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A review of Friends by Mies van Hout

It never ceases to amaze me -- what picture book authors and illustrators can do with just a few simple words and pictures. In Friends, by Mies van Hout, bright and engaging chalk illustrations with one word depict the many joys and hardships of friendship. From playing together, to crying together, and even teasing each other, little creatures perfectly embody a child's experiences being a friend. ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 20, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

If you and your little ones love books, Open This Little Book is the perfect choice. It's a story within a story, a book within a book -- and it's all a lot of fun! Madison native, Jesse Klausmeier, along with illustrator-extraordinaire Suzy Lee, have created an imaginative and exciting picture book that will have your kids asking to read it again and again (really -- my three year old had to read it four times in a row the first day we brought it home from the library). But what's ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 13, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth

Just in time for our science-themed Summer Reading Club comes this amazingly beautiful non-fiction gem. Parrots Over Puerto Rico tells the history of both the island of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican parrot. With rich back matter explaining the efforts made to save the Puerto Rican parrot, including photographs of the birds and scientists, this is a great choice for a wide variety of interest levels. And, you can't miss the ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Baby Wants Mama by Nancy Loewen

Everyone in the family, from Baby to Mama to Pup, wants something at dinnertime in this sweet, simple story. Short sentences and a relatable situation make this a perfect read aloud for toddlers who need quick reads, and the repetition and rhyme makes it a good choice for beginning readers, as well. Baby wants Mama -- and a good book, too! ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
February 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Good Night Sleep Tight by Mem Fox

Bonnie and Ben’s favorite babysitter, Skinny Doug, is tucking them in for the night. Doug tells many beloved but forgotten nursery rhymes, each one with a twist and great illustrations to let your imagination run wild. Along with fun rhymes, this story is also filled with great repeated phrases that your child will enjoy saying along with you. Rhyming books like this one are great tools for helping children to develop their phonological awareness, an important pre-reading skill. Mem Fox brings ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
November 1, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Counting By Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow Chance isn't like most twelve-year-olds. She is a genius who prefers to wear her gardening gear everywhere, spends copious amounts of time amongst her plants, and counts by sevens to calm herself down. Still, despite her eccentricities, Willow is happy. That is, until her parents are killed in an accident, and Willow must find a new place for herself in the world. With tenderness and humor, Holly Goldberg Sloan crafts a truly beautiful story about friendship, love, grief, and the ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
October 11, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket

I was nervous when I picked up this book. Sure, it's a picture book meant for a preschool audience, but it's also written by Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events, so all bets were off in my mind as to what I'd find inside. My four year old (who is no fan of the dark) sat impatiently beside me as we opened it up and started reading. Laszlo is no fan of ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 20, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Windblown by Edouard Manceau

A tiny scrap of paper blows across the page. Soon, more pieces join it. Together, the pieces form different animals that all lay claim to the scraps, wanting them to be their own. This lovely little tale is simple enough for the youngest readers, yet creative enough to intrigue those able to read it on their own. What could you make with the pieces? Try it here! ...read more

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July 26, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

It's 1871 in Wisconsin, and Georgie's life is looking pretty good. Her family's store is doing well and she's in line to run it one day, her sister is being courted by the wealthiest man in town, and her mother and grandfather are in good health and spirits. But when Georgie tells someone something she shouldn't, it all seems to fall apart. Her sister, Agatha, runs away, and one week later, the sheriff comes to town with what everyone assumes is Agatha's body. Determined to uncover the truth, ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 14, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Mole Had Everything by Jamison Odone

Mole thought he had everything he needed. That is, until his good friend Emerson stops by for tea and points out the he only has one cup. Mole sets out on a mission to acquire "everything." But once he finds it and brings it home, will it truly make him happy? With soft illustrations and short, easily digestible text, this is the perfect book for kids who really do have everything and may need a gentle reminder. ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
May 10, 2013 | 0 comments