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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Books that Stretch your Imagination

Wordless books help to bolster communication and actively engage the reader to imagine more to a story.  All of these books are wordless stories, except for the last three.  Those books are “search and find” books.  All are good for all ages, unless otherwise indicated.   Where’s Walrus? And Penguin?, by Stephen Savage, displays such […]

Halloween’s Coming

Halloween is a fun time for youngsters to dress up in costumes. It’s an added bonus to also receive free candy! Here are some great books for ages four and up to enjoy for this upcoming holiday.   Happy Halloween Witch’s Cat!, by Harriet Muncaster, shows a little girl who pretends that her mom is […]

April Celebrates Poetry

One of the best ways to enjoy our language, in an eloquent manner, is through poetry. This genre is one of my favorites because every year new picture books of rhythm, rhyme, haiku and free verse enlighten, as they lighten, our days so we can enjoy the beautiful imagery that language can create. These books […]

It’s a Great Time to Learn

Winter can be a restful, quiet time to settle youngsters down and help them learn. Here are some great picture books from which to learn letters, numbers, colors and shapes, all geared for toddlers.   Square Cat ABC, by Elizabeth Schoonmaker, cleverly weaves a story around the letters of the alphabet. This delightful tale involves […]

Sleepy-Time Books

School time means earlier bedtime for youngsters.  What better way to get them to settle down and go to sleep than a great read-out-loud picture book about this subject?  These books are all good for ages three to seven. Moonday, by Adam Rex, is a clever and creative story about how the moon ended up […]

School is Cool

School has begun, or is about to begin, and children are beginning a new year with new teachers and subjects to learn.  Some important things kids learn besides academics are friendship, kindness and getting along with others.  Here are some outstanding picture books on these other subjects, as well as etiquette and manners.  All of […]