Easter Picture Books

Easter is upon us and with it we’re pulling some our favorite picture books off the shelves to enjoy during the holiday. First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Seeger is a very creative and innovative illustrator. She uses cutouts that see through to the next page that add an additional dimension to her books. In […]

Fun and Spooky Children’s Books for Halloween

The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell. I have long been a fan of McDonnell’s illustrations and stories. The Monsters’ Monster is about three very ferocious monsters (or so they think) that decide to build the monster of all monsters (Frankenstein). What they create though, isn’t quite what they were hoping for… Crankenstein by Samantha Berger […]

Review | Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Description: Two children host a tea party for an unlikely guest. Story: A young boy and girl invite a Tyrannosaurus Rex over for a tea party. The T-Rex provides a few challenges for the young hosts, but the children do a fantastic job managing the situation and describing to readers how to host a successful, […]

Review | Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes

Description: An exploration of the spiral shape and all the different places in nature and in animals where spirals can be found. Story: “A spiral is a snuggling shape.” Many different and creative descriptions are used to show and tell readers what a spiral is. At the end of the book there is an encyclopedia […]

Review | Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Description: Perfect Square is about a square that gets cut up, torn up, shredded and shattered. Each time something is done to the square, it figures out a way to turn the situation in a useful, positive outcome. Story: The underlying purpose of this story is about how we adjust to the changes and challenges […]

Author Feature | Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has long been a favorite picture book author of mine and she just keeps killing it with her creative books. Her most recent book, Exclamation Mark, knocked it out of the park. But I can hardly tout my love of Exclamation Mark, without also introducing you to some of Rosenthal’s other fantastic […]

Review | Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea and Tom Slaughter

Description: This book compares living and inanimate objects by asking readers if they will or will not grow. Story: There is not much of a story line to this book, as much as it simply asks readers if an item will grow or not. There is very clever rhyming text in the book and it […]

Review | The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail de Marcken

Description: A king who has everything, suddenly finds something he wants badly, but can’t have without making some significant sacrifices in his life. Story: When a greedy, grumpy king learns that there is a magical quiltmaker in his kingdom who has never given him a quilt, he demands the quilter make him one of her […]

Author Feature | Jennifer Adams & Alison Oliver: Baby Lit Board Books

2013 A to Z Challenge: Letter J = Jennifer Adams Have you been introduced to Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver and their absolutely brilliant collection of Baby Lit board books? If you thought infant-hood was too early to introduce your child to the likes of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or Bram Stoker, well… then you […]

Review | Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Description: Ramon loves to draw, until his older brother makes fun of his art, which leads to Ramon losing some of his confidence. Story: This story has a great message about art and also about what we can do to foster creativity. I love the character Marisol (Ramon’s younger sister). Marisol embodies all the hope, […]