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Wanda’s Roses – Pat Brisson

Wanda’s Roses is a delightful tale of optimism and determination. Wanda takes it upon herself to transform a vacant lot filled with weeds and garbage into a rose garden. Mistakenly believing that a thorn bush is actually a rose bush preparing to bloom, Wanda begins cleaning the lot so that the plant can get more […]

The Gift of Nothing – Patrick McDonnell

The Gift of Nothing is a special little book. The main characters are a cat named Mooch and a dog named Earl who are well known to readers of the Mutts comic strip. The Gift of Nothing marks their first appearance in a book.

Mooch is on the search for the perfect gift for his […]

Someday – Alison Meghee

Someday is an extremely touching book. The reader is allowed to share the journey of “growing up” with mother and daughter. With each page you are introduced to another stage of the child’s life and the interaction of mother and child. One of my favorite parts of the book depicts the mother watching her sleeping […]

The Clever Stick – John Lechner

The Clever Stick is an enchanting tale. Who would ever imagine using a stick as the main character of a children’s picture book?! I found this one on the new picture book shelf at our local library and quickly realized I had found a winner. The expressive pictures couple perfectly with the smart text.

The […]

Love Your Heart – Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas

Love Your Heart is the second collaboration by country singer Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas, and it is a true delight. Spunky and sweet Katie cannot decide which talent to use in the School Talent Show. She explores a number of different options and finally decides on a one of a kind extravaganza-like performance with […]

Ish – Peter H. Reynolds

Ish is another gem written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Deceivingly simple text and pictures provide a powerful message in this follow up to The Dot. Ramon loves to draw more than anything else in the world until his brother makes a mean spirited comment about his efforts. A comment that Ramon takes to […]

Testing Miss Malarkey – Judy Finchler

High stakes testing has become part of the culture of public education. Testing Miss Malarkey pokes fun at the test obsessed culture that sadly has permeated so many schools. Although Miss Malarkey assures the students that “THE TEST” is not important, what the students are experiencing at school tells a very different story – Multiplication […]

Iggy Peck, Architect – Andrea Beaty

Creativity and self expression are celebrated in Iggy Peck, Architect. Iggy Peck is a little boy who loves to build. Part of the charm of his creations lies in the nontraditional building supplies he often utilizes. When he reaches the second grade trouble strikes. His spirit appears as though it will be broken as a […]