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Free Friday: Good Night, Gorilla

This Free Friday, I’ll be talking about one of my childhood favorites! Good Night, Gorilla, written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann, is the story of a precocious little gorilla who steals the keys off of the zookeeper and frees all his animal friends. The story begins on the cover, which features the gorilla and the […] Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

As a person with Ornithophobia, a phobia of birds, this seems like the opposite book I would pick for Traditional Thursday. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems, however, is the only bird I enjoy looking at. The book is both hysterical and interactive, as the pigeon and bus driver directly address […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: “All Are Welcome”

Written by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman Illustrations by Suzanne Kaufman All Are Welcome was published in 2018 and is a New York Times bestselling picture book. This book was created to celebrate diversity and inclusion in communities specifically including children. The sleeve of the book is shown above where a diverse group of children […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Lubna and Pebble

For this week’s Trendy Tuesdays, I reviewed the book, Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and illustrated by Daniel Egneus.   This book tackles a very important yet sensitive political topic. In this book, Meddour touches on our current refugee crisis and the way that it affects young children and their families.   This book follows the […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: When Sadness is at Your Door

For this week’s Trendy Tuesday, I looked at the book, When Sadness Is at Your Door, by Eva Eland. This is Eland’s first picture book written for children. Eland uses this book to help children navigate and better process their emotions when they are feeling sad.  Eland uses this opportunity to help children see sadness as […] Continue reading

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Timeless Tuesday: Junie B. Jones

For this week’s Timeless Tuesday, I wanted to reflect on a book series that was a major part of my childhood. The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Parks will forever hold a special place in my heart. I remember being so proud of myself when I finally read the first Junie B. Jones book […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Mondays: The Eye That Never Sleeps

The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln by Marissa Moss turns a little known historical story of the Pinkerton Detective Agency into an engaging mystery for children to solve.  The book tells the story of Allan Pinkerton, a man hired to protect the Baltimore Railroad from secessionist threats. The author delves […] Continue reading

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Free Friday- Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

Today’s Free Friday on Neelys News celebrates the beginning of October and the start of spooky season with a lively story about Halloween written by Marisa Montes and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. This exquisite book is bilingual- meaning that it was written using both Spanish and English words. It offers a unique and animated perspective […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursday – Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Looking at this classic book’s cover can almost transport me back to my elementary school library. Frog and Toad Are Friends is the first book of four beloved books written by Arnold Lobel that detailed the adventures of two very good friends, Frog and Toad. I had not read these books, again, since I was a child, […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: “Alma and How She Got Her Name”

Today’s “Winner Wednesday” on Neely’s News showcases a 2019 Caldecott Honor Book called “Alma and How She Got Her Name,” written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. Throughout this book, Juana Martinez-Neal takes the readers on a journey to learn how Alma got her name. Immediately, I was curious as to what kind of story was […] Continue reading

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