Archive for January 2017

Do You Have the Grumpies?

January 26, 2017

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right? It’s raining and you have no umbrella. You’re late for work. You forgot your lunch. You find yourself asking, “Why me?” Step back, take a deep breath, and read Grumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer. It’s a sure thing to put a smile on your face.


Penguin is not having a good day. He’s in a very bad mood and doesn’t know why. He tries to shake off his grumpiness, but nothing seems to work. Then he has an idea, and very slowly he begins to feel much better. Don’t let this book fool you. You’ll delight in sharing it with young readers. It’s a perfect pick for two to five-year-olds. Messer’s illustrations are adorable, and the text is presented in a large font. Everyone will enjoy the hilarious antics as Penguin finds a way to get rid of the grumpies!


The Youth Media Awards Are Just Around the Corner

January 19, 2017

The American Library Association Youth Media Awards will be announced on Monday, January 23 at 8:00 a.m. ET (  Click here to see the list of awards that will be presented.

If you love children’s books as much as I do, this is a very special day. During the year, it’s exciting to see which newly published books receive a lot of chatter. There are so many fabulous publications, choosing a winner in each category must be a difficult task.

The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are two of my favorite awards. I followed these closely during the year as new books and new predictions came out. Of the books I’ve had the opportunity to read, the ones listed below are those that spoke to me in a special way.

Caldecott Medal

They All Saw A Cat illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel

Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis

Freedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles  illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Michelle Cuevas

Newbery Medal

Raymie Nightingale written by Kate DiCamillo

Pax written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Seventh Wish written by Kate Messner

Paper Wishes written by Lois Sepahban

Win or lose, I’m looking forward to hearing what surprises will be announced this coming Monday.






Say Goodnight

January 12, 2017

Have you ever had one of those weeks where time seems to disappear and you just can’t catch up? If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Each night as bedtime approaches, you can barely keep your eyes open. But there’s still one more thing on your to-do list.

Bedtime story!

Will you be able to achieve all your youngsters’ expectations of a bedtime story, or will you fall asleep between the pages? Never fear! When you need it the most, I have the perfect bedtime book for you to share.


One Minute till Bedtime:  60-Second Poems To Send You Off To Sleep selected by Kenn Nesbitt and illustrated by Christoph Niemann is the go-to book when days aren’t long enough.

This book is chock-full of whimsical, funny, and delightfully appealing poems written by a host of well-known authors. Think Nikki Grimes, Jack Prelutsky, Jon Scieszka, Judith Viorst, Verla Kay, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jane Yolen, Lemony Snicket, J. Patrick Lewis …  I could on and on naming the amazing people who are contributors, but time is of the essence. Once you open this book and begin to read, you won’t want to put it down. In a flash, you and your youngster will be captivated!

Say goodnight!



A Very Satisfying Picture Book

January 5, 2017

I’m always hungry for a deliciously dazzling picture book. Well, I found it, and every reader should gobble it up.

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, has received lots of impressive book chatter.


With so many cute animals starring in it, this book is hard to resist. It’s filled with twists, turns, and surprises. You’ll adore the illustrations. The double-page spread done in black will leave you in the dark and keep you guessing what is about to happen. I’d like to tell you more, but that would spoil the fun. Get this book! It’s worth sinking your teeth into.

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