Tag: picture books

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

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

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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The Real Story from MRS. WHITE RABBIT

The Real Story from MRS. WHITE RABBIT

Lynn: Alice in Wonderland fans all remember the White Rabbit in his waistcoat, holding his pocket watch, and muttering about being late. Did you ever wonder what was actually going on?  Gilles Bachelet steps up to reveal the real story in Mrs. White Rabbit (2017), a shocking revelation of the facts behind the public figure. That’s […]

Three Picture Books for the Birds

Three Picture Books for the Birds

Cindy: More snow. It’s for the birds, but at least it’s given me the opportunity to sneak in another snowy book as we look toward spring. Best in Snow (2017), by April Pulley Sayre, contains stunning photos of snowflakes and icicles. Various other forms of snow—from crusty to slushy—show the cycles of changing winter weather. Birds […]

ANIMAL ARK: Photos and Poems to Inspire Action

ANIMAL ARK: Photos and Poems to Inspire Action

Lynn: What do you get when you put an award-winning photographer and a Newbery Award-winning author together? When the photographer is Joel Sartore, longtime National Geographic contributor and creator of the Photo Ark project, and the author is the novelist and poet Kwame Alexander, the result is a glorious celebration of our world’s wild creatures. Animal […]

Floyd Cooper and Two Picture Books that Chronicle the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Floyd Cooper and Two Picture Books that Chronicle the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Lynn: Recently, a certain high-level public official seemed to be somewhat uncertain when talking about Frederick Douglass. In the interest of fairness, I should note that, sadly, there are many people who might be hard-pressed to talk about Douglass’s achievements. Lucky for us, helping our students be better-informed about this pivotal figure has been made easier by […]

THE SECRET PROJECT: Building the Atomic Bomb for Kids

THE SECRET PROJECT: Building the Atomic Bomb for Kids

Cindy: The shadowy deeds in the 1940s New Mexico desert that culminated in “the gadget”— the world’s first atomic bomb—come hauntingly to life in Jonah and Jeanette Winter’s The Secret Project (2017). The book’s opening images of boys at play in a remote school juxtaposed with the closed, silent school that will become the headquarters of the titular secret project cast an ominous […]