Do you love Owl Moon? Do you have kids who love all things space? Are you trying to teach your children about America’s first moon landing as we approach the 50th anniversary of that momentous accomplishment? Or maybe you remember exactly where you were on that magical day? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then be sure to get your hands on A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Matt Phelan, before July 20, 2019! Continue reading “A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple (and other moon books)”
Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner, written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland, was released just last month (May 21, 2019, to be exact). I had read advance reviews of it throughout the spring and requested it from the library months ago, so that I could be first in line to read it when our library got it… Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to my hands before I published my 4th of July booklist, but I have it now, and it’s wonderful! Continue reading “Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner by Jessie Hartland”
I first discovered Flotsam by David Wiesner as a part of my very first Mock Caldecott unit in the classroom, and it has been towards the top of my all-time favorite picture books ever since then. Wiesner’s books tend to always be amazing (see my review of Art & Max here, and his Sector 7 made my list of “90 Books for 90 Days of Summer,” which you can find here). If you hang around the children’s book world long enough you’ll likely hear the term “wordless wonder,” and Flotsam is indeed a wordless wonder in every way. Continue reading “Flotsam by David Wiesner”
Do you know the book Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Mark Astrella? If not, you should! Ryan’s writing and Astrella’s paintings make this an absolute winner for both teachers and parents. We received Hello Ocean as a gift when our oldest was born, and it’s still a summer- and beach-read favorite in our house six years later (and would likely be read repeatedly year-round if I didn’t stash it away with our other beach books). Read on to see why we love it! Continue reading “Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan”
Do you have any airport travel coming up this summer? I’ve got the perfect airplane book for you all… So perfect that we first read it about 3 years ago, before an airplane trip to get our girls ready and excited, and we continue to read it today, loving it and noticing still new details every time (and yes, this is another book that long ago lost its dust jacket…). For your children’s summer travel reading pleasure, I bring you The Airport Book by Lisa Brown.
Does it feel like summer yet where you live? While we thought summer had arrived early back in April, we’ve had an unusually cold and rainy month of May, and we’re expecting more cold, rainy weather this weekend… but it looks like a big chunk of the country may be very, very hot for Memorial Day! Whether you’re trying to stay cool by reading inside, or wishing summer weather would arrive, Sun by Sam Usher may be the perfect book for you this weekend! Continue reading “Sun by Sam Usher”
Do you ever start a read-aloud and realize that, while it seemed to be a perfect set-up/story/time/etc for you, it just wasn’t really right for your audience? I’m guessing the answer is yes… If it’s not, then can you share all of your secrets with us? For the rest of us, rest assured that you’re not alone! I’d been wanting to write about rethinking your read-aloud expectations for a while, and then when I came across Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Keith Graves, I thought this might be the perfect picture book to illustrate this point. Continue reading “A Read-Aloud Tip AND a Book Recommendation!”