The Wonderful Oliver Jeffers


Whether you know me as a storyteller, library lady, blogger or friend…you know how I much I adore the stories and illustrations created by Oliver Jeffers. I have loved everyone of his books (Heart and the Bottle, How to Catch a Star and Stuck are my favourites)

I’ve read shared them with my son, with my niece and nephew and I use them in preschool story times, for Reading Buddies, class visits and other programs at the library. Someone at work sent me this video today which of course makes me adore him even more…….

http://vimeo.com/57472271#at=0%5c





2012 Holiday Book Giving


I originally posted these ideas for Holiday Book Giving on my other blog but thought I’d share them here as well……Christmas is quickly approaching and as I began my shopping today I thought perhaps you’ve started as well! Christmas is my favourite time of year and this year I am looking so forward to the smell of mulled apple cider, and our fresh pine trees, the sounds of my favourite Christmas album, and the crinkle of wrapping paper.

Below are my top recommendations for the book lover’s in your life. If you click on the tags and shop through the link on Amazon you’ll also be supporting this blog (and me) I hope the lists are helpful. It can be a challenge shopping for someone else. If you need a more personal recommendation just leave me a comment or send me an email.

Happy Shopping!

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2012 Holiday Guide

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 2012 Book Giving Guide
Holiday Gift Giving
Holiday Recommendations

 

  
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I’d love to hear about the books your giving as gifts this Christmas!
 Be sure to share these lists with friends, co-workers, and family!
Everyone could use suggestions for Holiday Book Giving!




Spooktacular Halloween Books


 

Halloween is just around the corner and there are some wonderful “spooky” stories (and not so spooky stories) great for sharing!   Here are a few of my favourite books for Halloween:

Classics: 

Halloween Stories

For kids who like a scare….

Halloween Books

Suspenseful and creepy

Halloween Books

Mildly Spooky and one of my absolute favourites for story time at Halloween.

Halloween Books

For your much older and very brave schoolager

 New:

Books for Halloween

A review of this coming soon…Halloween Stories

Pumpkin Trouble

I am a fan of Jan Thomas! This one is silly and fun!

 

Do you have a favourite Halloween or spooky story from your childhood? What about one that you love to share?

Leave a comment below!





Review: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


This is not my hat

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . .

 

Jon Klassen’s first book “I Want My Hat Back” is an award winner and I believe this, his second book, is destined to be one as well.  His understated style and simplified text has appeal for both children and their parents.

Little fish is the narrator, but the pictures tell a different story than the text. Is the little fish really safe? The illustrations are done in earth tones,  full of texture  and expressive which adds a nice dimension to each page.

Too often picture books tie things up in neat little packages for kids, but in “This is Not My Hat”, Jon Klassen allows the reader to to come to their own conclusions. The possibilities for extension activities in story time at the library  or in a classroom setting are endless. One to buy for your personal library. Highly Recommended.

To learn more about the author and his books visit his website:

http://jonklassen.blogspot.ca/

To read an interview with Jon and enter a give-away for this book visit Lost in the Library  – Beginning Monday Oct 15th.