When Cloud Became a Cloud – PPBF

When Cloud Became a CloudWritten and illustrated: Rob HodgsonPublisher: Rise x Penguin Workshop, 2021Recommended ages: 3-8Themes: science, weather, STEM, water cycle, working togetherNon-fiction/informational fiction Synopsis: Cloud didn't use to be a cloud, she used to be part of the lake and then the evaporated droplets formed together into Cloud. She loves to travel and with... Continue Reading →

A Dinosaur Named Ruth

A Dinosaur Named RuthHow Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own BackyardWritten by Julia LyonIllustrated by Alexandra ByePublished 2021 Ruth Mason grew up in South Dakota and has a fascination with the odd "rocks" she finds strewn around her family's farm. She asks questions that no one can or will answer, but never stops looking... Continue Reading →

Mushroom Rain

Mushroom RainWords by Laura K. ZimmermannIllustrated by Jamie GreenPublished 2022 Mushrooms aren't usually something we associate with beauty, they're more likely to be feared or seen as dirty. But Mushroom Rain celebrates and shows the wonder and magic and beauty of fungi. It's lyrical, every word flows when reading out loud, and the descriptions are... Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Sea Bunny

The Mysterious Sea BunnyWords and art by Peter RaymundoPublished 2021 The question is posed: is a Sea Bunny a rabbit or a hare?Neither. They are a type of sea slug, a nudibranch if you will.With adorable art and a conversational dialogue, The Mysterious Sea Bunny introduces children to the wide, wild world of sea slugs... Continue Reading →

Chemical Reactions

Chemical Reactions(with science projects)By Dr. Susan Berk KochArt by Micah Rauch While I primarily focus on picture books on my blog, this was one I wanted to share here as well. Kids love science, and especially they love love love the experiments! With text that is easy and fun to read, this is a great... Continue Reading →

Who is Singing?

Who is Singing?Words by Janet HalfmannIllustrations by Chrissy ChabotPublished 2021 Have you ever been outside listening to the whistles, tweets, and whoos and wondered who you were listening to? In a beginners introduction to bird songs, Who Is Singing connects the sounds of several common American birds to their visual identification traits. I particularly enjoyed... Continue Reading →

B is for Ballet

B is for BalletWritten by John Robert AllmanIllustrations by Rachael DeanPublished 2020 Discover the world of ballet from A to Z with B is for Ballet. Told in softly flowing rhyme, each couplet introduces people, positions, or a famous ballet or character. The art is beautiful and almost-realistic, giving it a storybook feel while maintaining... Continue Reading →

Hear the Wind Blow

Hear the Wind BlowWords by Doe BoyleIllustrated by Emily PaikPublished 2021 Hear the Wind Blow is a poem where each stanza shows the effects of each number on the Beaufort Scale. The words evoke a child's vision of the world but with a beauty to the language that will also appeal to the adult reader.... Continue Reading →

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‚Äôs 8 lines of rhyme on a full... 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 →

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