Caterpillars and Butterflies Booklist

We’re crazy for caterpillars lately! The caterpillars we’ve been raising have been getting bigger every day. If you haven’t stopped in to check them out, you’re missing out! It’s pretty fun to see them crawling around and chowing down on their food. Here are some fun books about caterpillars and butterflies to share with your little ones.

Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar by James Dean

Butterfly Birthday by Harriet Ziefert

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Gotta Go, Gotta Go! by Sam Swope

In My Flower by Sara Gillingham

Life Cycle of a Butterfly by Karen Kenney

Caterpillars by Claire Llewellyn 

Butterflies by Nic Bishop

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Butterflies by Thea Feldman

How a Caterpillar Grows into a Butterfly by Tanya Kant

10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr.

The Prince of Butterflies by Bruce Coville

Little Bear and the Butterflies by Susan Quinn

10 Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Miss Jessica

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Books for the Birds!

Looking for great stories that drop fact crumbs to get your kiddo thinking and talking about the different birds they may be hearing, seeing or even just thinking about this spring?  Look no further!  Your list has arrived…

 

Hooray for Birds!

by Lucy Cousins

 

Peck! Peck! Peck! 

by Lucy Cousins

 

I Hatched!

by Jill Esbaum

 

Birds

by Kevin Henkes

 

Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly!

by Ann Ingalls

 

George Flies South

by Simon James

 

Hook

by Ed Young

Miss Marta

The Sinking of the Titanic

On April 10, 1912, RMS Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. Famous even before her tragic accident, the Titanic was not only the biggest ship in the world at the time but the White Star Line had spared no expense in also making her the most luxurious. First class passengers could enjoy a swimming pool, Turkish bath, library, gym, and a squash court, as well as very fancy common rooms. Even the third-class quarters were much nicer than other ships. Her passengers were a mixture of some of the wealthiest people in the world and immigrants hoping to find a better life in America.

People were so sure that the Titanic was unsinkable that there were only enough lifeboats on board for half of the ship’s passengers and crew. But only four days into her first journey, at 11:40 PM on April 14, she struck an iceberg and water began pouring into the ship. Two hours and 40 minutes later, the ship sank beneath the icy waters, only three degrees above freezing. The Carpathia rescued only 705 survivors of the more than 2,000 people on board. 1,522 passengers and crew were lost, probably because there weren’t enough lifeboats and the crew hadn’t been trained on how to use them. It is still one of the worst maritime disasters during peacetime.

More than a hundred years later, the sinking of the Titanic still captures people’s imaginations, inspiring movies, plays, artwork, songs, and of course, books. In honor of the 107th anniversary of its sinking, here are 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction books about the Titanic. 

 

FICTION

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic – Lauren Tarshis

Tonight on the Titanic – Mary Pope Osborne

Voyage on the Great Titanic – Ellen Emerson White

Titanic: Unsinkable – Gordon Korman

The Titanic Mission – Dan Gutman

 

NONFICTION

What Was the Titanic? – Stephanie Sabol

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster – Deborah Hopkinson

On Board the Titanic : What it Was Like When the Great Liner Sank – Shelley Tanaka

Titanic: A Nonfiction Companion to Tonight on the Titanic – Mary Pope Osborne

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Titanic!: One Voyage You’d Rather Not Make – David Stewart

5 on Friday: Spring Picture Books

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring! Winter seemed to drag on forever this year, so I am especially glad to see plants start poking their heads out and feel some warmer weather. In honor of that, I chose my 5 favorite picture books about spring for this month’s 5 on Friday.

 

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And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Fogliano won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nominee for Picture Book Honor Book awards for this sweet story about a boy and his dog planting a garden. They both wait…and wait…and wait some more for the garden to grow.

 

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When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is a bestselling author for a reason, but what really makes this book a standout to me are Laura Dronzek’s beautiful illustrations. No one knows how to capture the wonder of a season the way she does.

 

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Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

Fletcher the fox mistakes the falling blossoms as snow and rushes to warn his friends that they have returned from their migrations or woken from hibernation too soon. I really enjoy the Fletcher books and I think kids will too.

 

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Wake Up, it’s Spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst

One day, the sun whispers to the earth, “Wake up, it’s spring!” And the earth tells the worm, who tells the seed, and so on until everyone is awake and cheering for springtime. The simple, playful text makes this great for read-alouds.

 

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Abracadabra, it’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien

As you might be able to guess from the title, this charming picture book focuses on the magic of winter transforming into spring. Some of the magic words are a bit of a stretch – I’ve never heard anyone say “Alizebu!” before – but the fold-out pages showing the change to a new season are lovely.

And that’s all for this month! Be sure to check back in May, same bat time, same bat channel for the next 5 on Friday.

Miss Jessica

 

If You Like Fly Guy

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Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Parts by Tedd Arnold

No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold

Green Wilma: Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold

Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin

There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly! by Lucille Colandro

Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Miss Jessica

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales have always been some of my favorite stories, but what I love even better is when an author takes a story we know and twists it just a little bit to come up with something fresh and new: what if we heard the story from the villain’s point of view? What if the real world and the fairy tale world collided? What if it was the princess who was turned into a frog, or one person in the castle remained awake during Sleeping Beauty’s curse? These middle grade chapter books are all great fun and a different look at the stories we’ve heard before. I listed the original fairy tale after the title or “various” if the novel uses more than one.

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Women’s History Month

To celebrate International Women’s Day this week – and Women’s History Month all month – I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and nonfiction books with women and girls as the main character. Damsels in distress need not apply: whether it’s taking on a fire-breathing dragon, acting in a school play, or solving a mystery, these smart, determined girls tackle their own problems. It was too hard to narrow down nonfiction titles about individual women, so I’ve also included some great collective biographies about awesome women throughout history. This is only a drop in the bucket of all the great books about girls out there, so feel free to stop by the Children’s Desk to get some further recommendations!

 

PICTURE BOOKS
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
The Name Jar by Xangsook Choi
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

 

CHAPTER BOOKS
Franny K Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS
Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka

 

NONFICTION
Girls Think of Everything by  Catherine Thimmish
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood
She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton
Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers

FURTHER RESOURCES
A Mighty Girl
National Women’s History Project
National Women’s History Museum
Women’s History Month

Miss Jessica