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This Little Chick by John Lawrence

Baby Faves: Animal Sounds

Books to share with babies & toddlers, from birth through age two.

It's not an accident that babies and toddlers seem drawn to animal noises -- besides being fun to make, these sounds are easier for little ones to imitate than many words. Thanks to this accessibility, animal noises are a great tool for building phonological awareness in even the tiniest people.

Cover of The Dragon and the Unicornn

Picture This! Picture Books For Older Kids

No Maisy the Mouse or Spot the Dog here

Gather ‘round everyone! It’s story time. Last month, I was invited to a local school’s “Read Across America” event. The school librarian arranged for every grade to have a book read to them by special guest reader (one being yours truly!).

Mama Says

Magnificent Mothers

Stories to share for Mother's Day and beyond

Here's a diverse list of great picture books just in time to celebrate Mother's Day.  (Of course, these are good all year round for reading with little ones!)  Below are some favorites ranging from bedtime stories to more active tales.  

It's Hard To Be Five

Picture Books About Self-Control

Control, emotional management, and patience

Here are some picture books about managing our feelings and self-control.   It's Hard to Be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis

This Is Our House

Picture Books for Adults

Who Says Picture Books Are Just for Kids?

Picture books are generally marketed for ages 8 and under. However, some picture books are truly works of art that are arguably better appreciated by a more sophisticated eye. Here is a list of 10 picture books that are meant to be cherished well beyond childhood. This Is Our House by Hyewon Yum

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek

Presidential Picture Books

Fiction and nonfiction books to explore the presidential election

The 2016 Presidential primary season is in full swing and culminates in the parties' national conventions in July.  With the nominees selected, general election campaigning continues right up to the voting in November.  Here are some great resources to discuss the presidency and the American election process with school age children. Fictional Picture Books:

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor

Picture Books for Fashionistas

Books for Children Who Love All Things Fashion

Do you have a child at home who is obsessed with clothes or shoes?

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I've Got the Blues

Picture Books on Feeling Down

Children go through a wide range of emotions on a daily basis. Most of the time they seem genuinely happy and then other times they are not. Whenever they are feeling not so good grab one of these titles to help ease the pain. If they enjoy a good movie night be sure to browse our DVD selection for titles such as Inside Out.  

Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Children's Picture Books on Friendship

Parents and teachers often ask for children's books that explore the idea of friendship. There are so many different ways to approach this topic: making new friends, being a good friend, handling friend troubles tactfully... the list could go on and on! Fortunately, there are lots of wonderful picture books that teach us about friendship's ups and downs -- and everything in-between. Here are a few to get you started:

rhythm ride by andrea pinkney

The Black Experience, New and Noteworthy Children's Books

The books listed here are all inspirational and true.  They take the reader through lives that may seem like our own, but become extraordinary through the individual’s creativity or inventiveness, singular devotion to improving their lives and the lives of others, and or the individual’s supportive family and community.  Some have won recent national awards.  Some have been passed around a lot. Some are meant to be read aloud.  Some are visually stunning.  All are worth enjoying.

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