Book Review

Millions, Billions, Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers by David A. Adler

millions, billions, and trillions book cover: Large ice cream cone with pink icecream and a cherry on top; tons of multi-colored sprinkles fall from the top of the book. Children are placed at bottom reaching for the icecream“How many ice cream sundaes would one billion dollars buy? At five dollars a sundae, you could buy one thousand sundaes every day for more than five hundred years.”

This book first illustrates what large numbers look like. For example, the author shows that one million is written: “1,000,000—one followed by six zeroes.” The author then explores how a large number of everyday items look, whether readers can count to each number, how long that would take and what value the number has in dollars. Adler studies millions, billions and trillions. He also introduces even bigger numbers to his readers. Have you ever seen a quintillion? Want to?

Millions, Billions and Trillions is an excellent way to inspire a love of mathematics in young children. Bright colors and fun, full-page illustrations prevent the book from being too academic. Boost your family’s number recognition skills and pick up interesting trivia about everything from birthday parties to billionaire lifestyles.

You might not believe us but the author of this book also writes the Cam Jansen series! Who would guess? 

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Jade, Kids World

Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup

Clumsy Duck book cover: A brown and yellow duck with large feet fills the cover. The duck is standing on one leg and tilting to side seemingly almost ready to fall."Clumsy Duck was very clumsy. She had just fallen over again!"

Everywhere she went, Clumsy Duck tripped over her feet! She fell into mud puddles, bumped into trees and tumbled down hills. Why were her feet so big? Travel along with Clumsy Duck and Chick as they try to solve Duck's dilemma and maybe discover that having large feet isn't so bad after all. Pick up this picture book for reading time with your toddler.

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Bridget, Kids World

Dr. Seuss in the Library

A photograph of the spines of Dr. Seuss books with a stuffed Sneetch sitting next to them. Running on top and in front of the books are clipart images of various Dr. Seuss characters: Horton's trunk, Lorax, One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, Max from Grinch, Thing One, Yertle the turtle, and a plate of Green Eggs and Ham"The more things you read,the more things you'll know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." - I Can Read with My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss

Universally loved by generations of children the world over, Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular authors in children's literature. With colorful illustrations and silly, outrageous characters, his stories encourage readers to use their imagination. One of the benefits of introducing Dr. Seuss to children, especially at a young age, is they will associate reading with fun. Children who learn to enjoy reading at a young age are much more inclined to become lifelong readers. Along with books, several movies have been made that have quickly become favorites.

Popular characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and Lorax, are easily recognizable and are reader favorites, but there are multitudes of other characters with stories that are just as silly and incredulous. Kids World has just added a permanent collection of many Dr. Seuss books that are only available to read while you are in the library. Now, no matter when you stop in, there will be Dr. Seuss books available to read! This collection can be found in the picture book section, above the kits.

As a supplement to Dr. Seuss's books, there are many activities and worksheets that are available online, such as coloring pages, word searches, cut-outs and many other fun games! Visit Seussville online to find materials for parents and children that will enhance your favorite Dr. Seuss stories.

If you are feeling crafty and would like to do Dr. Seuss-themed art projects, Obseussed is a great website that has a multitude of projects that are easy, manageable and a lot of fun!

On April 5th, Kids World is hosting a Dr. Seuss Day program. Along with crafts, activities and reading, the Cat in the Hat himself will be in attendance. If you are not able to register for the program, you can still stop by and get your picture taken with the Cat in the Hat!

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Bridget, Kids World

Dog Loves Counting By Louise Yates

Dog loves counting book cover: (from left to right) a red bird witha blue tail resembling a chicken with a larger beak is hold the number'1', a white dog holds the birds hand with one hand while the other hugs a blue number '2', a branch comes in from the top with a sloth hanging off of it with one hand while the other hand holds up a blue number '3'"'I could do this forever,' he said happily.  The others agreed."

Dog loves books. And counting. When he has trouble falling asleep, he makes (and counts) new animal friends from number 1 to number 10 who, seamlessly, come out of his book and into his numerical adventure. The relation of each specific animal with its sequential number invites young readers to look carefully, to count (of course!) and to discover details that they (we!) might have missed if not for the context. The lovely, simple watercolors convey the delight of a fun adventure with new friends.

This creative and playful picture book would be ideal for any novice number-lover, from toddlers through the primary grades. Share the infectious fun of counting with your little ones.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Monkey & Robot by Peter Catalanotto

Monkey and Robot book cover: on left side is a gray humanoid robot smiling with its arm through the arm of the monkey on the right side of the cover. the money is wearing a read and white striped shirtWhat do a dog, a board game, and a bowl full of popcorn in common?

This early chapter book contains 4 stories of friendship, fun and adventure. Monkey and Robot try to watch a scary movie together, but will it be too scary for Monkey? Read and find out! When they try to play a board game together, hilarity ensues as a dog steals the dice and Monkey must chase after him. They help each learn new games and ideas, as RObot shows Monkey what happens after a caterpillar creates his cocoon and Monkey teaches Robot how to play hide-and-seek. These two best friends will delight readers with their silly antics and funny stories.

With four individual stories, this book is great for early chapter book readers.

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Bridget, Kids World

ICK! YUCK! EEW! Our Gross American History by Lois Miner Huey

Ick! Youck! Eew! Our Gross American History book cover; features a man in 1700s attire on the left side; he is wearing a powdered wig witha brown jacket and white cravatThe title says it all as readers are taken back in time to 1770 to see how life really was in Colonial America: from how they dressed to medical treatment.

Filled with artwork, full color photographs and artifact reproductions, school-aged kids will enjoy a rarely seen view of history through modern eyes.

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Jennifer, Kid's World  

Chicago Baby By Jerome Pohlen

Chicago Baby book cover. A child in a red stroller holding a blue teddy bear is being pushed by the Millenium "Bean" sculpture by an unseen adult.“Many babies say ‘Dada’ but our babies say ‘Da Bears’…”

This fun story illustrates the many unique experiences available to babies in our city. Famous sites such as the Chicago Theatre, Wrigley Field and the Art Institute are sweetly illustrated in pastels. An activities section challenges toddlers to describe colors, point out letters and name the seasons.

This book is part of the Local Baby Books series. Author Jerome Pohlen lives in Chicago and his hometown pride is unmistakable. Chicago Baby is an upbeat read aloud for little ones and their caregivers.

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Jade, Kids World

2014 Award Winners

Three book covers: The watermelon and the seen book cover features an alligator taking a bite out of a watermelon; Locomotive book cover features an old smoke stack train facing the viewer; Flora and Ulysses book cover features a young lady, short spiky brown hair, holding a book in her arms. Each book cover has an award sticker; Watermelon seed shows the Geisel; Locomotive shows the caldecott, Flora and ulysses shows the NewberryIf you are looking for a great new book, look no further than these 2014 Award Winners!

Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamilio is the winner of the 2014 John Newberry Award. Follow the adventures of Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a squirrel with amazing strength and intelligence, as they begin an incredible friendship. This book is recommended for 3rd Grade and older.

Locomotive by Brian Floca is the winner of the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Award. Travel back in time with beautiful and majestic illustrations that detail what it was like to travel by train in the 1860’s. Brian Floca perfectly captures a beloved era of travel by railroad with his illustrations. Readers, both young and old, will enjoy this book.

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli is the winner of the 2014 Theodore S. Geisel Award. Have you ever wondered what might happen if you swallow a black watermelon seed? In this charming and humorous tale, one crocodile will face his worst fear and find out exactly what DOES happen when you swallow a seed. This book is perfect to read for young children and beginning readers who love silly stories. 

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Bridget, Kids World

Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue by Naoko Stoop

Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue book cover; a girl with black boot, red jacket and a red hat is flying by hanging onto to hang glider that appears to be fashioned from folded newspaper and string“We will always remember our journey together.”

How can an adventure story involve a flying machine, a sailboat adventure, forest animal friends and orca whales, yet still be quiet and calming? This is the beauty of Naoko Stoop’s simple text and evocative artwork in her second picture book starring the Red Knit Cap Girl.

You, the reader, are swept into this every-girl’s dreamlike quest before you can even wonder at the charm of her forest friends or the immediacy of the tragedy at hand. Watch her fly and sail across serene landscapes as she delivers the stranded polar bear cub to safety in this natural habitat.

This sweet, sparse tale of compassionate problem-solving would make a soothing bedtime story for any young child and her adult reader.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland

Up the Creek book review: a beaver, moose and black bear are paddling in a red canoe towards the reader"They twisted, leaped, crashed and blasted through the water."

Bear, Moose and Beaver are going on a canoeing trip. They are the best of friends, but they often disagree with each other. This becomes a problem when they can't decide who should steer the canoe or what side of the canoe to paddle the oars. They begin to argue so loud that they don't hear the whoosh and roar of the raging rapids up ahead. Will the best friends be able to get along before they tumble down the rapids?

If you like the previous books in Nicholas Oldland's Life in the Wild series, you will love this latest adventure! This story of friendship reminds us that, even though we're all differnt, we can work together to solve problems.

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Bridget, Kids World

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