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…

What I’m Reading

I love writing my weekly blog posts on individual books, but every now and then I also love just sharing what I’m reading with my readers. I am excited to share four books with you today! I have shared many of these titles with my children’s literature students. One of my students shared dePaola’s Quiet with…

Even Superheroes Make Mistakes Written by Shelly Becker and Illustrated by Eda Kaban

I really enjoyed the concept of Shelly Becker‘s newest children’s picture book Even Superheroes Make Mistakes (Sterling, 2018). Helping people – children and adults – understand that even those who appear perfect sometimes aren’t is really important! This book is a great read-aloud for those looking for a book about character. It helps us think about what the right…

Oskar Can … by Britta Teckentrup

If you’re looking for a raven who can skateboard and do yoga and play soccer, then Britta Teckentrup‘s Oskar Can … (2018, Prestel) is the children’s picture book for you. I must admit I did not really love this book when I read it the first time, but I enjoyed it more with each subsequent reading. Oskar Can…

Look at Me! Wild Animal Show-Offs by Jim Arnosky

Good Sunday Morning! I’m here drinking my pumpkin spice coffee and getting ready to enjoy the beautiful fall morning by taking a walk with my husband and little guy, but, first, I want to share a new nonfiction book with you! Jim Arnosky‘s Look at Me! Wild Animal Show-Offs (2018, Sterling) will become a quick favorite for…

Never Too Young Written by Aileen Weintraub and Illustrated by Laura Horton

Good Morning! We’re on Fall Break this weekend, and I’m so excited for the crisp air, pumpkin spice lattes, and apple cider! I’m pleased to share a nonfiction text for young readers today: Never Too Young: 50 Unstoppable Kids who Made a Difference (2018, Sterling). Written by Aileen Weintraub and illustrated by Laura Horton, this book should…

Lucky Little Things by Janice Erlbuam

Hope y’all are having a great Saturday night! I just finished Janice Erlbaum‘s debut middle grades novel Lucky Little Things (2018, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). I LOVED the book’s cover. It actually reminded me of the cover of Katrina Yan Glasser’s The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (whose sequel The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden came out just this week). I must be…

Business Pig by Andrea Zuill

I just read Andrea Zuill‘s Business Pig (just out September 4 from Sterling) to my little guy last week. I have to say the book grew on me, and when I closed, the book, I thought to myself Well that’s a little charmer.  Jasper, AKA Business Pig, is unlike any of his mom Jelly Bean’s piglets. He would…

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

I absolutely LOVED Lauren Wolk‘s Beyond the Bright Sea (Dutton Children’s Books, 2017). This book was exactly the book I hoped it would be, and I am excited to share it with you today. Set in Cape Cod, Beyond the Bright Sea, the 2018 winner of the Scott O’Dell Award, introduces readers to Crow, a girl who was sent…

This Week’s Read-Alouds

Sometimes I just like to see quick lists of books people are reading, so that is what I have done for you today. This week I read The Big Umbrella, Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses, and Don’t Blink! to my children’s literature students! We so very much enjoyed them! These books are…

Whale in a Fishbowl

Troy Howell’s Whale in a Fishbowl (2018, Schwartz and Wade Books) is the perfect book for those who sometimes feel lost in the world. Who feel, as Howell so beautifully pens, that they must go “beyond the bowl.” Whatever the bowl may be. Lovely dark teals and sands help illustrator Richard Jones complement Howell’s narrative, which tells…