Sometimes, a bowl of soup is perfect, except when it’s not.

“Happy Harry’s Café,” by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Richard Holland; Candlewick Press, $16.99 32 pages, ages 3-5.    English poet Michael Rosen (“We’re going on a Bear Hunt”) takes a classic Jewish joke  and crafts a quirky rhyme around it in this warm and toasty picture book.  Harry, who appears to be a polar bear,Continue reading “Sometimes, a bowl of soup is perfect, except when it’s not.”

Frankenstorm Reads!

With the pending arrival of the “Frankenstorm” here on the East Coast, parents may find themselves homebound this Halloween. Perhaps these spooky titles will help weather the storm.  If we could hand out books instead of treats on Halloween anyway, we would tuck these into outstretched bags instead of candy. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” illustrated byContinue reading “Frankenstorm Reads!”

The power to inspire children through books

I am so happy to post this story because it is about one of my former students who has chosen to inspire children through reading.  In October 2011, Paul Naanou, then a junior at the Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, organized an event called “Destination Text-ploration.”  The event was coordinated through an afterContinue reading “The power to inspire children through books”

Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit is one of the most recognizable children’s book characters created, and now the Morgan Library in Manhattan is hosting an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s picture letters, which include numerous sketches of the curious bunny. Initially these letters served purely as entertainment for children of friends. Later they became an inspiration for Potter’s booksContinue reading “Beatrix Potter”

Omnia vincit amor

“Boot and Shoe,” by Marla Frazee; Simon & Schuster, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 3-6.   Two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee introduces us to Boot and Shoe, an inseparable pair of pups who share everything – a bed, a food bowl, even a communal arboreal latrine. The majority of their time is spent on oppositeContinue reading “Omnia vincit amor”

Exploring Outdoors

“underGROUND,” by Denise Fleming; Beach Lane Books, $17.99, 40 pages,ages 3-5. Two weeks into the first full month of fall we celebrate the harvests of the season and the changing multicolor landscape as the forests prepare for winter. Here, we peek at burrowing critters that call the forest home in this wonderfully earthy picture bookContinue reading “Exploring Outdoors”

Quick Picks

So much to read, so little time. Here are three lovely books that deserve attention and will no doubt brighten any young reader’s day.   “Tell me About Your Day Today,” by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer; Beach Lane Books, $17.99 40 pages, ages 3-6. Bestselling author Mem Fox writes about a charming boy who lovesContinue reading “Quick Picks”

Bon Voyage!

“A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse,” by Frank Viva; TOON Books; $12.95, 32 pages, ages 4-6.  Follow the seafaring adventure of a boy and his mouse in this second comic book by five-time New Yorker cover illustrator Frank Viva. Aboard their sturdy ship, the explorers brave bumpy waves and freezing temperaturesContinue reading “Bon Voyage!”

Prepare to be Astounded!

“Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show,” by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Dan Santat; Abrams Books for Young Readers, $16.95, 40 pages, ages 4-6. This totally awesome tale of daredevil Kel Gilligan will amaze and astound preschool readers. Follow Kel’s daring exploits as he attempts such feats as eating broccoli, facing “The Potty of Doom,” and notContinue reading “Prepare to be Astounded!”