Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace

This tongue-in-cheek take on cleaning one’s plate is humorous fun for kids and grown-ups alike. “If you want to grow up to be a big, strong pea, you have to eat your candy.” Papa Pea tells Little Pea. That’s a tall order, but Little Pea acquiesces. And what’s for dessert? You might be surprised. Corace’s signature ink-and-watercolor style with lots of white space make the Pea family’s antics (ranging from roughhousing with Papa Pea when … Read more

Imagine Harry by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

Little Rabbit is quite dependent on his friend, Harry, especially when it’s time to start school. The thing is, no one else sees Harry, or even seems to realize he’s there. This warmly reassuring tale underscores the security Little Rabbit has in his relationship with his mother and the inner resources he draws upon in adjusting to school. Eventually Harry moves away and doesn’t write or call. Deep, rich color and lots of detail make … Read more

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw Lola is a happy girl. Why? Because it’s Tuesday and Tuesday is library day. Little ones will relate to Lola and appreciate her celebration of books as they shadow her through her adventures from wake-up time to bedtime when, of course, her new library books are read to her. Bright, but soft and fuzzy, acrylic illustrations are engaging and good for group reading, as … Read more

Sharing and Working Together

LITTLE MOUSE AND THE BIG RED APPLE by A. H. Benjamin EASY BEN SHARING IS FUN by Joanna Cole EASY COL IT’S SHARING DAY by Kristen Larsen EASY DOR KINDNESS IS COOLER, MRS. RULER by Margery Cuyler EASY CUY I CAN SHARE WITH OTHERS by Jenette Guntly Donovan EASY DON BOSSY BEAR by David Horvath EASY HOR IT’S MY TURN! by Heather Maisner EASY MAI AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson EASY RIC WILLIAM … Read more

Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt

A young girl shuttles back and forth between divorced parents…different homes, different routines. The one constant is her dog Fred who, though not perfect, is always there. When Fred disrupts Mom and Dad’s respective lives, their daughter reminds them in no uncertain terms that Fred Stays with Me! They see the wisdom in this, and make the necessary adjustments. This book is a positive and relatable picture book choice that reinforces the life-skills of communication … Read more

Curious Garden – book review

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) When Liam is out exploring (he seems to be the only one in his city that enjoys being outside) he discovers some plants struggling to grow between the rails of an abandoned elevated railway. He starts tending these plants, even though he doesn’t have much experience with gardening, and he gradually learns how to care for them. The plants flourish and … Read more

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