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Book cover Nest
Jorey Hurley (2014) , under 40 pages
Audience: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Books & Babies, Fall, Read Aloud, Spring, Summer, Winter
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This beautiful, eye catching picture book will appeal to all ages. It is meant to be read with the eyes first, with a single word per page to prompt your own story. Each page follows the lives of robins, from building a nest, caring for young, to life through the seasons. Author’s notes tell how this book came to be and gives more facts about robins and how they live. This is the first picture book by Jorey Hurley, and you’ll hope it isn’t the last.

Reviewed by: Joy / South County Regional Library

Book cover Nightmares!
Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (2014) , 200+ pages
Illustrated by Karl Kwasny
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Fall, Humor, Read Aloud, Scary
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Everybody has bad dreams now and then, but Charlie Laird is living a nightmare. He is convinced that his new stepmom is a witch and his father and little brother are under her spell. Can his three best friends, along with a gorgon and a clown, help him escape from the land of nightmares and save his family? Illustrated with beautifully spooky drawings, this is the first book in a trilogy. It offers a creepy cast of characters, a complex story line, and plenty of humor. Most of all, it is a heartwarming tale about facing one`s fears.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn
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Book cover The Secret Life of Squirrels
Nancy Rose (2014) , under 40 pages
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Fall, Read Aloud, Summer
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Mr. Peanut is no ordinary squirrel since he knows how to play the piano and enjoys reading, especially out loud. He has made a cozy home for himself shown in the delightful collection of photographs that accompany the story. Unfortunately, he gets lonely and decides to write a letter to his cousin inviting him over for a visit. The photographs were made by attracting real squirrels to miniature furnishings to bring the story to life. In the back of the book the author provides tips about photographing wildlife and she answers questions about her artistic style.


Book cover Sophie`s Squash
Pat Zietlow Miller (2013) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Audience: Toddlers, Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Fall, NCCBA, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


When Sophie meets Bernice at the farmer’s market, she knows they will be best friends. Bernice is good at somersaults and slumber parties. Sophie’s parents are gentle and understanding, but they know the friendship can’t last because Bernice is a squash, and squash eventually rot away and disappear. Or do they? With plenty of charm and humor, this picture book reminds us that when we are caring and kind to our friends, we will receive so much more in return. Cheerful watercolor illustrations enhance the story, making this a perfect read-aloud for sharing in autumn or any season!

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

Comments from Readers

Maya, age 10 from North Carolina
I liked this book because it was very funny and it described how Sophie really liked her squash friend and how she spent every minute of the day with it. It also described how she acted with a regular squash and how she acted like a kid.

Sana, age 9 from North Carolina
I liked this book because that is how I used to be when I was little.This book reminds me of my babyhood when I thought my vegetables were baby dolls.

Kylee, age 9 from NC
I really liked Sophie`s Squash because she had an imagination and it was a funny book


Book cover Tap the Magic Tree
Christie Matheson (2013) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Christie Matheson
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Concept, Fall, Read Aloud, Spring, Summer, Winter
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Tap, rub, shake, wiggle and jiggle the magic trees in this book and see what happens! Simple text and colorful illustrations make this a book you`ll want to enjoy again and again. Discover the magic in every season.

Reviewed by: Wanda / South County Regional Library


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