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Welcome Winter with Wait, Rest, Pause

How do animals and plants survive weather extremes like cold, heat, and drought? The concept of dormancy and variations of this biological process, which include diapause, hibernation, torpor, brumation, and estivation, are the subject of an engaging work of expository nonfiction by Marcie Flinchum Atkins. Employing a patterned text, figurative language, and series of lively verbs, Flinchum compares and contrasts different forms of dormancy in mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and even in plants.

Ponder Perspectives and the Passage of Time with Brenden Wenzel’s A Stone Sat Still

Caldecott Honor winner Brendan Wenzel’s new picture book, like his previous two (They All Saw a Cat and Hello Hello), invites readers to slow down and to ponder the world from new angles. Using mixed media illustrations and lyrical text, Wenzel explores the roles of a stone at the edge of a sea, across seasons, and over decades.

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

When Taylor’s block tower is suddenly destroyed by several swooping crows, his animal friends all think they know how to help. Written in response to witnessing several of her friends experience difficult times, author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld has crafted a deeply poignant, unforgettable tale rooted in a childhood scenario that both children and adults can draw meaning from.

A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build

A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build Written by David L. Harrison and Illustrated by Giles Laroche Published by Charlesbridge in 2018 ISBN 978-1-58089-748-8 Grades PK-6 Book Review Underground, on land, on water, and in the air: animals build shelter for themselves and their offspring. In their latest collaboration author David […]

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Can an Aardvark Bark? Written by Melissa Stewart and Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Published in 2017 by Beach Lane Books ISBN 978-1481458528 Grades PK – 4 Book Review: Bark, grunt, squeal, roar…. A chorus of animal vocalizations emanates from science writer Melissa Stewart’s latest picture book, a concept book focusing on the sounds that animals […]

Lesser Spotted Animals

Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of Written and illustrated by Martin Brown Published by Scholastic, 2016 (release date Dec. 27, 2016) ISBN #978-1-338-08934-9   Grades 2 and up   Book Review “Those big shots have hogged the stage too long.” Indeed, as the introduction to this book declares, it’s time for […]

Steve Jenkins

This week, on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m., we are hosting a very special event at Lesley University. Please click the link below to join us for the Finnegan Children’s Lecture Series featuring acclaimed author Steve Jenkins.  Evelyn M. Finnegan Children’s Literature Lecture Series Featuring Steve Jenkins To celebrate, this week’s blog entry spotlights three […]