Can We Be Friends

Can We Be Friends? Unexpected Animal Friendships from Around the WorldWords and art by Erica SirotichPublished 2020 Can We Be Friends is cute and fun, and also 100% non-fiction!Told in a mix of rhymes and side block text, it is informative while still keeping young readers engaged. There‚Äôs 8 lines of rhyme on a full... Continue Reading →

Summer Photo Challenge

Monarch ReleaseTheme: Small Creatures One of summer's joys is keeping an eye on the Monarchs that frequent my milkweed. As some of them are in a high traffic area, I also raise some of the caterpillars to make sure they survive to become butterflies. Hopefully, this lovely lady's offspring will be numerous and make their... Continue Reading →

Tad

TadWords and art by Benji DaviesPublished 2019 Tad is a frog, but not quite yet - almost a frog. With all her tadpole siblings, she swims and grows and fears Big Blub, the huge fish that lives at the bottom of the pond. As Tad's siblings grow and lose their tails, they start disappearing... one... Continue Reading →

Summer Photo Challenge

Maria Antonia shared a photo challenge for the summer. I've never done one before, but it looks like a fun way to think about the pictures I take and be more intentional about taking non-people photos. The theme I picked for this week is Sweetness. Black raspberries are one of my favorite summer treats. They're... Continue Reading →

Rissy No Kissies

Rissy No KissiesWords by Katey HowesIllustrated by Jess EnglePublished 2021 Rissy is a lovebird. An adorable little green and yellow lovebird. Rissy is sweet and respectful but Rissy does not like kissies. What to do? Lovebirds show love by giving and receiving kissies... right? Rissy has a plan, one to make everyone, herself included, feel... Continue Reading →

Freaky, Funky Fish

Freaky, Funky FishOdd Facts about Fascinating FishWritten by Debra Kempf ShumakerIllustrated by Claire PowellPublished 2021 Do you like non-fiction?Do you like funny?Do you like rhyme? Freaky, Funky Fish has all that with a side of backmatter to polish it off.In short lines of rhyme, we are introduced to fish that coat themselves in snot, ones... Continue Reading →

Water Is Water

Water Is WaterWords by Miranda PaulIllustrated by Jason ChinPublished 2015 Water is water... unless it's not.In beautiful, sparse poetry we follow a pair of siblings through the year. From early summer rains to foggy autumn to snowy winter and muddy spring, the children experience the water cycle. I'm sure most of us have read about... Continue Reading →

No Buddy Like a Book

No Buddy Like a BookWords by Allan WolfArt by Brianne FarleyPublished 2021 No Buddy Like a Book is an adorable celebratory book told in smoothly flowing rhyme. It speaks on how books can teach about the planets, birds, geography, rockets, and everything else a kid might want to know. My favorite part is how there's... Continue Reading →

When Stella Was Very, Very Small

When Stella Was Very, Very SmallWords and art by Marie-Louise GayPublished 2009 When Stella was very small things seemed huge and unfamiliar. Words were like ants, the sandbox like a desert, the couch as big as a mountain. But now that Stella is big things are different. Words are readable, she can take care of... Continue Reading →

Bess the Barn Stands Strong

Bess the Barn Stands StrongWords by Elizabeth Gilbert BediaIllustrated by Katie HickeyPublished 2020 Bess is built on a beautiful June day and becomes a feature of the farm. The animals take refuge in her, the family celebrates in her, she is loved - though time shows her wearing thin. When the time comes for the... Continue Reading →

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