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Trendy Tuesday: Introducing Death and Dying to children

Often times, adults are caught deciding whether or not to introduce young children to the topic of death and loss. The book Tim’s Goodbye by Steven Salerno explores themes of death, sadness, and how to say goodbye. This book narrates the story of a young girl, Margot, whose pet turtle Tim dies, and how her […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Tidy by Kate Gravett

“I did not have an intended theme, I just wanted to write the book about the badger.” says Emily Gravett, author of the post-modern fable “Tidy”. In it, Pete the Badger becomes increasingly distressed with how untidy the forest is and vows to clean it up. In his quest to sanitize nature, Pete bags up […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: The Importance of Black History Month and connections to literature

In honor of Black History month, it is important to introduce our students to the lived experiences of Black Americans in the past and the present. The book I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan Collier illustrates and brings to life the poem “I, Too, sing America” by Langston Hughes. This […] Continue reading

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She Persisted

She Persisted spotlights 13 women who were game changers and trailblazers in different fields throughout American history. The book also discusses the adversity that girls face, even today. This book would be a valuable addition to any classroom as its characters are diverse in race, socioeconomic background, and influence, it depicts accurate historical experiences of […] Continue reading

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Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons

Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons is a beautifully illustrated picture book with a unique topic that will bring diversity to any classroom’s library. Written by Alice B. McGinty, the book tells the story of a welcoming Jewish Rabbi who loves for his congregation to be happy. At the beginning of the story, the congregation gives Rabbi Benjamin […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

It’s hard not to be cliché on Trendy Tuesday, but I couldn’t resist reviewing this classic picture book. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is the first book of Laura Numeroff’s If You Give… series and was illustrated by Felicia Bond. The storyline (if by chance you’ve never read it or have forgotten over […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: The Cat from Hunger Mountain

The Cat from Hunger Mountain by Ed Young is a book about the greedy Lord Cat who has everything he could need. From the fanciest meals to the finest silk and gold clothing, Lord Cat’s life revolves around his possessions. He lives in a village that profits from rice paddies, and when a long drought […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesday: Laugh Along with Baa Baa Smart Sheep

Author: Charlotte Jeanne Unique and full of humor, Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark and Rowan Sommerset is a great choice for Trendy Tuesday. Even on the dedication page, the mischievous Baa Baa can be seen causing trouble. Baa Baa’s tricks warrant the warning on the front cover. Baa Baa Smart Sheep, published by Candlewick Press […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Painting Pepette

Painting Pepette, written by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Claire Fletcher, sends young readers on a fantasy-like journey through the streets of Paris in the 1920s. Set almost 100 years before its publication in 2016, the book breathes child-like wonder into art history, a topic generally reserved for more sophisticated readers. Painting Pepette tells […] 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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