BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Can't Sleep Without Sheep (PB)

AUTHOR: Susanna Leonard Hill ; ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Wohnoutka
PUBLISHED: 2011, c2010

Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep jumping over a fence. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep who are growing tired and finally they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfect replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all.

With adorable pictures, this is a very cute bedtime story (although the concept of counting sheep to get to sleep may need to be explained, since the concept is something that is passed on - it's not innate knowledge).

AGE: 3-6
RATING: 4 stars

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