Stories and songs for the wee . . .
every Monday at 10:30 AM
. . . guaranteed NOT to put you to sleep!
All are welcome! (That said, Tail Time is primarily geared towards the toddler and pre-schooler set.)
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.
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. (6/10/19)
A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age!
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.
Tail Time rock and Tail Time roll. Heather reads with funk and soul. (6/10/19)
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!
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! (6/10/19)
An E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor book from the award-winning creators of I Love You Already!, Come Home Already!, and All Right Already!
Meet Bear. He's exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep.
Meet Duck, Bear's persistent next-door neighbor. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear.
Jory John, author of Penguin Problems and The Bad Seed, and Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale, join together to create this standout hilarious picture book that will make bedtime memorable.
Tail Time rock and Tail Time roll. Heather reads with funk and soul. (6/10/19)
A heartwarming celebration of the special relationship between a father and daughter from Instagram sensation Soosh.Whether they're playing make-believe, making you smile, or warding off monsters under the bed, dads are always there when you need them. Debut picture book artist Soosh celebrates fathers with a gorgeously illustrated and moving story about the parent-child bond.When Soosh first posted her initial series of images of a larger-than-life father and his adorable daughter on Instagram, fans from across the world immediately took notice with over 2 million views on a popular viral content website in a single week.These illustrations now come together in a universally relatable story of familial love for parents and children to share.
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. (6/3/19)
From bestselling and beloved author Todd Parr, a new book about all of the different ways that cars and trucks help people and have fun.
Some trucks help on the farm.
Some trucks help in the city.
Some cars like to drive in the snow.
And some cars like to drive to the beach.
All cars and trucks LOVE to be on the ROAD!
Todd Parr brings his trademark bright colors and bold lines to his new book about cars, trucks, and the occasional bus. In a fun collection of silly images, Todd explores all of the ways vehicles have an impact on our daily lives, while weaving in messages about positivity, the environment, and safety. Readers will laugh along with the whole four-wheeled gang!
Get Up. Everybody's gonna move their feet. Get down. Everybody's gonna leave their seat...(6/3/19)
Companion to the hit The Three Ninja Pigs, this fractured fairy tale is a sure-fire storytime hit.
Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal.
His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?
Not if Little Red has anything to say about it! Kiya!
Heather, Heather can't you see? Sometimes your books just hypnotize me. (6/3/19)
In this colorful and touching story that celebrates what makes each of us unique, a little creature that's not quite a bird and not quite a bunny--it's "neither"--searches for a place to fit in.
In the Land of This and That, there are only two kinds: blue bunnies and yellow birds. But one day a funny green egg hatches, and a little creature that's not quite a bird and not quite a bunny pops out. It's neither!
Neither tries hard to fit in, but its bird legs aren't good for jumping like the other bunnies, and its fluffy tail isn't good for flapping like the other birds. It sets out to find a new home and discovers a very different place, one with endless colors and shapes and creatures of all kinds. But when a blue bunny and a yellow bird with some hidden differences of their own arrive, it's up to Neither to decide if they are welcome in the Land of All.
This colorful, simple, and touching story promotes diversity and offers a valuable lesson to the youngest of audiences: it is our differences that unite us.
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! (6/3/19)
From acclaimed author-illustrator Jules Feiffer, Bark, George is a hilarious, subversive story about a dog who can't . . . bark! This picture book geared for the youngest readers is perfect for those who love Mo Willems's Pigeon series.
When George's mother tells her son to bark, George goes "Meow," which definitely isn't right because George is a dog. When she asks him again, he goes "Oink." What's going on with George? Readers will delight at the surprise ending!
Heather has a fever, and the only prescription is this book. Which she read on 5/27/19.
"Her watercolor spreads are carefully executed with few stylistic mannerisms; all the attention is directed toward the characters. It’s a treat watching Alfie deliver Nia the perfect birthday present."
— Publishers Weekly
"With beautiful, expressive watercolor illustrations...Heder takes readers on a journey about what it means to be a child with a new pet who sometimes loses its luster but never its worthiness of love. A perfect companion for a young pet lover or pet owner-to-be."
"Nia’s and Alfie’s first-person descriptive accounts are extended by lovely, intricately detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations that artfully highlight the varying perspectives and amusing moments, as when Nia introduces Alfie to her toys...a charming story of the bond between child and pet.
"The beautiful ink-and-watercolor illustrations, which feature an African American child (and her family), offer readers lots of clues and thoughtful details . . . A welcome addition to picture book collections."
— School Library Journal
Monday, Monday so good to me. Monday, Monday, it was all I hoped it would be... (5/27/19)
It's okay to need some help.
It's okay to be a different color.
It's okay to talk about your feelings.
From the bestselling author Todd Parr comes a reassuring book about being who you are.
Told with Todd Parr's signature wit and wisdom, It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format. The book features the bold, bright colors and silly scenes that made Todd a premiere voice for emotional discussions in children's literature. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence--and it's never to early to develop a healthy self-esteem.
It's Okay to be Different is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, and promote character growth.
Today was a good day, 'cause a lot of good books got read today. (5/27/19)
Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.
Claire Messer is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art. She works by hand, using traditional printmaking processes to create her illustrations. She lives in the UK. This is her first book. Claire Messer is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art. She works by hand, using traditional printmaking processes to create her illustrations. She lives in the UK. This is her first book.
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 (5/20/19)!
Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.
Yesterday, Ta-il Ti-me seemed so far away. Now its here because it's Mo-onday... (5/20/19)Sometimes I feel silly.
Sometimes I feel like eating pizza for breakfast.
Sometimes I feel brave.
Sometimes I feel like trying something new...
The Feelings Book vibrantly illustrates the wide range of moods we all experience. Kids and adults will appreciate Todd Parr's quirky intelligence as he pays special attention to the ever-changing, sometimes nonsensical emotions that we all feel. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to discuss their multitude of feelings in a kid-friendly, accessible format, told through Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes.
Read it good. Read it real good. (5/20/19)
A creature has eaten his friend. Now he’s on a journey to find a new one with hilarious consequences in this bright, subversive debut picture book.
A little creature is looking for a new friend, but he’s not having any luck.
Why is he looking for a new friend, you ask?
Because he ate his old one!
Heidi McKinnon delivers a hilariously macabre story with colorful illustrations and a satisfying, dry wit.
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..(5/20/19)
A lonely boy’s new pet grows into a rather large dilemma—and a Thanksgiving parade offers an uplifting solution—in this charming tale from the author of The Boy and the Airplane and The Girl and the Bicycle.
When Leonard takes a shortcut through the park, he finds an egg and takes it home, where it hatches into a lizard (or so Leonard thinks). Leonard names his new pet Buster and takes him all around the city: on the subway, to the library, to a baseball game, and more.
But Buster keeps growing and growing—and Leonard gets the sense that Buster is longing for something Leonard can’t provide.
Before long, Buster becomes too big to keep, and Leonard realizes he needs to set Buster free. So Leonard comes up with an inventive plan, one that involves all the balloons Leonard can find and the annual Thanksgiving parade, in an imaginative plot twist that will spark readers’ imaginations—and touch their hearts.
Sweet Ta-il Time! Good times never seemed so good. I've been inclined to believe they never would. (5/13/19)
From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots!, Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy) story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear.
Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn’t know any better he’d say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper’s not scared obviously, he’s just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!