#OperationStorytime Volume Two
Social distancing has created a silver lining hashtag called #OperationStorytime. As we all pitch in to make this not only bearable but FUN, children's authors are coming together and reading their books on facebook and instagram. KOAA has compiled the first wave into one handy place. We call this Volume Two because this is an ongoing project! Click here for Volume One
Sarah Jacoby: Forever Or A Day
From Amazon: "This contemplative, almost meditative, book makes for a good read with the children in your life for whom you like to give your own time." — Kirkus Reviews Simple, profound, and truly beautiful, this imaginative book is for everyone: parents who treasure each second with their child, even the longest ones; children learning to navigate the world and its strangeness; designers and librarians looking for a lyrical story time book that leaves kids wondering. Forever or a Day is a great read for the whole family. Gather around on the couch or have some one-on-one time with this incredible story.
Rowboat Watkins: Most Marshmallows
From Amazon: Most marshmallows are born into marshmallow families, play with marshmallow friends, and go to marshmallow school where they learn to be squishy. Most marshmallows read a book before bed and then fall asleep to dream ordinary marshmallow dreams. But, this book isn't about most marshamallows, is it? No. That's because author Rowboat Watkins knows that, just like you, some marshmallows have big dreams, and just like you, these marshmallows can do anything they set their minds to. This sweet and silly book is an inspiring reminder to everyone that by being true to ourselves, each of us has the power to be extraordinary. Whether for a new parent or a recent graduate, the message here will fit the bill.
Karen Romano Young: A Girl, A Raccoon, and The Midnight Moon
From Amazon: A warm-hearted, visually intriguing tale of reading and believing, and a world of possibility. A New York City library branch has been designated for possible closure yet the bookish, socially awkward Pearl, the daughter of the librarian, can't imagine a world without the library. When the head of their Edna St. Vincent Millay statue goes missing, closure is closer than ever. But Pearl is determined to save the library. And with a ragtag neighborhood library crew—including a constantly tap-dancing girl, an older boy she has a crush on, and a pack of literate raccoons—she just might be able to do it.
Steven Weinberg: AstroNuts
From Amazon: A laugh-out-loud tale packed with science, adventure, and a whole lot of fun: AstroWolf, LaserShark, SmartHawk, and StinkBug are animals that have been hybridized to find other planets for humans to live on once we've ruined Earth. So off they rocket to the Plant Planet! Will that planet support human life? Or do Plant Planet's inhabitants have a more sinister plan? AstroNuts Mission One is a can't-put-it-down page-turner for reluctant readers and fans ready to blast past Wimpy Kid.
John August: Arlo Finch In the Valley of Fire
From Amazon: Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is the first book in a spellbinding middle grade fantasy adventure series by screenwriter John August. Arlo Finch is a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Colorado, a tiny town of mystery and magic, but he's already attracted the attention of dark and ancient forces. At first he thinks these increasingly strange and frightening occurrences are just part of being in Rangers, the mountain scouting troop where he learns how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods. But soon Arlo finds himself at the center of a dangerous adventure, where he faces obstacles that test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: Loyalty, Bravery, Kindness, and Truth.
Ame Dyckman: You Don't Want A Unicorn!
From Amazon: Be careful what pet you wish for in the newest picture book from fan-favorite author Ame Dyckman and rising-star illustrator Liz Climo. When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he's in for. Unbeknownst to him, unicorns make the absolutely worst pets: they shed, they poke holes in your ceiling, and they make a big mess. With a knowing wink from Ame Dyckman, creator of Wolfie the Bunny and cheerful illustrations from Rory the Dinosaur creator and Tumblr star Liz Climo, this rollicking story shares all of the ways a pet unicorn can ruin your life, and is sure to have readers in stitches.
Laurel Snyder: Charlie and Mouse Outdoors
From Amazon: Young readers will love diving into this hilarious next installment of this award-winning beginning chapter book series. This time, the two brothers and their family are off on a new adventure: going camping! Follow along as they take a long drive, have a quick hike, defeat a big lion, hide in a small tent, and conquer the great outdoors—together. There is so much fun to be had along the way—telling stories, fighting monsters, crashing their tent—but best of all is the joy of sharing it with each other.
Susie Jaramillo: Little Sunny Sunshine/Sol Solecito
From Amazon: Little Sunny Sunshine / Sol Solecito is the 5th book in the bilingual (English & Spanish) nursery rhyme collection from Canticos. Inspired by “Sol Solecito“ and “Luna Lunera“, this book features an adorable little piggy who spends his days soaking up the sun and enjoying every moment of the day. Concept: Days of the week.
Bob Shea: Who Wet My Pants?
From Amazon: In this hilarious tale of blame, compassion, and forgiveness, a very embarrassed bear is reminded that accidents can happen--but with the support of good friends, life goes on. Reuben the bear's got donuts for everyone in his scout troop, but his friends are all staring at something else: there's a wet spot on Reuben's pants, and it's in a specific area. "WHO WET MY PANTS?" he shouts, and a blame game starts. His buddies try to reassure him there was no crime. Just an accident. It could happen to anyone! But as all the clues begin to point in Reuben's own direction as the culprit, Reuben must come to terms with the truth.
Brooke Smith: The Keeper Of Wild Words
From Amazon: A touching tale of a grandmother and her granddaughter exploring and cherishing the natural world. Words, the woods, and the world illuminate this quest to save the most important pieces of our language—by saving the very things they stand for. When Mimi finds out her favorite words—simple words, like apricot, blackberry, buttercup—are disappearing from the English language, she elects her granddaughter Brook as their Keeper. And did you know? The only way to save words is to know them.