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 →

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 →

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