Whether it be for your own child or a gift, choosing board books is not always as easy as it may seem. Unfortunately, some great older kid books get made into board books that shouldn’t be and some books are created specifically for babies that are mindless and dreadful to read.
Here are my top 10 tips for selecting board books for babies and toddlers along with a few of my favorite book suggestions. Read the full post…
A new adventure started today with “Mrs. Caryn” leading storytime at Union Ave Books in downtown Knoxville. It was great fun and we had an excellent turnout. Surprisingly, none of the children had read our featured book which was The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. Read the full post…
All you locals, don’t miss storytime with Mrs. Caryn today at 11 o’clock in Union Ave Books. We’re reading The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers and will have a book related snack as well! Hope to see you there!
If you haven’t seen one yet, allow me to introduce you to book trailers. Here is my favorite picture book one for It’s a Book by Lane Smith.
In essence, a book trailer is a 30 second advertisement for an upcoming book. They can be longer, but as in TV advertisements, 30 seconds is the norm. Most picture book trailers include a few pages from the book – often with the illustrations lightly animated – some music, and perhaps someone narrating some of the text. Read the full post…
This blog has been brewing in my head for a couple of years. A blog about children’s picture books for which I am extremely passionate. Some have jokingly called me a hoarder, but I call it love. My collection is extensive, yet never complete. But I digress. I’m dedicating this blog to the knowledge, admiration, and deep love of children’s picture books.
So where to start has been the question for a while. Life has thrown a lot of curve balls and finding the time to devote to it has been difficult as it always seems for things we love. But here I sit, ready to wax poetic about authors and illustrators and what book to read when. And the inspiration for the beginning came in my mailbox a few months ago. Read the full post…
Happy Juneteenth! On this important day commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, one book came to mind immediately. Take a glimpse of this difficult, beautiful, and necessary book: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson, 2011.
A beautifully narrated and breathtakingly illustrated biography about Pura Belpré – the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City. This book is a must see: Planting Stories The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrations by Paola Escobar.
An incredible non-fiction picture book about the history of the Negro Leagues. A hefty book in size and information, overflowing with breathtaking paintings by Kadir Nelson, this is a book not to be missed by baseball lovers everywhere.
A special new book. A charming story about a little boy encountering a girl with noticeable disability and learning that making friends is not as hard as it feels sometimes. This book is like illustrated role-play, teaching how to handle specific situations. It opens conversations. It puts things into words that we don’t even know how to ask. And this book breaks several picture book “rules” for some really good reasons. Check out When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb, illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard.
Today I wrestle with how to share a brilliantly clever, marvelously illustrated book. It is a story, quite simply, about walls. It is a surprising story, a hilarious story, a fun and thought-provoking story. Don’t miss this one. It is worth reading, talking about with everyone, and reading aloud to anyone: The Wall in the(…)
The newest one to our stack is Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, 2018. It is a lengthier picture book, a combination of poetry and prose, based on a teacher who participated in the strike and marches in Memphis as a child. Come learn along with me.
Today’s book is another well-known song, this time without explanation; but rather exquisitely illustrated, depicting a beautiful interpretation of the song’s message of faith, trust, family, and nature.