Category Archives: Michigan author/illustrator

Nuts to You

Nuts to You is a highly entertaining and wise account of squirrels rushing around the forest, wondering what the humans are doing cutting down trees along the buzz path. When Jed, TsTs, Chai and Tchke figure this out, they are off … Continue reading

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The Pout-Pout Fish and What On Earth Is A Pout?

Here’s a pair of picture books: one fiction and one non-fiction, both about pouty fish. First, Deborah Diesen‘s The Pout-Pout Fish, illustrated by Dan Hanna, is a funny book about Mr.Fish’s penchant for spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. “It’s just … Continue reading

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Symphony City

In Symphony City, a young girl gets lost in the subway and street music shows her the path back home. Spare text coupled with Amy Martin‘s bold lines and contrasting colour scheme make this picture book a visual treat. Also, find the … Continue reading

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Ice Caves of Leelanau

This visual feast captures the ice on the Great Lakes from Winter 2013-14, a year that resulted in 90% of the Great Lakes covered in ice. But the lakes weren’t just frozen, they were covered in caves, ice balls, pancake … Continue reading

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The Blessing Cup

Patricia Polacco‘s family history is reminiscent of Fiddler on the Roof  for kids. This beautiful book has everything you’d expect from Polacco, complete with gorgeous, mainly black and white, illustrations in pencil and marker. Key elements, such as the blessing cup, … Continue reading

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The Story of Paper

Ying Chang Compestine and YongSheng Xuan have created a Chinese folk tale complete with mischief and historical flavour. Read the story, then the author’s note in the back which tells of the oldest pieces of paper in the world. There’s … Continue reading

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If You Want To See A Whale

From the team that gave us And Then It’s Spring comes another delightful book about watching and waiting. At first, it has the circular structure of If You Give A Moose A Muffin; there are a multitude of interruptions when you are waiting to … Continue reading

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All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens

There aren’t many upper middle grade books set in 1920s India. Rosalind, from a British colonist family, loves India and consorts with Ghandi followers, much to her military father’s chagrin. She tries to meld her two worlds: the one where … Continue reading

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The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder

“Snow begins with a speck”. For the youngest readers, read the bold words on each page. Older readers will enjoy the explanations and captions. Close-ups of real snow crystals that make up snowflakes fascinate, and diagrams of snow crystals illustrate … Continue reading

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The Quiet Place

In the 1950s, many Mexicans crossed the border to live and work in the United States. Sarah Stewart‘s epistolary picture book, The Quiet Place, chronicles Isabel’s adjustment to the midwest by creating a quiet place out of large boxes where she … Continue reading

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