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About aneducationinbooks

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

Square

The world is divided on whether they love, hate or just don’t get these books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. I fall firmly in the former camp. Square is visually innovative and brings in a bit of philosophy for … Continue reading

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Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Flora and her brother, Julian, live with Person and Dad, their forever family after being in several foster placements that are hazy in their memory. Person is the name Flora secretly calls her adoptive forever mom, because she’s had too … Continue reading

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Harriet Gets Carried Away

What does it mean to get carried away? Is that an idiom? Well, Harriet does get carried away with her varied costumes, as the idiom suggests. And she gets carried away, literally, by penguins! (It’s not really a spoiler if … Continue reading

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All the Animals Where I Live

Philip C. Stead‘s picture book, All the Animals Where I Live, wanders through life in the country, stream-of-conscious-style, and introduces us to the characters the author (and his ninety-year-old neighbour) sees on any given day. The quiet life, the artistic life, … Continue reading

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A Different Pond

A gently nuanced story of an early morning fishing trip shows the beauty and struggle of a Vietnamese American family. It’s a quiet story, but the words and images are so lovely, it conjures a pure picture of one day … Continue reading

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Waiting for Normal

When Addie and Mommers move into a lonely trailer across from a parking lot filled with potholes and a minimart gas station, Mommers is less than thrilled, but Addie makes the best of it. In fact, Addie does almost everything, … Continue reading

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Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

A little girl in Rome who hates having her picture taken grows up into an international fashion designer. Inspired by beautiful, bold flowers, Elsa Schiaparelli imagines many amazing scenarios and when she’s grown, she becomes an artist–a dressmaker. “To be … Continue reading

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Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs

The title tells you everything you need to know. This is indeed a picture book about animal word pairs, and a pair of yaks yakking fills the first double page spread. Jennifer Black Reinhardt‘s clever illustrations show the yaks having … Continue reading

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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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Frederick

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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