Monthly Archives: October 2018

Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: Jabari Jumps

For today’s Marvelous New Picture Book Monday, I selected Jabari Jumps, written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall. The jacket shows a young boy peering over the edge of a high dive, while the cover shows the same boy, in orange chevron swim bottoms, leaping into the water. This, it turns out, is the central conflict of […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Don’t Wake the Tiger!

  For today’s Free Friday, I selected Don’t Wake the Tiger!, written and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros.  This is a wonderfully fun board book designed for young children about a monkey’s late-night adventure through the jungle. The faces of the animals change as the page turns, showing the animals transitioning from restfully asleep to wide […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday: Chicka, Chicka 123

Traditional Tuesdays call for a book that serves as a staple in many households for young children. For today’s Traditional Thursday, I am reviewing the book Chicka, Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. This book was first published in 2004 and is a New York Times best […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: Joyful Noise

For this week’s Winner Wednesday, I chose the book Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Eric Beddows. In the pages of this book, there are 14 different poems. Each poem tells the story of a different insect, making it an informational text. However, Fleischman adds a little flare, which […] Continue reading

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Winner’s Wednesday: Crafty Chameleon

             Immediately grabbing my attention with its striking cover, Crafty Chameleon, illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway, won the Kate Greenaway Award in 1987 for the most distinguished illustrations in the previous year’s children’s books. This picture book presents an intriguing tale of how a tiny chameleon overcame maltreatment from both a […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Gittel’s Journey

Gittel’s Journey, written by Leslea Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates, tells the story of one brave little girl’s journey across an ocean to Ellis Island.  Based on several true stories, this book is a beautiful tale of struggle and courage and reflects the current trend of bringing social issues into the realm of […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Mondays: They Say Blue

For this week’s “Marvelous New Picture Book Monday” I selected They Say Blue illustrated and written by Jillian Tamaki. I was immediately attracted to this new picture book due its vibrant and abstract cover. Not only is the cover itself unique but there is also no text, not even a title, on the cover further […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books Monday: I Like, I Don’t Like

For today’s Marvelous New Picture Book, I decided to review the book I Like, I Don’t Like by Anna Baccelliere. This was a short, simple, but meaningful read. It was an extremely simplistic book in terms of language, the entire book was simply made up of the phrases “I like..” and “I don’t like..” but the images gave […] Continue reading

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And the Kids Keep on Playing – Minecraft and Its Fandom

Throughout my time in high school I worked for Open World Events, an event production company based in Philadelphia. OWE produces massive STEM-inspired events across the country for young students and families. Their largest event, Minefaire, is an Official Minecraft Community event that brings together YouTubers, their fans, and players under one roof. Minefaire has … Continue reading “And the Kids Keep on Playing – Minecraft and Its Fandom” Continue reading

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Free Friday: MOON A Peak-Through Picture Book

MOON is written and illustrated by Brita Treckentrup. On the cover, it is described as “A Peek-Through Picture Book.” This description refers to the partial moon cutout on the cover that continues in vary stages of full-ness throughout the story to demonstrate the real-life phases of the moon. It is focused in outdoor setting and […] Continue reading

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