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Happily for me, I’ve been going to loads of baby showers lately. I guess it’s just that time of life where all your peers are having kids. Hooray! I love baby showers, and I love giving baby shower gifts! Of course, what do I give at these showers? Books! Pictured above are books I’ve given as gifts at the three showers I’ve attended in May (not everyone got ALL these books, but everyone got a mixture of some of these).

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Recommendations: Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie and Library Lion

And now . . . for some children’s lit. I recently checked out a couple of picture books from the library. And now I may have to buy my own copies of both of these books. They are just so good.

Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie written by Judy Sierra and illusrated by Edward Koren
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Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie is actually kind of gross. It is, after all, about flies and flies are pretty nasty, especially LOTS of flies. But, I found myself saying to Teddy, “Let’s read that again!” simply because reading the book aloud is fun. The rhythm is absolutely infectious, the sing-song rhymes are irresistible, and the story-in-verse contains a lot of emotion. If you’re looking for a fun, one-poem book, go get Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie.

First lines: “Thelonius Monster once swallowed a fly, and decided that flies would taste grand in a pie. That silly guy!”

Thelonius Monster author Judy Sierra’s official website here.
Thelonius Monster illustrator Edward Koren here.

Library Lion written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
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First lines: “One day, a lion came to the library. He walked right past the circulation desk and up into the stacks.”

Library Lion author Michelle Knudsen’s official website here.
Library Lion illustrator Kevin Hawkes official website here.
Interview with Library Lion author Michelle Knudsen at Cynsations.

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