Out the Window (board book)

Out the Window
by Cybèle Young (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: It’s frustrating when you accidentally throw your ball out the window, especially if you are just too small to see where it has gone. But ingenuity saves the day in this cleverly constructed (almost wordless) board book, and flipping the book over reveals a wonderful surprise–an amazing and inventive parade!

Snippet:

See the book trailer.

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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
by Todd Parr (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: It’s okay to make mistakes–that’s how you learn!

Snippet:
It’s okay if you spill your milk.
UH-OH
You can always clean it up.

Hear the author read the book.

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Frank!

Frank!
by Connah Brecon (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Try as he might (or might not), Frank is a bear who is always late. And when he starts school, the trouble really begins.

Snippet:
Things really begin going wrong when Frank started school.

On the first day, Frank didn’t arrive until everyone had gone home.

See the book trailer.

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Dinnertime for Chickies (board book)

Dinnertime for Chickies
by Janee Trasler (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Eat dinner with the Chickies in this rhyming padded board book!

Snippet:
Dinnertime, Chickies.
Let’s all eat.

Wash your wings
and take a seat.

Hear the book sung in this 2:35 Dinnertime for Chickies book trailer.

**Janee is one of my former students!**

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Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

Splash, Anna Hibiscus!
by Atinuke (Author) and Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Anna Hibiscus is at the beach and all she wants to do is SPLASH! But everyone, including Grandmother and Grandfather, Chocolate, Benz, Wonderful, Joy, Clarity and Common Sense, is much too busy to wave-jump!

Snippet:
Anna Hibiscus looks around.
There is nobody left to ask.

See and hear the book!

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A Little Bit of Oomph!

A Little Bit of Oomph!
by Barney Saltzberg (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: An inspiring and playful lift-the-flap book about creativity for children and adults.

Snippet:
Help little seeds GROW

[lift the flap]

into beautiful flowers.

See the book trailer!

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: On an island far away, an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey…

Snippet:
He sailed though unknown waters
and faced many scary things.

Preview the book in the 2:36 The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend book trailer.

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Secrets of the Apple Tree

Secrets of the Apple Tree
by Carron Brown (Author) and Alyssa Nassner (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Explore a tree up close and you will find a world filled with great surprises! When you shine a light behind the page, you will see hidden wonders!

Snippet:
A fly whirs up
the tree trunk.

Something is
hiding on the
bark. Can you
see what is it?

See how to shine a light on the book in the 1:00 Secrets of the Apple Tree book trailer.

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Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile

Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile
by Jez Alborough (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Nat the Cat shares her smile with her friends, but then her own smile is gone. Luckily, she’s passed it on to her friends and they soon come along to cheer her right back up again! (Sheet music for Nat the Cat’s Picnic Song is in the book, and you can download the sheet music and the song, too!)

Snippet:
Nat the Cat jumped out of bed
with a smile spread halfway round her head.
She packed a picnic snack to share
with her friends, Billy Goat and Hugo Hare.

Listen to the author read the book.

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
by Patricia Hruby Powell (Author) and Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

Booktalk: To close Women’s History Month and begin Poetry Month, a free-verse biographical poem about performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker. (Notice the use of primary source quotations in the second image below.)

Snippet:
Mama called her TUMPY, the round baby girl, after Humpty Dumpty.
With her first breath, she made faces.
As soon as she walked, she DANCED.

Sample the book with this 1:01 Josephine book trailer.

**Patricia is one of my former students!**

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