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Free Friday- The Most Magnificent Thing

I absolutely loved this book written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. I always enjoy books that have a dog as the child’s best friend because it reminds me of my childhood. That is what initially made me want to read this book, but there were so many other things that I loved about it. I […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday- The Snowy Day

For today’s Winner Wednesday, the book that will be examined is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This book was the Caldecott winner in 1963.  The Snowy Day is the story of a young boy’s adventures in the snow on a very snowy day. The story follows Peter as he explores his new, snow-covered […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: “The Book of Mistakes” by Corinna Luyken

For this trendy Tuesday, I have chosen to review The Book of Mistakes. While it was published two years ago in 2017, this book is still very trendy and other books have adopted similar themes. This book qualifies as trendy because many of the books we have read over the course of the semester contain […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: “Sulwe” by Lupita Nyong’o

This week’s marvelous new picture book comes from Academy Award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o. Sulwe is written by Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison. It tells the story of a girl ashamed of her dark complexion until she goes on a nighttime adventure to discover the beauty in her darkness. Nyong’o uses descriptive language […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

Happy Free Friday! For today’s book, I will be talking about one that my partner and I read during class today and FELL in love with! The book is Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope and is written by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier. This book actually made me emotional because […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Katie and the Mona Lisa

Happy Traditional Thursday! Today I thought I’d talk about a book that I absolutely loved as a child, and is still a staple on my bookshelf. Katie and The Mona Lisa, by James Mayhew, was among my favorite books as a kid, and I can remember begging my parents to read it again and again […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: “Drawn Together”

This Winners Wednesday, I am reviewing the winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature- picture book section- Drawn Together, written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat. You may recognize Santat’s name as the author and illustrator of 2015 Caldecott medal winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Santat returns with […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: Home in the Woods

Home in the Woods, written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, was released on October 1st and captures the story of one family’s struggle over the course of a year. The front endpapers of the book reveal more context about the story and function as a map of the woods where the family lives. The book is […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: A Computer Called Katherine

Inspired by the award-winning hit film Hidden Figures that premiered in early 2017, Suzanne Slade wrote her trendy book A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon in March 2019 to bring more attention to the black, female mathematician that the world didn’t even know about until recently.             […] Continue reading

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Free Friday: The Color Monster

Happy Free Friday, friends! Today we’re taking a look at The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas. This book follows the Color Monster as he is initially “all mixed up” and learns about emotions from a girl (who is not named at any point in the story). I found a fun surprise upon looking […] Continue reading

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