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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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