The Book Bag: Books for Ages 4 to 8, September 2005

Arctic Airlift by Richard Ross. When Robert, listening on his radio in the Midwest, learns from an Airship Captain that the Polar Ice Pack has cracked in several places, he knew that could spell trouble for Santa, and Christmas. (Bluefox Press, 2005)

Ernest and Elston by Laura T. Barnes. Elston, the Rooster, decides to make himself a donkey like Ernest, because all of the other barnyard animals complain about his early-morning crowing. When Elston takes that last step and stifles his cockle-doodle-do, he learns how much the animals truly value him! This is an animal story with an easily absorbed lesson about being true to yourself. (Barnesyard Books, 2005)

Get Inside the Sea by Robert Harvey. Sit at the bottom of the ocean as this pop-up book surrounds you and the creatures of the sea tell you a little bit about themselves. “What an incredibly creative book! The creatures explain themselves on one side of the “page” and there are facts on the back side.”(Mercury Junior, 2005)

Glasses, Glasses, Oh What Do I See? by Karen Smith Stair. A young preschooler tells us how he went from seeing just blurs and squiggles to having great vision. He explains what happens when you go to the eye doctor. This is a picture book that teaches kids about vision and optometry. (Seven Locks Press, 2004)

Home to Me, Home To You by Jennifer A. Ericsson. Mommy is coming home from her business trip today. We share in both Mom’s thoughts and her daughter’s as their anticipation builds to being together again. “Empathy exudes from the page, the story ends the way you want it to, and reminds kids how they are loved.” (Little, Brown & Company, 2005)

LAVI the Lion Finds his Pride by Linda Dickerson. Lavi the Lion leaves his pride (family) to find his new home and pride and has a wonderful adventure on the way! This book is an allegory to the journey of life and the different families one is part of along the way. (Towers Maguire Publishing, 2005)

Lilies on the Moon by Robert S. Kurkela. Through poem, a father describes family and love, with illustrations by his young daughter. “This is a family book to enjoy in bits or from cover to cover in one sitting.” (Kidzpoetz Publishing, 2005)

Mr. George and the Red Hat by Stephen Heigh. Mr. George, the Squirrel finds the perfect red hat and wears it with pride, until he finds that a family of birds needs it more. This is a book about sharing that which is important to you. “This book offers a nice way to explore giving with young children.” (KRBY Creations, 2004)