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Rain, rain, go away

Tut-tut, it looks like rain! It’s a grey, wet week in Boston. The rain does make a nice break from the heat — but it can also result in stir-crazy kids. These books for preschool and primary children will help brighten up a rainy day. The following books were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]

Five questions for Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise created their first book together before either of them turned twelve! Since then, author Kate and illustrator Sarah have collaborated on many picture books and intermediate novels — all of which are seriously funny. Their newest picture book, Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List (Feiwel, 5–8 years), […]

Summer’s here

Climbing trees, getting wet, having outdoor adventures. The following picture books capture the mood of summertime exploration and fun. Even though he’s warned to stay safely inside the icebox, the titular star of Ice Boy escapes to the outside (“Hello, world!”). He loves the outside with its beach and its sun…and he soon becomes Water […]

Review of Little Pig Saves the Ship

Little Pig Saves the Ship by David Hyde Costello; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 5/17    978-1-58089-715-0    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-1-60734 929-7    $9.99 Little Pig from Little Pig Joins the Band (rev. 9/11) is back, once again left behind by his older siblings. This time they are going to sailing camp without […]

Review of Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List

Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise; illus. by M. Sarah Klise Primary    Feiwel    32 pp. 7/17    978-1-250-10714-5    $17.99 Astrid (a girl) and Eli (a dog) have been best friends since the newborn Astrid first came home from the hospital. They enjoy birthdays and popcorn and playgrounds, and dream of spaghetti […]

Unprecedented daring: awe-inspiring picture book biographies

Are you a daredevil at heart? Ready to take on a challenge? Are you passionate about causes and willing to jump in when you see injustice, even in the face of possible danger? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you’ll find a kindred spirit in the subjects of these two books. If you […]

Review of Walk with Me

Walk with Me by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by Rafael Yockteng; trans. from the Spanish by Elisa Amado Preschool, Primary    Groundwood    32 pp. 3/17    978-1-55498-857-0    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-858-7    $16.95 The book opens with an image of a young girl and a huge lion standing on a grassy hill, with a […]

These boots are made for walking…into mucky water

What kid doesn’t love wading in mucky water and scooping up slimy eggs stuck to cattail reeds and rotting sticks? Oh, it’s just mine? Well, we live in Maine and exploring local ponds is a great excuse to get outside in June — after waiting all winter for the opportunity. The appearance of the gooey […]

Review of Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming; illus. by Lori Nichols Preschool    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 5/17    978-0-375-86648-7    $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-96648-4    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-375-98767-0    $10.99 A cozy evening scene with a girl reading in bed, her window overlooking the silhouette of a […]

Using picture books to teach adolescents about genre

I teach a course every spring about methods in teaching writing, and one topic we learn about is teaching genre. Adolescents need a fairly broad understanding of a variety of genres, both reading and writing them, though often English classrooms focus heavily on reading novels and writing analytical essays. So every year, I make the […]