She Loves Me… She Loves Me Not…

She Loves Me… She Loves Me Not…

If you’re looking for a tiny little gift for your valentine – one that won’t die in two days, or add inches to her waistline – I encourage you to pick up She Loves Me… She Loves Me Not… by Robert Keeshan. Although you will read through this tiny picture book quickly, it’s a fun little story.  It starts with a little boy with four daisies.  He gives one to a little girl, and she plays a game… ...

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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 Easter Story

The Easter Story

This weekend Christians all over the world celebrate Easter, arguably the holiest of Christian holidays.  Children and adults alike will hear the story of Jesus and the week leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. For families celebrating Easter, The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith is a beautiful retelling of the story. Beautiful, not only in the telling, but also in the illustrating. Wildsmith uses simple language, and the little...

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Uncle Vova’s Tree

Uncle Vova’s Tree

I am continually in awe of author Patricia Polacco’s childhood. She must have grown up in a family rich in storytellers, because many of her picture books come from her own experiences, or family history. Uncle Vova’s Tree is one such book. Some of her ancestors came from Russia, and celebrated the Russian Orthodox Christmas in early January. In Uncle Vova’s Tree, Polacco describes the Russian Orthodox traditions she enjoyed...

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The Christmas Doll

The Christmas Doll

Lucy and Glory are orphans living in a workhouse in London. Lucy remembers having a family, and a home, but Glory was only a baby when the fever took their parents. In order to survive deplorable conditions, Lucy whispers stories in Glory’s ear after lights out – stories of their mother, their father, their home and garden, and a very special doll. A doll Glory will recognize as soon as she sees her – and will be able to keep...

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Maria: A Christmas Story

Maria: A Christmas Story

The whole town of San Lorenzo is preparing for the annual Christmas parade.  Eleven-year-old Maria Gonzaga listens longingly to her friends’ plans for their floats.  Their families are hiring designers to create breath-taking floats – and Maria longs to participate. But San Lorenzo’s parade has long been for the wealthy Anglo ranchers, not the Mexican-Americans. Suddenly, Maria decides this year will be different.  This year...

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Kris Kringle’s Magic

Kris Kringle’s Magic

Just how did Kris Kringle (aka Santa Claus) meet Mrs. Kringle (aka Mrs. Claus)?  How did he get started on his Christmas Eve tour? Diane Stringam Tolley gives her answers to these questions in Kris Kringle’s Magic: The Story of a Boy Who Became a Legend. Rebecca, Mrs. Claus, tells the story of how a strange boy moved into the neighborhood, a boy named Kris.  She tells how everyone made fun of him because he treated the elves as people...

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