Welcome to my blog where you can find tidbits of original writing in between reviews. I hope you enjoy yourself and find a new favorite book.
I Like To Be LittleWritten by Charlotte ZolotowIllustrated by Erik BlegvadPublished 1990 by HarperCollins When talking about classic picture books one of my top recommendations is I Like to be Little. There are many amazing new and classic books for kids that when one sticks with you, it’s due to a beautiful combination of personal experience and perfect book. And…Read more
The BarnWriter: Leah H RogersIllustrator: Barry RootPublisher: Candlewick, 2021Ages: 3-7Themes: Memory, Farming, Animals First page: “I am a barn.” Review/Synopsis: The Barn is a story of the life of a barn. Narrated from the barn’s perspective, it reads with a gentle, lyrical voice. It describes the entrances and exits by the animals, the comfort and safety they find within the…Read more
It’s time again for the FallWritingFrenzy hosted by Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlyn Sanchez and guest hosted by Alyssa Reynoso-Morris. Thank you all for your hard work in making this fun contest a go for the fourth year in a row. Tricky Northern HalloweenWC 110 (picture: empty street, #11, credit Daniele Colucci – Unsplash) In the morning, the sun rose to…Read more
Amah FarawayWritten by Margaret Chiu GreaniasIllustrated by Tracy SubisakPublished 2022 Kylie and her mom fly across the Pacific to visit her Amah. She’s nervous and feels a bit out of place at first, but with time the in-person connection grows and it becomes hard to think of leaving to go home. This book is a masterpiece of what creators can…Read more
The Porridge Pot GoblinWritten by: Jacqueline JulesIllustrated by: Hector BorlascaPublisher: Apples and Honey Press, 2022Ages: 4-7+Themes: siblings, Jewish heritage, problem solving While Rose and Benny help prepare for Shabbat, they have the misfortune to be visited by none other than a goblin. It’s invisible, but still leaves tracks and a mess in its wake. The siblings have to fix up…Read more
How Can We Be Kind, Wisdom from the Animal KingdomWritten by: Janet HalfmannIllustrated by: Darla OkadaPublisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Quarto) – 2022Ages: 3-6+Themes: Kindness, animals, non-fiction. Beginning: How can we be kind? We can look after each other, like European badgers do. Review: Kids can be kind, but did you know animals have their own methods of showing kindness…Read more
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, and the furniture is a…Read more
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 the help of Sun and…Read more
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 introduce math facts in a…Read more
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 Tabitha the bunny’s tail, not…Read more
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