Tag: picture books

SAM SORTS: Categorization for Young Readers

SAM SORTS: Categorization for Young Readers

Cindy: If Melvil Dewey had focused on toys instead of books, he might have encountered some of the same issues as Sam does in Sam Sorts (2017), by Marthe Jocelyn. Sam has a big pile of toys in his room. He enjoys making toys, playing with them, and especially sorting them into different categories. Some toys […]

Halloween Picture Books: Scary or Not-So-Scary?

Halloween Picture Books: Scary or Not-So-Scary?

Lynn and Cindy: Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to round up of some new picture books for trick-or-treat season. Kids vary, of course, in the degree of scariness they are comfortable with, so here are some of this year’s Halloween books in ascending order of shriek level.     […]

Celebrate National Taco Day with Kids’ Books

Celebrate National Taco Day with Kids’ Books

  As anyone on Twitter will have by now discerned, it’s #NationalTacoDay! These books for youth, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, exult the taco in all it’s taco-y glory. Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin Tacos are high on the list of dragon-friendly foods. Who knew? There is, however, a major qualification: the salsa […]

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Lady Liberty On the Move: HER RIGHT FOOT

Lady Liberty On the Move: HER RIGHT FOOT

Lynn: Every now and then, a book comes along that makes us want to cheer and wave wildly. Picture us doing that right now for Her Right Foot (2017), by Dave Eggers. Full of fascinating facts about the iconic Statue of Liberty, it tells us the statue turned green around 1920, and that it was shipped […]

Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Lynn: I wish I could have known Arturo Schomburg. Not only was he passionate about his research, tireless in his efforts to locate information, and relentless in his pursuit of dismissed history, but he strove to give children something he never had: the knowledge of what people with African roots had given to the world. […]

BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: A 3-D Printer Saves a Life

BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: A 3-D Printer Saves a Life

Lynn: In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the endangered and threatened species list, but it still faces many serious threats. Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp clearly outline the eagle’s precarious position in Beauty and the Beak: The True Story of How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle (Aug. […]

Overcoming Summer Fears with Picture Books

Overcoming Summer Fears with Picture Books

Lynn: We love rides, water parks and roller coasters in my family, but it wasn’t always that way! I remember my twin grandsons as we stood in line for their very first “big” ride. Full of bravado, they got quieter and quieter as we got closer and closer to the ride, until it was even […]

Praying Mantis Picture Books

Praying Mantis Picture Books

Lynn: I’ve realized that my posts lately seem to feature a lot of bugs and critters—but my experience with the Focus Group has taught me you can never have enough books about them! So here are two more starring a particularly spectacular insect: the praying mantis. Most kids will recognize this large bug. Found in […]

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

It’s a Small, Colorful World After All: The Life of Disney Artist Mary Blair

Cindy: It seems we have a penchant here at Bookends for featuring books that celebrate color, especially when they mention fabulous names color names. Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourvilee is one such delight (and one of those biographical nonfiction picture books with […]

This Trio of Picture Books is the Bee’s Knees

This Trio of Picture Books is the Bee’s Knees

Lynn: Although it’s not unusual for children to be afraid of bees, bees are struggling, and they need all the help we can give them. Winning over a new generation of bee protectors has never been more important. Happily, I’ve read a trio of fun picture books starring our stripey friends that should help the […]