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*Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson

*Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 Pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 4-8 Recommended For: Ages 4-8 CJ and his Grandma leave church and board a bus in the rain, but they are not going home. A typical child, […]

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Six Picture Books for Boys Who Can’t Sit Still!

Here are six favorite, irresistible picture books for boys who are competitive,   WHO WILL WIN?! love superheroes, Both MARVELous and COMICal hate peas, She eats worms and mice with ease, but not those last ten little green peas!  dig holes, So close to finding something spectacular… (read review) and occasionally take baths “Dawg, nobody […]

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The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex

*The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 4-8 (especially boys) This ol’ boy needs a bath! Four characteristics of an outstanding picture book read-aloud include: great story, excellent artwork, quotable lines, and a fun accent. The Dirty […]

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Candlewick, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Recommended For: ages 4-8 (especially boys) Sam and Dave are determined not just to dig a hole, but to find something spectacular. With the company of their faithful, intuitive dog, they dig and […]

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Cinderella Read-Alikes for Boys and Girls of All Ages

Cinderella Read-Alikes for Boys and Girls of All Ages A few of our favorite picture books, chapter books, middle grade titles, young adult reads, and some specifically Christian resources that all relate to Cinderella. Not all are strict Cinderella retellings, but all have thematic connections to this famous fairy tale. Some titles may surprise you! […]

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Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

*Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. Beach Lane Books, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Some Bugs is a fun, concise, poetic description of some of the common and unique characteristics found in the insect world. Simple repetition and rhyme are effective in pointing out that Some bugs sting. Some […]

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The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. Little, Brown, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Bottom Line: The Adventures of Beekle, winner of the 2015 Caldecott medal, provides a quirky but loveable look at how children acquire their “imaginary” companions. Where do imaginary friends come from? Beekle “was born […]

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The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose

The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose. Little, Brown, 2014. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Squirrels are ubiquitous; big cities don’t deter them, and they seem more impervious to seasonal changes than most woodland animals. While many rue the squirrel presence in their backyards, Nancy Rose seized the opportunity her many backyard […]

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A Rock Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violetta Dabija

A Rock Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violetta Dabija. Millbrook Picture Books, 2015. 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 0-8 Salas and Dabija team up once again to bring us a child-friendly description of all the many things a particular item or substance can be: in this case, […]

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The Queen’s Shadow by Cybele Young

The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See by Cybele Young. Kids Can Press, 2015. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 8-10 The queen is throwing a party with all of her favorite animal friends when the lights go out and her shadow goes missing! Who has stolen the queen’s shadow? An investigation […]

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5 Ways to Encourage Art Appreciation with Picture Books

Note: even though this post references “picture books,” the tips below work for all ages (toddler to grown-up)! Art Appreciation: Picture Books and Paintings Do you want to encourage your children to appreciate visual art, whether “high” or “low”? Ever wonder why a certain picture book is a Caldecott winner or honor? Art appreciation includes an awareness of […]

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