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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Beekle is from an island far away where imaginary friends are born. Every night he waits for his special child to come and snatch him up as her friend ...more
May 03, 2014
Sep 11, 2013
Because I'm Your Dad
I'm already thinking of the two ways I can use this book as a mentor text:

1) Mother's Day is coming up next weekend. Have students write "Because you'
May 03, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
A laugh-out-loud funny story about a picture book protagonist who is having a tantrum over the fact that the owner of this particular book doesn't app ...more
Oct 09, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
I Wish You More
Dare I read this to my 8th graders on my last day with them? Can I get through it without crying?
May 04, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
The Farmer and the Clown
How Marla Frazee managed to make this book endearing rather than creepy is true talent because, let's face it, clowns are creepy. This book, however, ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
The Book with No Pictures
A picture books with no pictures. Somewhat of a gimmick, but it works. Me likey.
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
Veggies with Wedgies
You know when movie trailers put all the funny stuff in the trailer and then the rest of the movie isn't funny? That's Veggies with Wedgies. Funny nam ...more
May 25, 2014
May 25, 2014
Puddle Pug
I can't get enough pug books, and this one was absolutely adorable, though in my world, not the most believable since my pugs hate water. :p
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
The New Small Person
I always marvel at anyone who can create a three dimensional protagonist in a 32-page picture book. Bravo Lauren Child. Love this book!
Feb 27, 2015
Oct 30, 2014
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
Originally reviewed here.

The Acerra family is big. Sixteen children big. And with twelve sons, big enough to form their own baseball team. Which is ex
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Rules of Summer
I'm glad I read Betsy Bird's review after reading this book. I went back and did another read through and I never would have garnered that meaning on ...more
Jun 09, 2014
May 05, 2014
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm
LeVar Burton, the longtime host of the popular kids series Reading Rainbow, tackles the difficulty of talking with kids about tragic events in The Rhi ...more
Mar 17, 2015
Feb 01, 2015
The House in the Night
As I was reading I couldn't help but think how much the illustrations reminded me of Van Gogh's Starry Night, and wouldn't you know it... There was a ...more
Feb 22, 2015
Feb 22, 2015
Year of the Jungle
When Suzanne Collins is in first grade, her father is deployed to Viet Nam. Her childlike innocence prevents her from understanding the danger he is i ...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
A Violin for Elva
A sweet story about fulfilling dreams and goals no matter how old you are.
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
My Blue Is Happy
Carrie Gelson was absolutely right: this book is a writing lesson waiting to happen. Love how Jessica Young takes our normal perception of colors (blu ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
Zig and the Magic Umbrella
A magical, whimsical gem of a book
Mar 03, 2015
Mar 07, 2015
Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku
New pet in the house
Won Ton is quite unhappy
Will they become friends?
Mar 21, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
Simply stunning. While not as powerful as Beaty's Def Poetry performance, it is equally as moving paired with Bryan Collier's stirring illustrations. ...more
Nov 13, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
Wolfie the Bunny
Wolfie the Bunny is one of those books that, as you're reading it, you're thinking, "Oh, OK. This is cute..." And then the more you think about it aft ...more
Mar 02, 2015
Jun 21, 2014
Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums
I hope the fact that this is a second book, which is just as wacky and hilarious as the first, means that the start of a long and mad-cap series of bo ...more
Jul 2011
May 18, 2011
Coming Home
In this nearly wordless picture book, Greg Ruth examines the anticipation and emotions a child feels in the moments preceding and during reuniting wit ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Nov 12, 2014
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Morris Micklewhite is a young boy who loves his mom and his cat, Moo. He also loves to dress up at school, but his classmates find this hard to accept ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
with those first few lines of Firebird by Misty Copeland, the tears were already streaming down my face. I know I'm a crier by nature so perhaps the f ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
So You Want to Be a Rock Star
Do you have what it takes to be a rock star? One must only read this book to find out. So You Want to Be a Rock Star is a tyke's how-to guide and chec ...more
Feb 29, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
And Tango Makes Three
3-30-14 Update:

I read the review below and cringe. Did I really feel that way about this story? I reread the And Tango Makes Three today and can't bel
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-up Story of True Friendship
When Vinnie, a hyperactive, overly-enthusiastic dog finds himself lost one day, he stumbles into a wild animal preserve and befriends a curmudgeonly r ...more
Jun 21, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
Edgar's Second Word
When Edgar finally says his first word, both Hazel and her mother are elated. But they soon find out that Edgar's first word causes more trouble than ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jul 22, 2013
Paris! (Recipe for Adventure, #2)
This is the second book in the Recipe for Adventure series, the first one being Naples. While I enjoyed the first book despite feeling that it lacked ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
Edible Colors
As a foodie, I dig books like this. Not only does Jennifer Vogel Bass introduce kids to colors by showing fruits and veggies that we are familiar with ...more
Dec 20, 2014
May 15, 2014
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