The Coffee Can Kid

The Coffee Can Kid

Little Annie wants her dad to tell a story.  So she pulls down the blue coffee can, curls up on his lap, and listens to the story about the coffee can kid. Her father tells her of a baby born to a very poor mother in a land far away.  This mother, and grandmother could not care for the baby.  So the mother decides to take the baby somewhere she can have a better life. As you can guess, the baby is Annie, whom her mother named Dong Hee, or...

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The Man with the Violin

The Man with the Violin

“Dylan was someone who noticed things.  His mom was someone who wasn’t.” Ouch.  How many times am I guilty of that?  Focusing on my to-do list while ignoring everything around me? This day, Dylan noticed music.  He asked his mom to stop to listen, but she was too busy.  The music captivated Dylan – he wanted to hear more. He did – and the second time, his mom heard it too. The story, and afterword, of The Man...

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A Dance Like Starlight

A Dance Like Starlight

All children have dreams, hopes and wishes.  One little girl’s wish feels unrealistic – she cannot find a star to wish upon in the bright night sky of New York City. But her mother finds a way to nurture her daughter’s dream – reminding her that hope is hard work, and demonstrating that fact by her own hard work. Then, she delays the fulfillment of her dream to continue to nurture her daughter’s dream to be a...

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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful: Together We Stand is a beautiful picture book celebrating the diversity of the United States of America. It includes the poem Katharine Lee Bates wrote, which later became a much-loved patriotic song. The publisher, Orchard Books, recruited ten different children’s book artists to illustrated the poem – which includes a wide variety of interpretation and styles. Each page includes an inspirational quote from a...

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The Girl and the Bicycle

The Girl and the Bicycle

Illustrator Mark Pett creates another beautiful wordless book in The Girl and the Bicycle. A young girl and her brother are walking down the street, when she spots a beautiful green bicycle in the store window.  She works and works and works to earn enough money to buy it, only to discover it’s gone when she goes to buy it. She’s very sad, but decides to spend her money on a tricycle for her brother instead.  Her hard work and kind...

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

“Henry loved books.  But not like you and I love books, no.  Not quite…” reads the front fly of this book. I’m afraid to say more about the story – I mean you can guess the gist of it.  But if I tell you more, I might give away the ending.  And it’s a lovely ending. I love the way Oliver Jeffers (author & illustrator of The Hueys) illustrated The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. ...

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The Hueys in The New Sweater

The Hueys in The New Sweater

The Hueys are all the same.  And there are quite a lot of them. They think the same, do the same things, and look the same.  No one is different. Until one Huey – Rupert by name – knits a sweater. Then all pandemonium breaks loose. The Hueys in The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers is a delightful little picture book about being the same, and being different. Jeffers follows it with The Hueys in It Wasn’t Me – a book about...

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