Quirky Book Lists

Chocolate

Books about Chocolate 

Feb­ru­ary is Nation­al Choco­late Month, so how could we let it pass by with­out an homage to choco­late … in books? Far less cost­ly on the den­tal bill! “In 2009, more than 58 mil­lion pounds of choco­late were pur­chased and (like­ly) con­sumed in the days sur­round­ing Feb­ru­ary 14th — that’s about $345 mil­lion worth. (Kiri Tan­nen­baum, “8

The Perfect Nest

Books about Chickens 

Whether a chick­en makes you cluck, BAWK! or cheep-cheep-cheep, books about chick­ens make us laugh. We may not have been intro­duced to a chick­en in real life but, trust me, some peo­ple keep them as egg-lay­ing won­ders and oth­er peo­ple keep them as pets. These fowl have been around in many col­ors, types, and breeds in most

A Tree is Nice

Books about Trees 

With hats off to our friends at the tree-fes­­­­­tooned Iowa Arbore­tum, Min­neso­ta Land­scape Arbore­tum, Chica­go Botan­ic Gar­dens, and Oma­ha’s Lau­ritzen Gar­dens, this list is ded­i­cat­ed to arborists every­where, pro­fes­sion­al and ama­teur … you take care of an essen­tial part of our ecosys­tem. Thank you. Here’s a list of books for younger and old­er chil­dren, fic­tion and non­fic­tion. We hope

What to Do with a Box

Books about Boxes 

Box­es have many sto­ries to share, sto­ries to inspire, and sto­ries to help us learn and be cre­ative. Here are a few of the sto­ries that box­es have to tell. You might well expect to find books about cre­ative play and card­board box­es, but there are books for a range of young read­ers here and box­es comes

Quirky Book Lists: Classroom Pets 

Think­ing about adding a class­room pet? Read and think again!   8 Class Pets + 1 Squir­rel [÷] 1 Dog = Chaos writ­ten by Vivian Vande Velde illus­trat­ed by Steve Bjork­man Hol­i­day House, 2012 Squir­rel likes liv­ing near a school play­ground. He’s not so sure about going inside, though, espe­cial­ly when he’s chased there by a dog and all the

Museum ABC

A Trip to the Art Museum 

by Vic­ki Palmquist   Arlo’s Artra­geous Adven­ture! David LaRochelle Ster­ling Children’s Books, 2013 When Arlo’s grand­moth­er drags him to the art muse­um, he can’t imag­ine how he’ll be inter­est­ed. Some­thing odd catch­es his eye and he soon real­izes the paint­ings have things to say that sur­prise and delight him — and the read­er. Fun and quirky, with

Quirky Book Lists: Go Fly a Kite! 

by The Bookol­o­gist Curi­ous George Flies a Kite H.A. Rey HMH Books for Young Read­ers, 1977 (reis­sue of 1958 edi­tion)Ages 5 – 8 First George is curi­ous about some bun­nies, then about fish­ing, and then about his friend Billy’s kite. All’s well that ends well. Ages 5 – 8.   Days with Frog and Toad Arnold Lobel 1979 Harper­CollinsAges 4 – 8 Five

Wiener Wolf

Books Starring Dachshunds 

Dozens of Dachsunds Stephanie Cal­men­sonillus­trat­ed by Zoe Per­si­coBlooms­bury, 2021 A parade of dachsunds! There are sev­en­­­ty-eight dachsunds in all, dressed in cos­tumes as oth­er ani­mals, insects, birds, and dinosaurs! They wag­gle by in groups of two, three, four … all to aid young read­ers in count­ing. Maybe best of all is the song includ­ed so you

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