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Review of B Is for Baby

B Is for Baby by Atinuke; illus. by Angela Brooksbank Preschool    Candlewick    40 pp. 3/19    978-1-5362-0166-6    $16.99 Atinuke and Brooksbank (Baby Goes to Market) reunite for another tenderly funny slice-of-life story set in an unspecified African village and starring a winsome baby girl, who is dearly loved. This alphabet book sticks with the letter B, […]

Review of The Little Guys

The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 4/19    978-1-62672-442-6    $17.99 The “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, their […]

Review of There Are No Bears in This Bakery

There Are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 1/19    978-0-399-55665-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55666-1    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55667-8    $10.99 Sarcone-Roach’s previous bear-centric picture book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (rev. 1/15), featured an unreliable offstage narrator, a cover-up, and — spoiler alert — no […]

Review of Carl and the Meaning of Life

Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Viking    48 pp.    g 4/19    978-0-451-47498-8    $17.99 Carl is an earthworm, always moving under the ground, digesting leaves and “turning hard dirt into fluffy soil.” When a field mouse asks him why he does that, […]

Spring into nature

Spring is a season of rebirth, which makes it a great time to discover Mother Nature’s many wonders. These new picture books will inspire inquisitive preschoolers-and-up to venture outside and explore. The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj invites children to observe nature as a variety of creatures busily create homes to live in with their […]

Review of Home Is a Window

Home Is a Window by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illus. by Chris Sasaki Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 4/19    978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4156-3    $18.99 Ledyard offers a meditation of sorts on the sense of comfort and belonging that home should evoke, whether it’s a place we know well or a new home to which we’ve […]

Review of Another

Another by Christian Robinson; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    56 pp. 3/19    978-1-5344-2167-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2168-4    $10.99 For his solo picture book debut, Robinson (illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, rev. 3/15; School’s First Day of School, rev. 3/16; When’s My Birthday?, rev. 9/17; and more) offers a smart, sly, and […]

Review of Hey, Water!

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-8234-4155-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4201-0    $17.99 A girl named Zoe explores water in this playful and informative book. Speaking directly to water (“Hey, water! I know you! You’re all around”), Zoe considers the role of water inside a home […]

Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019

March is Women’s History Month, but we believe women’s history and empowerment are important topics to talk about with kids all year long. (And at every age — check out this onesie I was stoked to find for a friend’s baby!) The following recent picture-book biographies of amazing women can be a part of the […]

Embracing friendship and community

The following picture books provide models for warmth, friendship, community-building, and inclusivity in ways that very young children can understand and embrace. David Soman’s inviting How to Two is a counting book that could also serve as a set of inclusivity instructions. A lone boy plays on a slide (“how to one”); when he joins […]