Pandemic-perfect picture books Part Four: Books about feelings and self-care

  Being at home during the pandemic is difficult for adults, and for many children, it's a confusing time. They aren't going to preschool or school, they aren't seeing their friends, they aren't getting to go to the playground to expend energy. And some may not understand why. These picture books will address a range … Continue reading Pandemic-perfect picture books Part Four: Books about feelings and self-care

‘What I Lick Before Your Face and other haikus by dogs’ by Jamie Coleman

Dog lovers will be charmed and amused by this little literary gem, with an adorable photo of a dog licking its face on the cover, and more adorable photos of dogs on every page. From pit bulls to pugs, the faces of the dogs and the haikus on each dog's page are carefully selected for … Continue reading ‘What I Lick Before Your Face and other haikus by dogs’ by Jamie Coleman

Picture books filled with love: the love of a friend, a parent, or oneself

Books about love are perfect read-aloud books for children at any time of the year, but what better gift of love than to bring a child (or parent) a lovely picture book about the many kinds of love we share and need. There are books that celebrate a mother's love for her child and picture … Continue reading Picture books filled with love: the love of a friend, a parent, or oneself

12 fabulous nonfiction picture books about animals

  Kids and animals -- I love fabulous picture books about animals that will get kids hooked on reading. These nonfiction picture books are filled with color and animals, some about specific animals that fly or swim and about a plethora of other animals. One is even poetry about animals. Enjoy this list of books … Continue reading 12 fabulous nonfiction picture books about animals

Four picture books about work vehicles, on land and on sea, that kids will love

"Little Yellow Truck" is by prolific and talented author Eve Bunting and illustrated by Kevin Zimmer with a bright cheerful palette. It's the story of a red dump truck, a green flatbed truck, a blue concrete mixer, and a little yellow pickup truck, all working together to build a children's park. Little Yellow waits impatiently … Continue reading Four picture books about work vehicles, on land and on sea, that kids will love

Four Wonderful Back-to-School Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

  It's back to school time and there are some fabulous picture books to read with young children to talk about school. You will enjoy reading them, your children will enjoy listening to them, and if you chose to donate them to your kid's classroom, the whole class will read them! "Hello School" by Priscilla … Continue reading Four Wonderful Back-to-School Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

‘All Our Wild Wonder: A Poem’ by Sarah Kay and Sophia Janowitz

"All Our Wild Wonder" is a small book, but the brilliant tangerine cover surrounds the rectangle containing the title and an illustration of a hand holding a dandelion that is releasing its seeds into the world. It's a small package containing a powerful poem. At the center of the poem is Mrs. Ribeiro, "an Indian … Continue reading ‘All Our Wild Wonder: A Poem’ by Sarah Kay and Sophia Janowitz

‘LOVE’ by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long: A Picture Book Filled with Beautiful Emotion

What do you get when an award-winning author and an award-winning author/illustrator collaborate on a book about love? You get "Love" by Newbery Medal-winning Matt de la Peña and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long. This carefully thought-out picture book is filled with diversity and loving parents and grandparents, and it begins with a … Continue reading ‘LOVE’ by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long: A Picture Book Filled with Beautiful Emotion

‘I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups’ by Chris Harris and Lane Smith

There's a new poet in town, and he's going to give Jack Prelutsky a run for his money. Chris Harris's "I'm Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups" is filled with many poems and other miscellaneous nonsense (like a "How-are-these-two-pictures-different?" puzzle where -- spoiler alert! -- both pictures … Continue reading ‘I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups’ by Chris Harris and Lane Smith

Three Must-Have Picture Books for Young Animal Lovers and Others

There are three astonishingly beautiful picture books for children which should be considered for every school library or bookshelf. "How to Heal a Broken Wing" by Bob Graham is the fictional account of a pigeon who flies into a skyscraper in the middle of a large city and falls to the sidewalk. People walk past, … Continue reading Three Must-Have Picture Books for Young Animal Lovers and Others