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RENATO AND THE LION: A Picture Book of Art and War

RENATO AND THE LION: A Picture Book of Art and War

Lynn: It was the gorgeous cover depicting Il Duomo on Barbara DiLorenzo’s picture book, Renato and the Lion (2017), that first captured my attention. Although no one who has visited Florence will be able to resist grabbing this book, the boy perched on the ghostly lion on the cover was what attracted the six-year-old member of our focus […]

To Err is Divine: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken

To Err is Divine: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken

Lynn: “It started with one mistake.” For many kids, a mistake means crumpling a piece of paper and starting over, but in The Book of Mistakes (2017), Corinna Luyken’s debut picture book about the creative process, a mistake leads to something truly brilliant. From an ink blot on the front endpaper to a splotch on the title […]

7 Ate 9: a Mathematical Detective Tale

7 Ate 9: a Mathematical Detective Tale

Cindy: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story (2017) by Tara Lazar will have young readers adding up clues in order to understand 9’s mysterious disappearance. A panicked 6 awakens Detective Al F. Bet, snoozing at his desk, to tell him 9 is missing. Rumor has it that 7 ate 9—and 6 is sure that 7 is coming for him […]

True Crime for Middle-Graders: KATE WARNE PINKERTON DETECTIVE

True Crime for Middle-Graders: KATE WARNE PINKERTON DETECTIVE

Lynn: We love finding picture books for Mystery Month! Kate Warne: Pinkerton Detective (2017) by Marissa Moss is not only a picture book biography of the first woman detective, but tells the story of Warne’s role in a pivotal case that helped establish the reputation of the Pinkerton Agency. It’s true crime for the middle-grade […]

Two Picture Books Celebrate Spring

Two Picture Books Celebrate Spring

Lynn: It’s hard to get very far from water here in West Michigan! Ponds, lakes big and small, rivers, and creeks are everywhere—and that means ducks and geese are ubiquitous. One sure sign of spring is the sight of duck couples waddling around the neighborhood, looking for the perfect place to make a nest. They […]

Against Bedtime: Picture Books for Sleep-Averse Toddlers

Against Bedtime: Picture Books for Sleep-Averse Toddlers

Lynn: I haven’t mentioned the Focus Group in a while. Currently, the oldest members are 13, the youngest three. They are all still highly opinionated about books. Little Oscar, definitely his own person, trundles around entertaining himself and doing his own thing. Oscar loves books, favoring anything about cars, trucks, and machines. He does not […]

Help Young Readers Understand the Refugee Experience with Picture Books
By April 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Help Young Readers Understand the Refugee Experience with Picture Books

This is the first in a two-part series of recommended books for youth about the refugee experience. For a list of middle-grade and YA titles, click here. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the United Nations Refugee Agency, defines refugees as people who are outside their country of […]

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Hats Off to Farmers, Starting with JOHN DEERE, THAT’S WHO

Hats Off to Farmers, Starting with JOHN DEERE, THAT’S WHO

Lynn: I think it’s sad that so few kids now have any real understanding, or even an acquaintance with farming and farm life. Children think food comes from grocery stores, and many adults seem to have an unconscious snobbery toward the people who put that food on the shelves. Farming has always been hard work, but I would […]

Book Trailer Thursday: MOO MOO IN A TUTU by Tim Miller

Tim Miller’s debut, Moo Moo in a Tutu, will delight fans of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Here, we’re introduced to Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers, two friends that do absolutely everything together. In this installment, Moo Moo decides that she wants to become a ballerina; what can only follow is a […]

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A Trans* and Gender Nonconforming Reading List for All Ages
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A Trans* and Gender Nonconforming Reading List for All Ages

  News about the transgender community—including banned books, bathroom laws, hockey, wrestlers, models, parades, Jackie and Juliet Evancho, and, most tragically, a horrifying murder caught on cellphone video—have all made recent headlines. Books can be helpful, entertaining, illuminating portals into the trans*/gender nonconforming (GNC) experience. The list below highlights books by and about the trans*/GNC community for […]

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