Archive for March 2018


March 15, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, and when Irish eyes are smiling, you never know what might happen. The leprechauns have already been making mischief around our house – twenty plus inches of snow! And that’s no blarney!


Where’s that famous emerald green of spring? Somewhere beneath all that white stuff, I know it’s there. Despite the snow and leprechaun mischief, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated. It’s a time to be wearing the green, devouring some corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew, and raising a few Guinness beers! Whether you’re Irish or not, join in the merriment and celebrate.

Add some family fun to your day. Trap a leprechaun!


How to Trap a Leprechaun written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Emma Randall, Sky Pony Press, 2017

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How to Catch a Leprechaun wirtten by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016


How to Build a Leprechaun Trap by Larissa Juliano, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018

For the youngest crowd, here are two books sure to be a hit.

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The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun (Board Book)written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek, Little Simon, 2018


Ten Lucky Leprechauns written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook and illustrated by Jay Johnson, Cartwheel Books, 2013








Celebrate National Women’s History Month

March 8, 2018

The month of March we celebrate the amazing women who have made valuable contributions to our nation and have inspired and empowered young girls to do the same.

Check out the variety of picture book biographies below of women who have made a huge difference in our world.


The Girl Who Thought in Pictures written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley,  Innovation Press, 2017



Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrated by Laura Freeman, HarperCollins, 2018


Margaret and the Moon written by Dean Robbins an illustrated by Lucy Knisley, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017


Ida B. Wells Let the Truth Be Told written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen, Amistad Press, 2015


Shaking Things Up written by Susan Hood, HarperCollins, 2018


Fancy Party Gowns written by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Laura Freeman, Little Bee Books, 2017


Shark Lady written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Alvares Miguens, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2017


I Dissent written by Debby Levy an illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016


Grace Hopper Queen of the Computer Code written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu, Sterling Children’s Books, 2017


Girl Running written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Micha Archer, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018


Alabama Spitfire written by Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Erin McGuire, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2018


Mae Among the Stars written by Roda Ahmed and illustrated by Stasia Burrington, HarperCollins, 2018


Long-Armed Ludy written by Jean L.S. Patrick and illustrated by Adam Gustavson, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017

Wide-Awake Bear

March 1, 2018

We’ve all been there at one time or another. It’s the time when you’re exhausted but your child is wide awake.

Wide-Awake Bear is Elliot’s story.

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Elliott, a little bear, and his mother prepare to nap until spring arrives. Elliot dreams of spring until something awakens him, and he can’t go back to sleep. He tries everything, but the shadows and dark shapes in the cave scare him. His mother wakes and comforts him, but he is still a Wide. Awake. Bear. He pretends he’s a little fish and swims to the den’s opening. When he sees snow, ice, and dark clouds, he’s disappointed spring isn’t anywhere to be found. Mama assures him spring will come and tells him many things need to sleep during the winter. With his mother’s help, they fix Elliot’s bed, share a treat, and snuggle until there is no more wide-awake bear. Author, Pat Zietlow Miller does a splendid job of creating a sweet tale about going to sleep. Parents and children will easily relate to this story when it comes to family bedtime. Jean Kim’s illustrations done in soft colors will steal your heart. This book begs to read again.




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