Category Archives: Picture books

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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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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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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