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The Power of Apology: Teaching with Orbis Pictus Honor Book Thirty Minutes Over Oregon

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon

This book is a welcome invitation to all of us to model civility and forgiveness in our communities, without waiting for our elected officials.

Every Month is a New Year

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The first of January may have already passed, but that doesn’t mean the start of the New Year is over. With the help of this jubilant picturebook by award-winning children’s poet and author Marilyn Singer, the New Year celebrations can extend for months to come.

Curated Best Children’s Book Lists of 2018!

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Looking for books for the children, teachers, or librarians in your life? Use these year-end “best of” lists to guide your selections!

Learning to Listen with Heart: Teaching with New York Times 2018 Notable Picture Book “The Rabbit Listened”

The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened Written and Illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld Dial Books for Young Readers 2018 ISBN 978-0-7352-2935-8 All Ages Book Review Taylor, dressed in blue and white striped pajamas and drawn to appear gender-neutral, is a character we root for from start to finish. When Taylor’s imaginative block tower is suddenly destroyed by several swooping […]

Rodent Rascals: From Tiny to Tremendous – 21 Creatures at Their Actual Size

Rodent Rascals

Rodent Rascals: From Tiny to Tremendous – 21 Clever Creatures at Their Actual Size Written and Illustrated by Roxie Munro Published in 2018 by Holiday House ISBN 978-0-8234-3860-0 Grades PreK-6 Book Review A superhero rat who can scale buildings and chew through cement; a capybara as a seeing-eye guide animal; rats trained to detect landmines […]

Post-Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Musings, Round Two

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Last week, Erika and I wrote a post about the Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck Book Award announcements at the NCTE Annual Convention. The Orbis Pictus Award was the first stand-alone award for children’s nonfiction, established by NCTE in 1989 and first awarded in 1990. You can learn more about the award on the NCTE […]

NCTE Conference and Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Book Awards

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction! Mary Ann and Erika have just returned from the annual conference, having served as chairs of the two committees. The past five days have been filled with great conversations, wonderful books, […]

Imagine! and Imagine

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Imagine! Illustrated by Raúl Colón Published by Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster 2018 ISBN #978-1-4814-6273-0   Book Review   A boy’s first encounter with modern art is chronicled in this inviting wordless picture book by renowned artist Raúl Colón. Leaving his Brooklyn home, the boy skateboards across the Brooklyn Bridge, following a pigeon he spots in […]

Hey, Wall

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Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community Written by Susan Verde; Illustrated by John Parra Published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster ISBN 97814811453134 Grades PreK – Grade 5 Book Review “Look at you now. You are beautiful! Now you tell the real story of us. And together we are somethin’ to see!” In […]

Dad’s Camera

Dad's Camera

Dad’s Camera Written by Ross Watkins, Illustrated by Liz Anelli First US Edition, Candlewick Press, 2018 Originally Published as One Photo by Penguin Random House Australia, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0138-3   Grades 2-8 Book Review In this touching and quiet picture book, we learn about a father living with Alzheimer’s Disease through the eyes of his […]