Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

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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Traditional Thursdays: Off to School, Baby Duck!

Hannah Rosen Today’s traditional Thursday features a book that is nearing its twentieth anniversary. The children’s picture book Off to School, Baby Duck, which was written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Jill Barton, describes a child’s natural fear of going to school for the first time.   Even though this book is not new, […] Continue reading

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“Big and Bad” – but mostly bad

This Traditional Thursday, I got the exciting opportunity to read a Three Little Pigs adaptation called “Big and Bad”. This well-loved tale had me eager to see a fresh take on it. Instead, what we get is a fairly bland retelling with somewhat terrifying illustrations. As someone who had nightmares over “Where the Wild Things […] 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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Traditional Thursdays: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

I have always loved Louis Sachar’s zany book – ever since it first crossed my school desk circa the fourth grade. Seeing the play interpretation at our local children’s theatre in a later field trip was a delight, and reading it years later to my dormmates as a college kid was like revisiting one of my funniest old friends. […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: The Name Jar

Oh, what’s in a name? Well, alot actually! Names are a huge part of how we identify ourselves, and children are bound to feel the same way. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, originally published in 2001, is a book that I remember distinctively when I was a young child and is one that I think will […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: The Name Jar

Oh, what’s in a name? Well, alot actually! Names are a huge part of how we identify ourselves, and children are bound to feel the same way. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, originally published in 2001, is a book that I remember distinctively when I was a young child and is one that I think will […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Some may not consider Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to be along the classic genre of children’s books. However, this was a book I grew up with and it is very endearing to me. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. It was published in 1989 by Little […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Some may not consider Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to be along the classic genre of children’s books. However, this was a book I grew up with and it is very endearing to me. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. It was published in 1989 by Little […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Cinders, a Chicken Cinderella

Jan’s unique artistic style transports us to Russia (where she traveled before starting Cinders to get inspiration) for a quirky reimagining of the classic Cinderella story. Her attention to detail has always kept me interested in her artwork long after I am done reading the words on the page, and this book was no exception. […] Continue reading

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