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Zee Grows a Tree is a Wonderful fiction/non-fiction Choice for the Classroom and Home

Zee Grows a Tree by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand.  Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, 2021. “One morning, little Zee Cooper arrived in the world. The very same day, a Douglas-fir seedling emerged from the soil at Cooper’s Christmas Tree … Continue reading

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Threats to the Rain Forest the Subject of Charming Picture Book

Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal. Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, 2021 “Zonia lives with those she loves in the rain forest, where it is always green and full of life.” So begins the story of a small girl whose family … Continue reading

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Monarch Book an Excellent Resource for Young Scientists

  Butterflies Belong Here by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So. Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2020 “Last Spring, we took a class picture. That’s me in the back. I was a little like a caterpillar then: quiet and almost invisible. … Continue reading

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Another Fun Title by Janet Halfmann

Who Is Singing? By Janet Halfmann, Illustrated by Chrissy Chabot. Pen It! Publications, LLC, U.S.A 2021 “Cheer-o-lee, cheer up! Who is singing? Take a Bow, Robin, hopping on the ground hunting earthworms. Cheer-o-lee, cheer-up!” The first page of Who is … Continue reading

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Is It Over?

Is It Over? by Sandy Brehl, illustrated by Rebecca S. Hirsch. Pen It! Publications, LLC, USA, 2021. Is It Over by Sandy Brehl is a quiet little gem of a book. “Clouds tower! Waves crash!” A storm is coming up … Continue reading

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Calling Cobber a Sensitive Portrayal of Grief

I recently interviewed Sheri Sinykin by email. We talked about her latest middle grade novel, Calling Cobber. S.L.: Hi Sheri, it’s so nice to talk to you again. When we last spoke in this space, in 2013, you had just … Continue reading

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Fry Bread A Native American Family Story  by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. Roaring Brook Press, New York, NY, 2019. Kevin Noble Maillard’s debut children’s book is a joyful romp that uses the making of fry bread to … Continue reading

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“Water Protectors” is the Perfect Book for Earth Day

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade. Roaring Brook Press, New York, NY, 2020. First, let me say the illustrations in We Are Water Protectors are breathtaking and well worth the purchase price of the book, … Continue reading

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Woodland Creatures Will Delight Little Ones

Follow Me Into the Woods by Amy Laundrie, illustrated by Abira Das. Published by Pen It! Publications, LLC in the U.S.A, 2020. Paris is hesitant when Oliver suggests they hike into the woods. She’s afraid of snakes and wonders if … Continue reading

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Another “Hidden History” Title from Janet Halfmann

The Clothesline Code by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Trisha Mason.  Brandylane Publishing Inc., Richmond, VA, 2021. “Dabney stared up the hill, captivated by the Union soldiers waving red-and-white flags. Two soldiers took turns holding a long flagpole and waving the … Continue reading

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