Tag: PreS-Gr. 2

Two Wild-Animal Picture Books Reassure Young Readers

Two Wild-Animal Picture Books Reassure Young Readers

Cindy: We recently discovered two stunning picture books, both from small presses, featuring jungle animals and stories that read like modern folktales. One is Lantana Press’ You’re Safe With Me (2018), by Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry. Thank you, Lerner, for distributing this gorgeous picture book in the U. S. and Canada. I was drawn […]

Back to School for the Picture Book Set

Back to School for the Picture Book Set

Lynn: Shhhhh! I’m whispering this because I KNOW how Cindy hates to be reminded that the S-word is just a month away. Even though I’m retired from my school job, I still hate the idea of summer slipping away, but I want to give you all plenty of time to get these new school-related picture […]

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 […]

Hooray for Super Silliness! A Trio of Goofy Picture Books

Hooray for Super Silliness! A Trio of Goofy Picture Books

Lynn: Sometimes you just want silliness! No lessons, no moral to the story, just a fun, goofy book. Here are some picture books guaranteed to get the giggles going.       A Couch for Llama, by Leah Gilbert This is a ridiculously funny story that begs to be reexamined and laughed at again and again. […]

Don’t Bite Your Classmates (or Worse)

Don’t Bite Your Classmates (or Worse)

Lynn: Small children have so many things to learn, and dealing with frustration and anger is one of them. As parents and teachers know to their sorrow, some toddlers resort to chomping the object of their ire. It’s a tough problem, and when I read a book recently that addressed biting, I told Cindy I […]

Caldecott Medalist Lights Up New Picture Book

Caldecott Medalist Lights Up New Picture Book

Lynn: “Like all sensible people, I have always loved lighthouses,” Sophie Blackall explains in the author’s note of Hello Lighthouse (2018). I agree completely! Whose imagination isn’t captured by the sight of the lighthouses that stand tall along the coasts of our oceans and Great Lakes? Blackall relates her discovery at a flea market of an old […]

Learning + Fun = Concept Board Books

Learning + Fun = Concept Board Books

Lynn: Board books keep getting better and better. Not only are they doing an excellent job of presenting basic concepts for the youngest readers, but doing so in fun and creative ways. Learning has never been so entertaining. We have four new wonderful examples of the form to share today.   First up is Wiggles […]

BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

BABY MONKEY, PRIVATE EYE Solves the Case and Reinvents the Form

Lynn: Well, Brian Selznick has done it again: reinvented a format, that is. This time, it’s a whole new incarnation of an early chapter book, and what a delight it is! Selznick and David Serlin’s enchanting Baby Monkey, Private Eye (2018) has 192 pages—long for the format, but in these innovative hands, it works so […]

AFTER THE FALL: Dan Santat Cracks Us Up

AFTER THE FALL: Dan Santat Cracks Us Up

Lynn: Most children know the story of Humpty Dumpty, but not like this. Dan Santat gives Humpty an eggs-traordinary postscript in his new picture book, After the Fall (2017). In Santat’s version, Humpty gets patched up, but “some things . . . couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” Indeed, poor Humpty is now afraid of […]

Zoom, Zoom, Taka, Taka ALL THE WAY TO HAVANA

Lynn: A family sets out on a trip to the city to welcome a new baby cousin and celebrate with family. What makes this story special is that the story is set in Cuba, and the journey reveals a place very different to young American eyes. Margarita Engle’s charming picture book All the Way to […]