Picture Books

Picture Books

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A Book of Sleep

“When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep… except for the watchful owl.” A Book of Sleep (©2007) is the debut picture book by Korean-born author/illustrator Il Sung Na. In this lyrical bedtime book, an owl watches from afar as all of the other […]

July 21, 2014 ×

Picture Books

Modern Classic: Olivia by Ian Falconer

Modern Classic: Olivia by Ian Falconer

Olivia (©2000) written and illustrated by Ian Falconer is a slice-of-life story about a spirited young pig. Olivia loves to play dress up, build sandcastles at the beach, and visit the art museum with her mother. When Olivia sees her favorite painting of ballet dancers, she imagines herself as a […]

July 7, 2014 ×

Picture Books

The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League

The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League

During the Second World War, many of America’s Major League baseball players served in the military. The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League was formed in 1943 to entertain the people still at home. The league, which lasted until 1954, was also a source of income for families, as many women […]

May 1, 2014 ×

Picture Books

Picture Books about Math

Picture Books about Math

Getting kids comfortable with numbers and math early in life is a great way to set them up for success as they grow older. Picture books can be an invaluable resource, so here are a few of my favorite math-themed books for preschool and elementary school aged kids. Monster Math […]

April 21, 2014 ×

Picture Books

My Favorite Fractured Fairy Tales

My Favorite Fractured Fairy Tales

What are fractured fairy tales? Simply put, fractured fairy tales are classic fairy tales and children’s stories that have been altered for a comedic effect. I loved these kinds of stories growing up and they still delight me to this day. Here are five of my all-time favorites. The Stinky […]

April 14, 2014 ×

Board Books, Picture Books

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey (©2013) by Emily Winfield Martin is a wondrous bedtime adventure. As children drift off to sleep, magical dream animals arrive to whisk them away to Dreamland. Children are transported to varying fantastical dream worlds, from an elfin hollow, to an undersea tea party, to a […]

March 31, 2014 ×

Picture Books

Books about Teeth and Oral Hygiene

Books about Teeth and Oral Hygiene

Learning about teeth and oral hygiene can be fun – with the right book, that is! Here are six entertaining and educational books about teeth, perfect for preschool through third grade. Finding quality children’s literature about teeth and oral hygiene is no easy task! I should know – I read […]

March 17, 2014 ×

Picture Books

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School (©2009) is written by acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Ard Hoyt. Anderson is best known for her young adult novels Speak and Wintergirls, as well as the children’s historical novel Fever, 1793. Zoe Fleefenbacher has one blue eye and […]

February 18, 2014 ×

Picture Books

Chinese New Year Books for Kids

Chinese New Year Books for Kids

Chinese New Year (also commonly known as Lunar New Year) is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. The festival traditionally lasts for 15 days, though many modern families only celebrate for a few days. The lunar calendar determines when the holiday will occur each year, typically […]

January 13, 2014 ×

Picture Books

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late

I went looking for math-themed picture books after my aunt Leslie told me how much she wanted to find books about math for her 5-year-old granddaughter. Imagine my delight when I discovered Bedtime Math (©2013) by Laura Overdeck. This whimsical picture book combines silly illustrations, fun facts, and simple math […]

January 2, 2014 ×