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sharing my favourite must-read children's books for kids, teachers and parents

Mo’s Mustache

When Mo got a Mustache, everyone else did too. So Mo got a scarf, and everyone else did too. “Ack!” is just the beginning of Mo’s frustration, until the Greek chorus explains and Mo comes up with a great idea. … Continue reading

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Usually, I focus on new books, but today, I need to present a classic: Frederick by Leo Lionni. Published in 1967, this book is still in print and it still speaks to all of those dreamy, quiet kids out there who … Continue reading

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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told, a refrain that runs throughout this picture book biography by Michael Mahin (illustrated by Evan Turk). No matter who told him he couldn’t do something–his grandma, the boss man, … Continue reading

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Me Tall, You Small

A warm-hearted cozy picture book is always on the reading menu, and Lilli L’Arronge‘s Me Tall, You Small is today’s special because it highlights the love between an adult and child. Throughout the day, they show how they are the same … Continue reading

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The Cave

I love picture books with surprise endings, especially funny surprise endings. The Cave by Rob Hodgson delights readers (that’s me!) with expressive illustrations and a funny twist. One illustration shows just eyes in the dark cave with rain coming down and yet the … Continue reading

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A philosophical and hopeful picture book, Life, by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel, honors life, growth and change. The book starts with a small plant, and a small elephant, and takes us on a journey through days and … Continue reading

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When My Sister Started Kissing

Helen Frost‘s masterful novel-in-poems When My Sister Started Kissing features Claire and Abigail at their summer cottage on the lake, where they navigate a new stepmother, boys, kissing, and memories. Claire, the younger of the two, is the main narrator, and can’t … Continue reading

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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

After the Fall by Dan Santat gives Humpty Dumpty a new ending, where all the king’s men did put him together. “There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” You see, Humpty became afraid, and that limited … Continue reading

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Walk With Me

A girl meets a lion after school and convinces him to walk with her, on the long road out of the city. Onlookers gasp in fear. She picks up her baby brother from the baby sitter, and the lion roars … Continue reading

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Bad Guy

How fun to pretend to be a Bad Guy! Though the main character may tell you he’s not pretending and never once does he drop out of character. His seemingly unwilling sister bears the brunt of his bad guy antics, but … Continue reading

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