Emmie Stuart

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My sister, a high school English teacher, is one of the most well-read and story-loving persons on the planet. She reads voraciously, indiscriminately, and deeply. When she presses a book into my hands, I know it will demand focused and thoughtful reading. This was the case with Joseph Campbell’s The...

Review of The Little Guys

The Little Guysby Vera Brosgol; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.4/19    978-1-62672-442-6    $17.99The “strongest guys in the whole forest” are the Little Guys — small pastel-colored creatures with acorn-cap hats; red, nose-like appendages; and stick arms and legs. Together there is nothing they cannot conquer. For example,...

Hello Lighthouse

I like to believe that over ten years of reading books aloud to children has provided me with a strong sense of the ones that will capture not just their attention but also (and perhaps more importantly) their hearts and minds. The books they beg me to read again and...

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider

In the words of E. B. White, "Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth." I think White would be pleased with Barbara Herkert’s and Lauren Castillo’s collaboration, A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E....

Little Fox in the Forest

On a bitterly cold January evening, a friend gave me a stack of ARCs of soon-to-be-released picture books. I meant to read them during the next day’s planning period at school, but the day got away from me and it wasn’t until near the end of the school day that...

Miracle Man

Truth be told, I almost always avoid standard religious children’s books, as I find the majority of them trite, preachy, or overly sentimental. A picture book about Jesus could easily fall into one of these categories; could be a sentimental, moralistic depiction with a didactic message. But in the hands of author-illustrator John Hendrix, the...

Thunder Boy Jr.

Yuyi Morales first appeared on my radar in Spring 2012. Running late for a baby shower, I had popped into our local bookstore to purchase a gift. As I walked past the "New Picture Books" table, Georgia in Hawaii caught my eye. Twenty seconds later, I was headed toward the register...

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