Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

Best Pigeon book yet!!!  (in my opinion)  SOOOOOO hilarious!  SOOOOO true to life (says the mom of an 8 year old boy who wouldn't ever bath if I didn't make him).  The ending?  Perfection.  Mo Willems, I adore your books.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonfiction Egg Books for Kids

Remember last week we promised to give you a big list of egg books in the nonfiction category? Well, here you are!  My (Whit's) kids have been enjoying these just as much as the egg story books we've shared-- nonfiction is awesome!  (I know, I know singing to the choir!) 
Below you'll see a few images from each book in case you're on an egg hunt for something specific in your nonfiction search. Enjoy!
1. An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long is gorgeous.  Of all of the books on this list this is the one I must own.  It's really interesting too.  It's a wonderful book.
2. We've dedicated several posts to Ruth Heller.  We couldn't leave her out when talking eggs.  In her World of Nature Series Chickens Aren't the Only Onesis about all types of eggs and creatures that lay them, and it rhymes.  Love it!
3. Egg to Chicken (QEB Life Cycles Series) by Camilla de La Bedoyere.  In this book you'll find all of the facts with beautiful photo illustrations.  It's easy to read and easy to understand.  Very cool.
4. Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg by Mia Posada is set up as a sort of guessing game. You read the clue about the eggs and turn the page to find out what's inside. I'm also a big fan of the textured, cut paper-ish looking art!

5. Animals and their Eggs by Renne from the Animals Up Close Series, appears to be one you'll have to find at your library. The pages are filled with soft, warm illustrations. I really like the set up: lots to look at for the tots, and plenty of facts for bigger kids.
6. Here's a cool book!  National Geogrpahic Kids What's in That Egg? by Becky Baines has graphics mixed with photo images.  It's fun to look through and easy to read.
7. Animal Eggs: An Amazing Clutch of Mysteries and Marvels by Dawn Cusick and Joanne O'Sullivan-- the photographs in this book are big and bold and just plain fantastic! Pair them with facts on everything you'd ever want to know about eggs and you've got a winner!
8. Eggs and Chicks (Usborne Beginners) by Fiona Patchett makes use of photographs and drawings about all kinds of birds. It's got great information in an early reader from, perfect for young nonfiction lovers.

Happy reading!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where Have You Been? by Margaret Wise Brown and Barbara Cooney

Where Have You Been?  The real question is where has this book been all my life?  I picked up this little beauty at a library sale a while back.  Margaret Wise Brown and Barbara Cooney… yes please.  It couldn't be more delightful.  One of those books that desperately needs to be reprinted for the masses to enjoy.  If you can find a copy you will adore it, I promise.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Dozen Egg Books for Kids

Hey kids, what's crackin'? Has spring break hit your house yet?  Are you scrambled?  Well don't feel rotten, we've got a dozen books about eggs that could turn your day sunny side up! These are grade A egg stories good for anytime of year, in other worlds, not an Easter Egg book list. (And don't worry, my puns SHELL now come to an end!) Enjoy… 
I will always find classic books like Flap Your Wings by P. D. Eastman endearing.  This one has such a fantastic message too.  I LOVE how the birds take care of the egg and the little fella that hatches out of it despite their differences.

Follow that egg! Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman is a simple book for tots all about bright, bold, egg chasing fun! With a surprise flap at the end!

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss (apparently Whitney has never actually read this one?!?!?) is quite possibly my favorite Seuss book.  Horton is the very best… he perseveres, and in the end things turn out just the way they should!

Foxy and Egg is just the cutest! Foxy invites the egg in thinking she'll fatten him up and enjoy a delicious breakfast…turns out eggs aren't always as they seem! I love love love the ending of this book!

For another book of unusual hatchings we have The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett.  This book has a cool gimmick in the flaps of the pages- I love that!  The illustrations are lovely.  These egg books are filled with messages of patience.  The world could use more of that!

How about the original Duck & Goose! In their debut story by Tad Hills, our feathered friends have found an egg and each wants to claim it for his own. Despite the quarreling at first, they end up having a ball-- literally-- they find out the egg is actually a ball!

Then there's good old Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett.  That naughty Tomten keeps stealing her eggs!  How's she ever going to get a brood of chicks when she can't keep her eggs safe?  Thank goodness Hedgie comes to the rescue.

Remember how much my kids like The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill?  The chickens who want to help their friend, the cow with unconditional love for an egg, the quirk sweet illustrations! Its a good egg…book!!

Scrambled Eggs Super! (another Seuss classic) has every type of bird and egg you could ever imagine (as well as a whole bunch you never could).  Take a deep breath before you take on the task of reading this one aloud!

In Zinnia and Dot  by Lisa Campbell Ernst, we meet two proud mother hens who love nothing more than bragging about their eggs, but when their bragging gets out of hand a weasel jumps into the hen house, snatching all the eggs but one…will they be able to work together and help this little egg hatch?

And then there's Elephant and Piggie at their very best in There Is a Bird On Your Head! by Mo Willems.  It's a modern day classic.  Birds building a life (including laying and hatching three eggs) on the head of an elephant… it doesn't get better than that.

Last but not least, Green Eggs and Ham!! What egg book list would be complete without this? Do you like it on our list, now I hope you get the just. We like this book here or there! Well, we like it anywhere!

Stay tuned for nonfiction egg books, coming soon! 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Easter Baskets

 Cardboard boxes and washi tape = super fun and cute Easter Baskets.  Am I wrong?
I came up with this activity last minute, thank goodness for raiding the recycling bins!  A couple of cracker boxes, an oatmeal container, and some brown packaging paper... we were all set!

Got any fun Eastery things going on at your place?