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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 […]

Review of Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks

Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks by Jacky Davis; illus. by Giselle Potter Preschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp. 3/19    978-0-06-257310-0    $17.99 Pekoe is a large yellow puppy with energy and enthusiasm to spare; Olive is a small older dog with a much more subdued (one might even say jaded) outlook on life. Despite their […]

Review of The Home Builders

The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj; illus. by Simona Mulazzani Preschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-399-16685-3    $17.99 This picture book invites children to observe nature for themselves as a variety of creatures busily create their homes: “Do you see the home builders?” The builders work “under the earth, / Below […]

Review of Hands Up!

Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel; illus. by Shane W. Evans Preschool, Primary    Dial    32 pp.    g 1/19    978-0-525-55231-4    $17.99  In this affirmation of self-love for children of color, an exuberant brown-skinned girl recounts many situations in which she puts her “hands up”: playing peek-a-boo as a very young child, then, as she gets older, […]

Review of Found.

Found. by Jeff Newman; illus. by Larry Day Preschool, Primary    Simon    48 pp. 11/18    978-1-5344-1006-0    $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-5344-1007-7    $10.99 A sense of isolation permeates the opening spreads of this wordless story as a girl gazes out at a rain-drenched city street from an apartment window. She soon spots a little lost dog, and a […]

Review of Chicken Talk

Chicken Talk by Patricia MacLachlan; illus. by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Preschool, Primary    Tegen/HarperCollins     32 pp. 1/19     978-0-06-239864-2     $17.99 In this slight but charming tale, a farm family’s chickens discover the power of the written word. (It’s not an original conceit, of course; see earlier exemplars of farm-animal empowerment […]

Non-snoozy storytimes

Need some inspiration for a new year of storytimes? Learn how to shake things up with Julie Roach’s classic tips for reading aloud, then choose one of these lively new picture books and invite participants to vroom, roar, bark, and awoooooooo along. The latest of Kate and Jim McMullan’s things-that-go books, I’m Tough!, stars a […]

Review of The Little Barbarian

The Little Barbarian by Renato Moriconi; illus. by the author Preschool    Eerdmans    48 pp. 8/18    978-0-8028-5509-1    $17.00 The little barbarian strides in, page left. Armed with sword and shield, he mounts his handsome black steed and proceeds through a malevolent world. Spread after spread, he gallops over and under hazards and monsters — a deep […]

Review of Kitten and the Night Watchman

Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan; illus. by Taeeun Yoo Preschool     Wiseman/Simon     32 pp. 9/18     978-1-4814-6191-7     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-6192-4     $10.99 A night watchman spies a stray kitten one night, and they befriend each other. As the man makes his rounds of the construction site, the kitten accompanies him […]