Category Archives: Ages 3 and up

Free Fridays: Animal House

What would your dream home look like if you were a monkey? How about if you were a squirrel? Animal House, written and illustrated by Melissa Bay Mathis, is an imaginative and child-centered picture book that encourages readers to consider the idea of “home” from a variety of new perspectives. The book begins with a […] Continue reading

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Teddy the Dog: Be Your Own Dog

Teddy the Dog: Be Your Own Dog definitely falls under the category of Marvelous New Picture books. Published earlier this year (2016), it was written by Keri Claiborne Boyle and illustrated by Jonathan Sneider. This picture book follows Teddy on an adventure after he receives an unexpected package. Teddy seems to have it all. He […] Continue reading

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Smooooooooth Jazz

Take a trip back in time with Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph. Using a collection of original poems, writer Roxanne Orgill tells the stories of jazz musicians like Thelonious Monk, Rex Stewart, and Maxine Sullivan who all gathered one day on day 126th Street. This story starts with an idea—all the good […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

  If you are looking for a great story to read out loud to children, The Gruffalo is the book for you. The Gruffalo was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler in 1996, and won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 1999. The Smarties book prize was a prestigious UK award given to the […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

Can you have too much of a good thing? Not according to Rabbit. He loves carrots so much that he begins hoarding them, and soon there is no space for him to live in his little burrow. Tortoise sees Rabbit’s plight and offers to share his shell with his homeless friend. Within the fantastical world of children’s literature, […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Bear and Squirrel are Friends

A bear and a squirrel are friends…? It’s true! Bear and Squirrel are Friends by Deb Pilutti tells the story of two unlikely friends – a big bear and a little squirrel – that form a beautiful, loyal friendship. Bear and Squirrel, like true friends, help each other with things that the other can’t do […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: Little Elliot, Big Family

Little Elliot, Big Family will leave you with that cozy, happy feeling you get when you watch a classic feel-good movie, except this marvelous little book is even better because you can pore over each exquisite scene as long as you’d like. Released just a few months ago in 2015, Little Elliot, Big Family combines […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Bear Has a Story to Tell

In a tale of friendship and patience, Bear Has a Story to Tell will warm every reader’s heart this winter. In this delightful picture book, readers learn how different animals cope with the transition from autumn to winter, following Bear as he helps his friends prepare for the blustering cold. As they transition through the […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Chester’s Way

“Chester had his own way of doing things…”   From the title and these open words of Kevin Henkes’ beloved book, Chester’s Way, one would not guess that this is actually a story about childhood friendship.  Instead, perhaps, the book could be more aptly named “Chester and Wilson‘s Way.”   In this classic story, Chester and Wilson are […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Searching for the Spirit of Spring

The need for multicultural books and books with female protagonists is rising exponentially as more minority and female children enter the educational system around the world. The book Searching for the Spirit of Spring, written by Mosa Mahlaba, illustrated by Selina Morulane, and designed by Sibusiso Mkhwanazi, is a story of a brave young girl named Nkanyezi who […] Continue reading

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