Tag: Gr. 2-4

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Lynn: Is there other life in the universe? People have been looking up at the night sky and asking this question for thousands of years. Today, scientists are actively engaged in finding answers to this intriguing puzzle and making exciting discoveries at an extraordinary pace. Curtis Manley explores this fascinating subject in Just Right: Searching […]

Be My (Library) Galentine!
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Be My (Library) Galentine!

An unexpected perk of being a school librarian has been the opportunity to work with amazing women in the library throughout my career. Since today is Galentine’s Day, the holiday made up by Parks and Recreations’ Leslie Knope to celebrate the amazing women in her life, I thought I’d celebrate a few in mine. When […]

Find Adventure at the Art Museum in These Two Picture Books

Find Adventure at the Art Museum in These Two Picture Books

Lynn: Art museums are magical places! These two picture books from 2018 take that idea and use it to spin imaginative tales. The first is Raúl Colón’s delightful Imagine (2018). In this wordless story, a young boy leaves a drab area of his city to visit the Museum of Modern Art. As he carefully observes three […]

MAPPING SAM: Creating a New Generation of Map Enthusiasts

MAPPING SAM: Creating a New Generation of Map Enthusiasts

Lynn: Don’t get me wrong, I love having maps on my phone and a GPS in my car. Using these tools, we’ve managed to easily locate rental apartments in the twisting, narrow streets of many a small village instead of wandering around lost! There is a downside to electronic dependence, however. I clearly remember our […]

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

Lynn: I’m not usually one to gush nostalgically, but Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky have me doing just that. Their new picture book, All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (2018), is a joyous celebration of both the holiday and one of my all time favorite series. As a child, I adored Sydney Taylor’s original All-of-a-Kind Family books […]

Welcome Wombat: Tales of Marsupial Rescue for Middle-Grade Readers

Welcome Wombat: Tales of Marsupial Rescue for Middle-Grade Readers

Lynn: “Oh, hi, tiny thing. Welcome to Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary.” And so Welcome, Wombat (2018) begins: Chance, a two-year-old wombat, greets a tiny “pinkie” whose mother was just tragically killed by a car. Author Kama Einhorn proceeds to introduce readers to the sanctuary; its inspiring wildlife rehabilitators, Donna and Phil; and to the amazing wombat species as a […]

Do Not PASS GO Until You Read This Book!

Do Not PASS GO Until You Read This Book!

Cindy: Monopoly has an interesting history and Tanya Lee Stone has produced a thought-provoking picture book about it: Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented (2018). Originally called The Landlord’s Game, it was created by Lizzie Magie, who was looking for a way to demonstrate the unfair relationship between landlords and tenants […]

RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Picture-Book Story of Love and Courage

RESCUE AND JESSICA: A Picture-Book Story of Love and Courage

Lynn: Married only a year, runners Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Both lost limbs and, in the dark days that followed, Jessica endured many surgeries as doctors fought to save her remaining foot and leg. Then a black lab service dog, Rescue, came into their lives. […]

Summer Food Picture Books

Summer Food Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: Yum! There’s nothing like the wonderful flavors of summer food fresh from the garden or the farmer’s market. We have three new picture books celebrating this seasonal bounty and the fun of markets and gardens. Bon appetit!     Summer Supper, by Rubin Pfeffer This joyful farm-to-table story follows the process of creating […]

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

Lynn: Girls don’t play baseball. It’s impossible to know how often girls yearning to play the national sport have heard that phrase. Well, girls do play baseball, and they have played as far back as the 1890s. Here are two wonderful new books, set in the 1950s, that take on this very subject. In the middle-grade […]