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Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd Jones and David McPhail

Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd Jones, illustrated by David McPhail. Zonderkidz, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 A little bunny explores his world through changing seasons, sharing his exuberant observations with his affectionate parents. As winter arrives, he mourns the world that seems to be dying. Fearful of changes and very […]

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The Dragon and the Garden by N. D. Wilson and illustrated by Peter Bentley

The Dragon and the Garden (The Old Stories) by N. D. Wilson and illustrated by Peter Bentley. Canon Press, 2007. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Recommended For: Ages 8-10 N. D. Wilson brings his facility with words and storytelling to the stories in this picture book series featuring biblical characters such as Adam and […]

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The Cowboy by Hildegard Muller

The Cowboy (I Like to Read Series) by Hildegard Muller. Holiday House, 2015. 24 pages. Reading Level: easy readers, ages 4-8 Recommended For: new readers, ages 4-8, and young listeners, ages 0-4 The Cowboy is a German imprint that, like Holiday House’s other I Like to Read books, is shaped more like a picture book than […]

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Owl Boy by Brian Schatell

Owl Boy by Brian Schatell. Holiday House, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture books, Ages 4-8 Recommended For: Ages 4-8 Al is an owl fanatic. His walls are full of owl pictures. At dinner he points out that owls eat mice. All he can talk about is owls, and he can’t play sports with other […]

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One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. Millbrook, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture books, Ages 4-8 Recommended For: Ages 4-8 What do you do when the convenience of plastic bags turns into piles of garbage by the wayside, as well as health […]

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Time Together: Me and Grandpa by Maria Catherine, illustrated by Pascal Campion

Time Together: Me and Grandpa by Maria Catherine, illustrated by Pascal Campion. Picture Window Books, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level: ages 0-4 Stylized art and a simple text show children spending time with their grandfathers in a variety of activities. Each two-page spread features one child with his or her grandfather engaged in one activity; […]

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Queen of the Diamond by Emily Arnold McCully

Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story by Emily Arnold McCully. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level:Picture Books, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 4-8, especially girls Baseball is the all-American sport. And great picture book biographies of famous baseball players are in good supply. Understandably, many biographies of early baseball players feature […]

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Silent Star by Bill Wise, illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise, illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Lee and Low, 2012. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 8-10 Baseball games are full of distinctive sounds: the crack as the ball and bat make contact, the roar of the crowd, the umpire’s “Strike!” Imagine if a […]

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Over the Hills and Far Away collected by Elizabeth Hammill, illustrated by various artists

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Elizabeth Hammill, illustrated by various artists. Candlewick, 2015. 160 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4, ages 4-8 Nursery rhymes are part of cultures across the globe. They are poems full of wit, with masterful use of language a form that is irresistible to […]

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Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola

Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Poetry offers excellent language exposure for babies, and this is a good collection for the first year. Oliver’s themes include a wonderful reflection of a baby’s world: recognizing parts of the […]

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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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