns of life during the Vietnam War era. Flora loves the slow pace of Rosetown, where her mother works part-time at the Wing and a Chair vintage bookstore and her father is a newspaper reporter. Although her parents are newly separated and her dearly beloved dog recently died, Flora finds comfort with a friend, Nessy, as they begin piano lessons at the Three Part Harmony music store. She also finds enjoyment helping a new friend, Yuri, train his new puppy, spending hours after school in the bookstore reading, adopting a stray cat she names Serenity, and submitting stories to the new Cricket magazine, suggested by her teacher. Through happy and sad times, Flora’s family and friends support each other and work together to overcome obstacles. Family surprises are in store for Flora, along with an 1890 letterpress, a paper and printing shop, and stained glass windows on the second floor. Master storyteller, Cynthia Rylant weaves a beautiful and reassuring story that stresses the importance of home, family, friends, and the finer things in life. This is indeed fiction at its finest and begs to be read aloud.
         Themes: Families, Friendship, Historical Fiction

Ages 10-13

TRAPPED! #3 (A Framed Novel)
written by James Ponti, (Aladdin, $17.99, Sept. 2018. ISBN 978-1-5344-0891-3), 384p, Ages 10+

In this third installment of the Framed series, Florian and Margaret’s friend and their FBI Supervisor, Marcus Rivers, finds himself accused of stealing rare and valuable books from the Russian Imperial Collection at the Library of Congress. Feeling that the evidence was planted, they begin to investigate an unsolved case that Marcus had worked on years ago. Crashing a fundraiser to obtain information, the duo investigates four of the most likely suspects, who have ties to books, libraries, as well as personal ties to Marcus. As they narrow down the field of suspects using Florian’s T.O.A.S.T. (Theory of All Small Things), they hope to solve the case in time to save Marcus’ job. Florian’s mom joins the investigation, as well as Nic the Knife, who helps corner the Russian spy. Interesting details of Washington D.C. libraries, spy communication techniques surrounding the Dewey Decimal System, and amazing intrigue will have readers demanding more installments of these young Sherlocks, who solve mysteries using T.O.A.S.T.
        Themes: Adventure, Friendship, Mysteries, Series

Ages 12-15

THE EXPLORERS: The Reckless Rescue #2
written by O. Henry, illus. by P. J. Lynch, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, Sept. 2008, ISBN 978-0-7636-3530-5), 40p,Ages 12+

This second book in The Explorers series finds Sebastian escaping his kidnappers and joining the Lost Boys, a K-Pop band in Seoul, Korea. Using the band as a cover to escape and return home, Sebastian becomes a member, learns to play drums, and performs at one of their concerts, only to meet his kidnappers again. Meanwhile Evie desperately tries to convince the Explorers Society to mount a rescue for him. With Catherine’s help, they track down another member of the Filipendulous Five, Benedict Barns, to find further clues to Evie’s missing grandfather. As Evie, Catherine, Sebastian, and the kidnappers converge on Barns at the Vertiginous Volcano, readers will enjoy another daring escape through an underground volcano and, of course, another cliffhanger. Dangerous villains, two Great White sharks, a friendly python, a pig in a teeny hat, and two courageous kids in search of truth, will have readers anxiously awaiting book three, “The Explorers: The Quest for the Kid.”
        Themes: Adventure, Friendship, Heroes, Mysteries, Series

Ages 14-18

written by Katherine Woodfine, illus. by Julia Sardà, (Kane Miller Books, Oct. 2018, $6.99, ISBN 978-1-61067-842-1), 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.”
        Themes: Adventure, Friendship, Heroes, Mysteries, Series


RISE OF THE FALLEN #2 (Wars of the Realm)
written by Chuck Black, (Multnomah Books, $11.99, Feb 2015, ISBN 978-1-60142-504-1), 320p, Ages 16+

This second book in Chuck Black’s War of the Realm trilogy, (Cloak of the Light #1, 2014), centers around Validus, one of the angels from the first book, who is assigned to protect Drew Carter, and backtracks to tell the same story from the angel’s perspective. As the last created angel, Validus has witnessed Lucifer’s rebellion, Creation, the fall of man, Noah, the Tower of Babel, the rise and fall of empires, and more, but now his assignment is to protect Drew from the onslaught of the Fallen angels, who seek his demise. Validus and his legion of angels race against time to discover Drew’s importance to the survival of humanity, while battling overwhelming odds as they face the fierce demonic Fallen for the protection of one unbelieving man. This page-turning, thrilling account of the spiritual world will leave readers yearning for the final book in the series. Endpapers provide readers with Biblical facts versus the author’s fictional account of each chapter.
        Themes: Adventure, Friendship, Heroes, Historical Fiction, Suspense & Intrigue, Series

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