Caldecott Medal Award Announcement Tomorrow

Who will win the 2015 Randolph Caldecott Award for the most distinguished American picture book for children?  It’s anybody’s guess, I suppose, but here are sixteen picture books from this past year that I think are mighty contenders, and worth buying whether they take the… Continue reading

Book #282: Breathe

When I started writing this book-a-day portion of the blog, my intent was to focus exclusively on books for my five-year-old (he’s now six). Recently, however, I’ve noticed that my two-year-old twins have become increasingly curious about sitting and listening, which makes me feel… Continue reading

Book #281: America’s White Table

I had no idea that for the past thirty years or more, a white table with an empty chair has been set in military dining halls all across America. In this book, a family goes about setting a white table for those lost or… Continue reading

Book #280: Hey, Rabbit

I love this guy’s work. Look closely, there’s a bit of Maurice Sendak in there for sure. I wrote about Sergio Ruzzzier before, but somehow I overlooked a pretty good bunny book during the Easter season and thought I’d catch up to it now…. Continue reading

Book #279: The Wall

Eve Bunting’s beautifully written story of a boy and his father as they visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington D.C. is one of the best books you can find to introduce young children to the meaning of Memorial Day. In this book, a… Continue reading

Book #278: The Lotus Seed

Someday I’m going to have to write a picture book about a seed, since no matter how you come at the topic there’s always going to be something symbolic in there for everybody. The Carrot Seed, The Empty Pot, practically anything by Lois Ehlert… Continue reading

Book #277: Planting the Trees of Kenya

It’s amazing what planting a tree can do for a  nation’s future….check back for this review soon.   Previous

Book #276: City Green

Ray and I really enjoyed this story about an old building that is knocked down on a poor city block. According to the narrator, “now this block looks like a big smile with one tooth missing.” With the help of her neighbor, Marcy decides… Continue reading

Book #275: The Wildest Brother

Now that my son Ray is coming up on six-and-a-half, his imaginative world is as vigorous as ever. The other day I must have called his name from the kitchen about fifty times before he actually heard me. Not because he was all that… Continue reading

Book #274: On Meadowview Street

As a child my father never cared much for owning a perfectly manicured front lawn, so I can appreciate Henry Cole’s On Meadowview Street, about a child who turns her suburban front yard into a sort of nature preserve. Her father is mowing the lawn… Continue reading