Category: LBSCI 737

Off the shelves: A Read Aloud

Title: Oops Pounce Quick Run! An alphabet caper

Author: Mike Twohy

Publication date: 2006

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run is a picture book which is using the alphabets to create a story by each alphabet. The read aloud is targeted towards babies since they are in the beginning of their learning stage. For the storytime, I was looking for a book that teaches how to count or learn the alphabet with an illustrated story. The illustrations presented in this book speaks volumes and may intrigue the young kids.  My concerns is it is not fully a storytime book for babies because the book speaks with illustrations that need understanding. They will learn, but will they follow the story.


Week 11: Book Review New Shoes

New Shoes. By Susan Lynn Meyer. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House. 2015. 32 pages. 7.99 ISBN 978-0-8234-2528-0

New shoes follows Ella Mae as she prepares for a new school year. She admires shoes in a window but knows her family can’t afford to new things. The child voice in this story views the world as the same until Ella Mae experiences discrimination. There she realizes how different life is for African Americans and other people.

In the 1960s, it was a battle for black people to be treated equally and fairly. This picture book showcases discrimination but also how to find solutions to problems that children or adults may face. The pictures are very colorful and detailed. Any child of age will enjoy this book for its many themes. It tackles discrimination, identity, being poor and being proactive in change. 
I recommend this book for many young children so they can grow up knowing about different races and cultures they may find in their school. 

Week 6: Beginning and Transitional Readers

Blogs from Kidlitosphere Central:

Playing by the Book


The tagline reads, “Reviews of kids books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do,” which is a playful spin on finding books for kids. It also allows you to find a book by subject/ theme which makes it easier to find any topic for the week. For example, there is a subject called online literacy activities with one post at helping parents and kids find information better. There is also a look for book by author/ illustrator/ translator which shows that if there is an author one is looking for, they can use this tool to help them faster. This blog is kept up to date, with pictures to give ideas to readers. I believe it is a great tool for selecting books for all kinds of kids.

The O.W.L

Outrageously Wonderful Literature for Elementary. Middle Grade and Young adults reach all young kid ages. The first thing that caught my eye was its recent post was a picture book review. Picture books are hard to review critically so I liked that the author of this blog has a section for them. This is essentially a review blog which is shown by the sections at the top organized by letters, middle grade, young adult and so on. I believe this is a great selection tool because it allows readers to get a sense of books for any age group they are interested in. The title is also a Harry Potter reference.



Alexandra‘s blog of choice was Big Book little Book which is also a book review website like Playing by the Book and broken into parts to find better access to reviews. It goes beyond books for children with additions like Adult and Self Published Sunday.  As I looked at picture book selection, I was even more excited to find out that sometimes children reviewed the books.

What to read your kids chosen by Lindsay showcases the Book Mommy expertise on reading to kids. I chose this one because it is she puts her experience with her opinions of books with pictures and explanations. I enjoyed her hilarious take on Little Rabbitt Loose Tooth as one example.

I chose Disability in Kid lit because it is a resource I have never heard of. Margaret opened my eyes to finding books on different disabilities. It is more than book reviews but also includes interviews and discussions. This blog makes it easy to find books by telling readers to utilize the search button and use resources. I looked up hard of hearing and found 36 results.


Week 5: Picture Books 2


  1. Blatt, J. (2013). Books always everywhere. Random House.
  2. Bloom, S. (2016). A number slumber. 
  3. Brown, K. (2002). The Scarecrow’s hat. London. Anderson.
  4. Bunting, E. (2008). Our Library. NY. Clarion Books.
  5. Chapin, T. (2015). The Backwards Birthday Party. NY. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
  6. Curtis, J. (2010). My Mommy Hung the Moon. NY. Joana Cutler Books.
  7. Depkin, K. (2015). Open the door and explore.
  8. Demi.(2008). The Magic Pillow. NY. Margaret K. McElderry Books.
  9. Falconer, I. (2012). Olivia and the Fairy Princess. NY. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing.
  10. Ford, B & Williams, S. (2008). No More Pacifier for Piggy! Boxer Books.
  11. Gorbachev, V. (2013). Catty Jane who loved to dance. Pennsylvania. Boyds Mills Press.

My two favorite from this list is Catty Jane who loved to dance by Valeri Gorbachev and Our Library by Eve Bunting. Our Library has a clear message told in a fun manner. Different animals are trying to save their library from closing. The picture book gives readers a chance to think about solutions to problems. It was a thought-provoking picture book with vivid colorful illustrations. Catty Jane who loved to dance is about Catty who takes her role as dance student seriously but at the expense of her friends. This picture book teaches children it is okay to have a passion, but it is also okay to have friends and to play. Both books can teach children as well as show an interesting story.


Craft a library with a shoebox with things you want in your own library. Find and check out a book on what your passion is. Create a book model on your passion and put it in the library shoebox.

Week 4: Picture Books 1 Part 2

Rosie’s Walk

Author: Pat Hutchins

Publisher: Macmillan

Date of published: April 1st, 1968


Kirkus Reviews stated Rosie’s Walk was, “Amusingly stylized drawings, midsummer bright, for a quick succession of narrow escapes and pratfalls that little children will giggle and gloat over,” which shows the picture book is a classic because it is easily understood to be full of fun and engaging moments for children. Margaret highlighted that this picture book is clever and witty and is bound to make children laugh. Multiple reviews by users on Goodreads saw the picture book as the fun, amusing and all about the illustrations. The illustrations provide a story that is guaranteed to have all the children attention and imagination.

Week 4: Picture Books 1

Goodnight Moon 

Author: Margaret Wise Brown, 

Publisher:Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.

Publication date: 1947

Place of publication: New York

Goodnight Moon is a perfect story for bedtime. As it is a picture storybook, it allows children to follow and point to the objects that the narrator is saying goodnight too. The illustrations are colorful on one page on one page and black and white on another page. This keeps the children’s attention because they will be looking for the objects and wondering why the sudden change in illustrations. The character is a young rabbit which resonates with the young children who are reading this book or being read this book. They see the main character as nearing dreamland and follows along as the young rabbit says goodnight to various objects. This may give children the idea that they can relate to the main character. The writing style helps to indicate to the child that it is night time and the young rabbit is in bed. This picture book is a classic because it is filled with fun colorful objects that the young rabbit can see from his bed and dreams. Children may like the idea of finding the objects as well as follow the story.



Author:& Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Date of publication: 1939

Place of publication: NY


Madeline is a story of 12 little girls living in Paris, France together in one house. From the beginning it is evident that the story is told in a rhyming pattern. Young children like to hear rhymes and it is easier to remember. This picture book is great for ages 2 through 5. Madeline is the main character and children get to know her as a fearless little girl. As the children are told about her, they get more into the story, and when something medical happens to Madeline they will fear for her safety as well as the other little girls. The illustrations are simple, but beautiful due to the location being displayed like the Eiffel Tower. It doesn’t take away from the initial story, and instead allows for a nice background picture to the story. Not only can the child play with their imaginations but can also find out new things about Paris by the illustrations. This is a classic picture book because it is telling a story of a young girl in the hospital which can be relate able and the illustrations are good for helping children use their imaginations.

LBSCI 737 Week 2: What is Child? What is Childhood?

According to Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, “Libraries should not limit the selection and development of library resources simply because minors will have access to them. Institutional self-censorship diminishes the credibility of the library in the community and restricts access for all library users,” new librarians as well as librarians who have been one a long time, should always remember this. What surprises me is how often books get banned because it is inappropriate for minors or young adults and this, in turn, limits their selection and more. A child is in their learning stage as they grow older

A child is in their learning stage as they grow older which is what their childhood should be about. I was glad to see the “the right to be protected from harmful drugs and from the drug trade,” and “right to not be hurt or mistreated,” on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Child-friendly language because the world where a child doesn’t feel safe is a sad world. Although it is nice to see, the news paints a different picture that children are not being protected or safe with their parents. Maybe librarians can focus more on exploring these rights with them instead of banning books.



Access to Library resources and services for Minors. (2014). Retrieved from


UNICEF. (n.d.). UN Convention on the Rights of the Child In Child-Friendly Language [PDF file]. Retrieved from