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The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 4-8 and up What do colors sound like? What does music look like? When Russian abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky was a boy, his aunt gave him a […]

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*Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg. Puffin Books, reprint edition, 1986. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Recommended for: ages 0-4 Bottom Line: Young and old will enjoy the Ahlberg’s whimsical and interactive I-Spy book. In this book with your little eye, take a look and play eye spy! On each page of this […]

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*Mockingbird by Allan Ahlberg

Mockingbird by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Paul Howard. Candlewick Press, 1998. 24 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Recommended for: ages 0-4 Bottom Line:  Young children will love Ahlberg’s sweet version of this classic lullaby. Hush little baby, don’t say a word…  How many times have we sung this?  Yet after the first verse, isn’t […]

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*Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo. Clarion, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 0-8 In this 2015 Caldecott Honor, Castillo tells the gentle story of a grandmother who cleverly helps her young grandson brave his fears and discover all the fun things there are to do and experience in the city. […]

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George Washington’s Birthday by Jean Fritz

George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Paul Galdone (cover image by Tomie DePaola). Putnam & Grosset, 1969. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 4-10 George Washington Allen’s curiosity leads to research when he ponders what his namesake ate for breakfast. Before the days of Google, research was conducted […]

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Hector Fox and the Giant Quest by Astrid Sheckels

Hector Fox and the Giant Quest (Hector and Friends) by Astrid Sheckels. FastPencil Premiere, 2014. 32 pages .  Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 0-8 If only fairy tales were real! Such a wish begins this cute picture book as Hector and his friends set out in search of a giant. Detailed illustrations bring […]

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Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet

Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet. Chronicle Books, 2014. 56 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) and up Children who are familiar with tapping screens will know exactly what to do in this fun follow-up to Tullet’s bestselling Press Here. Using the same interactive format, Tullet introduces color mixing by […]

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Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) and up Moving, even across the street, is always a major transition. When a family moves to a new city (or state), the transition is […]

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Peter Spier, Reissued

We met over my children’s downy heads. That is, when the kids were little (one was born in 1975, the other in 1978), Peter Spier was publishing his most popular and enduring picture books. He himself is enduring: at 87, he was able to help restore the coloring to some of the picture books that […]

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*Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier

*Noah’s Ark illustrated by Peter Spier. Doubleday, 1976 (original publication; reissued 2015). 44 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: suitable for all Bottom Line: Noah’s Ark, Peter Spier’s classic wordless picture book, takes a Bible story that’s often given too cute a portrayal and adds imagination, depth, and reverence. Doubleday/Random House has […]

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Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox

Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox, illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist. Beach Lane Books, 2013. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) Little children love rhymes and repetition and hiding games like peekaboo and “I spy.” In a rare combination of all these elements, Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! has irresistible charm. Young children will […]

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