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Life

A philosophical and hopeful picture book, Life, by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel, honors life, growth and change. The book starts with a small plant, and a small elephant, and takes us on a journey through days and … Continue reading

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

There is a lot to look forward to in Autumn: the chill in the air, the leaves falling, the colours. Kenard Pak‘s Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn follows a girl on her walk through the transition between summer and autumn. She notices … Continue reading

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Flashlight

Wordless picture books can say so much, and Flashlight is a perfect example. First, the illustrations are exquisite, mostly glowing white on black paper except where the flashlight’s beam falls and a few other choice spots. The story: A boy … Continue reading

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Listen up all of you Six Plus One Traits people: This is your book for voice. And it’s a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The scouts are two raccoons, J’miah and Bingo, who live in … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

An inspiring tale of William Kamkwamba and how he upcycled trash to make his community’s first windmill. During 2001 and 2001, Malawi suffered from severe drought. William’s village didn’t have electric lights, much less crop irrigation, so William studied at … Continue reading

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Blueberries For Sal

It’s old, I know. As much as I love new books, I love old ones too. Published in 1948, Blueberries for Sal has a parallel plot structure which is perfect for drawing comparisons. I see charts comparing bears to humans and charts … Continue reading

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Dogsled Dreams

Adventure. Dogs. Snow. Terry Lynn Johnson‘s Dogsled Dreams has it all. Twelve-year-old Rebecca has to convince everyone, most of all herself, that she’s a good enough musher for a real dog sled race. While friends and family throw a few problems in … Continue reading

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House Held Up By Trees

A quiet and compelling picture book, House Held Up By Trees features a little house and the changes it goes through over the years, first being surrounded by closely cropped grass and finally being abandoned by its people yet held up … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

If you are against non-union lettuce and for clothing made from used dental floss, this is your book. Polly Horvath has written a fantastical kidnapping plot with a zany cast of characters including The Marmot, Madeline, a hooman (in fox-speak) … Continue reading

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Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

Stunning photographs of flowers and seeds demonstrate Fibonacci numbers: “the sequence of numbers–1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…–in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.” Growing Patterns starts off simply, explaining the concept … Continue reading

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