Monthly Archives: August 2013

Walk Together Children

Selected and illustrated by world-renowned artist Ashley Bryan, Walk Together Children:  Black American Spirituals, is complete with music for each song. The linoleum print artwork, stunning in black and white if you can get your hands on a 1974 edition, has … Continue reading


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Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-Up Story of True Friendship

Audrey Vernick has the quintessential dog personality down pat. I don’t know rhinos quite as well, however, they were my favourite animal at age three so I feel qualified to say that Vernick also has the rhino character traits up to … Continue reading

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Charlie Harper‘s ABCs is filled with artistic animal renderings. There are a ton of alphabet books out there and still, you need this one too, because the art is simple, beautiful and colorful.

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Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat

Violet is the smallest one in her family and she feels a bit overlooked. Befriending a sparrow in a shopping mall and a ladybug from the garden help her see her own place and home in a new light. Full … Continue reading

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“I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.” Although August doesn’t look ordinary, he feels ordinary on the inside and as he narrates how others react to his craniofacial anomaly, especially as he begins traditional school for the first time. … Continue reading

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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

In this myth-like story, three children play with their creative powers while the gods laze around. Their lovely creations inspire them, until they create the big, bad wolf. Is it possible to un-create? Should creation be left to the gods? … Continue reading

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Truckery Rhymes

“Metal and stuff and everything tough–That’s what trucks are made of.” Jon Scieszka has turned all of our classic rhymes into Trucktown verse and then commandeered three fabulous illustrators:  David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon. Fun and spot on meter … Continue reading

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I’m Bored

The perfect book as summer nears its end and kids secretly want to go back to school:  I’m Bored, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, is laugh-out-loud funny and spot-on kid-speak. Besides, it’s got a potato in it. Debbi … Continue reading

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