ABC Update

September 18, 2010

When we write a list, we really try and research books of that genre/category.  We put our favorites on the list to be sure, but we ask everyone we know for recommendations, scour online reviews and recommendations and hit the local bookstores and libraries.  But you still only come in contact with a finite number or books, and of those, can only put so many (we shoot for about 10 per list, so as not to overwhelm) on a list.  Then, every once and a while, you happen across a book that just has to be added to the list.  Recently, that happened with an ABC book.  And here it is:

Alphabeasties: And Other Amazing Types by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss

This alphabet book is another of the ones that delights parents as well as kids, and while pre-schoolers love it, older kids who are quite familiar with the ins and outs of the alphabet adore it as well.  On the surface, it’s a cute alphabet book that makes an animal for each letter, composed of that letter.  But on deeper inspection, there’s more.  It’s also a love letter to fonts and typography – showing how a simple font choice can inform how we feel about the words presented.  (A bat made up of gothic b’s makes you think that the bat will turn into a vampire, elongated g’s emphasize the giraffe’s height…).  It’s an interesting introduction to both the alphabet, and to the notion that not only can words make art in the form of books, sometimes the words themselves are art.

Don’t forget to check out our other alphabet favorites!


YA Series Updates: RED RISING and RED QUEEN

March 12, 2016

Two YA series that have been causing some serious binge reading among YA readers (including some of us older adults) are the Red Rising and Red Queen series.

(For our earlier reviews of these first books of a series, check out RED RISING: Making Dystopia Fresh and Red Queen in New Series for Tweens and Teens  .)

2016 has seen both these YA stars with the latest installments recently published.  (And Hollywood is already in pre-production for Red Rising, so you’ll want to be thinking of your casting choices as you read!)

Morning-starMorning Star by Pierce Brown

We found Morning Star to be a very satisfying conclusion to a fast-paced and well-told series.  It’s hard to talk about the book without including spoilers, but I’ll do my best.  Suffice it to say, there are some sweet moments and some heart-breakers–as well as some more than surprising plot twists that readers don’t see coming.  Thrilling space battles–and ingenious plans for escape, clever dialogue, and surprising depth to a range of characters as they grow and change. Some tantalizing elements of philosophy, too.  Devotion to honor is portrayed as possible to be either courageous or an easy out–or both.  What is the purpose and power of revenge?  Readers–and audiences–will be talking about this classic series for years to come.

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Glass-swordGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

The Red Queen series also deals with a stratified society, but in this case, it is blood color that segregates the characters.  Mare, the heroine and Red Queen of the series–continues to lead a rebellion.  She’s the perfect person for this as her blood is the red of the common folk, but her abilities would mark her as a Silver blood. Her power to control lightening makes her a terrifying enemy to the Crown, yet she needs much more than this powerful weapon.  This second novel is fast-paced and filled with battles, strategy, and lots of betrayal.  I didn’t love it as much as the first book, but enough so I am looking forward to Book 3.

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Early Readers

May 29, 2007

From 5 to 9 years old

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As children become more comfortable with reading familiar books over and over again, alone and with the adults around them, they naturally start “cracking the code” and using their knowledge of the world to understand the words and pictures in books—and read on their own! No need to stop reading aloud books they can’t read by themselves: we have several “kid-tested” books on the lists below that are wonderful read-alouds to share together. We also include “easy reader” books that children can explore and read without adult help—books that have predictable structures and patterns without sacrificing quality of language and illustrations. Enjoy!

Book Lists

Mo Willems: LunchDoodles

RETHINKING THANKSGIVING THROUGH PICTURE BOOKS

November 13th is World Kindness Day:  Picture Books to Read and Share

A Trio of New Early Reader Chapter Books

Classics: Read-to-Me Books

Celebrating Literacy:  Three New Picture Books

Comics and Graphic Novels for Early Readers

Feisty Girls in Early Reader Chapter Books

New Spring Picture Books for Young Readers

What We’re Reading:  Some Terrific Bilingual Picture Books

Resistance! Part I:  Learning From Our Moral Ancestors:  Recommended Picture Books for Young Readers

Mischievous Boys

Early Reader Chapter Books for Boys

Great Role Models for Boys

Classics: Read by Myself

Other Great Read by Myself Books

The Sounds of Language: Multicultural Picture Books for Young Children

Chapter Books for Beginning Readers

Math Picture Books

More Math Picture Books

The Math Adventure Continues

Picture Books:  Understanding the Middle East

Introducing Jazz for Young “Hip Cats”

Cowgirls, Cowboys, and Cowcookies. . .

Series Recommendations for Early Readers

Invitation to Imagination:  Fairy Gardens

New to School

Author! Author! Great Picture Books About Being a Writer

Picture Books for Writers

Halloween Fun

Aliens!  New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

My First Hanukkah Books

Celebrating the New Year with a Trio of Books for Young Readers

Twins in School-Online Resources

Musicians When They Were Children

Mischievous Boys

Celebrating the Silent Movies in Children’s Literature

More New Fall Picture Books

Celebrating a Love of Words

New Picture Books That Celebrate Snow

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Let the Children March 

The Long March by Mary-Louise Fitzpatrick

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis

THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL by Mo Willems

THE EVIL PRINCESS AND THE BRAVE KNIGHT by Jennifer Holm vs Matthew Holm

HOW TO READ A BOOK by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

THE CRAYONS’ CHRISTMAS by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

CIRCLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen:  Completing the Shapes Trilogy

THE BAD GUYS:  INTERGALACTIC GAS (THE BAD GUYS #5) by Aaron Blabey

THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson

OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW by Kate Messner

THE WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK by Jon Agee

THE SOLSTICE BADGER

CINDERELLA OF THE NILE

THE WOLF, THE DUCK , AND THE MOUSE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL

African American Children’s Illustrated Literature:  A Recommendation by Guest Blogger Tom Romano

Baby Monkey:  Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

LA LA LA:  A STORY OF HOPE by Kate DiCamillo

SNOW AND ROSE: A FAIRYTALE REIMAGINED

Recipes from THE BLISS FAMILY Cookbook

Dory Fantasmagory:  Head in the Clouds by Abby Hanlon

LITTLE RED:  by Bethan Woolvin:  A New Retelling for Early Readers

THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE

LEXIE THE WORD WRANGLER

RUDAS: NINO’S HORRENDOUS HERMANITAS

TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY by John Himmelman

TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES

Get Ready to Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day, January 27th

THE BAD GUYS

COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline

Perfect Book to Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day:  PENGUIN PROBLEMS

THUNDER BOY JR.  by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

THE LATKE WHO COULDN’T STOP SCREAMING:  A CHRISTMAS STORY by Lemony Snicket

Celebrating the New Year with a Trio of Book for Young Readers

British Children’s Literature for Children: Two Treats to Share

WE FOUND A HAT  by Jon Klassen:  Book 3 in the hat series

FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland: A Review and Recommendation

THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA: Mo Willems’ Latest

Beverly Cleary’s Birthday is April 12th-Happy 100th!

Appreciate a Dragon Day: January 16th

February is Grapefruit Month

Max the Brave

Appreciate a Dragon Day

October 29th is National Hermit Day!

Recommendations for Young Musicians

New Classics for Young Readers

New Books Celebrating the Moon for Young Readers

Pirate Update!

Sloths: A Trio of Books to Delight Young Readers

CLEOPATRA IN SPACE: THE THIEF AND THE SWORD: A Review

Ninjas Revisted: Three More for Young Readers

July! Time for More Ice Cream and Hot Dogs

And the Winner is. . .VIVA FRIDA!

EL DEAFO:  An Enthusaistic Review!

Downton Abbey for Children’s Literature Fans

April Fool’s Surprise

CLEOPATRA IN SPACE: Recommended Graphic Novel for Young Readers

Mustache Fever–in Picture Books

The Princess in Black

February is Library Lovers Month

Winter is Coming

Enzo Races in the Rain!

More Young People Who Make a Difference:  Malala and Iqbal

For Your Growing Alphabet Bookshelf:  Once Upon an Alphabet

Wings and Co.:  Perfect Readalouds for Young Readers

The Latest Nate the Great:  NATE THE GREAT WHERE ARE YOU?

Have a Party With Your Bear Day is November 16th

October is National Pizza Month

Super Ninjas!

Revisiting Fairy Gardens

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Fresh Veggie Day, June 16th

National Museum Day:  May 18th

Artists’ Lives Through Picture Books

What Happened to PETE THE CAT books?

More Mo!:  Behind the Scenes with MO Willems (Plus I’M A FROG!)

Early reader Series:  New Additions for Your Book shelf

New Books Make Great Holiday Gifts:  Picture Book Edition

CARNIVORES:  A Review

Fairy Gardens II:  Backyard Adventures

Invitations to Write Your Own Version

Pete the Cat at the Beach

Little Red Riding Hood Around the World

Back to School Books

May 19th is Circus Day!

Hans Christian Anderson’s Birthday

Frogs:  Great Early Reader Non-fiction Recommendations

Celebrating Creativity in New Picture Books

Library Mouse:  A Museum Adventure

The Perfect Flower Girl:  A Review

The Sky of Afghanistan:  A Review

This is Not My Hat!:  Review

A Trio of New Picture Books Celebrating Winter

New Winter Holiday Books! We Recommend. . .

My Hands Sing the Blues

I Wonder Why Zippers Have Teeth

Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken:  A Passover Picture Book

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes:  An Easter Picture Book

April 1st-April Fools Day!

April 6th-Discovery of the North Pole

Wow!  Ocean! Recommended

Who are we reading now? Roald Dahl

Book Review:  Isabella:  Girl on the Go

How Many Donkeys:  A New Arabic Counting Book

Cool Cats Head to School

Children Around the World

Books:  Eat or Be Eaten

National Fairy Tale Day

Free Comic Book Day!

ABC Update

Countdown to Halloween

National Train Day

A Non-traditional Passover

Here Comes Horrid Henry

Little House Memories

On Flamingos and Other Obsessions

Book Review:  The 13 Days of Halloween

Ministry of Funny Voices

Book Pairings: One for You and One for Me

Holiday Shopping for Book Lovers

Eat, Read, and Be Merry!

Family Traditions:  Don’t Forget the Books

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Kids Books 2009

Celebrating Spoken Soul in Picture Books

New Poetry Book Review!  The Tighty Whitey Spider

August 21st is Poet’s Day

A Taste of Home


Nursery & Preschoolers

May 29, 2007

From 3 to 6 years old

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Children who are still toddlers often begin being active readers. When a 3-year-old picks up a familiar book and retells a story in an expressive voice, she is reading. When a 4-year old talks through a brand-new book creating a new story, complete with literary terms like, “Once upon a time,” or “The end,” he is reading. They are both accomplishing what more experienced readers and writers do: they are living into the story, and using some of the general mechanics that go along with reading, such as turning pages, holding the book right side up, and using the terms that go along with a book experience. You’ll see quite a bit of overlap in the lists in this category, so feel free to keep browsing the book recommendations for older –or younger—readers.

Book Lists

Building Your Classic Library

Alphabet Books

Many Languages, Many Alphabets

Counting Books

More Math Picture Books

Going to Kindergarten

Picture Books about Museums

Comics and Graphic Novels for Early Readers

My First Hanukkah Books

Ballet Books for Tiny Dancers

Sweet Monsters

Library Love

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Introducing Map Books

Books for Caped Crusaders

Precocious Princesses

Pirate Books for Little Mateys

Baby Love

Hello!

Multicultural Picture Books

Introducing Jazz for Young “Hip Cats”

Cowgirls, Cowboys, and Cowcookies. . .

Series Recommendations for Early Readers

New to School

Author! Author! Great Picture Books About Being a Writer

Halloween Fun

Twice as Nice or Double the Trouble?  Early Childhood Books for Twins

Musicians When They Were Children

Feisty Girls in Early Reader Chapter Books

Mischievous Boys

Invitation to Imagination:  Fairy Gardens

Celebrating the Silent Movies in Children’s Literature

More New Fall Picture Books

New Winners for the Preschool Set

A Children’s Literature Love Song for Knitting Nerds

New Spring Picture Books for Young Readers

A Trio of Summer Board Books

A Trio of Books to Celebrate Sloths

New Books Celebrating the Moon for Young Children

New Classics for Young Readers

New Picture Books That Celebrate Snow

RETHINKING THANKSGIVING THROUGH PICTURE BOOKS

November 13th is World Kindness Day:  Picture Books to Read and Share

Get Interactive

Mo Willems: LunchDoodles

THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL by Mo Willems

THE CRAYONS’ CHRISTMAS by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Get Ready to Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day, January 27th

THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME by Oliver Jeffers

GROOVY JOE:  ICE CREAM AND DINOSAURS  by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

And the Winner is. . .VIVA FRIDA!

Have a Party With Your Bear Day is November 16th

Downton Abbey for Children’s Literature Fans

Fairy Gardens II:  Backyard Adventures

Put Me in the Story:  My Name is Not. . .

Picture Books for Writers

Back to School Books

May 19th is Circus Day

Everyday Math

Otto the Book Bear:  A Review

What We’re Reading:  Some Terrific Bilingual Picture Books

April 4th-Tater Day

Beautiful Yetta, The Yiddish Chicken:  A Passover Picture Book

Creativity in Action

National Fairy Tale Day

I Spy. . .Literacy!

Creative Fun – Images and Designs, Cookie Cutters and Coloring Pages

A New Love and Lens for the Zoo

Being in the Book:  THE SNOWY DAY

Countdown to Halloween

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The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis

HOW TO READ A BOOK by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

GOODNIGHT EVERYONE by Chris Haughton

HOW TO PUT YOUR PARENTS TO BED by Mylisa Larsen, illustrated by Babette Cole

APPLE by Nikki McClure:  Wonderful New Board Book for Toddlers

IMAGINE A CITY by Elise Hurst

CIRCLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen:  Completing the Shapes Trilogy

GIRAFFE PROBLEMS by Jory John and Lane Smith

WINDOWS by Julia Denos

A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR by Grace Lin

CINDERELLA OF THE NILE

THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson

HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT by Katherine Roy

LA LA LA:  A STORY OF HOPE by Kate DiCamillo

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri

THEY SAY BLUE by Jillian Tamake

LEXIE THE WORD WRANGLER

THE WOLF, THE DUCK , AND THE MOUSE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

SNOW AND ROSE: A FAIRYTALE REIMAGINED

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY by Ntozake Change

I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein

TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY by John Himmelman

Dory Fantasmagory:  Head in the Clouds by Abby Hanlon

RUDAS: NINO’S HORRENDOUS HERMANITA’S

TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

SQUARE by Mac Barnett and John Klassen

Love by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Loren Long

Baby Monkey:  Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

After the Fall:  How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

A TOWER OF GIRAFFES

BABY LOVES QUARKS! New Board Book for the Littlest Scientist

THE BAD GUYS

COYOTE MOON by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline

Perfect Book to Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day:  PENGUIN PROBLEMS

British Children’s Literature for Children: Two Treats to Share

SHHH! WE HAVE A PLAN

WE FOUND A HAT  by Jon Klassen:  Book 3 in the hat series

Poetry for the Whole Family:  SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland:  A Review and Recommendation

IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON’T!

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

April 30th is Save the Frogs Day

Max the Brave

Who Done it?

Sloths:  A Trio of Books to Delight Young Readers

July! Time for More Ice Cream and Hot Dogs

New Interactive Books for Young Readers

Mustache Fever–in Picture Books

The Princess in Black

Winter is Coming

Enzo Races in the Rain!

For Your Growing Alphabet Bookshelf:  Once Upon an Alphabet

National Hat Day

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Nino Wrestles the World:  A Review

What Happened to PETE THE CAT books?

Edgar Gets Ready for Bed

Aliens!  New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

New Books Make Great Holiday Gifts:  Picture Book Edition

More Mo!:  Behind the Scenes with Mo Willems (Plus:  I’m a Frog!)

Aliens! New Children’s Literature for UFO Lovers

CARNIVORES:  A Review

Pete the Cat at the Beach

Library Mouse:  A Museum Adventure

Celebrating Creativity in New Picture Books

The Perfect Flower Girl:  A Review

The Sky of Afghanistan:  A Review

This is Not My Hat!:  Review

A Trio of New Picture Books Celebrating Winter

New Winter Holiday Nooks! We Recommend. . .

My Hands Sing the Blues

Mo Willems:  My Hero!

Revisiting the Night Sky:  Featuring Picture Books!

One Good Book About Golf

Internaltional Children’s Book Day, April 2nd

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes:  An Easter Book!

Twins in School-Online Resources

Who are we reading now?  Roald Dahl

Book Review:  Isabella:  Girl on the Go

How Many Donkeys:  A New Arabic Counting Tale

Cool Cats Head to School

Children Around the World

The Return of Favorite Characters

Speaking Some Dead Languages

My Name is Not Alexander

Books:  Eat or Be Eaten

Book Review:  ASTRO THE STELLAR SEA LION

What’s in a Name?

My Name is Not Isabella:  Book Review

More Ken Nesbitt with MORE BEARS

A Taste of Home

National Train Day!

For the Easter Basket. . .

A Non-traditional Passover

Dump and Stir

Two New Books for Spring

Inscribe It

Supercapes for Superheroes

Counting on Kids

Two New Books by Rachel Isadora

I Hate TV. . .But YouTube is Another Story

A Special Reading Place

First the Egg

On Flamingos and Other Obsessions

Ministry of Funny Voices

Book Pairings:  One for You and One for Me

Holiday Shopping for Book Lovers

Eat, Read, and Be Merry!

Family Traditions:  Don’t Forget the Books!

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Kids Books 2009

Celebrating The Snowy Day

Celebrating Spoken Soul in Picture Books

A Pipkin of Pepper (What We’re Reading Right Now)

ABC Update