Ten Lovely Picture Books For Valentine’s Day, 2014

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February 14th is almost upon us and while that day is just another date to some, a birthday to many people, and International Book Giving Day to others – most people know the day as Valentine’s Day. Last year I struggled to make a list of themed books as I just never really get into this particular holiday, but there really are a lot of lovely books that are love-themed, heart-themed or especially specific to the day. So, I have pulled a few of my new favorites and we’ve been reading them constantly this week in great enjoyment. Reading is a good cause anytime and love is worth being celebrated, so why not have some love-themed books on the agenda for the week! Allow me to help you find some great ones. Here are 10 children’s picture books for Valentine’s Day to help you get in the loving mood. Read the full post…

Book Review: Snow Is Falling By Branley & Stone

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We had a surprise visit of snow hit us yesterday and while it wreaked havoc on many places in the southern U.S., we were fortunate to be safe at home and watch it fall in the largest amount we’ve received here. While getting cozy near the fire, this book came to mind. My enjoyment for non-fiction books continues to grow and I now have a serious soft-spot for this vintage series of science books called Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out. A local used bookstore occasionally has them on the shelf and I just cannot help but continue accumulating them as they cross my path. A lot of the authors are the same, including Franklyn M. Branley who wrote this one, but the illustrators vary and many are incredibly well-known and accomplished with their own publications. Seeing their illustrations for this series is so much fun! I assume the science is perhaps a bit outdated here and there, but overall each book has general information on its subject and opens the door to questions and curiosity about the world around. Take a peek at this 1963 sweet edition all about this white winter weather, Snow Is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Helen Stone. Read the full post…

A Reading Announcement – Caryn’s Bookshelf

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Pardon the interruption from my normally scheduled picture book posting, but I have an announcement to make: I read a lot of books. I know, shocking. But actually the announcement has to do with my new method of keeping track of all the other books I’m reading and loving and dying to share. Three Books a Night is devoted to sharing picture books and I want it to stay that way, but I love all kinds of books and love to talk about them too. So, if you are interested in seeing what other books I may be cramming onto my bookshelf, check out my new tumblr: Caryn’s Bookshelf.

I plan on keeping it to a photo or two of the book and a short recap of my thoughts, the plot or some random note about the book. These books will most likely be young adult literature, as that is what I treasure the most in my pleasure reading, but I may feature some of the adult books that capture my attention too. If you are so inclined, pop over there occasionally and strike up a conversation about the latest Newbery potential book, memoir, graphic novel, or whatever else is gracing my side table at the moment! There is also a handy little link in my sidebar to the right which will display the latest book I’ve added.

Hope to see you there and hear about what else you are reading!

Book Review: Big Snow By Jonathan Bean

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Waiting is a tricky part of life and especially childhood. There are so many exciting things that occur but almost all of them come with a waiting period: birthdays, Christmas, first day of school, a trip somewhere, and even a snowstorm! I’ve been longing to write about this book ever since it crossed my path during the Cybils evaluations and today seems like the perfect day. The forecast called for snow today, but most of us here in the South tend to just roll our eyes and not dare hold our breath. We did get a spit of snow, but it melted faster than it came. But, that waiting to see if the forecast would hold true, that is the essence of this book. Here is Big Snow by Jonathan Bean, 2013.

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Book Review: The Mitten By Tresselt & Yaroslava

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My posting seems to be as sporadic as the weather this winter. However, we are having a slight cold front right now and it made me turn to this sweet, vintage book for a bit of snuggle-reading with my toddler. An old Ukrainian folktale that has been done a time or two, this version remains my favorite. It is the story of a boy’s lost mitten that becomes shelter for a surprising amount of animals during the coldest day of winter. Retold by Alvin Tresselt from a (gorgeous!) adaptation by E. Rachev and illustrated by Yaroslava, warm up today with The Mitten, 1964. Read the full post…

Book Trailer: As Férias Do Pequeno Urso

Yesterday’s review highlighted one of my favorites from last year’s publications and near the end I linked to this trailer that appears to be a follow-up to the story, As Férias Do Pequeno Urso, or at least contains the same adorable characters of Papa Bear and Little Bear from The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud. The trailer makes me too excited to keep it buried, so here it is for your viewing pleasure in case you didn’t click through to it yesterday!

Book Review: The Bear’s Song By Benjamin Chaud

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Happy New Year everyone! December was such a crazy month. I’m so glad I did another year of 25 Days of Christmas books and the Cybils round 1 panelist job was a blast but incredibly exhausting leading right up into the holiday. Thanks for being patient with my bit of an extended break. I hope you’ll come back and read with me again! I am now ready for a new year of reviews and lists and other fun book blogging ideas my brain is sorting through.

To start off the new year, I cannot wait to share this book with you. Did you see the list of Cybils finalists revealed last week? Our fiction crew had such a hard time narrowing it down to our seven choices; but this one made the list and I fought hard for it too! I cannot wait to see what the final Cybils choices are; but in the meantime, allow me to convince you of this book’s beauty as well. This is The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud, 2013. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 25: Who Is Coming To Our House?

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Merry Christmas! We made it to the end of our second year of 25 Days of Christmas Children’s Books. This season went so fast! For our Christmas day book, I have a sweet board book edition of a story from 1988. A barnyard prepares for a guest with small animal tasks to tidy and clean, all prodded by a little mouse who keeps insisting that someone special is coming. This is Who Is Coming To Our House? by Joseph Slate, illustrations by Ashley Wolff.

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This book kind of reminds me of a childhood Christmas favorite that we talked of last year called The Animals’ Christmas Eve. That one teaches about the idea of the baby Jesus being born by counting the stable animals. This story has all the animals preparing the stable for the visitors that only the mouse seems to know the identity of. The ram dusts the beams, the chicks sweep the earth, and the goose lines the crib with eider. It is a different perspective of the Nativity story without actually talking of the Nativity itself. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 24: The Night Before Christmas (Zwerger)

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The day before Christmas is upon us. While there are many, many books that focus on Clement Moore’s famous poem all with different perspectives, styles and creators; this illustrated version is among one of my favorites. With unique and gorgeous paintings by Lisbeth Zwerger, revisit The Night Before Christmas, 2005.

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25 Days – Book 23: The Gift Of Nothing

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What do you give someone who has everything? A question that we should all be considering as we have so much stuff! Well, here is the perfect book for just such a minimalist thought process, The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell from 2005.

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McDonnell’s infamous cat Mooch is searching for the perfect gift for his friend Earl. Only problem is, Earl already has everything a dog could need or even want. So Mooch decides the best gift is the gift of nothing. But where do you get nothing? On TV? At the store? Around the kids who are always bored? It’s a book that is charming, simple, humorous and profound for this gift-giving season. Read the full post…