Picture Book of the Week: Chicken Cheeks

| October 19, 2013

Of all the picture books my family has given out as gifts, not one has received more feedback, all positive, than Chicken Cheeks, by Michael Ian Black. Black, a veteran of all forms of comedy (stand-up, writing, acting) has put together an exceedingly clever and consistently comical list of names for animal bottoms (see the title). […]

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Picture Book of the Week: The Curious Garden

| September 27, 2013

The Curious Garden,by Peter Brown is a fantastically drawn book about a boy who, through an interest in a small patch of greenery, causes his entire city to turn green. The message is clear, but not too preachy: Care for the environment and good things will happen. The Curious Garden is rated Buy Two! (One […]

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Picture Book of the Week: The Library

| April 26, 2013

The fantastic duo of Sarah Stewart and David Small (wife and husband) have created a total of six books together to date. The first of these six was The Library, published in the mid ’90s. Elizabeth Brown likes books. All she does is read. And accumulate books. And read some more. She piles books in […]

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Picture Book of the Week: A Poke in the I

| April 19, 2013

As April is National Poetry Month, I’d like to highlight one of the more exciting sets of poetry books for children I’ve come across recently. Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka have created a trilogy (or should I say tercet?) of picture books filled with selected poems and accompanying illustration that are both enjoyable to read and […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Someday

| March 1, 2013

Someday is a truly inspiring book. It is about a little girl who has grand plans for her life, but is still a little girl . Every other two page spread parallels what this little girl dreams she will do ‘someday’ in the future, paired with what she is currently doing and able to do as […]

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Book Review: D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

| January 24, 2013

With the popularity of Greek Mythology rising (see Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Goddess Girls, Underworlds, … I could go on), it’s almost imperative that kids have a basic understanding of the original Greek tales. It’s much more exciting to read Percy Jackson retracing the steps of Jason and Heracles if you’re actually familiar with […]

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Picture Book of the Week: The Gardener

| January 4, 2013

Sarah Stewart, along with her husband / illustrator David Small created The Gardener, which was originally released in the late 90’s (for which it received a Caldecott Honor). The Gardener tells the story of Lydia Grace, who, one fall during the Great Depression, moves from her country home to the city to live with her Uncle Jim while her […]

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