A Flamboyance, a Crash, and a Dazzle: Children’s Book Read-Aloud with Phoebe Fox Welcome to Storytime Saturdays (Episode #69) with Children’s Author & Librarian, Phoebe Fox. A Flamboyance, a Crash, and a Dazzle was written by Susan R. Stoltz and illustrated by Melissa Bailey. This picture book for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, is full of clever rhymes and beautiful illustrations. And with a focus on animals and collective nouns (nouns we use to name a group of things, i.e. a flock of birds or school of fish), this book is a wonderful teaching tool!
Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the publisher, Pygmy Giraffe Publishing.
“Inky the Octopus” was written by Erin Guendelsberger and illustrated by David Leonard. Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the publisher, Source Books. “Inky is bored with aquarium life – he wants to start a new adventure on the open sea! But just how can an octopus escape from a tank to the ocean?” This book is based on the true story of an octopus’ escape from the National Aquarium of New Zealand!
Did you know you can make your own octopus with just a few simple craft materials?
You will need:
•8 pipe cleaners
•2 large stick-on googly eyes (or just make them out of paper)
First, blow up and tie-off the ballon. Next, twist the pipe cleaners around the bottom of the balloon and bend them into whatever shapes you desire. Then, stick on the googly eyes. Don’t forget to give your octopus a name!
Jim Fox, my father-in-law, former NBA player, and illustrator of Babies Nurse and Babies Bond, and I hosted our our book launch on Facebook Live! We truly enjoyed celebrating with the friends and family who were able to join. It was exciting for me to read the book aloud to an audience for the very first time, and Jim loved sharing his illustrations and passion for watercolors.
You can order a signed copy of the book here!
“Seven Bad Cats” was written and illustrated by Moe Bonneau. Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the publisher, Source Books. “Seven cats anywhere is probably too many. Seven BAD cats, all in one boat, is asking for trouble… When a band of very bad cats stows away on a little girl’s boat, she knows she’s in for a bumpy ride. But when they take their antics too far, they just might ruin her whole trip!” Can you find some materials around your house to create a toy boat? You might try using craft sticks, an empty water bottle, corks, or sticks. How much can your boat hold? Would it hold seven bad cats? Just kidding!
“Max & Bird” was written and illustrated by Ed Vere. Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the publisher, Source Books.
“Max the kitten and Bird the bird have just become friends. But what is it that friends do? Max and Bird know one thing for sure: kittens chase birds, and birds get chased by kittens. But when Bird needs help learning to fly, the two discover a way to celebrate their friendship that is much more fun…”
Have you ever made something fly? Maybe you could try to fold a piece of paper into an airplane and see how far it can fly? Can your paper airplane make a loop-the-loop, just like Bird at the end of the story?
“Panda Proud” was written by Phoebe Fox to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the non-profit, PANDA – People Acting Now Discover Answers. This book was illustrated by Michael Hale. “Bumbly, tumbly Panda is worried she’ll trip and fall in the upcoming fashion show. Knowing her best friend needs her, she is determined to make him proud.” This is a story of true friendship, loyalty and courage.
After the the read-aloud, don’t miss Michael Hale demonstrating how to draw Panda!
Have you helped a friend in need? How did it make you feel? Maybe you could write your own story about it!
Just in time to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week! “Mama’s Milk” is a sweet rhyming book about nursing, written by Michael Elson Ross and illustrated by Ashley Wolf. After you listen to this book, you could try making a comparison chart. At the top of your paper (you’ll need a big piece!), write the names of all the mammals pictured in the book (make sure to include humans). Then, on the left side of your paper, list the mammals’ various qualities (for example: has fur, swims under water, lives in a tree, etc.). You may be surprised how much these animals have in common (or not)!
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the author, Michael Elson Ross.
The Wright Group, Tales from Long Ago, brings us the story of “The Jar of Bees” told by Ben Butterworth and illustrated by Tomasin Cole. As Tiger sits admiring a hive of bees, he ponders how clever they are. But Rabbit questions his belief that bees are the cleverest animals. So Tiger challenges Rabbit to prove he is more clever than the bees. Will Rabbit be able to fill a jar with 125 bees? Join me for the reading of this book to find out!
After the story, can you fill a jar with 125 of something? Ask your family to estimate (guess) how many objects are in the jar, and see who gets the closest. Then you can tell them the story of the “Jar of Bees”!