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 →

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 →

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