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More Great Picture Books

June 9, 2022

If you go to your local library and take a good look at the children’s books available, you’ll find a treasure trove of delightful books to browse through. Here are three more that caught my eye.

Somewhere in the Bayou

In this humorous tale of a tail starring four friends, curiosity and wrong assumptions by the opossum, the squirrel, and the rabbit lead them to regret their decisions as they try to cross a river. The mouse, on the other hand, takes a different approach to the dilemma that proves to be a “lifesaver” with an unexpected ending.

Snail Crossing

A sweet and funny story of a snail who is “cabbage bound.” A truck, a troop of ants, and a crow are obstacles in Snail’s journey to cross a road to get a cabbage. When Snail gets turned around and ends up back where he began, the ants come to the rescue. Snail’s kindness to the pushy ants is repaid when the ants carry the cabbage across the road to Snail. This is a story of persistence, kindness, and new friends.

Some Daddies

Carol Gordon Ekster shows how special daddies are in her book, Some Daddies. She introduces different types of daddies. There are daddies that wear suits, daddies that wear uniforms, and daddies that wear comfy clothes. There are daddies that have beards, daddies that sing to you at bedtime, and daddies that hug you. As the author says, “Every daddy is different.” This book is a beautiful celebration of the diversity of daddies that extols all the things that make daddies special to the children who love them. If you’re looking for a perfect gift for Dad on Father’s Day, Some Daddies might be the one.

Poetry! Choose Your Favorite

April 14, 2022

Poetry is many things to different people. It can be figurative language, imagery, tone, emotion, meter, rhyme, or verse. Whatever the form, it’s something that speaks to a person. It’s something to be embraced and enjoyed.

Wordsworth refers to poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings . . .”

Browse through these poetic books and see what feelings they stir up.

Beautiful Day!

Animal Poetry

Animal Ark

Days Like This

Doodle Dandies

Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson

One Leaf Rides the Wind

My First Book of Haiku Poems

A New Green Day

Follow the Recipe

Shape Me a Rhyme

Count Me A Rhyme

Write your own poetry!

My Favorite March Picture Books

March 31, 2022

Choose your favorites

How to Write a Story

With each page turn, readers go through step-by-step instructions on how to write a story. The author accomplishes this in ten easy-to-understand steps. Each one provides suggestions to help the readers and future writers create their own masterpieces. The lively illustrations offer inspiration for readers to get their writing juices flowing. This is a perfect book for students and teachers.

Slug in Love

Simple rhyming text along with playful illustrations tell the story of Doug a slug who needs a hug. Doug is not exactly the most huggable creature until he meets Gail, a snail. Alas, their romance does fail. Then, Doug, the slug meets a bug. Do Doug and the bug become snug as a bug in the rug? You’ll have to read this delightful book to find out.

If You Live Here

What’s it like to live in an unusual place? A spaceship? A burrow? A dollhouse? This book offers all types of imaginative places and what you might have to do if you choose to live there. The whimsical illustrations add to the experience of using imagination to discover what it would be like living in a unique place.

Born on the Water

This is a poignant telling of how 400 years ago Africans were kidnapped by white men and brought to a new land as enslaved people. Written in verse and accompanied by dramatic illustrations that touch the heart, this is a story of hope, strength, and determination for a better life to come.

Chirp!

As night slowly fades away, the birds greet the new day with their songs. As more and more birds join the chorus, the sounds get louder and louder until one small bird hushes them so he, too, can greet the day with his song. Rhyming text and onomatopoeias fill the pages of the book, creating an entertaining experience for readers.

Where is Bina Bear?

Tiny, a rabbit, is having a party for her friend, Bina Bear, but Bina is nowhere to be found. When Tiny finally finds Bina hiding under a grocery bag, Tiny and Bina have a heart-to-heart talk. Bina doesn’t like parties but doesn’t want to disappoint Tiny because Bina likes Tiny. When the guests arrive, Tiny and Bina Bear are nowhere to be found, and that’s just how they like it. Clever illustrations by Mike Curato show Tiny and Bina hiding in plain sight. This is a charming book about shyness, empathy, and friendship.

Tilda Tries Again

Tilda’s world is just right until…it turns upside down. Things suddenly go from easy to hard. Too hard. Tilda gives up and does nothing. When she sees a ladybug stuck on her back. The ladybug keeps trying to turn over with no success. But the ladybug doesn’t give up. She keeps on trying until she achieves success and flies away. Tilda realizes there are times when she must be brave in her topsy-turvy world to make things work. This book addresses facing adversities and trying your best to overcome them.

There’s a Unicorn in Your Book

This interactive book stars a cute unicorn who stopped singing. Worry gremlins are hanging around, and Unicorn needs help from the reader. By following the directions on each page, the reader can make the worry gremlins disappear, and bring Unicorn’s singing back. If unicorns are a favorite thing in your house. This is a book that can be fun for your family.

Bring on the Valentines! Picture Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2022

Valentine’s Day is Monday. Love is in the air. Greeting cards, flowers, candy, sparkly gifts are all ways to show the special people in your life that you love them. For the younger generation, plush toys may be a just-right gift. But what about books? There are a variety of picture books that illustrate love, caring, friendship, and kindness. They would make terrific heartfelt gifts for the young and old.

Maybe one of these books will touch your heart!

The Love Letter

Sealed With A Kiss

Groggle’s Monster Valentine

I’ll Love You Till The Cows Come Home

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!

This Is N0T A Valentine

The Pete Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love

Love You By Heart

Viking In Love

What Is Love?

Here Comes Valentine Cat

Love Is For Roaring

Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar

If You Were My Valentine


Some of My Favorite Halloween Board Books

October 21, 2021

Below are some spooky Halloween board books for your little ghosts and goblins to enjoy.

Count to five forwards and backwards in these books filled with Halloween treats.

Five Little Pumpkins written by Rosie Greening and illustrated by Lara Ede, Make Believe Ideas, 2016

Five Little Pumpkins illustrated by Ben Mantle, Tiger Tales, 2010

Five Spooky Pumpkins written by Danielle McLean and illustrated by Roisin Hahessy, Tiger Tales, 2019

Have fun with this rhyming text while finding geometric shapes.

Pumpkin Shapes written and illustrated by Charles Reasoner, Picture Window Books, 2015

Join Duck and Goose as they search for a pumpkin.

Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin written and illustrated by Tad Hills, Schwartz & Wade, 2009

These two boo books will keep spines tingling as readers find surprises on each page!

Boo (Peek-a-Flap) written by Rosa Von Feder and illustrated by Gaby Zermeño, Cottage Door Press, 2017

Boo! written by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway, Tiger Tales, 2015

Everybody loves a party – especially a pumpkin party with all your friends!

Pumpkin Party! written by Maudie Powell-Tuck and illustrated by Gill Guile, Tiger Tales, 2015

Don’t forget a Halloween witch with push, pull, and slide fun.

My Magical Witch written and illustrated by Yujin Shin, Abrams Appleseed, 2021

Look at this sweet little pumpkin. Not all Halloween books have to be spooky.

You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie written and illustrated by Natalie Marshall, Silver Dolphin Books, 2018

Here’s a classic Halloween book about friendship written in high-flying rhyme!

Room on a Broom written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Dial Books, 2012

And one last spooky lift-the-flap ghost book with lots of ghoulish surprises.

Ghost in the House written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record, Candlewick, 2015

Be sure to share these devilishly fun Halloween books with your youngsters!

Coming Soon: A Hilarious Picture Book!

February 25, 2021

Cow Says Meow written by Kristi Call and illustrated by Brandon James Scott, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, March 16, 2021.

If you like animals, wordplay, and serious silliness, this is the book for you! Cow Says Meow written by Kirsti Call and illustrated by Brandon James Scott will have you and young readers meowing, clucking, and belly laughing with each page turn. The illustrator’s bold art will appeal to the youngest of readers who can practice identifying the animal pictures and matching the animal sounds to the proper animal. The clever text with a young boy as the narrator combined with the humorous illustrations make this book a winner! “Ewe” will love it!

Join the free virtual book launch on Tuesday, March 16th at 7pm EST. Kirsti Call will be singing a song written by her daughter especially for Cow Says Meow. The illustrator will be there, too, for a fun evening. You can register here. https://www.anunlikelystory.com/event/cowsaysmeow  Once at the site, click on the date above the pictures of Kirsti Call and Brandon James Scott in the big black box.

See you there!

PB Review: Little Dandelion Seeds the World

February 4, 2021

Little Dandelion Seeds the World written by Julia Richardson and illustrated by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell, Sleeping Bear Press, March 15, 2021

Dandelions!

Children love them. Lawn enthusiasts not so much.

Where do dandelions come from? Why do they seem to pop up everywhere?

Julia Richardson has the answer to these questions in her delightful book about the adaptability of the dandelion in Little Dandelion Seeds the World. With the use of repetition, rhyme, and alliteration, the author’s lyrical text is music to readers’ ears. Each page turn engages readers as they follow the path of one little dandelion seed. The wind twists and turns the seed, taking it to far-off places where it plants itself. Down with a root. Up with a shoot. And when the yellow flower fades, POOF! The seeds take flight once again. It slowly travels across the world. It finds its way to each continent by hitching a ride with the weather, indigenous animals, and human beings. Readers will enjoy the bright and colorful illustrations created by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell as they follow the journey of the dandelion seed to unusual places. This book is informative, entertaining, and provides room for discussions about seeds, animals, and continents. Little Dandelion Seeds the World celebrates resilience and deserves a prize bouquet of — dandelions!

PB Review: Bird Hugs

January 7, 2021

Bird Hugs written and illustrated by Ged Adamson, Two Lions, 2020.

Bernard, the bird, has a problem. His friends have all left the nest and flown away, but Bernard can’t. He is different than his bird friends. His oversized wings hang to the ground. They’re too heavy to fly. Bernard tries everything to get his wings working, but he has no luck. One day he hears a sob from none other than an orangutan. Bernard uses his oversized wings to give him a hug. The orangutan immediately feels better – much better. Soon everyone wants a hug from Bernard. They tell him their problems. Bernard listens and gives them a hug. With each hug, Bernard’s wings become stronger. With his new strength, he knows he can fly. Bernard tries again and again with no luck. He finally has the strength to realize flying isn’t everything – especially when you have friends. Ged Adamson‘s text and humorous illustrations are filled with heart and include a surprise ending that readers won’t want to miss!

PB Review: SOAKED!

October 8, 2020

Soaked!

It’s raining and Bear and his friends are not happy. Bear, a bit of a grump, finds nothing is fun in the rain. He and his friends retreat to Bear’s cave, but Hula-Hooping Moose is taking up too much room playing with his hula- hoop. Back outside in the rain, Bear wants his umbrella, but it’s missing so he grumps on his log. All the while, Hula-Hooping Moose entertains himself with his hula hoop until it lands in the branches of a tree. Bear, Badger, and Rabbit manage to build an animal tower to retrieve it, but they topple to the ground with the hula hoop. The friends encourage Bear to give it a try. He is surprised how much fun hula-hooping, splashing in rain puddles, and getting Soaked! with his friends can be. When the rain stops, what do you think happens? You’ll have to read this hilarious book written and illustrated by Abi Cushman. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Hello Hello – Picture Book Review

July 16, 2020

Hello Hello! Welcome, welcome to an exotic collection of animals of all shapes and sizes. Brendan Wenzel has written and illustrated a fascinating book depicting the similarities and differences between animals.

hello

In spare rhyming text, the author introduces readers to a variety of animals. Some are small. Some are large. Some are brightly colored. Some are not. There are animals with patterns, animals with unique body parts, animals that are loud, and animals that are quiet. The illustrations are bold and bright rendered in a combination of cut paper, colored pencil, oil pastels, marker, and computer. The animals included in the book are favorites of Brenden Wenzel. Readers will delight in his illustrations and how he gives each animal a personality of its own. At the end of the book, Wenzel lists all the animals, noting which ones are endangered, critically endangered, threatened, near threatened, and vulnerable. This is a joyous book that celebrates the natural world of animals. The author note encourages readers to become familiar with the animals and let others know about them and how they can help keep these animals safe. Enjoy. Enjoy.


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