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2017 Geisel Winner: We Are Growing!

We Are Growing

We Are Growing! (An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book) 2017 Geisel Award Winner Written by Laurie Keller; Illustrated by Laurie Keller Published by Hyperion, 2016 ISBN 978-148472635-8   Book Review Bam! Whee! Zap! Beep! Honk! With each sound and exclamation, a different blade of grass grows. Amazed at each other’s sudden growth spurt, the […]

2015 Geisel Winner: You Are (Not) Small

You are (Not) Small 2015 Geisel Award Winner Written by Anna Kang; Illustrated by Christopher Weyant Published by Two Lions, 2014 ISBN# 978-1477847725 Grades Pre-K – 3 Book Review German philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche famously wrote, “There are no facts, only interpretations,” while American film director Tim Burton stated, “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” […]

Tippy and the Night Parade

Tippy and the Night Parade Written and Illustrated by Lilli Carré Published in 2014 by Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press ISBN 978-1-9351-7957-3 Grades preK-3 Book Review “Tippy! LOOK at your room? What is this MESS?” From this typical parent-child interaction, comes a circular story that invites readers to imagine a girl’s nightly sleepwalking […]

2013 Geisel Award Winner: The Watermelon Seed

2013 Theodore S. Geisel Award Winner The Watermelon Seed Written and Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli Published by Hyperion in 2013 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review Drama, disaster, suspense, redemption, and relapse. The 2013 Theodore S. Geisel award winning title, The Watermelon Seed has it all. In his debut picture book, author/ illustrator Greg Pizzoli […]

Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo By Molly Idle Published by Chronicle Books, 2013 ISBN # 978-1-45211-006-6 Grades PreK and up Book Review A nimble flamingo and an earnest but clumsy little girl make an unlikely dancing duo in the interactive and wordless picturebook, Flora and the Flamingo. Donning a bathing suit, swimming flippers, and a yellow […]

The Year of Billy Miller


Grades 1-3 Written by Kevin Henkes Published by Greenwillow Books, Harper Collins, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-06-226812-9 Book Review “Billy sighed. He realized that as soon as one problem is solved, something else is right there, waiting to take up your time.” Throughout Billy Miller’s second grade school year, new problems do surface, one after the other, […]

2013 Theodore S. Geisel Award: Up! Tall! And High!

2013 Theodore S. Geisel Award Winner Up! Tall! And High! Written and Illustrated by Ethan Long Published in 2012 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN: 978-0-399-25611-0 Grades PreK – Six Book Review: A chapter book for the very youngest reader? A sturdy lift-the-flap book well suited for a toddler audience? A conceptual exploration of adjectives describing […]

2012 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner: Tales for Very Picky Eaters

Tales for Very Picky Eaters Written and Illustrated by Josh Schneider Published by Clarion Books, 2011 ISBN # 978-0547149561 Grades K – 3 Book Review James is as picky an eater as they come, but his father is more than ready for the challenge. In his second book for beginning readers, Schneider presents a parent’s […]