Saturday, May 23, 2015

Read This! Picture Books

by Philip C. Stead

Somewhere in a world between "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Harold and the Purple Crayon" lies this book. A boy brings all he'll ever need on an adventure in a balloon to see the world and meets a bear, a bird, three little old ladies and a broken-down roller coaster. The illustrations are both bright and slightly old fashioned and the story ambles along as if the choices of the main character are somehow fated.
Many readers and families will like this adventure story.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Read This! Non Fiction for Kids

Written by Jean Craighead George

Illustrated by Sue Truesdell

Kids can learn to read dog body language and how dogs communicate with their dog mothers. The author's photo interacts with illustrations of dogs to demonstrate how humans should posture themselves when talking to their dogs. Simple explanations of evolution from wolves, scent tracking and sounds can help young pet friends understand more about how to communicate with their dogs, and read what their dogs are displaying!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Read This! Adults

by Susannah Charleson

This is the second book from Scent of the Missing's Susannah Charleson. Where previously she trained Puzzle, the Search and Rescue dog, from the moment she was a puppy, now Charleson is profiling rescue dogs who have been trained by their owners to be used as psychotherapy dogs. Dogs trained to assist their partners with PTSD, for OCD, for anxiety, for dementia, for vertigo, for all sorts of psychological ailments. This is their story.
At the same time, the author rescues her own puppy, Jake Piper, an abandoned dog who overcame terrible circumstances and ended up on her doorstep. Could she train him to be a therapy dog - could she train him to be an example?
These true tales of dogs and their owners, of compassion and the link between animals and people, and the extraordinary circumstances that allow some people who have never had a dog to look to them for assistance will certainly be interesting to many readers.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Read This! Non Fiction for Kids

Written by Lynne Truss
Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons

The author, famous for Eats, Shoots and Leaves, brings us an illustrated guide to apostrophes for kids. In a simple format, sentences are illustrated with and without apostrophes, and the resulting misunderstandings when apostrophes are misused are a little humorous.
Though unlikely to change a reader's life, this book will be enjoyed by those reading it, and may clear up some young wordsmith's worries about when to use the apostrophe!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Read This! Nonfiction for Kids

The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

by Jennifer Armstrong

In August of 1914, a man  named Ernest Shackleton led 27 other men on a journey across Antarctica. During this journey, their ship became trapped and eventually sank. Not one of them died, and it took a long time, but they were all eventually rescued. This is a tale of an incredible trip, filled with photographs and excellent narration. This is a TRUE story of survival, and all readers will be fascinated!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Read This! Picture Books

by Mo Willems

The famous Pigeon is VERY DIRTY and doesn't want to take a bath. In the classic "pigeon" style, he will tell you why he absolutely doesn't need or want a bath, and of course, in the end, he loves it!

Pigeon fans, bath fans, dirty fans and many others will love this story.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015