This story will gently lead our young readers to the understanding that thoughtful, warm friends are wonderful to have around when the going gets rough.  I’m quite certain your family will agree,  the best adventures are the ones you share with family and friends. **********************************  “A charming, fantastical twist on the backyard adventure.”— Booklist FERN and OTTO… Read More


As you share this gem of a book, you will instantly realize this is no ordinary children’s picture book.  It is delightfully complex.  Your  children will be introduced to the parts of a story—setting, character, plot, conflict, and resolution—in a most  engaging manner, and the witty dialogue between the narrator and the panda is hilarious. *************************… Read More


There are some cognitive benefits to playing hiding games.  Peekaboo makes babies giggle but also teaches them the concept of object permanence; that things can still exist even though they might not be able to see them.  Searching for objects or people encourages children to use their imagination and helps them develop problem-solving skills as they… Read More


Inspired in part by his own childhood, this gorgeous picture book from Jim LaMarche tells the story of one stubborn boy’s unexpectedly wonderful summer on the river.  This is an imagination-sparking story about appreciating the simple, natural joys of the world and the people in it.  It is also about discovering and exploring one’s own talents. … Read More


This sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons.  Simple and profound, we are reminded that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. ************************************** When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and… Read More


This book is a whimsical reimagination of the familiar English nursery rhyme that celebrates creativity and exploration instead of gender stereotypes.  Who says that girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice?   Or that boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dog’s tails? “But why can’t girls be made of monkeys and… Read More


Hands up if you ever had a question that no one could answer. Did you ever find an answer? Scientists spend their lives trying to answer questions………… Children are born eager to learn. Curious by nature, we can’t keep them from exploring as they try to comprehend their environment. Everything is a wonder.  When conditions allow… Read More

APPLE CAKE… a Gratitude

Initially, Apple Cake appears to be a simple picture book, but in fact, its contents are quite sophisticated.  I suspect that rarely do we think of the chain of events that have led to our eating a particular food item at a meal.   With tender illustrations that are filled with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children… Read More


For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s encoded in the DNA of all plants and animals. Humans have radically disrupted this cycle by lighting up the night.  In a world marred by light pollution, this quest for true darkness is a clarion call to turn out… Read More


So, what about our ordinary, everyday things….the moments you treasure and the magic you make?  We live in a world obsessed with the mighty. The large. The barely achievable. Yet wondrous things happen all around us.  Extraordinary! is both a wake-up call and a love song to the quiet, everyday moments that remind us what an amazing… Read More