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Book Review of If Your Babysitter is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira

Halloween is coming soon! What would you do if your babysitter was a bruja? Yes, a witch! She could order her black cats to attack, catch you while flying her broom, or cook you in her cauldron with cocodrillos! You might need to get those defense powers on if your babysitter was a bruja. You could cook a magic potion, get her broom, or escape. … Continue reading Book Review of If Your Babysitter is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira

Book Review of Dino Pajama Party by Laurie Wallmark

As a historian and a picture book enthusiast, I love dinosaurs. So when it was time for me to pick my #50PreciousWords prize (I was one of the ’22 winners), it was a no-brainer to choose Laurie Wallmark’s Dino Pajama Party. She was super nice and sent me the book right away, and she even signed it and included cool bookmarks. Different kinds of dinos … Continue reading Book Review of Dino Pajama Party by Laurie Wallmark

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Book Review of Beauty Woke

A Puerto Rican family welcomes a beautiful baby girl named Beauty. As Beauty grows up, her big familia teaches her to be proud of her heritage. Beauty is a Boricua with Taíno Indian and African ancestors, so her Abuela encourages her to “stay onyx, stay gold.” But one day, Beauty hears the news saying hurtful words about other Hispanics. When it is time for the … Continue reading Book Review of Beauty Woke

Picture Books for Black History Month and All Year Long

Brilliant Bea by Shaina Rudolph and Mary Vukadinovich Brilliant Bea has a way with words but reading and writing are complicated because she has dyslexia. Ms. Bloom, her very kind teacher, give Bea a tape recorder to tell her stories. The tape recorder, a new friend, and a different approach to learning help Bea realize she can become who she is meant to be. Listen … Continue reading Picture Books for Black History Month and All Year Long

Valetine’s Day Picture Books

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones. Below is a list of picture books about Valentine’s Day to read with your children. A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Perfect Valentine by Amy Young Lucy makes Valentine cards for her friends, telling them what she loves about them. Sparkle wants nothing more than to make a Valentine card for … Continue reading Valetine’s Day Picture Books

January: Featured Pictures Books

The Book of Rules: A Picture Book by Brian Gehrlein Children must follow the rules because Dennis the monster will eat them if they don’t. Follow the rules, and you are safe! Author: Brian GehrleinWriting Style: hilarious, encouraging, joyful, fun, interactiveIllustrator: Tom KnightIllustrations: funny, engaging, diverse, lively, colorfulThemes: getting the sillies out, mindfulness, following rulesPublishing Year: 2021Publisher: Farrar Strays GirouxAges: 4 – 8Lexile: Not Yet … Continue reading January: Featured Pictures Books

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Picture Books About Dreams

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” speech, 1963. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., here is a list of picture books about dreams. Dream Street … Continue reading Picture Books About Dreams

Christmas Picture Books

Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson Deja asks many questions about Santa’s delivery methods to her city after some classmates cast doubts on her about his existence. Her mother and family and community members respond to her questions, restoring Deja’s belief in Santa’s magic. Author: Tiffany D. JacksonWriting Style: sweet, creative, funIllustrator: Reggie BrownIllustrations: digital art, diverse, colorful, livelyThemes: Santa Claus’ existence and … Continue reading Christmas Picture Books

Native American Picture Books for All Year Long

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture, history, heritage, and contributions of Native peoples to the formation and growth of the United States. To celebrate, I gathered five facts about this celebration and made a list of picture books to read this month and all year long. Five Facts about Native American History Month A Senecan Indian, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, … Continue reading Native American Picture Books for All Year Long