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Baa Baa Black Sheep

Singable Picture Books

more read-aloud and sing-along favorites

Singing is one of the most important ways to help children develop early literacy skills. In song, people slow down their speech, which makes it easier to hear the sounds in words. But also, singing is fun! Here are some of my favorite picture books which can be sung.    Baa Baa Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Primates as People

Books about families adopting primates

I read several books recently with themes about the differences and similarities between humans and other animals. I wanted to highlight some books that talk about the specific relationship between humans and our non-human primate cousins. There's a history of scientists experimenting on chimpanzees to help understand what makes our species so different from the rest of the animal kingdom, but these experiments often have a profound impact on the scientists - and non-scientists - involved.

Version Control

The Tournament of Books 2017

Every year, I get excited to fill out my brackets in March. However, more than basketball, I get excited about my book brackets! Last year, I highlighted some of my favorite books from past Tournament of Books, but this year I wanted to talk about some of my favorites from this year's contest. I haven't read them all yet - yes, librarians have to wait for holds, too, but here are some of my favorites of the ones I have read!  

Now & Ben

Picture Books About Inventing and Creating

Inventing, Designing, and Creating for a Young Audience

Here is a list of picture books about inventing and creating. These stories both stand on their own, but also will hopefully inspire you and your child's inner creative impulses! Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta

A Broken Hallelujah

Honoring the late Leonard Cohen

In Writing, Film, and Song

Two of the greatest experiences of my life involved seeing Leonard Cohen, the late great Canadian singer and poet, perform live. While his body has left us, his spirit lives on through his decades of writing and song. Here are some recommendations of books and films by and about him to help understand and commemorate his legacy.  

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Regency (and Regency-Inspired) Romances

Historical Romance

The Regency era in British history is probably best known now by the works of Jane Austen. Austen's novels have captivated minds for generations afterwards with their vibrant female characters and humor. As a result, many writers have been influenced by Austen's strong women, marriage plots, and distinct setting, to write romances set in her time. Here are some of my favorites!  

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

The People in the Trees

The Tournament of Books

Not all books win awards, but lots of books are great!

In March, other people get excited about college basketball. Not me (although I did win my work pool last time, woo-hoo)! What I get excited about every March is The Morning News' Tournament of Books. Designed to highlight how silly and arbitrary book awards can be, the winner of the annual bracket wins a Rooster. I agree that awards - while fun - often ignore some really great books, so here's a list of some of my favorite Tournament of Books candidates that didn't even win the Rooster.  

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Urban Fantasy

Mystery series with a paranormal tint

I've always loved fantasy and science fiction - I like exploring new possibilities and worlds. Particularly, I'm drawn to series, because I like being able to learn more and more about an author's imagined universe. These books are all the start of series that take place in fantasy worlds, but unlike more traditional fantasy novels, these worlds are our own - only with a few magical elements.  

Contact by Carl Sagan

Science Fiction

More than just Space Cowboys!

One of the reasons I love speculative fiction is that exploring new worlds can be a great way to  get insight into our own. Here are some of my favorite science fiction books and series which use space and the future as a mechanism to tell stories about the human condition.   Contact by Carl Sagan

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