The Little House of Hope

The Little House of HopeWritten by: Terry Catasús JenningsIllustrated by: Raúl ColónPublisher: Neal Porter Books, Holiday House, 2022Ages: 3.5+Themes: Family, belonging, immigrationInformational fiction, semi-autobiographical First Page:It was a little house. Una Casita. Review:Esperanza and her family came to America from Cuba and find the perfect house for them. It smells a bit like wet socks,... Continue Reading →

When Cloud Became a Cloud – PPBF

When Cloud Became a CloudWritten and illustrated: Rob HodgsonPublisher: Rise x Penguin Workshop, 2021Recommended ages: 3-8Themes: science, weather, STEM, water cycle, working togetherNon-fiction/informational fiction Synopsis: Cloud didn't use to be a cloud, she used to be part of the lake and then the evaporated droplets formed together into Cloud. She loves to travel and with... Continue Reading →

Bake Infinite Pie With X+Y

Bake Infinite Pie with X+YWritten by Eugenia ChengIllustrated by Amber RenPublished 2022 X and Y are two kids who love pie and want lots of pie - infinite pie! How can one get infinite pie, and does it even exist? X and Y work together with their Aunt Z to explore math concepts. Books that... Continue Reading →

No Nibbling

No NibblingWords by Beth FerryArt by A. N. KangPublished 2022 Derwood is a gardening goat, he loves to tend the tender little plants and keep them safe and growing. Safe being the important part, there are so many things to threaten his garden out there from leaf chewers to sapsuckers to... dandelions. Fortunately, that was... Continue Reading →

A Dinosaur Named Ruth

A Dinosaur Named RuthHow Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own BackyardWritten by Julia LyonIllustrated by Alexandra ByePublished 2021 Ruth Mason grew up in South Dakota and has a fascination with the odd "rocks" she finds strewn around her family's farm. She asks questions that no one can or will answer, but never stops looking... Continue Reading →

SpringFling 2022

It's that springy time of year again, and thanks to Ciara O'Neal and Kaitlyn Sanchez there's another year of the Spring Fling KidLit contest where the challenge is to write a 1-150 word kids story based on a springy gif. GIF from Tenor Master of the BlockWC 130 I am the cruncher of leaves,            ... Continue Reading →

Toasty

ToastyWords and art by Sarah HwangPublished 2021 Toasty wants to run and play with the dogs. Toasty has a nice collar. Toasty even has a great bark... But Toasty is not a dog and doesn’t have fur or hair like a dog. In fact, Toasty is a piece of toast who lives in a toaster.... Continue Reading →

One, Two, Grandma Loves You

One, Two, Grandma Loves YouWords by Shelly BeckerPictures by Dan YaccarinoPublished 2021 Seeing family is a special time, and in One, Two, Grandma Loves You we follow a young girl and her grandma as they prepare and wait. We see them planning, counting down the days, the visit, and then the hopeful preparation for the... Continue Reading →

50 Precious Words 2022

Image by Monstera via Pexels It's time for 50 Precious Words again, thanks to Vivian Kirkfield for organizing and coordinating it! Also, even if you aren't participating you can support her literacy initiative through her local bookstore, The Bookery. The challenge: write a full story for kids in 50 words or less. You can read... Continue Reading →

Mushroom Rain

Mushroom RainWords by Laura K. ZimmermannIllustrated by Jamie GreenPublished 2022 Mushrooms aren't usually something we associate with beauty, they're more likely to be feared or seen as dirty. But Mushroom Rain celebrates and shows the wonder and magic and beauty of fungi. It's lyrical, every word flows when reading out loud, and the descriptions are... Continue Reading →

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