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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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Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs

The title tells you everything you need to know. This is indeed a picture book about animal word pairs, and a pair of yaks yakking fills the first double page spread. Jennifer Black Reinhardt‘s clever illustrations show the yaks having … Continue reading

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Bad Guy

How fun to pretend to be a Bad Guy! Though the main character may tell you he’s not pretending and never once does he drop out of character. His seemingly unwilling sister bears the brunt of his bad guy antics, but … Continue reading

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

There aren’t many picture books with unreliable narrators. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach is one that works extremely well and that even young children will understand and enjoy. Not only is the narrator unreliable, but she us unseen until … Continue reading


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Sun and Moon

A modern-day fable about the sun and moon switching places, Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey is a beautiful picture book about the idea that someone else has it better. Moon imagines that sun has many more beautiful sights, and so he … 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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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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Fun with Roman Numerals

Some kids don’t learn Roman numerals in school, and that’s a shame.  Here’s the book to rectify that:  Fun with Roman Numerals by David A. Adler and illustrated by Edward Miller III, who conveniently has Roman numerals after his name. … Continue reading

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Wemberly Worried

Wemberly worries so much, she can barely get through the day, and as school starts, the anxieties blossom.  When Wemberly finds a friend, she ends up being so busy that worry is pushed out of the way. Kevin Henkes has … Continue reading

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The Circulatory Story

For a fun and detailed look at the circulatory system, follow the little green guy through blood vessels, valves, veins and more.  Geared to grade three through five, this book gives comprehensive information and explicit illustrations.  Written by Mary K. … Continue reading

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