Tail Time!

Stories for the wee . . .

     every Monday at 10:30 AM

          . . . guaranteed NOT to put you to sleep!

Babies through preschoolers welcome! (oh, parents too).

Tail Time is often busy, so if you are with a large group, please call us to schedule a time just for you. You will get a brief tour of the store and your very own story! We ask that you do not come during Tail Time, for our sanity and yours.

Is your anklebiter begging you to read a book from a past Tail Time? You're in luck: below are books that have been read at recent Tail Times.

The Giant Jumperee Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735227972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

Yesterday, Ta-il Ti-me seemed so far away. Now its here because its Mo-onday... (4/24/17)

Two of the world's most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow:
-I'm the Giant Jumperee and I'm scary as can be - shouts the stranger.
Rabbit's friends Cat, Bear, and Elephant come to help, but they're no match for the mysterious, booming voice. But who is the Giant Jumperee? Find out in this new read-aloud classic from internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson, beautifully brought to life by award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury.

It's Okay to Be Different Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316043472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 2009

Clap your hands everybody, if you got what it takes. 'Cause it's Tail Time now and I want you to know that these are the books (4/24/17)!

It's okay to need some help.
It's okay to be a different color.
It's okay to talk about your feelings.
It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.
It's Okay to be Different is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, and promote character growth.


Vegetables in Underwear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419714641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Appleseed - April 7th, 2015

Sweet Ta-il Time! Good times never seemed so good. I've been inclined to believe they never would. (4/24/17)

A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varieties big, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funny demonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the big kid attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind

Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545168465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - April 28th, 2015

Read it good. Read it real good. (4/24/17)

Laugh out loud in this hysterical epic counting bath adventure with a squeaky clean twist
From Derek Anderson, the illustrator of the bestselling Little Quack series

One very happy pig --
one bubbly bathtub.

Everything is perfect until nine more join in

And ten?
Ten wiggles and squeezes
And surfs his way in.

One pig looks to take a relaxing bath in solitude, only to be joined by another pig, then another, then another. When Pig Number 10 jumps into the crowded tub, the first pig comes up with a plan to enjoy his bath.


I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! Cover Image
By Karen Beaumont, David Catrow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152024888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harcourt Children's Books - April 2005

Tail Time rock and Tail Time roll. Heather reads with funk and soul. (4/17/17)

A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama
Karen Beaumont's zippy text and David Catrow's zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression.



The Earth Book [With Poster] Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316042659
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2010

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the bookstore they called “Wild Rumpus.”

The books, it was said, were the best ever read, story hour, Monday morn’ at 10:30.

They sing many songs that stay stuck all day long; rocked by Heather, don’t miss out, better hurry!

Tail Time, it is called, and it goes all yearlong; to find seats you had better come early! (4/17/17)

"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..."
With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good - from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.
Best of all, the book includes an interior gatefold with a poster with tips/reminders on how kids can "go green" everyday. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

One-Dog Canoe Cover Image
By Mary Casanova, Ard Hoyt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312561185
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 26th, 2009

Heather, Heather can't you see? Sometimes your books just hypnotize me. (4/17/17)

I set off one morning in my little red canoe.
My dog wagged his tail.
"Can I come, too?"
"You bet," I said.
"A trip for two just me and you."

When a girl and her dog set out on a canoe trip together, they're expecting a quiet afternoon for two. Then a beaver decides to join them, even when the girl protests that "It's a one-dog canoe." And when a loon, and a wolf, and a bear, and a moose all ask for a ride, it's almost too much. But they all manage to fit in this one-dog canoe until a frog comes along. . . .



Little Humans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374374563
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 7th, 2014

Heather is the champion, my friend. And she'll keep on reading til the end. Heather is the champion, Heather is the champion...of the world! (4/17/17)

Street photographer and storyteller extraordinaire Brandon Stanton is the creator of the wildly popular blog "Humans of New York." He is also the author of the #1 "New York Times "bestseller "Humans of New York. "To create "Little Humans," a 40-page photographic picture book for young children, he's combined an original narrative with some of his favorite children's photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits. The result is a hip, heartwarming ode to little humans everywhere.


Bee-Bim Bop! Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547076713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 10th, 2008

Tail Time rock and Tail Time roll. Heather reads with funk and soul. (4/10/17)

A wonderful paperback picture book about the joys of family and food, from Newbery Award winning author Linda Sue Park.

Bee-bim bop ("mix-mix rice") is a traditional Korean dish. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells of helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and sitting down to enjoy a favorite meal. The enthusiasm of the narrartor is conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean-American family. The book includes Linda Sue’s own bee-bim bop recipe!



Fruits in Suits Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419722981
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 11th, 2017

Get Up. Everybody's gonna move their feet. Get down. Everybody's gonna leave their seat...(4/10/17)

Have you ever seen a banana in a bikini? Or a tangerine in trunks? What about grapes in goggles? In this uproarious follow-up to Vegetables in Underwear, kids will learn that there are many kinds of suits--including suits for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and scuba diving. But can you wear a business suit to the beach? Fruits in Suits has the same irreverent silliness as Vegetables in Underwear and shows just how much fun swimsuits can be--and how important it is to hold on to them when you jump into the water

Lola Reads to Leo Cover Image
By Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580894036
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 2012

Every piece of the world, rate the message of the worlds. All men, women, boys, and girls, hey our Tail Time is superb. Get on it. (4/10/17)

We all know how much Lola loves books. In this third book in the Lola series (LOLA AT THE LIBRARY and LOLA LOVES STORIES), Lola has a new baby brother and she can t wait to share her love of reading with him. Lola gets ready for little Leo's arrival by reading books about brothers and sisters and picking out the perfect stories that she just knows her little brother will love. Even when her mom's tummy gets "bigger and bigger," and even when she's tired, Mom makes sure there is time for Lola and her stories. When the baby is finally here, Lola takes on the role of big sister she helps her mommy and daddy around the house and tells Leo stories to cheer him up when he cries. LOLA READS TO LEO proves that it's never too early to become a reader

P. Zonka Lays an Egg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781561458196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Publishers - March 2015

Monday, Monday so good to me. Monday, Monday, it was all I hoped it would be... (4/10/17)

School Library Journal (02/01/2015):
K-Gr 3--While other hens lay eggs regularly and the rooster crows encouragement, P. Zonka wanders through the farmyard observing the world around her. The hen marvels at the grass and sky and urges her friends to appreciate the flowers. After they persuade her to try to lay an egg, she produces a spectacular multicolored creation, incorporating patterns that she has seen and imagined. The artistic chicken's name is no accident. An author's note explains that a "pysanka" is a Ukrainian decorated egg. Vibrant watercolor illustrations bring to mind folk-art decor and Chagall paintings. They burst from the pages to draw viewers in to share P. Zonka's delight with the colors and patterns of her world. The oversize format lends itself to read-aloud participation with follow-up decoration of real or paper eggs. Although Paschkis does not mention the tie of "pysanka" to Easter, those who want to make the connection to another culture's Easter egg painting could also use Katherine Milhous's "The Egg Tree", the 1951 Caldecott winner. VERDICT A first-rate selection for most collections.--"Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato" Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.


Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060254926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - December 26th, 2012

Today was a good day, 'cause a lot of good books got read today.  (4/3/17)

Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

Duck! Rabbit! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811868655
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - March 11th, 2009

Heather likes big books, she cannot lie.  Those other readers can't deny.  When a book walks in with a itty bitty spine and a story in your face... (4/3/17) 

From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor herethere's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck Rabbit makes it easy to agree on one thingreading it again.



Bark, George Cover Image
By Jules Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062051851
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - June 3rd, 1999

Heather says a hip hop, the hippie to the hippie, the hip hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it to the bang bang boogie, say up jump the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat. (4/3/17)

"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."

What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.


You Can Read Cover Image
By Helaine Becker, Mark Hoffmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781459813243
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orca Book Publishers - February 28th, 2017

Heather has a fever, and the only prescription is this book. Which she read on 4/3/17.

In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space It turns out you can read everywhere And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure.
Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that's perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them.