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Extra: Dinosaur Stretch – Wellness Summer Reading Picture Books

Adrienne talks picture books to read to children on the 2016 Summer Reading Program theme of wellness, fitness and sports.

Firebird: 6 Picture Book Reviews

“Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How To Dance Like the Firebird” by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers
“Earmuffs for Everyone! How Chester Greenwood Became Knows as the Inventor of Earmuffs” by Meghan McCarthy
“A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat” by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall
“You Are (Not) Small” by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant
“The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage” by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
“Viva Frida!” by Yuyi Morales and Tim O’Meara

You can find more information about each book on our CYA Podcast WorldCat list page!







I Know A Lot by Stephen Krensky

I Know A Lot by Stephen Krensky

I Know A Lot by Stephen Krensky

“I Know A Lot!” by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Sara Gillingham

A written review by Adrienne

“I Know A Lot!” is about a little girl who, well, knows quite a lot of things. She know about rocks and flowers, the wetness of water and that with patience glue will dry. Krensky story takes everyday activities and enjoyments and sets their opposites next to each other as a subtle reminder to readers. Gillingham’s art uses six main colors: red, blue, black, white, yellow and gray to maximum benefit. Gillingham also employs the rule of thirds drawing the eye to underscore that page topic. Recommended for storytimes, lapsit and parents.


Six Biography Picture Books

“Chuck Close: Face Book” by Chuck Close
“Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World” by Tracy Fern
“A Boy called Dickens” by Deborah Hopkinson
“Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child” by Susanna Reich
“The Watcher: Jane Goodalls Life with the Chimps” by Jeanette Winter (this book not reviewed for podcast)
“Me ….Jane” by Patrick McDonnell
“Noah Webster and His Words” by Jeri Ferris

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue

“A Confusion of Princes” by Garth Nix
“Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater

Six Picture Books

If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy by Cat Cora

This Plus That : Life’s Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Shout! Shout It Out! by Denise Fleming


Game of Thrones obssession – HBO tv show

Cathie Sue
Water your plants

Go to the library and check out picture books
Defying Gravity – TV show

String cheese

Technical problems? Check physical connections first.
E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver series


Decide a book for each us to read. You name it we will select and read! We double-hair-of-the-dog DARE YOU! Post in comments or send to cyacast @

City of Fallen Angels and the entire TMI series by Cassandra Clare
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern