“Little Red Riding Hood” is a classic folk tale. This retelling of the story was illustrated and adapted from the original, written by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, by Caldecott Award-winner Paul Galdone. Despite her mother’s warning to go straight to Grandmother’s house, Little Red Riding Hood stops along the way to converse with a wolf, who seems kind and suggests she pick some flowers for her sick grandmother. When Little Red Riding Hood finally arrives at her grandmother’s cottage, she discovers the sneaky wolf is dressed as Grandmother and lying in bed, just waiting to gobble her up! A warning to all children to be wary of strangers, this folk tale has been enjoyed by families for over two hundred years.
“Bad Monkey Business” was written and illustrated by Michael Hale. “It’s a rainy, rainy day and Mrs. J.C. McGoody has just finished cleaning her house. She is about to have a cup of tea when she hears a faint knock on her door. When she opens the door, she finds a wet little monkey sitting on her doorstep. And he means business… Bad Monkey Business. Will Mrs. McGoody be able to stop this Bad Monkey from ruining her clean house or is there something else going on that she does not understand? This illustrated story, told in rhyme, is a humorous tale about an unsuspecting woman and monkey on a mission. A reminder as to why it is important to get all of the facts before you rush to judgement.”
*Permission for the reading of the book was granted by the author/illustrator, Michael Hale.
“Blue on Blue” was written by Dianne White and illustrated by Beth Krommes (winner of the Caldecott Medal). “It’s a bright, beautiful, blue-on-blue day, but a storm is on its way, and soon… Thunder! Lightning! Raging, roaring! Rain on rain on rain is pouring. Will the sun ever be back?”
*Permission for the reading of the book was granted by the author, Dianne White.
“The Christmas Quail” was written by D.S. Dwyer and illustrated by Michael Hale. Jamie can’t believe it when she finds out a quail is living in her family’s Christmas tree! But there’s an even bigger surprise in store for her as she gets to know Sidney, the Christmas Quail. This festive holiday picture book tells a story that is a sweet reminder that “the magic is in the giving.” After you listen to this story, maybe you could do what Jamie did and make a pinecone bird feeder with peanut butter and cereal!
*Permission for the reading of the book was granted by the author, J.S. Dwyer.
“From Chewing to Pooing: Food’s Journey through Your Body to the Potty” was written by Lauren Gehringer with Dr. Natalie Gehringer and illustrated by Maile McCarthy. This simple rhyming picture book for young children introduces them to the hidden process of digestion. “By explaining what happens to the food they eat and taking the mystery out of why they poo, little ones gain a deeper, reassuring understanding of how their bodies work.” Don’t miss the Tips For Healthy Digestion and the high-fiber food chart in the back of the book!
*Permission for the reading of the book was granted by the author, Lauren Gehringer.
Rabbityness was written and illustrated by Jo Empson. “This is the story of a very special rabbit. He enjoys doing rabbity things, but he also loves – well, un-rabbity things. His boundless creative talent is a source of joy and inspiration to the other rabbits. When Rabbit suddenly disappears, no one knows where he has gone. His friends are desolate. But, as it turns out, Rabbit has left behind some very special gifts for them, to help them discover their own un-rabbity talents!
*Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the author, Jo Empson.
Today’s Storytime Saturday is brought to you from Coronado Island, California! “This is How I Grow” was written by Dia L. Michels and illustrated by Wesley Davies. “All newborn mammals–whether they have hooves, claws, or wings–rely on mother’s milk to help them grow. In order to survive, every cub, calf, and kit must eventually figure out how to find their own food.” After you watch this video, you can download a free Teacher’s Guide from the publisher. It’s full of fun activities that build on the ideas presented in “This is How I Grow.” Just go to https://www.platypusmedia.com/educational-resources.
*Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the publisher, Platypus Media.
My Milk Will Grow, Our Love Will Grow was written by Jessica Elder and illustrated by Sheila Fein. Weaning a breastfed baby or toddler can be an emotional time for both mother and child. This sweet, rhyming picture book conveys a message of love and reassurance to toddlers during this significant time of transition. Although mama’s milk will go, the love she has for her child will always be there, changing and growing, just like her baby.
*Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the author, Jessica Elder.