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’s 8 lines of rhyme on a full... 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 →

The Secret Rhino Society

The Secret Rhino SocietyWritten by Jonathan E JacobsArt by Samantha CotterillPublished 2020 A Hippo, a worm, and a lightbulb walk into a movie theater...No punchline, that's the beginning scene of The Secret Rhino Society. Hudson, Fran, and Jean are best friends and share a love of rhinos. They are fascinated by how rhinos can charge... Continue Reading →

The Only Woman in the Photo

The Only Woman in the Photo Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for AmericaWords by Kathleen KrullIllustrated by Alexandra ByePublished 2020 I’m partial to a good picture book biography, but it’s icing on the cake when I also learn about someone I had never heard of before.Frances Perkins was driven to help the people of... Continue Reading →

Sugar in Milk

Sugar in MilkWord by Thrity UmrigarIllustrated by Khoa LePublished 2020 Sugar in Milk is a retelling of an old story of when the Persians came to India nestled inside the story of a young, immigrant girl who feels out of place in America.Our narrator is unnamed, but her emotions are vivid and touching.The story within... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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