Friday, October 4, 2019

Friday Favorites- Word Play/Humor

 Love, Triangle

This puns shape up nicely in Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen


Synonyms abound in Stegathesaurus by Bridget Heos

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A child-like misunderstanding of a big word sets up the humor in Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday Favorites- Stories with Heart

There are so many books that touch the heart. Here are a couple of my current favorites. 

Drawn Together 

In Drawn Together by Minh Le a grandson finds a way to connect with his grandfather.

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Iver and Ellsworth is a sweet friendship story by Casey Robinson

The Remember Balloons

  This beautifully done story is a great one to share with anyone dealing with dementia in their family. Have your tissues handy for The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday Favorites- Voice

 I've been reading and reading and reading. Here are some 2019 favorites (so far) for voice...

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

We are Grateful Otsaliheliga, by Traci Sorell is a look at gratefulness through the seasons.

Before She Was Harriet 

Lesa Cline-Ransome has written such a lyrical, unconventional biography in Before She was Harriet.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Favorites-Metafiction

In meta-fiction, the book talks about itself. There are many wonderfully funny picture books being published that use meta-fiction well.


In Papa Bear's Page Fright by Wade Bradford, Papa gets nervous when he realizes he is in a book.

In Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman we see what happens when a well-meaning chicken runs amok in an illustrator's workspace.

Throughout Where Is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley, the reader helps search for a very visible bear.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Favorites- Tender Topics

Picture books offer wonderful opportunities to address tender topics in age appropriate ways. Here are a few of my newest favorites:

Newspaper Hats by Phil Cummings is a touching story about a relationship with a Grandpa who doesn't remember.

A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts is about starting a new life in a strange land.

The Rabbit Listened by Cora Doerrfeld is a tender look at loss and comforting others.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Favorites- Mentor Texts- Cumulative Format

These are one of my favorite formats. The repetition makes it great for early readers, or even non-readers will learn the sequence. God examples are There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly and The House that Jack Built. The texts "accumulate" as the build toward the end.

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 Full Moon at Napping House by Audrey Wood, Illus. by Don Wood
This is a lovely sequel to Napping House.
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In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, Illus. by April Chu
This quiet, stunningly illustrated book is more of a circular text, building on itself and making it predictable for young listeners.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Mixed Messages

After reading The Language of Flowers,  I'm curious about the meanings of blooms. I guess the hydrangea sends mixed messages, anything from vanity and boastfulness to expressing the giver's gratefulness for the recipient's understanding.  It also suggests a feeling that is sincerely heartfelt.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday Favorites- Nonfiction

Non-fiction I Love

Many of my picture book ideas involve nature and they often have non-fiction notes at the end. I find reviewing the newest in NF books to be helpful, especially those geared toward the very young. There are some beauties out there. Here are a few of my latest favorites.
An Egg Is Quiet
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston, Illust. by Sylvia Long
This book reads on several levels, the reader can go in to depth or read this simpler lyrical text accompanied by stellar pictures.
Plants Can't Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch, Illus. by Mia Posada
A beautifully illustrated book that looks at plants from a different viewpoint with a narrow focus on how they and their seeds move.
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A Rock Can Be... by Laurie Purdie Salas, Illus. by Violeta Dabija. 
There are several "...can be..." books. They are all stunningly poetic and wonderfully illustrated and look at the world sideways.
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Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre.
 This book celebrates snow with lovely photographs and science. All of her books are worth checking out when reviewing NF for young readers.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


White Admiral

 We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou

A bit of motivation- never stop changing, the best is yet to come... in manuscripts and in life!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday Favorites- Mentor Texts- Diary/Letter

Friday Favorites-Mentor Texts-Diary/Letter format

I'd been looking for mentor texts written in the form of letters or diary entries when I stumbled upon these jewels. They each use the unique format to give their characters a strong voice. Charmingly illustrated, they are fun reads that might work well with writing activities at home or in school. The two diaries have also inspired sequels.
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Dear Dragon by Josh Funk, Illus. by Rodolfo Montalvo
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Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! By Paul Meisel

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Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin, Illus. by Harry Bliss
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Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, Illus. by Bruce Whately

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