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Books to Read-Aloud: This week’s Favorite is Walk on! A guide for Babies of All Ages

Story Time is every Tuesday at Tree Top Kids, Foxhall Square , with yours truly. This week’s Graduation themed selections follow:

Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All AgesWalk on!: A Guide for Babies of ALL Ages

by Marla Frazee

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

40 pages

Harcourt Children’s Books (March 1, 2006)


“Is sitting there on your bottom getting boring? Has lying  around all the time become entirely unacceptable?” The essential guide for babies ready to take those crucial first steps!

Comments: Encouraging, Reassuring, and great for graduating students!


An interview with Marla Frazee, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, at Cynsations.

Article: A New Class of Grad Gifts, by John A. Sellers, at Publishers Weekly.

I Knew You Could

by Craig Dorfman (Author), Christina Ong (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group (March 2008)


Celebrate life’s journeys with The Little Engine That Could! Selling over 60,000 copies in the first two months on sale, I Knew You Could! provides familiar comfort in changing times and serves as a wonderful gift that will be treasured for years to come. With inspiring and enlightening words of wisdom, this sweetly nostalgic book is perfect for graduates of all ages as they make the transition from one phase of life to the next. From “I think I can” to “I knew I could,” The Little Engine That Could helps us remember that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

Comments: Sweetly inspiring! I’m a huge fan of rhythmical books – thumbs up!

Links: Article: A New Class of Grad Gifts, by John A. Sellers, at Publishers Weekly.

Big PlansBig Plans

by Bob Shea (Author), Lane Smith (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Hyperion (April 15, 2008)


“I’ve got big plans, BIG PLANS I say!”

A little boy sits in the corner of a classroom, plotting his future. He’s got plans…and have you heard? They’re BIG.

This exuberant story is perfect for any child who is ready to dream BIG. Are you in?

With the help of a mynah bird and lucky stinky hat, he’ll find a quarter…boss around some muckety-mucks…become the mayor — or even the president! And while he’s at it…fly to the moon!

Comments: This is a ‘Big’ book with a ‘Big’ message, which is conveyed in a ‘Big’ way. I am completely torn about this book – it is perhaps a little too loud, yet certainly has a place with the right family. Just for the record … loud books usually rate very high with me, the message in Big Plans just has a twist of abhorrent behavior that does not sit well with me.

Links: Review by Publishers Weekly.

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