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Merry Month of May

Why May is called a merry month is no longer a mystery! That is, if you read slightly offbeat, often laugh-out-loud stories. You can meet a boy who befriends odd aliens, a young mouse who has a song to share, dancing dinosaurs and a swan ballerina.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Ballerina Swan

By: Allegra Kent
Illustrated by: Emily Arnold McCully
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sophie longed to join the ballet class she watched through the window but she wondered if the teacher would accept her — after all, a swan is not the typical student. Humor combines with ballet in gentle, realistic, expressive illustration for a droll and satisfying story.

Bunny My Honey

By: Anita Jeram
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

One day the little Bunny, called honey by his mother, is separated from her while playing in the woods. They reunion comes when he hears her call for 'Bunny, my honey!' All's well that ends well in this comforting, attractive book by the illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You.

Daddies Do It Different

By: Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Illustrated by: Abby Carter
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Moms and dads often do the same things in different ways but one thing they share in common, they both love their children "the exact same way." Lighthearted illustrations and a predictable narrative depict the lively, affectionate relationship between a young child and her parents.

Dancing with the Dinosaurs

By: Jane Clarke
Illustrated by: Lee Wildish
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Dinosaurs ready for the dance contest in this silly, lively, lighthearted look at popular programs. Rhymes and wordplay present dressed up dinosaurs doing everything from tap to the twist until the unnamed dino-emcee comes for his dinner — the contestants!

Dini Dinosaur

By: Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by: Daniel Roode
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Dini, a young dinosaur, desperately needs a bath after playing in the mud. Young readers will quickly figure out that before he washes, he must take off his shoes, pants, etc. The repetition is sure to delight the youngest as they identify what Dini has left. Text and simple, flat illustrations show "Dirty Dini Dinosaur" as he splashes in the tub and into his loving mother's arms.

Penny and Her Song

By: Kevin Henkes
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Henkes' first easy reader introduces Penny and her mouse family in two appealing chapters. Penny must wait to share her original song until after dinner. When she does, not only do her parents join in, the babies respond in a surprising way. Henkes' signature illustrations expressively complement the well-paced narrative.

Plant a Kiss

By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What happens when you plant a kiss? After "Doubt./Pout./Sprout!/SHOUT! SHOUT!" comes the sharing — and ultimately "endless bliss!" Simple, lined cartoon illustrations highlighted by sparkly kisses on open pages combine with brief rhythmic language to create a joy-filled book just right to share.

The Boy Who Cried Alien

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Brian Biggs
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Larry, like the boy who cried wolf, is known for his prevarication. He winds up a hero, however, when he tells the truth about space aliens. Illustrations in comic book format and jazzy rhyming text and coded alien-speak are sure to tickle funny bones.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

By: Mo Willems
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Pigeon (of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! fame) is back. Here, he's irritated that a very polite duckling gets a cookie by simply asking! Could good manners really matter? Understated humor abounds in both minimal text and characteristic illustration.

Z is for Moose

By: Kelly Bingham
Illustrated by: Paul O. Zelinsky
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Zebra lines up participants to begin this very funny alphabet book. As A bounds up stairs to take the stage, Zebra peeks out. All goes smoothly until Moose says D is for Moose, bouncing Duck; Moose continues to irritate other letters until Z. Children who know the alphabet will delight in the slapstick humor and satisfying conclusion.

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