First Star by Will Hillenbrand

I thought I would get the Memorial Day weekend started off right with a book that has camping and stargazing – everything but the hot dogs really! My whole family very much enjoyed Will Hillenbrand‘s First Star, which was published just this month from Holiday House. This book should DEFINITELY be on your summer reading list! Bear…

Islandborn Written by Junot Diaz and Illustrated by Leo Espinosa

So Isalndborn (2018, Dial Books for Young Readers) has been on my to-read list for a while now, and I’m excited to share this title with you today. Author Junot Diaz and illustrator Leo Espinosa join forces to create a masterfully colorful story about a girl who realizes that our past is always within us. This children’s picture…

What If by Samantha Berger and Illustrated by Mike Curato

One of my favorite things about Mother’s Day yesterday was creating painted handprint fish with my little guy. I can’t wait until he is a little bit older and we can do even more art projects together. The crayons and paint are ready! If you need a book to inspire you or the little ones…

Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

I am so very pleased to share Sarah Jacoby‘s new children’s picture book Forever or a Day (which came out in March from Chronicle) with you today. It is one of my new favorite books and one that I will definitely be sharing with my children’s literature students this fall! This is a book that stays in…

Daddies Do by Lezlie Evans and Illustrated by Elisa Ferro

I read Daddies Do (out today from Sterling) to my little guy for the second time on Sunday! Told in verse by author Lezlie Evans, this children’s picture book tells the grand things daddies do through a series of animal daddies and their children. A sweet book, Daddies Do will be a perfect Father’s Day read! The book’s precious message…

American Mom by Meredith Hale

Last Mother’s Day was my first. I had a little tiny baby boy who had come home from the hospital at the end of April. It was a great day, but this Mother’s Day will be especially special because I will have had a year to reflect on all of the memories of the past…

Colorama by Cruschiform

Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love COLORS. I am addicted to them. Our wedding was blooming with vibrant pinks, oranges, and greens. So I was really excited when I received by review copy of Colorama, a beautiful book (one that middle grades and young adult readers who are into colors will really enjoy) by French…

But the Bear Came Back by Tammi Saucer and Illustrated by Dan Taylor

A charming children’s picture book by duo writer Tammi Saucer and illustrator Dan Taylor, But the Bear Came Back (published April 2017 by Sterling) will be a popular book in your house or classroom. What appears to be a humorous book about a bear who keeps telling a visiting bear to go away becomes something much more…

Counting over the Weekend

Today I am pleased to share two books about counting with you: 10, 9, 8 … Owls Up Late! and 5 Little Rubber Duckies.  10, 9, 8 … Owls Up Late! is a fun read-aloud for those who love owls and counting. Told in a rhyming song similar to Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, this children’s picture book written…

Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter and Illustrated by Mark Chambers

In Yoga Frog (out May 29, 2018 from Running Press Kids), author and yoga instructor Nora Carpenter pairs up with illustrator Mark Chambers to create a colorful introduction to yoga. The book reads as a set of poses and is designed to go in the order of a yoga practice. I read the book aloud to…

Some Bunny Loves Me by Parry Gripp

A perfectly appropriate book for the week ahead, Some Bunny Loves Me (out this year from National Geographic Kids) is a book about the intricate relationship between people and their pets. Animal lovers will enjoy this book by singer-author Parry Gripp. I must admit I read this book to my little boy a few weeks ago and…

Anna and Johanna Written by Geraldine Elschner and Illustrated by Florence Koenig

Inspired by Dutch artist Jan Vermeer‘s work, Anna and Johanna is a children’s picture book that shares author Geraldine Elschner’s fictional tale of how the women of two of Vermeer’s most famous works, The Milkmaid and The Lacemaker, are connected. A creative story that takes the real (e.g., Vermeer’s paintings, an explosion) and blends it with make-believe (e.g., the two…

Life Written by Cynthia Rylant and Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

When I was home recently, my mom read Life (2017, Simon and Schuster) to my little boy. And let me tell you: There are not many things more wonderful in life than having your mom, the one who inspired your fascination with children’s literature, read to your little boy. Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel‘s latest collaborative effort, Life is…