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Category Archives: New Books/Reviewer’s choice
“Islandborn” documents the struggles and successes of 6-year-old Dominican immigrant Lola. Her teacher asks the members of her class to draw pictures of where they live, but Lola has no living memory of The Island where she grew up. Instead she has to reconstruct the experiences of her elders living in the community. She […] Continue reading
The Honeybee, written by Kirsten Hall and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, is a newer children’s picture book that became available May 8, 2018. It tells the story of a hive of honeybees and their yearlong journey from Spring to Spring. The illustrations stood out to me immediately- very pretty yellows and oranges with pops of […] Continue reading
This colorful and entertaining picture book is a perfect bedtime story for all ages. I Just Want To Say Goodnight incorporates the universal story of a child procrastinating their bedtime through a multicultural lens. The bright and vibrant colors of the illustrations capture the setting in the African village beautifully, while demonstrating sentiment and emotion through […] Continue reading
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
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
Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee is a motivational book that speaks to young readers in an inspiring way. Cover to cover, this book aims to help young readers find a path and follow their dreams. Spike and Tonya Lee have gathered quotes from over 20 world leaders […] Continue reading
You know those mornings when you wake up and no matter how hard you try, you just cannot get your hair to work with you? Well Oliver is having one of those mornings in Bedhead by Margie Palatini. In a daze, Oliver gives his teeth a “passable brushing,” and then he notices it: “In a […] Continue reading
Elephant and Piggie are back at it again in this wonderful book written and illustrated by the talented Mo Willems! Winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor (an honor awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States), this book is […] Continue reading