Cat & Mouse by Britta Teckentrup

Happy FRIDAY y’all! I don’t know about you. But. this. has. been. a. long. week. But we made it. I’m happy to share Britta Teckentrup‘s Cat & Mouse (out just this week from Prestel) with you today. This is one my little guy really enjoys! Numerous cut-outs, geometric shapes, and a muted color palette work…

Alexander Von Humboldt’s Botanical Illustrations

I must say Prestel‘s upcoming Botanical Illustrations (out March 15) is an absolutely stunning text! A perfect spring book, Alexander Von Humboldt‘s discoveries of the natural world on put on fine display in this decorative title that can remain the way it is or made into beautiful wall art (perhaps after laminating!!) for your classroom! Put…

Have I Ever Told You? Written by Shani King and Illustrated by Anna Horvath

Happy Spring Break! We have had a snow-filled Spring Break thus far; it’s snowed three times since I left for break last Thursday. But the house is warm, and snowy days make the best reading days. I’m pleased to share Have I Every Told You? with you today. This children’s picture book written by Shani King and illustrated by…

Frida Catlo

Written by Courtney Acampora and Maggie Fischer and illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott, Frida Catlo (out this past January from Silver Dolphin Books) is “meowy silly.” I just had to do that! In this “animalistic introduction to one of history’s greatest figures,” Acampora and Fischer tell artist Frida Kahlo’s story. Frida Catlo is a wonderfully colorful board book, and I think its color palette alone will…

Two Children’s Books for Rock and Rap Lovers

I thought we would get a musical start to our Sunday! This morning I’m reviewing two children’s board books coming out from Silver Dolphin this May: The Story of Rock and The Story of Rap. The Story of Rock is a great book to introduce toddlers to major musicians in rock & roll. I loved…

Hibernate with Me Written by Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams

Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams‘s new book Hibernate with Me (out from Simon & Schuster this past Tuesday) is the perfect children’s picture book to review on Valentine’s Day! ❤️ As the mama bear to a little guy (who looks so cute today in his truck and heart shirt today, by the way), I was excited to receive my review copy of Hibernate with Me. The cover…

Hoo Hoo Who? Written by Mary Maier with Lauren Horton

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your weekend! I have a fun title to share with you this morning! My little guy and I just reread Hoo Hoo Who? (2019, Building Block Press), a playful text that is the result of a collaborative project from Mary Maier and Lauren Horton, a Speech Pathologist, yesterday…

Bucketloads of Friends Written by Mia Cassany and Illustrated by Miguel Bustos

My little and I read Bucketloads of Friends (Prestel, 2018),written by Written by Mia Cassany and Illustrated by Miguel Bustos, recently, and I’m afraid that while the premise of the book, which I sort of thought of as Where’s Waldo? meets Beekle, was intriuging, the book, unfortunately did not hold our attention. In this book translated from Spanish…

Hello Lilac, Good Morning Yellow: Colors and First Words by Judith Drews

If you’re looking for a colorful book, check out Judith Drews‘s Hello, Lilac, Good Morning (2018, Prestel). This translated book provides a one-page greeting to each color and then a one-page display of sketches of items that are commonly that color. The narrator’s voice is upbeat and engaging, and I really enjoyed the illustration’s kid-like quality and…

Holiday Book List 2018!

Happy Holidays!  I always have fun writing my annual holiday lists, and I’m excited to be sharing my 2018 list with you today! I want to thank my little boy (my favorite little reader!) and my children’s literature students! Their opinions factored greatly into my decisions for my 2018 Holiday Book List! In no particular order,…

Where’s the Architect?: From Pyramids to Skyscrapers Written by Susanne Rebscher and Illustrated by Annabelle von Sperber

My little guy really enjoyed looking through Where’s the Architect? : From Pyramids to Skyscrapers (2018, Prestel)! In this oversized nonfiction translated book (originally written in German), author Susanne Rebscher and Annabelle von Sperber share a global approach to the world of architecture. I’m always talking to my children’s literature students about how fascinating nonfiction texts can be, and…

Love Written by Stacy McAnulty and Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Love must be on the mind of picturebook writers. 2018 will be bookended by Matt de la Peña’s Love, released in January of this year and Stacy McAnulty‘s Love, coming out from Running Press Kids on December 4! Illustrated beautifully by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, Loves offers a needed reminder of the small things we can do to send our love. Less cerebral…

Mother Earth’s Lullaby Written by Terry Pierce and Illustrated by Carl Heyer

I really enjoyed reading Terry Pierce‘s Mother Earth’s Lullaby to my little guy over the weekend. Illustrated by Carl Heyer, this children’s picture book shares endangered animals in fine lyrical fashion. I loved the book’s calming tone, accomplished with Pierce’s soothing poetry. In many ways I think this is a “crossover” books of sorts. It…