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School Days are Here!

School is about to begin and children everywhere are anticipating all that awaits them.  However, some kids are nervous about their first day.  Here are some great books to help open discussions about the beginning of school.  All are picture books and all are good for ages four through eight.   A Tiger Tail (Or […]

Celebrate the Olympics with Sport Books

The Olympics is a terrific way to celebrate our world through athletic competition.  Here are some outstanding books about several sports with the age appropriateness specified. The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon, by Megan McCarthy, documents in a lively picture book format how America’s first Olympic marathon became dubbed “the […]

Picture Books to Celebrate Summertime

Summer brings warmth, fun and growth everywhere.  Here are some great picture books on the subject that are good for ages three through seven unless otherwise designated.   Little Honey Bee, by Jane Après, is a blooming board book filled with lift-the-flap petals, insects and leaves for toddlers to discover about nature.  Little hands count […]

America the Beautiful

Independence Day is right around the corner and that equates with picnics, fireworks and appreciating our beloved country and this land that was saved for these latter days.  Here are some excellent non-fiction and historical fiction books.  Unless indicted, all books are good for ages eight and up. Brave Like My Brother, by Marc Tyler […]

Summertime = Reading Time

It’s time to go outside and sit beneath the shade of a big leafy tree and begin reading adventures, mysteries, historical fiction and more.  These books are all page turners and are perfect for the lazy, hazy days of summer.  They are perfect for ages 8 and way above.  Several of these books are definite […]

Babies Babies Everywhere

Springtime and babies seem to go together.  Here are some of the very best books geared for babies and families of young children ages zero to four.  Except for the last five, all are small board books made sturdy and thick for little hands.  I’ve grouped them into four sections: concepts, beginning reading, uniquely packaged […]

Hail to the Graduate: Young and Old

It’s graduation time from preschool and kindergarten to high school and college!  Here are some outstanding books filled with advice, imagination and creativity to help encourage and bring out the best as these various graduates transition to their next phase of life. Keep Curious and Carry a Banana (Wisdom from the World of Curious George), […]

Mother Dear, I Love You So

Mother’s Day will soon be here and I’ve collected some wonderful picture books about, and for, moms.  Naturally, these books can be enjoyed by all ages. All We Know, by Linda Ashman, and beautifully painted with watercolor and acrylic by Jane Dyer, has a lyrical rhyming style that begs to be read aloud – perhaps […]

Spring Has Sprung!

Springtime has finally arrived and so have birds, blossoms and little critters. Here are several picture books celebrating this magical and beautiful season.  All of these books are good for ages four and up.   Cricket Song, by Anne Hunter, is a gorgeously illustrated book that fills the pages with soft watercolor hues that wash […]

April is Poetry Month

April brings showers and rhymes.  Poetry brings together beautiful words that describe the elegant symbiosis of spring and all that the Lord has created.  There is also great pleasure in rhyming patterns as they drip off when spoken out loud.  In fact, all poetry begs to be read out loud for the impact of the […]