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New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 It’s difficult for contemporary children to really “get” the effects of segregation and Jim Crow laws in the South in the first half of the twentieth century. But contemporary children readily understand the trials […]

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Swing Sisters by Karen Deans, illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by Karen Deans, illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Holiday House, 2015. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-10 Did you know there was an all-female, interracial jazz band in the early 20th century? A little-known slice of music history comes to life in this vibrantly illustrated nonfiction […]

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Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It’s Spring! by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Shelley

Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It’s Spring! by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Shelley. Holiday House, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 A child is wakened by strange sounds in the night and goes to investigate. In the yard she finds a bear standing in the “rotten snow” who says to her, “It’s […]

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Ah! by Geraldine Collet, illustrated by Estelle Billon Spagnol

Ah! by Géraldine Collet, illustrated by Estelle Billon Spagnol. Holiday House, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 (plus older readers—see review) Ah! by Géraldine Collet is a French import about two little rabbits…and two little spiders. A little rabbit, following cryptic signs, runs into a spider. Eek! He busily tries to rid himself […]

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The House That’s Your Home by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jane Dyer

The House That’s Your Home by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jane Dyer. Schwartz and Wade, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: ages 0-8 Speaking directly to the young reader (listener), the text sweetly highlights the various elements of a small child’s world in this old-fashioned picture book. Beginning with the outside world (a tree in the yard or […]

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The Spider (Disgusting Creatures) by Elise Gravel

The Spider (Disgusting Creatures) by Elise Gravel. Tundra Books, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Children are fascinated by bugs and spiders, often bringing them to their more squeamish parents for a closer look. And there are plenty of picture books on these fascinating small carnivores of the animal world. Gravel’s new series, Disgusting […]

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Spring Story Tea: Ducklings, Bunnies, and Tea with Dinosaurs! [Printable + Recipes]

It’s spring! Rain, puddles, flowers, ducklings, bunnies, new life, and tea with dinosaurs! Cuddle up with the children in your life, pour a cup of tea, and enjoy some springtime reads. (See printable with recipes here!) *note: all titles have been selected with group audiences in mind; all are suitable for a wide range of […]

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A Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson

A Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson. Random House, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8   Once upon a time a king and a queen lived in a castle filled with cats.  And while the queen loved her cats, the king was not a cat person.  The cats, as cats are […]

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Finding Spring by Carin Berger

Finding Spring by Carin Berger. Greenwillow, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-8 Maurice the bear just wants to find spring. He’ll hibernate once his mission is complete. He finally makes a glorious discovery, scoops up some “spring” into a ball to take home to his den, and settles comfortably in for a nice, […]

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Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: ages 0-4 Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy rhythm and sound effects, and this book delivers on both counts. Readers familiar with the creators’ former books (such as Click, Clack, Moo) will enjoy seeing their old barnyard friends back for […]

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*The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

*The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane Books, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 A sour-faced farmer works in his hayfield with only the crows overhead for company. When he pauses to watch a passing circus train, he is surprised to see something fly out the back. Going to […]

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