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 →

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 →

Not Quite Snow White

Written by Ashley FranklinIllustrated by Ebony GlennPublished 2019 Not Quite Snow White follows Tameika, a little girl who loves to sing, dance, and perform. Always with an audience, even if it's stuffed.When it's time to audition for her school's performance of Snow White, Tameika shows up. The first day she spends her time supporting her... 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 →

Little Wise Wolf

Written by Gijs van der HammenIllustrated by Hanneke SiemensmaTranslated by Laura Watkinson It's not often I get picture books that are translations, but this is the second one read this fall. Little Wise Wolf was written by Gijs van der Hammen from the Netherlands. It is a quiet, flowing tale about Wolf, a wise wolf... 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 →

Feel the Fog

Words and photos by April Pulley SayrePublished 2020 Feel the Fog is a beautiful example of a non-fiction picture book. Beautiful in artwork, the photos are crisp and clear. They show the haze of fog covering and hiding the world, Beautiful in words, the lyrical text is informative and flowy. On every page the reader... Continue Reading →

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