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About AnEducationInBooks

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

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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Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora has written and illustrated a vibrant picture book about sharing and community. Omu has made a big pot of stew, but when the scent wafts out the building, hungry visitors come by for a bowl. Omu is generous–but … Continue reading

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin is a 2019 Caldecott Honor winning picture book, and for good reason. The artwork pops against the lush black night background, and the sweet but mischievous Little Star’s facial expressions add … Continue reading

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Let’s Have a Dog Party

When Frank’s well-meaning human throws him a surpise party, Frank is confused about where his quiet spot went. The partiers are loud, and Frank likes quiet. The partiers are rambunctious, and Frank wants calm. But never fear, Frank’s human finally … Continue reading

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The Patchwork Bike

The siblings in this book are used to making their own fun, including a bike made of branches and tin-can handles. Each of the parts of the bike are listed, and the art echoes the patchwork nature of the bike. … Continue reading

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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

If you’ve spent time with kids that aren’t your own, and watched how they interact, and then you read this book, and you will see the truthful way this book represents real kids. Real kids who struggle with truth and … Continue reading

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The Rabbit Listened

This lovely book about listening is a needed addition to the picture book world. When Taylor’s creation comes crashing down, several animals come by with advice. The bear wants Taylor to shout about it, the elephant wants Taylor to remember, … Continue reading

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