2020 Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs
State Librarian Eric Norris, along with the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers committee, is pleased to announce that the 2020 title is Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs, by Eric Litwin. This picture book story will appeal to young readers, with a focus on the 2-5 years old age group.
Because we are unsure what story times will look like in November due to Covid-19, one of the factors for choosing this year’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month title is that it is available digitally on Bookflix, which all Kansas residents can access for free through the State Library’s website.
We’re also providing unlimited access to the eBook version of Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs with absolutely no holds for the entire month of November. Use your Kansas Library eCard to log into the cloudLibrary app or website.
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Groovy Joe is available in several formats, including hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions (available through Amazon and other vendors). The title is also available in a bilingual edition. Pricing and ordering information below.
Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, #1 New York Times bestselling author who brings early literacy and music together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe. Eric’s books have sold over 12.5 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award. Visit him at ericlitwin.com. (Scholastic)
For more information visit https://www.ericlitwin.com/
Tom Lichtenheld "My illustrations are done in watercolor and colored pencil. The first step is pencil sketches, then I create black line art and print it on watercolor paper. (It’s kind of like a home-made coloring book!) Then I paint a layer of watercolor and build up the shapes with colored pencils. I get a lot of help from our cats, who lay on my pencils, my drawings, my hands and anything else that puts them in the way of what I’m trying to do. (Tom Lichtenheld)
For more information visit https://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/
Thanks to the following 2020 committee members for all their hard work:
- Anne Harris, Wichita Public Library
- Donna Knoell, Educational Consultant
- Janet Reynolds, La Cygne Library
- Kathy Ellison, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
- Kelsey Trower, Child Care Aware of Kansas
- Lisa Newman, Salina Public Library
- Patty Collins, Central Kansas Library System
- Sandy Wilkerson, North Central Kansas Libraries System
- Tammie Benham, Southeast Kansas Library System
- Tracey DeShazo, Silver Lake Public Library
- Vanessa Dauber, Coffey County Library
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen title during a selected week and month.
For more information about Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, contact Sarah Tenfelde-Dubois, reference librarian for the State Library, email@example.com, 800-432-3919.