Fairies versus Unicorns: Ashley Spires’ Fairy Science and Cale Atkinson’s Unicorns 101!

It’s decision time, dear readers! It’s come to a magical showdown between FAIRIES and UNICORNS! Let’s say that you’ve been asked to pick a team between fairies and unicorns…which would you choose?! Would you be Team Fairy or would you be Team Unicorn? It’s not an easy choice to make, but I have picture book help here, courtesy of Tundra […]

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Picture Book Reviews: Princess Puffybottom…and Darryl & A Piglet Named Mercy

If you’re ready for wonderful animal-centered picture books, then hang on to your summer hat! Courtesy of Tundra Books, Candlewick Press,  and Penguin Random House Canada, I have two excellent titles for you: Princess Puffybottom…and Darryl by Susin Nielsen and Olivia Chin Mueller  and A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen. Enjoy! Life was good. Until […]

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Picture Book Reviews: The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up, Ruby’s Sword & more!

Picture book review time! I have three lovely titles on the review docket today, courtesy of my friends at Raincoast Books: Hyeon-Ju Lee‘s The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up; Ruby’s Sword by Jacqueline Véissid, illustrated by Paola Zakimi; and Lola Dutch When I Grow Up by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright. Enjoy! Author and illustrator Hyeon-Ju Lee, whose […]

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Picture Book Reviews: How to Walk an Ant, Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure & more!

A rundown of some standout picture books I’ve had the great pleasure of recently reading!     Let’s start with author, illustrator and puppeteer Cindy Derby‘s notable debut, How to Walk an Ant, a step-by-step-with-detours-guide for, you guessed it, walking ants! Through this detailed instructional guide, readers learn that walking ants is…a messy, sometimes frustrating, sometimes…um, fatal (for the ants) […]

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Picture Book Reviews: Brave Molly, Fergal and the Bad Temper & more!

We are taking a look at three great picture books today! These titles are all revolving around feelings and emotions (picture book subject areas that are always in-demand!): Brooke Boynton-Hughes’ Brave Molly (courtesy of Raincoast Books); Robert Starling’s Fergal and the Bad Temper (courtesy of Raincoast Books); and Andy Rash’s The Happy Book (courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada). Let’s […]

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Spotlight & Interview: Children’s Author Samantha R. Vamos!

Welcome to a very special post featuring a spotlight on Samantha R. Vamos! Samantha is the author of children’s titles such as Alphabet Trucks, Alphabet Trains (illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke), Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (illustrated by Santiago Cohen), as well as The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (illustrated by Rafael López), a Pura Belpré Illustration Honor book. […]

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Picks for Mother’s Day: Titles from Holman Wang and Lucy Cousins!

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, so what a perfect time to talk about two lovely and just-right-for-the-holiday children’s titles courtesy of my friends at Tundra Books, Candlewick Press and Penguin Random House Canada! If you’re interested in exploring more titles for Mother’s Day (and other family-focused titles), be sure to take a look at this list!   “My […]

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Great Picture Books! (24)

Welcome to another round-up of recently read and recommended picture books! In no particular order, here are the titles: the superb The Patchwork Bike, by Australian writer and slam poet Maxine Beneba Clarke, with illustrations (acrylic on recycled cardboard- amazing) done by artist Van Thanh Rudd, this story touches on everything from the latitude of imagination to poverty- be sure […]

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