Category Archives: Ages 4+

New! Emmanuel’s Dream

In Ghana, West Africa, a baby boy was born: Two bright eyes blinked in the light, two healthy lungs let out a powerful cry, two tiny fists opened and closed, but only one strong leg kicked. So begins Emmanuel’s Dream, … Continue reading

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New! Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly

Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly is the third book in what is, in my mind, an early reader series that belongs in every school library collection. The early reader market is dominated by books aimed at kids who enjoy laugh … Continue reading

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New! Take Away the A

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: There are many more alphabet books in the world than the world needs. Against poor odds, French authors Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo have created an alphabet book worthy of adding to any … Continue reading

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The 2014 ALA Award Winners: The Tip of the Iceberg

The ALA award winners were just announced yesterday, including the Caldecott winner (Locomotive by Brian Floca) and the Newbery winner (Flora & Ulysess by Kate DiCamillo). The most popular question bantered around since the announcements has been: Did the Caldecott … Continue reading

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A Bookish Advent Calendar

During a recent trip to Target, I was alerted to the fact that Christmas is fast approaching. Never mind that Christmas is still more than a month away. As my 4-year-old son and I strolled down the aisles, giant, iridescent baubles hung from … Continue reading

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Leveled Early Readers: Valuable Tool or Marketing Ploy?

The number of early readers being published has exploded. On one hand, this trend is great. Kids learning to read today have many more options to choose from than they have had in the past. They are more likely to … Continue reading

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New! Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown is the story of a tiger who becomes bored with behaving properly. One day, Mr. Tiger decides to ignore the expectations that society has for him and “go wild.” In the process, Mr. … Continue reading

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25 Children’s Books About Friendship

The recent onslaught of anti-bullying books has been rubbing me the wrong way. Many anti-bullying books focus on what kids should not do rather than what they should do. Many anti-bullying books encourage kids to label each other as “bullies” … Continue reading

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Read Through History VI: Frontier Life & Native Americans (1850-1900)

In this sixth installment of our Read Through History series, I share picture books about frontier life and Native Americans during the second half of the 19th century. This booklist includes stories about The Oregon Trail (e.g. Apples to Oregon … Continue reading

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15 More Fantastic Books for Kids Learning to Read

This booklist picks up where I left off with 20 Fantastic Books for Kids Learning to Read. In “20 Fantastic Books for Kids Learning to Read,” I recommended books for kids just beginning to sound out words. This coming week my … Continue reading

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