Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 2000.)  

When this book first came out, I was a newly-minted professional Youth Services Librarian.   I tend to also be a worrier. . .  so fell in love with this book immediately!  I kept a copy on my storytime planning shelf at work.  Yes, I did indeed use this book occasionally with preschool storytime sessions.  

Recently, I introduced this book to my son, who started preschool two weeks ago.   He likes the book, but he does not totally relate with it.  He does worry about some things (especially bathroom-related things), but does not worry about all of the things Wemberly worries about.  Wemberly worries about this following:

“What if no one else has spots?  What if no one else wears stripes?  What if no one else brings a doll?   What if the teacher is mean?   What if the room smells bad? What if they make fun of my name?   What if I can’t find the bathroom?  What if I hate the snack?   What if I have to cry?”   

Wemberly’s parents try to tell her not to worry, but we all know from experience that sometimes that is easier said than done! Read the book to find out what happens to Wemberly as she starts school.  

I also recommend this book to be used in storytime when appropriate to the theme of the day.  


Monkey Ono by J. C. Phillips

Monkey Ono by J.C. Phillipps, 2013

This picture book is about a cat (based on the author/illustrator’s real cat), a dog, and a stuffed toy monkey who wants to, badly, go to the beach with their family.

Alas, Monkey Ono is left at home, and he hatches several plans to get there – even the silly one of being flushed down the toilet to be able to reach the ocean (aptly named “Operation Swirlie.” Eventually, Java the cat and  Telly the dog save the day for Monkey Ono.

This is a fun story that is rather sweet at the same time.  It is definitely one I would use for a preschool storytime!

Note: I have borrowed this book from my local public library.  I have not been paid or whatnot to review this book.   I just love this book as a Librarian and as a mom.  My three year old son loves it, too.