Calling all grumps! Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud is guaranteed to brighten your day with its gentle, sweet tale of unlikely friendship. Harnett has created a world that is rich and warm, paired with perfectly-paced prose that beautifully explores the common ground between loneliness and crankiness--that “being grumpy is just another way of being sad.”
This is a book in which to immerse yourself. Readers will revel in each gloriously illogical yet everyday detail and will delight in the hilarious twist at the end. Perfection.
5 Cherries is a beautiful exploration of the power of imagination and play to bring people together, no matter their differences. Facchini's art is deliciously child-like and frolicsome and full of delightful visual cues that will prompt rereadings to catch all the fun details. This is a book to ponder over; a book to spark little imaginations.
Written as a "celebration of the American flag," and its symbolism of America itself, Blue Sky White Stars is also celebration of the many kinds of people that make America a colorful and beautiful place to live. Nelson's richly-illustrated vignettes of America--historic people, moments, and places--are woven together expertly with striking images of the flag and Naberhaus's stunningly simple, supremely clever wordplay, unveiling parallels between the familiar red, white, and blue and the diversity of our nation.
As Nelson remarks in his illustrator's note, the book serves as a timely reminder that "our strength lies in our willingness to embrace our differences." We are a nation of immigrants, of dreamers, and Blue Sky White Stars reminds us all, young and old, that this is precisely what makes America great.
My new obsession: Barkus! A perfect beginning chapter book to help independent readers to build confidence--with fun short, interconnected stories detailing the ebullient adventures of a girl and her dog. Boutavant imbues Barkus with a distinct (and precisely canine) personality--a raised ear here, a blissful leap there--and matches the cheerful stories with bright, sunny colors. Guaranteed to leave readers with a smile and longing for Book 2! And possibly, probably wanting a Barkus of their own.
Let this book transport you to a beautiful, strange, magical world--I guarantee you won't ever want to leave!
What Color is the Wind? is a book that gives readers a sensory experience unline any other they can get from a book. This gloriously meditative and inventive book is meant to be touched as much as it is meant to be read.
A delicious and delightful ride of a book--one of those you want to step right inside and live within.
This moving, beautiful refugee story, told in both Arabic and English, is accompanied by Nizar Ali Badr's stunning stone collages--the stones used are from Ugarit, an ancient port city in Syria where Badr still resides.
Reading this book is like receiving a lovingly-gathered bunch of flowers from a dear friend. It is brimming with kindness, heart, and comfort. It should be read over and over and over. For those children who understand what it is to be lonely, to yearn for friendship, this book will be exactly what they need--a gentle, touching reminder that friends can be found where you least expect them
The entire Moomin series is something to be savored--I come back to it time and time again to find the whimsy, inclusiveness, and magic that the real world lacks.
Badescu's Pomelo captures child-like wonder (and worry) expertly, and Chaud's illustrations are the perfect combination of silly, strange, and sweet. An all-time favorite!
A necessary reminder that every child everywhere deserves to live a happy, healthy life. This is a book to nurture empathy and RESISTANCE.
This beginning reader has the deceptive simplicity of a haiku–there is a bit of complexity (and a lot of humor) beneath the words and images. Grasshopper and the eccentric characters he meets along his walk provoke thoughts on how to go about your own way while others demand you conform to theirs–and there are some lessons for all ages on the value of patience. If you love Frog & Toad or Owl at Home or any Arnold Lobel book at all, you MUST read this often-overlooked gem.