Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

For preschoolers learning about other people groups and the alphabet, Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove is the perfect picture book marrying the two. Musgrove works her way through the alphabet, telling a bit about a different African tribe for each letter.  The tribal illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon are as interesting... Continue Reading →

Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree.  The outside world is just too dangerous.  He has a schedule, an emergency plan and a first aid kit. But as a bee flies by (is it a killer bee?!), nothing goes according to plan.  How will Scaredy Squirrel recover? Children will enjoy hearing parents read Scaredy Squirrel... Continue Reading →

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

Author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg specializes in the dreamy, the spectacular, and the wondrous.  His picture book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, is no exception. Alan is all set to care for Miss Hester's dog while she visits her sister.   He plays with Fritz until he's completely worn out, then takes him for an... Continue Reading →

An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball

Counting books are a dime a dozen, so to speak, and finding one that captures the attention of both children and their parents is quite the feat. That's why I enjoyed An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball by Jane Yolen.  Yolen doesn't just count one through ten, she also tells a story about animals getting... Continue Reading →

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator

If you're looking for a delightful picture book to read to a preschooler, you cannot go wrong with Mo Willems. He has a whole library of picture books which delight both parents and children. (You can read about some here, and here.) In Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator, Amanda loves her alligator, even if... Continue Reading →

Empty Fridge

When I picked up Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus, I loved the feel of it in my hands. The heavy cardboard cover felt weighty, and its unusual size (tall and rather narrow) seemed to fit my hands. The story is weighty too. In the tradition of Stone Soup, a modern-day neighborhood (in this case an... Continue Reading →

The Kissing Hand

Many children feel anxious when they have to be separated from their parents or caretakers. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn provides not only a good story, but also a wonderful way to deal with that type of anxiety. Chester Raccoon does not want to go to school.  He does not want to leave his... Continue Reading →

The Important Book

I will admit, when I first read The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, I wondered, "what is the point of this book?" (Honestly, I thought the same thing about her more famous book, Goodnight Moon.  But I grew to love it as I read it to my babies before bed.) However, after reading The... Continue Reading →

Little Panda

Little Panda does not believe the story his grandfather is about to tell him.  "Tigers can't fly!  That's silly," he interrupts his grandfather. His grandfather shushes him, and gently scolds him for interrupting - and continues his story. And in the end, a tiger does fly! How? You will have to read the book to... Continue Reading →

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