I’m a Duck!

I'm a Duck!Story and pictures by Teri SloatPublished 2006 I'm a Duck follows a mallard drake from being born to finding a mate. Told in rhyme, it celebrates his joy in his webbed feet, wings, and everything else about being a duck. Though most of the book he's an adult duck, the sense of wonder... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Carnivores

Written by Aaron ReynoldsIllustrated by Dan SantatPublished 2013 Cover of Carnivores (from Amazon marketplace) Do you sometimes feel a little left out when you bite your friends?Is it hard not to nibble on your neighbors?If so, you might be interested in Carnivores. Lion, Shark, and Timber Wolf are frustrated by how nobody wants them around.... Continue Reading →

Pinkalicious

Written by Victoria and Elizabeth KannIllustrated by Victoria KannPublished 2006 Sister duo Victoria and Elizabeth brought Pinkalicious to life and spawned a whole set of picture books, easy readers, and even a TV show. Pinkalicious is a young girl who, bored with the rainy day, makes cupcakes with her mom and brother. "More!" she demands... Continue Reading →

Red Butterfly

Red Butterfly, How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of ChinaWords by Deborah NoyesIllustrated by Sophie BlackallPublished 2007 As a Chinese princess prepares to leave her home and family to go marry a prince of Khotan she reflects upon the many wonderful sights and splendors she will have to leave behind.There are the... Continue Reading →

King Jack and the Dragon

King Jack and the Dragon, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, was published in 2011 and therefore qualifies for the tag "old" when it comes to picture books. A good rule of thumb if you're looking for books to gauge the current market is to make sure the books aren't older than... Continue Reading →

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