Tag: PreS-Gr. 2

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 […]

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Lynn: Yes, there are a zillion books for kids about toads, frogs, and tadpoles. Trust me, few are as terrific as The Hidden Life of a Toad (2017), photographer Doug Wechsler’s up-close and personal look at the fascinating stages of metamorphosis. Most kids will have seen tadpoles, or at least books about them, but here the […]

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 […]

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

Cindy: The blue hour happens twice a day, at dawn and dusk, and is treasured by artists for its exceptional quality of light. I treasure Isabelle Simler’s The Blue Hour because it’s a gorgeous new picture book from France by an author / illustrator who takes full advantage of that magical time. The endpapers set the scene […]

MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

Lynn: Suzi Eszterhas makes it clear that Moto is no pet, but I doubt anyone who reads Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom (2017) won’t feel a pang when she releases the serval kitten to the wild. Wildlife photographer and author Eszterhas was living in Kenya to photograph animals on the Masai […]

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 […]