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Anything for Mom: Shy Willow

Shy WillowWritten and Illustrated by Cat MinPublished by Levine Querido, 2021ISBN: 978-1646140350Grades K – 5 Book ReviewJust in time for Mother’s Day, Cat Min’s debut picturebook, Shy Willow, chronicles the extraordinary efforts of a shy rabbit to satisfy a boy’s wish for his mother. Min’s vibrant, color saturated artwork closely aligns with this tender yet […]

Greet the New School Year with Familiar Characters

To continue celebrating the new school year, treat your students with humorous twists on these familiar characters and beloved series books.

Laughter as an Inference Tool: Teaching Ideas for Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Winner Fox+Chick and Other STories

Following in the literary footsteps of the famed friendships of Frog and Toad and Elephant and Piggie, a new pair of unlikely animal friends has entered the early reader scene. Author/illustrator Sergio Ruzzier has crafted two endearing characters in Fox and Chick that young readers will enjoy following through their humorous antics across three clever vignettes in this first book in this soon-to-be a series

2017 Geisel Winner: 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 […]