Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Migrant by Maxine Trottier

today’s children storybook summary is

Migrant

By Maxine Trottier

Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

The takeaway : This is a very  sweet story about a migrant family of Mennonites from Mexico and their live on the road, told through the eyes of a young girl. Continue reading

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Audrey Vernick

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Aydrey vernick

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Aydrey vernick

today’s children storybook summary is

Dear Substitute

By Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

Illustrated by Chris Raschka

The takeaway: When teachers must miss a day at school, a substitute takes over. But the sub cannot replace the beloved teacher and the class grows anxious. This book shows exactly what children feel when their teacher is gone for the day and helps them get through the day and even enjoy it. Continue reading

Samurai Scarecrow, A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk

Samurai Scarecrow, A very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk

Samurai Scarecrow, A very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk

today’s children storybook summary is

Samurai Scarecrow, A Very Ninja Halloween

By Rubin Pingk

The takeaway: If you don’t treat someone with kindness, you may get “tricked” by them (or don’t be mean to your baby sister!) – A perfect example of the Halloween trick or treat, applied to human behavior – Continue reading

The Funeral by Matt James

The Funeral by Matt James

The Funeral by Matt James

today’s children storybook summary is

The Funeral

By Matt James

The takeaway: Through the eyes of a child, a funeral is not an ordinary day. There are many unfamiliar places, people behavior is sober, and the whole day has an unexplained solemnity to it. But the best part of the day is when you get together with your family, thus make it comfortable and welcoming. Continue reading

Elmore by Holly Hobbie

Elmore by Holly Hobbie

Elmore by Holly Hobbie

today’s children storybook summary is

Elmore

By Holly Hobbie

The takeaway: Make yourself known before asking for understanding and friendship from others. Show them that the rough side of you is nothing else then a shield for your protection. And they have nothing to fear. Continue reading

A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis

today’s children storybook summary is

A Hen for Izzy Pippik

By Aubrey Davis

Illustrated by Marie Lafrance

The takeaway: Sometimes is hard to keep doing the right thing especially when others push you in the wrong direction. But as hard at it may be and long as it may take, doing the right thing feels good and sooner or later others will follow. Continue reading

Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

Albert's Tree by Jenni Desmond

Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

today’s children storybook summary is

Albert’s Tree

By Jenni Desmond

The takeaway: There are no big hairy monsters under the bed, or in the closet, or up high and down below…just creatures you haven’t meet yet, and things you are still to find out about. That’s all there is! And once you realize what made you afraid, you’ll see you had the wrong idea altogether. This is a book about being scared of (nonexistent) monsters. Continue reading

The Thumbtack Dancer by Leslie Tryon

The Thumbtack dancer by Leslie Tryon

The Thumbtack dancer by Leslie Tryon

today’s children storybook summary is

The Thumbtack Dancer

By Leslie Tryon

Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

The takeaway: When you have a talent to share with the rest of the world, but you don’t have money to buy a pair of shoes…don’t give up. Show up every morning and knock on faith’s door and one day it will open for you.   Continue reading

Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed by Caryl Hart

Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn't go to bed by Caryl Hart

Whiffy Wilson the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed by Caryl Hart

today’s children storybook summary is

Whiffy Wilson, the wolf who wouldn’t go to bed

By Caryl Hart

Illustration by Leonie Lord

The takeaway:  Here is how to make bedtime more attractive for children that don’t want to go to sleep. This book is as much for grown ups as it is for kids. Continue reading

Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood

Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood

Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood

today’s children storybook summary is

Little Penguin’s Tale

By Audrey Wood

The takeaway

This storybook, about a runaway penguin, encourages children to stay together as a group, showing what could happen if one decides to take off on their own. Continue reading

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

today’s children storybook summary is

Fanny

By Holly Hobbie

The takeaway

This book is about not taking “no” for an answer. If you believe in something, you can do it. Just like little Fanny. When her mother said “no”, she doesn’t give up (which, to be realistic, should just be the exception from the rule, not the norm). When her friends say “no”, she also perseveres until they change their minds. Continue reading

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

The Adventures of Tom Thumb by Marianna Mayer

today’s children storybook summary is

The Adventures of Tom Thumb

By Marianna Mayer

Pictures by K.Y. Craft

The takeaway

Doesn’t matter your size, you can still defeat a giant if you put your mind to it. Continue reading

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

today’s children storybook summary is

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

By Jean Regan

Illustrated by Lee Wildish

The takeaway

Read this book to kindergarten kids or first and second grader to get them motivated to work with other towards a common goal, to teach them good behavior, and give them inspiration to be helpful in the classroom and listen to the teacher. Continue reading

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

today’s children storybook summary is

These Hands

By Margaret H. Mason

Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The takeaway

About sixty years ago, the African American workers at the Wonder Bread, Awrey, and Tastee bakery factories were not allowed to work as bread mixers or bread handlers. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of jobs that were given to “whites only”. The Civil Rights act, passed in 1964, made it against the law to employ people based on their skin color. This book is based on a true story and is intended as a life and history lesson. Continue reading

Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan

Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan

Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Lujan

today’s children storybook summary is

Stephen and the Beetle

By Jorge Lujan

Illustration by Chiara Carrer

The takeaway

Life is made up of small things, grace is universal, and empathy is better learned through play and observation.    Continue reading

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

today’s children storybook summary is

Umbrella

By Taro Yashima

The Takeaway

Patience is the key word for this book. Children learn to hold on their impulses. They are taught that there is a right time for everything. Continue reading

Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett

Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett

Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett

today’s children storybook summary is

Trouble with Trolls

By Jan Brett

Storyline: What would you do if a bunch of trolls want to steal your dog? Fight them back? Let them have it? Run away? See what Treva did. This book teaches us how to fight for what we love.

In early spring, Treva, a girl with golden braids, decides to pay a visit to a cousin who lives on the other side of the Mount Baldy. Continue reading

Detective LaRue, Letters from the Investigation

Detective LaRue, Letters from the Investigation by Mark Teague

Detective LaRue, Letters from the Investigation by Mark Teague

today’s children storybook summary is

Detective LaRue – Letters from the Investigation

By Mark Teague

Storyline: Ike LaRue, the wire fox terrier dog, is back with a new adventure. This time, he is solving a crime involving a burglary and the disappearance of the neighbor’s cats. We find out about it through a series of letters he sends to his master Gertrude LaRue.

On September 30th, the Snort City Gazette reported that two cats have gone missing from their home, Mrs. Hibbins apartment. Continue reading

Here I Am by Patti Kim

Here I Am by Kim and Sanchez

Here I Am by Kim and Sanchez

today’s children storybook summary is

Here I am

By Patty Kim

Illustration by Sonia Sanchez

Storyline: Looking down from the airplane window, the boy sees the city below. But he is not smiling, he is not excited, he is sad. Coming out of the plane, with his parents and a younger sibling, he keeps looking back. Continue reading

Tommy Two-Toes by Dayton and Darci Mason

Tommy Two-Toes by Dayton and Darci Mason

Tommy Two-Toes by Dayton and Darci Mason

today’s children storybook summary is

Tommy Two-Toes

by Dayton and Darci Mason

Illustrator: Argha Mondal

Storyline: Our character is a sloth called Tommy Two-Toes, that, for the majority of time, lives up on the tree tops. Continue reading

The Pottery Place by Gail Gibbons

the pottery place by gail gibbons

The Pottery Place by Gail Gibbons

today’s children storybook summary is

The Pottery Place

By Gail Gibbons

Storyline: Written when pottery wasn’t such an exotic occupation as it seems today, this book tells us all there is about this craft. Of course, it was designed for children but even adults could learn about the daily life of a potter. Continue reading

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

Flood by Alvaro F. Villa

today’s children storybook summary is

Flood

By Alvaro F. Villa

Storyline: It is a bright day. The sun is shining over the grassland and a bird is flying over the river. Two children are playing with their dog under an old but proud tree, not far from their white and blue house, with red and pink flower beds and a short white fence around. Continue reading

Bailey by Henry Bliss

Bailey by Harry Bliss

Bailey by Harry Bliss

today’s children storybook summary is

Bailey

By Harry Bliss

Storyline: This book is about a school day in the live of Bailey, the dog. At the first glimpse it may seem boring, a common place, or just another school day. But it’s not. For the simple reason that Bailey is a dog, and, unlike humans, dogs don’t go to school, as far as we know. Continue reading

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers

today’s children storybook summary is

My Chincoteague Pony

By Susan Jeffers

Storyline: Based on several true accounts, this book tells the story of a little girl determined to pass on the gift she had received from strangers, that made her dream come true. This book is not to be confused with “Misty of Continue reading

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

today’s children storybook summary is

The Patchwork Quilt

By Valerie Flournoy

Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Storyline: It is just about spring when a little girl, Tanya learns that her grandmother, who seems to be sick, is thinking to start a special project. Continue reading

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters

today’s children storybook summary is

 Our Family Tree, An Evolution Story

By Lisa Westberg Peters

Illustrated by Lauren Stringer

Storyline: This book tells the story of the making of mankind through a biological point of view. It is, therefore, as the title say, an evolutionary tale. So be warn that creationism, as a religious perspective, is nowhere to find in this book. Continue reading

How the Leopard Got His Spots retold by Stephanie P. Gilman

How the Lepord Got His Spots by Stephanie P. Gilman

How the Lepord Got His Spots by Stephanie P. Gilman

today’s children storybook summary is

Title How the Leopard Got His Spots

Retold by Stephanie P. Gilman

Illustration by T.J. Tjornehoj

Storyline: This story is based upon the classic tales of Rudyard Kipling, the author of the Jungle Book, and it is one of the numerous version out there. Its protagonist, is a playful leopard named Henry. Continue reading

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

today’s children storybook summary is

 Stone Soup

Retold and pictured By Marcia Brown

Storyline: Hungry and tired, three soldiers were marching down a strange country road. They were returning home from war. They were dreaming of a good dinner and a place to sleep. They haven’t eaten in two days. As they went down a road lined with tall trees, Continue reading

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley

today’s children storybook summary is

Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

By Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Illustration by Kevin O’Malley

Storyline: The fifth-grade children from Miss Malarkey’s class are very worried that there’s something going on with their teacher. She seems easily distracted and often she giggles and sings to herself. She even made the school principal, Mr. Wiggins, laugh. Continue reading

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

today’s children storybook summary is

Wolf

By Sara Fanelli

Storyline: Wolf is a story about dealing with prejudice and exclusion, and learning from it. About trying to fit in and, ultimately, despite rejection, remaining positive.

Wolf is, as you may correctly think, a wolf. He has black fur, red eyes, gray teeth(?) and colored boots, one red, one yellow. He wants to make new friends Continue reading