Two for Tuesday: Changing directions and colorful emotions

Today we embrace spring in a different way – as the seasons change so does nature, moods and interests. Our two story carpet  picks for today include a little bird and a pair of bears. First up, we have a never-before-published story by Margaret Wise Brown titled North, South, East, West. In this cute little […]



Fresh spring reads are blooming all around

Yes the spring has sprung, Easter is on the way and bright spring picture books are ready to be shared. Author Kevin Henkes, has a big surprise in his new title Egg. This charming little guessing tale will surely bring a bright smile to young faces as they count each egg and wait for each […]

Wonderfall: Enchanting autumn season

With Halloween just around the corner (tomorrow, in fact), it may seem like winter is encroaching upon us.  But have no fear there is still so much more to fall in store. So after the Halloween hoopla is over, sit back and enjoy this great read by Michael Hall, Wonderfall.   Enjoy reading and the […]

“Spook-tacular” Halloween stories

Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch by Diana Murray/illustrated by Heather Ross A perfect rhyming story about a messy little witch – she’s a mess, she’s a scare, she’s a wreck and she needs to sweep. Yes Grimelda has a grimy little witches’ house – she’s lost a very important ingredient in her witches stew, it’s […]

A lovely little weather book…

Weather is a simple science concept for young children to observe, experience and interact with. Each day the weather brings a new opportunity to talk about with young children; it allows them to observe changes, understand different types of weather and concepts that they can see – wind. Kin Eagle’s story-song book, It’s Raining, It’s […]

Coloring: Not Just for Kids

Just on the cusp of a lot of news casts and articles about coloring as a benefit to you. Yes, you, adults – a simple way to decompress and regain focus and concentration – coloring. With all the “to do” lists and never ending projects it can seem overwhelming and daunting. Regaining appreciation for something […]

Honoring motherhood in a fresh new wonderful way

The wonderful celebration of Mother’s Day is once again upon us. And with that another collection of great picture books. Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers – Harper and Balzer & Bray – we have a wonderful trio of Mother’s Day reading to share. Silly Wonderful You by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell is […]

Embracing Spring: Flutter Away with these breezy reads

Depending on where you’ve been the weather has been a little wonky. However, once the warm weather finally arrived it was full swing embracing spring. Getting little youngsters in the mood to enjoy the changes outdoors isn’t hard but sharing some fresh new picture books will inspire and motivate growing minds. First on the list […]

Rhyme Time: Celebrate National Poetry Month this April

This month fun with words is the theme – check out some of these poetry picture books. Author Eloise Greenfield and illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist have teamed up in two poetic picture books Honey, I Love – a rhyming storybook through the eyes of a young girl about the simple joys in life – and […]

Literacy Concepts: Talking about shared reading, guided reading and sight words

When teaching language and literacy to young children it is hard to know how to gauge mastery of literacy concepts – alphabetic knowledge, phonemic awareness, print concepts and emergent reading skills. Along with choosing great picture books for read alouds, shared reading and independent reading, there are activities to extending literacy and language mastery. Once […]

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