David Small

Book Review: Bloom By Cronin & Small

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I am drowning in awesome books over here. As if I cannot manage to find enough amazing books on my own, we had a school reading list for the summer of even more excellent finds from the school librarian. We are loving it! And my hopeful review pile is toppling. I hope to highlight as many as possible and – though I am terrible at keeping posts short – I’m going to try to edit my writing in order to highlight many more.

First up, this new book from a favorite illustrator of mine, David Small. My girls were enamoured with this book and I loved every part of it, especially the powerful message about girls and to everyone. But I’m getting ahead of myself in the excitement. Let’s take a look at Bloom by Doreen Cronin and David Small, 2016. Read the full post…

Book Review: Goodnight Songs – A Celebration Of The Seasons By Margaret Wise Brown

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Although books about the seasons are lovely reading any time of year, there is something about the coming of autumn and all the changes it brings that feels even more appropriate for reading about the seasons. Fall is my favorite season, but I am always willing to ponder the things to love about every season. And luckily, we have a gorgeous new book out this August that provides not only stunning imagery, but includes beautiful songs originally written by Margaret Wise Brown.

This is the second collection of songs released, the first collection I am ashamed to say I have not seen and completely missed when it came out. I will be looking it up immediately as I am smitten by this second book. Allow me to share Goodnight Songs – A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by twelve award-winning picture book artists, 2015. Read the full post…

Dinosaur Children’s Picture Books To Devour

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I readily admit that after our last storytime, I’ve been on a bit of a dinosaur kick. I actually never went through a dinosaur phase as a child, at least that I can remember, so I’m just considering this my bound to come eventually moment. I’m also going to blame it on two books that recently came out, one by Willems last fall and Idle’s this spring, that were so overflowing with dino-awesomeness that they turned me onto the cretaceous creatures.

With my recent search for great dinosaur books, and the fact that I know dozens of children who can’t get enough of these (mostly) humongous creatures, I thought it fitting to make a list of my current favorite dino-themed picture books. As with all of my lists, this is not exhaustive. I’m sure there are many more amazing books about dinosaurs that I just haven’t found yet and I do hope that if you know of them, you’ll tell me in the comments! Here we have my current favorite dinosaur children’s picture books for that avid dino fan in your life (and it is totally ok if that is you): Read the full post…

Book Review: So You Want To Be President? By St. George And Small

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In honor of President’s Day, I bring a fun factual book to the table. I’ve mentioned before that I really didn’t like history much when I was growing up, so when I find fantastic books like this as an adult, I always wonder if this one would have made me love history. Would the child-me have laughed and memorized this one along with the nonsensical ones I knew so well? I sure hope it turns a few kids’ heads in that direction. Here is  So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small, 2000 (although I have the updated copy with Barack Obama added in). Read the full post…

Notable Children’s Picture Books From 2012

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Or perhaps this post should be called the books I noticed and loved in 2012, as this is definitely not an all-inclusive list of the great books that came out last year. Whatever the title, I feel it necessary and enjoyable to point out a few of my favorite children’s books that 2012 offered. Some I’ve reviewed and will link to, and a couple others I intend on reviewing more in depth in the next few weeks. So here we go – 15 books to enjoy from 2012. Read the full post…

How To Create A Children’s Book Character Costume, Part 2

And here’s the next set of costume ideas for being a children’s book character for Halloween or party. For some odd reason, I had a hard time coming up with girl characters, but there are a few in the bunch. (See Part 1 here.) Read the full post…