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Old Tales Told Afresh

As the old year makes way for the new, let’s take a look through some fresh retellings of old stories. Some of these stories are rooted in folklore; others have been recrafted from literary works of bygone centuries. All offer new ways of seeing and understanding the roots from which they grow, just as insights […]

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O, Come All Ye Book Lists!

We’ve been collecting all the kids’ book lists we can find and highlighting the titles mentioned that come from our US-based publishers. (For listed titles from our many international publishing friends, just look here.) Like many of our beyond-the-US-borders publishers, our American kids’ book publishers provide titles from abroad in translation, as well as books

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Get into Shape(s)!

This has shaped up to be a good year for new kids’ books that focus attention on—shapes! Some shapes—and books—are simple, some simply fun (as well as informative), and some sophisticated—just the way geometric forms run the gamut from easy to grasp to complex. Learning to recognize and name shapes helps build the toddler, preschooler,

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A Big Bouquet of Books This May

Sun and rain and all kinds of flowering plants surround us in the Northern Hemisphere during the month of May. This year seems especially bountiful in May-perfect picture books to share. Anne Booth’s Bloom, illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen (Tiny Owl Publishing) has been praised by The Sunday Times, a large number of other critics, and

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For the Love of Words

Books tell stories—both factual and imagined—and most stories need words to communicate the writer’s ideas to the reader. Words, like books, come in all shapes and sizes and can be put together in ways both traditional and creative.  Let’s celebrate words with some recent picture books about them! Let’s start with Ivan Brunetti’s beginning reader

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Father’s Day Picture Books and Books with Pictures

Fathers receive their special day of public (and family) recognition on the third Sunday of June. To celebrate, we’ve gone to our stacks to show off some books featuring stories (and pictures) about dads. The Haircut, by Theo Heras and illustrated by Renné Benoit (Pajama Press) provides a toddler and daddy bonding story of a first

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Fresh Air Science Fun – and Giveaway!

Springtime offers so many inviting ways to explore and celebrate nature that we’ve decided to offer the chance to teachers and librarians to win a nature exploration picture book shelf!  The collection includes seven different books, one for each day of the week, and everybody can follow these links to the free web-based resources their

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Children’s Book Day 2020

We continue to update this post as more publishers provide free resources for those impacted by COVID-19 and local stay-at-home guidance. We are living in a worldwide period of school and library closures, social distancing, and the search for activities to keep kids engaged and as active as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. AND we’re

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Brand New Award Winners

In our last post, we sang the praises and delights of longlists and shortlists of finalists for major awards. Now we’ll celebrate some recent winners of awards that have been announced across the past few weeks. The Cybils Awards, which “recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary

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