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sharing my favourite must-read children's books for kids, teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone who knows a good story is a good story, regardless of the characters' ages

Truman

Truman, written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, is that rare picture book that’s both sweet and surprising (in a gentle, literary way). Truman is a turtle, and from his perspective, we see all of the details … Continue reading

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The Honeybee

The Honeybee is a delightful picture book about the joy of a bee racing and chasing and zooming from flower to flower. There’s a bit of rhyme in the narration, but an excited, buzzing sort of narration as if it’s … Continue reading

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A Quieter Story

A girl sets out to write a story about a kitten, but the kitten objects, wanting to be called a tiger. The tiger wants bigger and bigger adventures until the tension is unbearable for the tiger, and ridiculous for the … Continue reading

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One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller

This counting picture book encapsulates the quintessential concept book and a suspenseful narrative arc exceptionally well. Mix in Kate Read‘s vivid illustrations, and One Fox becomes a stunning book that holds up to repeated readings. The ending is unexpected, and … Continue reading

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Give Me Back My Bones!

A skeleton falls apart at the bottom of the sea, and says a rhyme to find back each one of his parts. “Who can spot my shoulder blade, my shrugging jacket-holder blade, my shiver-when-I’m, colder blade? Oh, scapula, come back!” … Continue reading

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Ling &Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

Ling and Ting, twins, go to the barber, conduct magic, and make dumplings together, all while proving they are not exactly the same. Six short chapters offer six unique stories, though the stories weave together a bit, too, especially in … Continue reading

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The Undefeated

This picture book, The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, is profoundly beautiful. My library has it categorized under poetry, and it is that, too. Every word hits home, powerfully, meaningfully, the cadence spot on with the page turn. … Continue reading

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The Girl and the Wolf

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m interested in Little Red Riding Hood versions, and Katherena Vermette‘s The Girl and the Wolf is an interesting one. Vermette, who is Métis, was inspired by both traditional stories and European fairy tales. Beautiful illustrations … Continue reading

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The Digger and The Flower

Digger, Crane, and Dozer are busy building up the monochrome city with tall skyscrapers and bridges and wide roads. When Digger finds a lone flower, he protects it, until it’s the very last space available and then it, too, gets … Continue reading

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Camo Girl

Kekla Magoon‘s middle grade novel Camo Girl is unexpected in all the best ways. Ella, the narrator, is friends with Z, the strangest boy in the whole grade. Both of them are ostracized, and they cope by creating an imaginary … Continue reading

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