Category Archives: Ages 4+

The 2013 ALA Book Awards: My TO READ List Just Grew

The ALA Book Award announcements were broadcast live this morning. As I watched the ALA Book Awards, I was struck once again by how many fantastic books I missed reading this past year…and by how many fantastic books many children … Continue reading

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18 Wintery Picture Books

After the Christmas festivities subside at our house, three months of winter weather still loom ahead. The only way to approach this season is to embrace it — to head out into the cold with sleds, skis and skates and … Continue reading

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Fantastic Nonfiction Picture Books from 2012

This year I am a judge for the Cybils nonfiction picture book award. As such, I have been reading a lot of newly published nonfiction picture books. Here are six nonfiction picture books that I am very excited about. I … Continue reading

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60+ Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books: The Grand Finale!

We adults introduce children to books for a variety of reasons. We introduce children to books to teach them to read, to teach them about subjects they are interested in, and, occasionally, to impart life lessons. I embarked upon this 60 … Continue reading

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60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (December)

Here are my final 5 picks for the 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books list, but the best is still to come — your picks! On Monday, I will share the 10 books that you, my readers, most frequently recommended, and they are … Continue reading

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Read Around the World Storytime: South America

Becky Morales — educator, mother and founder of KidWorldCitizen — and I are teaming up to bring you a series of Read Around the World Storytime posts in which we recommend great books and activities for teaching kids about countries around the … Continue reading

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15 Children’s Books About Africa (Updated!)

I am starting to update the Read Around the World booklists that I first published a couple of years ago. In the coming months, I will consider whether any newly published books should be added to the lists. Here is … Continue reading

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Tired of Dora and Thomas? Try These 15 Fantastic Children’s Book Characters Instead!

Children love series based on familiar characters like Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Train and the Disney princesses. When children enter our public library, they veer like bees to honey to the book bins that contain books featuring their favorite … Continue reading

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Picture Book Picks for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I like the holiday’s focus on gratitude and the simplicity of celebrating with good food and family. Choosing the perfect picture books to share with my children adds meaning to the holiday. Here are my … Continue reading

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Read Around the World Storytime: Africa

Becky Morales — educator, mother and founder of KidWorldCitizen — and I are teaming up to bring you a series of Read Around the World Storytime posts in which we recommend great books and activities for teaching kids about countries around the … Continue reading

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