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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.

Unraveled

UnraveledWords and art by Leanne HatchPublished 2021 Cole’s baby blanket his mama made is perfect. It’s soft with just the right texture. He uses it for imaginative play, for sleeping, for carrying toys… everything. But it’s knit and starts to unravel bit by bit until it’s less a blanket and more a tangle. Cole holds onto his tangle for a…

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The Mysterious Sea Bunny

The Mysterious Sea BunnyWords and art by Peter RaymundoPublished 2021 The question is posed: is a Sea Bunny a rabbit or a hare?Neither. They are a type of sea slug, a nudibranch if you will.With adorable art and a conversational dialogue, The Mysterious Sea Bunny introduces children to the wide, wild world of sea slugs in all their fascinating coolness.…

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Christmas Book Roundup

Instead of a regular book review today, it feels like a good day to share some of my favorite Christmas books. There are childhood favorites, ones I regularly reread now, and ones that are both of those. I don’t know many new ones, so I’d love recommendations on your favorite Christmas/holiday books. So, without further ago, in no particular order:…

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The Runaway Pea

The Runaway PeaWords by Kjartan PoskittIllustrated by Alex WillmorePublished 2019 (UK) & 2021 (US) Did you hear a ping? Splat? Splash?Maybe it’s a runaway pea!We get to follow the rhythmically bouncing story of a little bouncing pea who wants to explore, see more, and ends up on the floor. Mishap after mishap happens but the pea keeps going and going.…

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No More Naps!

No More Naps! A Story for When You’re Wide-Awake and Definitely NOT TiredWords by Chris GrabensteinArt by Leo EspinosaPublished 2020 Annalise Devin McFleece is supposed to nap, but she doesn’t want to take one. She’s loud and uses the one word she knows to say “no” to naps. But if she doesn’t want her nap can someone else take it?…

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Cubs in the Tub

Cubs in the TubThe True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper Words by Candace FlemingIllustrations by Julie DowningPublished 2020 Helen Martini hoped and waited for the day she would become a mother. And hoped and waited, but it never came. Instead a tiny lion cub comes home with her zookeeper husband because his mother rejected him. Helen tends…

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I Want a Boat

I Want a BoatWords by Liz Garton ScanlonIllustrated by Kevan AtteberryPublished 2021 What do you do when you want a boat but all you have is a box? Add some imagination and, voila: creation. We follow the little girl through building up the perfect boat, to finding a good crew, and then running into a massive, scary storm. I love…

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Birthday Birthday Writing Contest

The kidlit community keeps giving back and helping each other, it’s a great “place” to be. Amy Leskowski and Gennie Gorback are hosting a birthday themed writing contest for their shared birthday, so happy birthday Amy and Gennie! The rules are to write a kid friendly story in under 101 words and to include at least one word from the…

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for SalBy Robert McCloskeyPublished 1948 The theme for this blog is “for the love of books, old and new” because books are beautiful. The only blogging issue is that there are so many fantastic new books it’s hard to chose which ones to cover, and thus I haven’t been featuring many old favorites. To remedy that a little, we’re…

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Amara and the Bats

Amara and the BatsWords and art by Emma ReynoldsPublished 2021 Amara loves bats! She loves how cute they are, she loves bat facts, she loves watching them fly around at dusk, she loves everything about them. But when she moves there’s one small problem: there aren’t bats around. Amara takes the initiative, even though she’s nervous about being new in…

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