Julia’s House

By Ben Hatke This is a twofer because, much to my delight, one of our family favorites - Julia’s House for Lost Creatures - has a sequel. Julia is a young girl who lives in a traveling house that sits on the back of a giant turtle. It’s too quiet all alone in her big... Continue Reading →

Carnivores

Written by Aaron ReynoldsIllustrated by Dan SantatPublished 2013 Cover of Carnivores (from Amazon marketplace) Do you sometimes feel a little left out when you bite your friends?Is it hard not to nibble on your neighbors?If so, you might be interested in Carnivores. Lion, Shark, and Timber Wolf are frustrated by how nobody wants them around.... Continue Reading →

First Day of Unicorn School

Written by Jess HernandezIllustrated by Mariano Epelbaum Published 2021 This is the first 2021 published book I've read. New year, new books! When it came time to decide what to do with the Christmas gift card the answer was, "I want the rainbow book." It took time to figure it out, and was only solved... Continue Reading →

Not Quite Snow White

Written by Ashley FranklinIllustrated by Ebony GlennPublished 2019 Not Quite Snow White follows Tameika, a little girl who loves to sing, dance, and perform. Always with an audience, even if it's stuffed.When it's time to audition for her school's performance of Snow White, Tameika shows up. The first day she spends her time supporting her... Continue Reading →

Pinkalicious

Written by Victoria and Elizabeth KannIllustrated by Victoria KannPublished 2006 Sister duo Victoria and Elizabeth brought Pinkalicious to life and spawned a whole set of picture books, easy readers, and even a TV show. Pinkalicious is a young girl who, bored with the rainy day, makes cupcakes with her mom and brother. "More!" she demands... Continue Reading →

Rita and Ralph’s Rotten Day

Written by Carmen Agra DeedyIllustrated by Pete OswaldPublished 2020 Rita and Ralph are best friends, living just a couple of hills apart. They have a special pinkie-shake and love to play games together. During a new game Rita gets hurt and they both are so confused as to what to do they each run home.In... Continue Reading →

Little Wise Wolf

Written by Gijs van der HammenIllustrated by Hanneke SiemensmaTranslated by Laura Watkinson It's not often I get picture books that are translations, but this is the second one read this fall. Little Wise Wolf was written by Gijs van der Hammen from the Netherlands. It is a quiet, flowing tale about Wolf, a wise wolf... Continue Reading →

Fern and Otto

Fern and Otto, A Story About Two Best FriendsWritten and illustrated by Stephanie GraeginPublished 2020 This is a story for kids (and grownups) who like stories - reading stories or telling/writing stories or all of the above. Fern and Otto are best friends and live together in their tree home. Fern decides to write a... Continue Reading →

Red Butterfly

Red Butterfly, How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of ChinaWords by Deborah NoyesIllustrated by Sophie BlackallPublished 2007 As a Chinese princess prepares to leave her home and family to go marry a prince of Khotan she reflects upon the many wonderful sights and splendors she will have to leave behind.There are the... Continue Reading →

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