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…

Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce

As a little girl, I enjoyed working in the garage with my dad, so I really enjoyed Jackson Pearce’s Ellie, Engineer (out just last month from Bloomsbury). This chapter book for upper elementary students is a must-read for young girls who enjoy STEM-related activities. Ellie, an engineer who showcases her problem-solving abilities throughout the book, aims to…

Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman and Illustrated by Eda Kaban

Pink is for Boys (out just last month from Running Press Kids) is one of those children’s picture book that exists on multiple levels.  On one level, Robb Pearlman‘s words and Eda Kaban’s vibrant illustrations complement each other to help readers understand that all of the colors are for all of the people. On another level,…

A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert

Some of us are lucky enough to know the importance of a couch. Growing up my family had a grey and white sectional couch that – even though it was in pretty rough condition – was so very comfortable. There are days when I would do anything to have that couch back. We did not,…

Author Interview with Linda Ashman

It’s the first day of classes, and I have to tell you I get so very excited about this day! I start the day with children’s literature this morning, so I am pleased to share my recent virtual interview with children’s picture book author (and very gracious) Linda Ashman, author of William’s Winter Nap, Rock-A-Bye Romp, and Henry…

Bagel in Love by Natasha Wing and Illustrated by Helen Dardik

It’s always exciting to review new books, but it’s really excited to review books that are coming out in the new year! I recently had the opportunity to read Bagel in Love (Sterling, January 2018), written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Helen Dardik. One of my best friends in college would often use the phrase “Isn’t that…

We Wish for a Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess

‘Tis the season to tell Santa what you want. And the brother and sister duo in Sue Fliess‘s We Wish for a Monster Christmas (Sterling, 2017) wish for something some might think is a bit unusual: a monster. Claudia Ranucci‘s digital illustrations help make this not-your-traditional-Christmas-book children’s picture book a ridiculously funny holiday read! Inspired by their science…

Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo

One of my students shared this book with me yesterday, and I’m happy to be sharing Brian Russo‘s Yoga Bunny (2017, Harper Collins Childrens) with you today. Using colored pencils, watercolor, and digital images that reflect the book’s message of calm, Russo tells the story of a bunny who practices yoga but cannot convince all of his…

Children’s Book Holiday List 2017

I thought a few of you just might be buying books on Black Friday, so I want to share my Children’s Book Holiday List 2017 with you today! Here are the five children’s picture books I most recommend: Stay tuned for a winter-themed book list coming out in a few days! Happy Shopping! ~Katie

Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro

My little boy and I just finished Mice Skating (2017, Sterling). And even though my little guy was teething on the book’s corners as I read it to him, he absolutely loved it! Annie Silvestro (author of Bunny’s Book Club) creates a wonderful wintertime story that Teagan White complements beautifully with her watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil illustrations. Mice…

Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone

What is better than a book about baking with the holiday season upon us? Dee Leone‘s Dough Knights and Dragons (2017, Sterling) is a cute book about how cooking and ingenuity can save a friendship – and even your life! George Ermos’s vibrant and bold digital artwork helps tell the story of a young knight who befriends a…

I Am Peace by Susan Verde

I read Susan Verde‘s I Am Peace (2017, Abrams Books for Young Readers) a few weeks ago and then read it again yesterday. Illustrated by Peter. H. Reynolds, I Am Peace is a wonderful book for our youngest mindfulness practitioners. The narrator uses the simile of an unmoored boat to describe what it feels like to be worried and…