National Daughters Day is Celebrated on September 25, 2021. With Frances and Gloria Badger, Life is Interesting in a Classic Picture Book Way that Is Highly Relatable Territory.

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban If you’ve not stumbled on to the “Frances the Badger” series created by the Hobans and enjoyed by readers for years, you are in for a real treat. I chose “Bread and Jam for Frances” of the lot because let’s face it parents, every family…

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Back to School Picks: Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery Send out an alert! There’s a Gingerbread Man, fresh from the oven, baked from scratch by a class and he’s an escapee! Well, not really. But he is on the loose. Starting in a school kitchen, he’s assembled from the…

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Back to School Picks: Follow the Line to School

Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist In the tradition of series books like “I Spy” and “Where’s Waldo” comes Laura Ljkungkvist’s books, “Follow the Line”. Born in Sweden, she honed her talents as a freelance illustrator. “The New Yorker”, “Harper’s Bazaar and “House and Garden” were in the mix of her varied clients.…

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Organized Religion and Picture Books

Religion As a Theme in Picture Books   I read a blog recently that set me wondering and I may be touching a very sensitive “third rail” topic, but here goes. The article mentioned the scarcity of recently published great children’s picture books that have religion as a theme. At the same time I’m reflecting…

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Read Alouds Are Back!

The Return of the “Read Aloud”   I think any one who blogs on children’s picture books is always checking out new children’s picture book websites, in the world of KidLitosphere, to see what’s new, what’s exciting, what’s out there. One day during this surfing expedition, I stumbled across a site called “Sara’s iPad”- I…

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