Autumn leaves with Ruby

Ruby’s Falling Leaves based on the characters created by Rosemary Wells This fall themed story brought back memories of my own grown daughter and her efforts at assembling a leaf collection project for a particularly demanding teacher. Is this assignment still out there for young students? If so, leaf identification, coupled with gathering the perfect…

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Constitution Day, September 17, 2021

We the Kids, written and illustrated by David Catrow According to a posting on the internet, Constitution Day celebrates the “formation and signing of the American Constitution on September 17, 1787 by thirty-nine brave men.” Artist and political cartoonist David Catrow is bent on presenting “The Preamble to the Constitution” to very young future voters…

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Celebrate With Me the Life of Famed Picture Book Author, Tomie dePaola, on Today, His Birthday, September 15th. It’s Harvest Time with His Beloved Strega Nona!

Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola Anyone may know my regard for picture book author, Tomie dePaola, who passed on March 30th. of this year. I suppose I have always had a soft spot in my maternal heart for both him, and the equally maternal creation of his imagination – Strega Nona aka Grandma Witch.…

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Let Nothing Deter You in Life!

Brave Irene By William Steig The howling winds and driving snow from the recent snow storm put me in mind of one of my favorite picture book authors, and conjured up scenes from one of his titles called….Brave Irene. And, of course, the author is the incomparable William Steig, winner of Caldecott Honor book designation…

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There’s an Undercover Operation at the North Pole!

North Pole Ninjas, Mission: Christmas by Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden; art by Piper Thibodeau Okay, I’m going to be really truthful here. I was never a fan of “The Elf on the Shelf” craze. There always seemed to be something slightly sinister about those elves; whatever their hair color might be. The elf…

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Dream Something Big

Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Tower by Dianna Hutts Aston, collages by Susan L. Roth Children love to build things from a very young age. They are born construction workers if you observe them carefully. Baby boomers reading this book will have memories no doubt of constructing elaborate designs with erector sets…

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