Category Archives: Pre-K

Winner Wednesday: “The Watermelon Seed”

The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, is the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner, and it is no wonder why. The fun and colorful cover immediately drew me in, and the cover under the jacket did not disappoint either. Upon opening the book, it is as if the reader is actually going inside of […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: The Honeybee

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

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I Just Want To Say Good Night

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

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Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India

Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India Chitra Soundar and Frané Lessac have adapted a traditional Irula story to make it more accessible: turning the traditional churraka into a pumpkin and highlighting the story’s universal themes. The story does, not, however, abandon its cultural roots. It is authentic in its language, retaining the Indian names […] Continue reading

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Tacky the Penguin

Tacky the Penguin written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger is truly a children’s literature classic. How is being different a good thing? Let Tacky share his story with you… Tacky the Penguin is an odd bird, he doesn’t do things like his companions Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect do. Tacky greets […] Continue reading

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Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo is a beautiful wordless picture book by Molly Idle. Flora and the Flamingo was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2013. Molly Idle illustrates a stunning book in which two unlikely characters learn to become friends and dance as one. The book starts off with a young girl wearing flippers and 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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Free Friday: Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

While walking through Barnes & Noble, Never ask a Dinosaur to Dinner’s bright cover caught my eye. Never ask a Dinosaur to Dinner is a lively picture book full of rhymes that is a perfect read aloud for young children. It is the story of a little boy trying to get ready for bed. At […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays: Tales for Very Picky Eaters

One thing anyone who has dealt with children during meal times can relate to is how difficult it can be to get some children to eat. For me, the worst was a 7 year old boy who would refuse to eat anything all day but one small carton of milk. This was at a fairly […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays: Tales for Very Picky Eaters

One thing anyone who has dealt with children during meal times can relate to is how difficult it can be to get some children to eat. For me, the worst was a 7 year old boy who would refuse to eat anything all day but one small carton of milk. This was at a fairly […] Continue reading

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