Recently on Instagram

Screen Shot 2016-10-09 at 5.19.21 PM

 


You Made Me a Mother

by Laurenne Sala
illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Have you seen the You Made Me a Mother video? (If not, find it in the Parents' Corner below!)  Just in time for Mother's Day, HaperCollins has turned this popular poem-turned-video into a beautiful and touching picture book.

You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala and Robin Preiss Glasser - offtheshelfblog.com

While the text will resonate with the moms who read You Made Me a Mother, the illustrations will draw young readers into the story, making it a perfect choice for a cozy read-together. Kids love hearing about when they were babies, and this is a great conversation starter to share special stories with them. They never tire of hearing even the same stories over and over again, and they will giggle at the antics of their younger self!

 You Made Me a Mother is a great gift to give to a special mother you know, or to even give yourself, to celebrate the unique relationship of mother and child. 

In this Issue

Continue reading "You Made Me a Mother" »


Julia's House for Lost Creatures

by Ben Hatke

"Julia's house came to town and settled by the sea. Things are just a little too quiet for Julia, so she opens her doors to any lost creatures in search of ah ome. Soon she's hosting troops, goblins, mermaids, ghosts, and even dragons. Quiet isn't exactly a problem any more."

'Judicious placement of the spare text and enlarged, attention-getting onomatopoetic words like “whoosh,” “scratch scratch,” “boom” and “creak” add drama, while fanciful pen, ink and watercolor illustrations create a whimsical world of cartoonlike creatures. Julia’s all practicality in her kerchief, apron and pink high-top sneakers, while her ramshackle house atop the giant tortoise is the picture of cozy comfort until the invading troll, dragon, mermaid and companions trigger a rumpus reminiscent of Sendak’s Wild Things.' –Kirkus Reviews

Julia's House for Lost Creatures is a magical story and readers of all ages will want to step right in and be a part of the story!  

In this Issue

Continue reading "Julia's House for Lost Creatures" »


More Than Enough: A Passover Story

by April Halprin Wayland
illustrated by Katie Kath

We were delighted to receive a copy of More Than Enough: A Passover Story for review, and from the first reading we were struck by the joyfulness of the story. We firmly believe any picture book can be a starting point for young readers to make new discoveries, but even adults can learn something new in this story. More Than Enough is presented in a way that readers who are not familiar with the traditions of Passover will gain an understanding of this spring holiday. 

"Deriving its name from the Passover seder song Dayenu which means, 'it would have been enough,' a Jewish family prepares their Passover seder, giving thanks for their everyday blessings. First the family visits the famers market for walnuts, lilacs, and honey (adopting a kitten along the way!). Than at Nana's house the children complete a treasure hunt of holiday traditions: chopping apples for charoset, opening the door for Elijah singing the verses of 'Chad Gadya,' and searching from the hidden afikomen. All the while, Dayenu remains the thankful refrain."

"The infectious, child-appealing watercolor artwork–with that adorable kitten!–will make readers smile. And once they understand the meaning of dayenu, they'll get into the spirit of gratitude as well." –Booklist

"Chopping apples for charoset – Dayenu.
Dashing though puddles on the way to Nan's house – Dayenu.
A delicious seder meal for the whole family to enjoy – Dayenu."

 

In this Issue

Continue reading "More Than Enough: A Passover Story" »


The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits

by Douglas Florian
Illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

 The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits is one of our absolute favorite new books of the year. Reading this book, you'll discover that rabbits have wonderful habits we humans never knew about, from finding buried treasure to playing recorders and having dance parties, to enjoying nightly bedtime stories!

While this is the perfect book for spring, and works as an Easter book, it works just as well any time of year, with references to rabbits' habits in each of the seasons. Bouncy rhyme and engagingly detailed illustrations that bring out the humor in the text make this glorious picture book simply a joy to read. 

In this Issue

Continue reading "The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits" »


St. Patrick's Day Fun for the Wee Folk

St. Patrick's Day is coming up and it is such a fun holiday for kids to celebrate. Here's some ideas to make the day extra festive!

St. Patrick's Day Books, Activities, and Recipes

Bring the books alive with the activities and recipes, or do them on their own for just as much fun.  

 

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning

Join in Jamie and Nell's early morning St. Patrick's Day fun with an illustrated recipe for Irish Soda Bread, an Irish flag four your young reader to make, and a homemade flute. Put them all together with some Irish music for your own St. Patrick's Day Parade!

 

Jamie

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka

Find out what happens when Jamie O'Rourke is befriended by a mysterious Pooka, then create a pooka of your own and enjoy a traditional Irish dish full of cabbage and potatoes.

 

Green

Green

Although Green is not a traditional St. Patrick's Day book, what color is more associated with the day? Explore the many different shades of green in both the story and our activity and recipes. 

 

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Enjoying holiday food is a great way to make any day festive and memorable. Here' a collection of both Irish recipes and some green dishes from our archives that are fun for kids to help prepare as well as eat.

St. Patrick's Day Green Recipes

Irish Recipes

Irish Soda Bread

Colcannon

Green Recipes to Celebrate the Day

Lime Smoothie

Green Wraps

Broccoli Cheddar Pie with Cheesy Rice Crust

A is for Avocado Guacamole 

Zephyr's Spectacular Triple-Veggie Pancakes (green and orange)

Bamboo Stir Fry (also green and orange)

Refrigerator Pickles

Kale Stew

Monster Mashed Potatoes (leave off the monster faces for green mashed potatoes!)

Iceberg Lettuce Tacos

Peanut Pea Salad

 

How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year? Let us know in the comments or on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Tag your Instagram photos with #booksofftheshelf so we can see what you have been up to!