Perfect Picture Books for Science Homeschooling

When you think of teaching science, you might imagine dry, boring textbooks. And if you unexpectedly find yourself homeschooling this year, you might be less than enthused about teaching those. Luckily for you, your local library is chock full of gorgeous, engaging STEM picture books. These books are perfect for early elementary schoolers and alsoContinue reading “Perfect Picture Books for Science Homeschooling”

Review: Two Tough Trucks Get Lost

Need some good news? Two Tough Trucks has a sequel! And, it’s coming out in less than a month. WOO-HOO! Last year, I wrote about the delightful Two Tough Trucks as a zippy and fun addition to the back-to-school genre. That its sequel, Two Tough Trucks Get Lost(written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J.Continue reading “Review: Two Tough Trucks Get Lost”

Review: HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS

It’s a strange time right now. There’s uncertainty and anxiety and cabin fever. And, in difficult times, there are stories. Stories can entertain, transport, and comfort. And, picture books, in particular, foster closeness between reader and listener, parent and child. That’s why I’m highlighting a fabulous new picture book, which is itself an ode toContinue reading “Review: HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS”

Nonfiction Picture Book Perfection: WATER IS WATER

This is the third in my series of nonfiction picture book reviews (read the first and second) that explores what makes outstanding nonfiction. Have a nonfiction picture book you love? Let me know in comments! WATER IS WATER (written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin) is a book that I beg my childrenContinue reading “Nonfiction Picture Book Perfection: WATER IS WATER”

Nonfiction Picture Book Perfection: GRAVITY

This is the second in my series of nonfiction picture book reviews (read the first here) that explores what makes outstanding nonfiction. Have a nonfiction picture book you love? Let me know in comments! My four-year-old loves asking questions. Right now, everything is “why?” Or “what does that mean?” He particularly loves asking the definitionsContinue reading “Nonfiction Picture Book Perfection: GRAVITY”

Nonfiction Picture Book Perfection: GIANT SQUID

Opening GIANT SQUID (written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohman) is a revelation. It’s beautiful. It’s strange. It delights in the beautiful strangeness of this world we live on. And one beautifully, strange creature in particular. This creature is, of course, the titular Giant Squid.   GIANT SQUID is lyrical, but it’s lyricism alwaysContinue reading “Nonfiction Picture Book Perfection: GIANT SQUID”

Preschooler-Approved Picture Book: EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE*

New year, new books! (hooray!) If EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE* written by Andrea Denish and illustrated by Guilherme Franco is any indication (debuting April 28th), 2020 will be a fabulous year for picture books. This story’s heart lies in its refrain: everyone loves a parade–or at least almost everyone (if you want to know what the asteriskContinue reading “Preschooler-Approved Picture Book: EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE*”

Last-Minute Holiday Gift: THE PENCIL EATER

Are you staring down December with a few question marks left in your holiday shopping list? THE PENCIL EATER by Stacey Corrigan and Steve Page might be just the ticket for any teachers, homeschoolers, and pencil-losing students in your life! I haven’t had much reading or writing time lately, thanks to moving over a thousandContinue reading “Last-Minute Holiday Gift: THE PENCIL EATER”

Spooktacular Read: SPOOKY AND THE GARGOYLE

When the air turns crisp and leaves begin to fall, it’s time to add some spooky to your (and your kids’) reading diet. Teresa Traver’s charming picture book, SPOOKY AND THE GARGOYLE is just the ticket. It follows the unlikely friendship of a white cat named Spooky and a gargoyle named Eben. Despite her name,Continue reading “Spooktacular Read: SPOOKY AND THE GARGOYLE”