The Twelve Days of Christmas/ A Pinata for the Pinon Tree

  Praise for the 12 Days of Christmas/A Pinata for the Pinon Tree…   Celebrate the holidays with Philemon Sturges’ lively adaptation of the classic Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Instead of leaping lords and drummers drumming, our favorite friends from Reederville bring us cowgirls yodelin’, poinsettias bloomin’, and much more! This vivacious […]

Stella and Roy

Praise for Stella and Roy… In the park one Sunday, Stella challenges her younger brother to a race around the lake. Given that she is riding a big-wheel trike while Roy’s toddler-style four-wheeler is pushed rather than peddled (“It was built for coasting,” the narrator explains), Stella’s victory seems certain. But the curious girl is […]

Baby Bear Sees Blue

Praise for Baby Bear Sees Blue… Inspired by the mother bear and cub in Blueberries for Sal, Wolff creates a gentle story for toddlers that introduces colors and images from the natural world…. Wolff’s lovely compositions feature inked linoleum block prints that render those bears a strikingly deep, matte black. Lush, washy watercolors illuminate the scenes–colors in […]

Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop

Praise for Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman… This fun twist on a familiar song envisions Old MacDonald as a capable, bespectacled sheep, who’s busy building something “in her shop.” One by one her animal friends and neighbors drop by and take up various tools a hammer: (“with a tap tap here/ and a […]

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten

Praise for Miss B’s Last Day… Its the end of the school year and theres still a lot to do. Everyone pitches in to clean–pack up dinosaurs in one box, blocks in another–and clear out the shelves. Franny finds three smelly socks. Then theres the farewell party with sprinkler fun and pizza. The students paint […]

Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten

Praise for Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten… Miss Bindergarten’s day starts off all wrong. She spills her breakfast, breaks a necklace, and has a flat tire. When she finally arrives in her classroom, everything there goes wrong, too. Water spills onto the floor as a boy tends his bean plant, another child […]

Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten

Praise for Miss B Stays Home… On Sunday morning, sad but true, Miss Bindergarten got the flu. “I’m aching and shaking right down to the bone. Tomorrow I fear I shall have to stay home.” Sure enough, Monday morning comes, and Miss Bindergarten’s class is upset to see that their beloved teacher is nowhere to […]

Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip With Kindergarten

Praise for Miss B takes a Field Trip… Miss Bindergarten sure knows how to show her kindergarten class a good time! Today is field trip day and everyone’s favorite canine educator has quite a few alphabetically enhanced adventures up her sleeve. “Adam’s dad’s a chaperone. Brenda’s mom is, too. Christopher says, ‘Hey, don’t leave yet–a […]

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten

Praise for Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten… From Joseph Slate and illustrator Ashley Wolff, creators of the popular Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, comes this lively celebration of the 100th day of kindergarten. In honor of this festive milestone, each student must bring “100 of some wonderful, one-hundred-full thing!” to school the […]

Quiero a Mi Papa Porque / I Love My Daddy Because

  Praise for I Love My Daddy Because/Quiero a Mi Papa Porque by Laurel Porter Gaylord…  In both words and pictures, these books introduce animal parents as they care for their young. A simple analogy is set up between a human child’s narration of how he or she is nurtured, and the corresponding behavior among sheep, chickens, […]

I Call My Grandpa Papa

  Praise for I Call My Grandpa Papa… When a teacher’s grandfather visits from China, her students—who represent various cultures—present pictures they drew of their grandpas and in short rhymes give the name they use for them and talk about what they “love to do.” The busy, full-page gouache and collage illustrations show the students […]

I Call My Grandma Nana

Praise for I Call My Grandma Nana… Miss Alexandra May’s grandmother is visiting from China, and her pupils share their pictures and stories about their grandparents. In rhymed, four-line verses, the children tell what they call their Grandpa or Grandma and describe something they enjoy doing together. “My Babu runs the library./He can check out any […]