WONDER WALKERS

When two curious children embark on a wonder walk, they let their imaginations soar as they look at the world in a whole new light. They have thought-provoking questions for everything they see: Is the sun the world’s light bulb? Is dirt the world’s skin? Are rivers the earth’s veins? Is the wind the world breathing?… Read More

I’M A HARE, SO THERE!

When a chipmunk mistakes Hare for a rabbit, Hare puts him in his place.  Actually, the chipmunk is a SQUIRREL. Or so he says.  🙂 The clever dialogue between the characters on the differences between commonly mixed-up animals is a sneakily educational readaloud.  It offers a gentle lesson on appreciating differences and standing up for what you… Read More

SEASIDE STROLL

Ah…the wonders of a beach walk.  This charming book delights in many ways. First, the entire story is told with s-words, adjectives, verbs, and nouns: scruffy, slosh, and, best of all, standstill, as the two beachgoers, a mother and a child, encounter something special. *************************** SEASIDE STROLL Charles Trevino – Author Maribel Lechuga – Illustrator Told with only… Read More

BADGER’S PERFECT GARDEN

This is a perfect story to share with our children at any time, but especially with a little gardener at springtime. Perhaps it will inspire you and your little helpers to plant your own perfect garden! *********************** BADGER’S PERFECT GARDEN Marsha Diane Arnold – Author Ramona Kaulitzki – Illustrator It is spring. Badger has dozens of… Read More

HOW DO YOU FIND A BIRD?

This book is a celebration of the wondrous variety, colors and sounds of the avian world.  It is sure to have our children grabbing their binoculars and heading outside to explore.  A veteran birder invites our young readers to look for the birds around them.  🙂 **************************************** HOW TO FIND A BIRD Jennifer Ward – Author… Read More

13 WAYS TO EAT A FLY

The title of this book is just too irresistible!  Thirteen flies become tasty snacks in this clever reverse counting book about subtraction, predators, and prey.   A swarm of thirteen flies buzzes along, losing one member to each predator along the way. Whether the unfortunate insects are zapped or wrapped, liquefied or zombified, the science is real–and… Read More

LITTLE FOX

Good parents everywhere know the tension of wanting our kids to be curious, to have rich experiences and friends…but to be perfectly safe while doing it. ******************************* A tender little story…… LITTLE FOX Edward van de Vendel – Author Marije Tolman – Illustrator   An exuberant young fox plays joyfully among birds and animals, not always… Read More

“ALL IS SILENT”

For my final blog post of 2020, I’d like to share a book that was just published.  After the Snowfall  is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces our children to the wonder of nature in winter.  While the narrative may be slim, the marvelous art will warm up your family this Winter.   After the Snowfall… Read More

SHARING OUR STORIES

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

BIRDSONG

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