#OperationStorytime Volume One
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 One because certainly this will be an ongoing project! Click here for Volume Two.
Anica Mrose Rissi: Love, Sophia On the Moon
Not yet in stores! From Amazon: Life on Earth isn't always fair, so Sophia runs off to the moon, where there are no bedtimes, no time-outs, and no Mom. But as Sophia and her mom send letters to each other, Mom has a clever comeback for all of Sophia's angry notes. Home starts to sound not-quite-so-bad, especially when Mom reports that someone from the moon has moved in to Sophia's old room, they're having spaghetti for dinner, and they're reading Sophia's favorite story at bedtime.
Brandon Reese: Cave Dada
Not yet available in stores! From Amazon: A hilarious book for new dads and their little loved ones to share and enjoy! It's bedtime for Dada's little cave baby. But Baba wants a bedtime story, and not just from any book. Baba wants just the right book—and the right book means the biggest book! Poor Dada! The delaying tactics of his Stone Age darling may not speed up bedtime ... but they just might change the course of human history.
Brian Biggs: Everything Goes (two books!)
Author Brian Biggs was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1968, the son of a mystical one-armed sailor with secret powers and a Portuguese train bandit. He began drawing pictures immediately. At age eleven, he moved to Pasadena, Texas where he learned to talk to cows and watch football.
Christine Platt: Ana & Andrew: The New Baby
From Amazon: Ana & Andrew are expecting a sibling! The family is very excited. Mamas family arrives from Trinidad, and everyone helps to get ready. When the baby arrives, Ana & Andrew learn from Granny that in African American culture, a babys name often tells an important story.
Jan Brett: Cozy
Not yet in stores! From Amazon: A group of clever animals find an unusual but warm and furry home during Alaska's long winter in Jan Brett's newest snowy adventure. Cozy is the softest musk ox in Alaska, with the warmest fur you ever did feel. When a storm hits while he's separated from his family, he starts to feel lonely--but not for long. As the snow piles up, animals start to notice just how warm and cozy Cozy really is! One mama lemming has a bright idea . . . maybe the best place to spend the winter is under Cozy's fur!
Jan Brett: The Mitten read by Jennifer Garner
From Amazon: When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.
Molly Idle: Pearl
From Amazon: Caldecott Honor author-illustrator Molly Idle dazzles with an original mermaid tale about how small, persistent actions can achieve great things. Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.
Oge Mora: Saturday
From Amazon: In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.
Sam Wedelich: Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale
Not yet in stores! From Amazon: Who are you calling little? Chicken Little is NOT afraid of anything. Well, okay, maybe a mysterious BONK to the head can produce panic. But only momentarily. It's not as though she meant to send the barnyard into a tailspin, thinking that the sky was falling. How ridiculous! But can she calm her feathered friends with facts and reason? A timeless favorite becomes a clever cautionary tale in this FUNNY, fresh, and timely picture book debut by cartoonist, Sam Wedelich!
Shawn Harris: Everyone's Awake
From Amazon: A silly and sublime bedtime book from the New York Times bestselling children's book author Colin Meloy. Giggle your way to sweet and silly dreams! A simple goodnight routine turns marvelously madcap in this cleverly rhymed picture book. Instead of settling down to sleep, Dad bakes bread, Mom fixes the roof, and Grandma plays cards with a ghost. And between the dog, the cat, Sister, and Brother, there's at least three different wars being waged! A modern classic perfect for read-aloud fun and bedtime alike.