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 →

Sophie’s Squash

Sophie's SquashWords by Pat Zietlow MillerIllustrated by Anne WilsdorfPublished 2013 This is one of the books I wish I’d found long before. I love it now, but I know it would have been nearly read to breaking by now if we had it 7-8 years ago. Sophie is a young girl who finds a squash,... Continue Reading →

Where’s My Mummy?

Where's My Mummy?Words by Carolyn CrimiIllustrated by John MandersPublished 2008 Where’s My Mummy is a rhythmic story about a little baby mummy who wants to play hide-and-seek with his mama mummy. The story is simple, he runs to hide but when he can’t find mama he looks and instead finds his neighbors, but it grabs... 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 →

Happy Dreams, Little Bunny

Happy Dreams, Little BunnyBy Leah HongPublished 2021 Gentle and sweet, Happy Dreams is a great bedtime book! Little Bunny can't sleep, there are too many big thoughts to think. Mommy bunny helps by asking little probing questions as prompts that make Little Bunny soar into soothing imaginations. Little Bunny is the focus, but Mommy is... 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 →

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 →

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