Category Archives: Ages 3 and up

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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(Possible) Winner Wednesday: Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by John Rocco, while not yet a winner of any awards, definitely has the potential. Released this September, this unique bedtime storybook features a boy who has trouble getting his three robots to go to sleep (I bet that never happens at your home, right?). His […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Dear Malala, We Stand With You

In light of recent events around the world, the nation, and Vanderbilt campus, I would like to share a book that I feel promotes love, understanding, peace, and strength in the context of people from different cultures coming together for a common purpose. Dear Malala, We Stand With You holds a special place in my heart. […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Another Trendy Tuesday, another brand-new picture book! Today, I’m reviewing Waiting by Kevin Henkes, which was published less than a month ago on September 1st. Henkes is a very talented guy who both writes and illustrates his own books, and he has won the Caldecott Award (for Kitten’s First Full Moon) as well as a […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesdays: The Kissing Hand

An absolutely perfect book for back-to-school time is The Kissing Hand  written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak. Published in 1993, it has quickly become a classic children’s book. In addition to being a New York Times Bestseller and landing high on lists of recommended children’s books, The Kissing Hand  received […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli creates a hilarious tale that so many children can relate to in The Watermelon Seed.  Greg Pizzoli writes and illustrates children’s books, while still teaching at University of the Arts part-time.  He has written and illustrated Not Very Scary, The Watermelon Seed, and Number One Sam.  He contributed to three books which will […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Clifford the Big Red Dog

When thinking of things that are trendy these days, I could not help but think of the throwback theme and the trends of our childhood coming back. From the relaunching of Boy Meets World into the spinoff Girl Meets World to Friends being on Netlfix, the 90s are everywhere. One of my favorite childhood books […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Books: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell Patrick McDonnell is a comic strip illustrator, famous for his series MUTTS. He has also written several other picture books, including the New York Times best-seller The Monsters’ Monster and Me…Jane, which received a Caldecott Honor. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story is the tale of Louie, who is happy until things start to go wrong in the […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Angelina Ballerina

Most little girls (and some boys too!) dream of being a ballet dancer at some point while growing up. Whether it be the beautifully ornate costumes, graceful movements, or the thrill of performing on stage, ballet dancing always seems to capture the hearts and imagination of children. As a dancer of fifteen years myself, I fell in […] Continue reading

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