Category Archives: Picture Books

Aunt Fanny’s Star

In the midst of grieving a death in our family, I was touched to have discovered the picture book Aunt Fanny’s Star (Minedition, 2017), written by Austrian writer Brigitte Weninger and illustrated by Turkey’s prominent Feridun Oral. In the story, … Continue reading

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Roundup: Fabulous Books About Immigrants and Refugees – Picture Books

Yesterday I shared some wonderful middle-grade books about refugees and immigrants. Today, I continue the theme by posting some of my favorite picture books that offer children and their adult caregivers insight into the immigrant’s experience: My Grandfather’s Coat by … Continue reading

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Penguin and Pinecone

I’ve recently returned from a ski trip and fluffy white snowflakes are still on my mind… inspiring a review of a heartwarming winter-themed book called Penguin and Pinecone, written and illustrated by Salina Yoon (Walker & Company, 2012). In less than … Continue reading

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Adapting Through Cookies, Tantrums, and Tears

If you don’t know about The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum, a picture book written by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Harvey Stevenson, you must! This is a story originally published in 1996 that’s thankfully still in print – for very good reason. … Continue reading

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A Lovely (and Lucky!) Book for Spring

When talking about parents in the lead with their children, Dr. Gordon Neufeld often uses the metaphor of a mother duck with her ducklings lined up behind her. So when I first saw the cover for Lucky Ducklings, written by … Continue reading

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Because Smiles Are Infectious

I’m working at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Books right now, delighting over my big find here: David Ezra Stein’s latest picture book, Because Amelia Smiled (Candlewick, 2012). It’s a bright book — both in illustration style and subject matter — showin… Continue reading

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Intentions with George

I’m getting excited for Cindy Leavitt’s presentation, Discipline That Doesn’t Divide, coming up tomorrow morning. I saw her give this talk in 2011, and got so much out of it the first time that I’m headed back – both for a refresher and to discove… Continue reading

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