Tag: PreS-Gr. 2

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 […]

Sniffing Out Mysteries: KING & KAYLA

Sniffing Out Mysteries: KING & KAYLA

Cindy: Bookends begins Mystery Month 2017 with a new beginning mystery reading series for young readers about a girl and her dog. Kayla and King are both formidable investigators in their own right, but together, they are invincible. King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats (2017) serves up a simple mystery […]

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 […]

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 […]

BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

Lynn: I don’t know what it is like elsewhere but here in Michigan, EVERYONE seems to be sick! I’m just getting over a cold that I got from one of my grandsons, and every other person I meet is clutching wads of Kleenex to red noses. I couldn’t have found Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey […]

Sensory Overload for the Toddler Set: Rachel Isadora’s I HEAR A PICKLE

Sensory Overload for the Toddler Set: Rachel Isadora’s I HEAR A PICKLE

Lynn: I have been hanging out with a three-year-old lately (the youngest member of our focus group), and he has reminded what an interesting age three is. He and his cohort are observant, experimental, energetic, and capable of surprising focus when something interests them. They’ve moved beyond board books and love picture books with well-demarcated illustrations, sound effects, […]

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Lynn: The youngest members of our focus group members (pictured below) are now six and three. Like the other three boys in the group, they have strong opinions! Here are their 2016 favorites of the many we’ve read together this year. I added three more titles at the end that are personal favorites of mine. 1 […]

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

1 + 1 = 2 Fun Counting Books

Cindy: Children are often told not to play with their food, but don’t tell that to author/illustrator Juana Medina. 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book (2016) combines math and art, turning veggies into animals via black, squiggly lines. The fun starts with half an avocado: the pit becomes a nose, the fruit a deer. Two Radish Mice uses radish […]