As a kid, Each Peach Pear Plum was one of the first picture books that I read in Kindergarten. It was a favorite of mine at the time, but for some reason it isn’t particularly memorable in my internal catalog of awesome children’s picture books.  BUT, each time I happen to pass by a copy at the library my heart does a little leap for joy as I am reminded “Oh yeah, this one!” I’m pretty confident that Each Peach Pe...

No Matter What written by Debi Gliori is the very FIRST picture book on this blog to receive a 10/10 rating. I make it a habit to review books that I read and loved as a child, or that I have discovered with my children however this book was first brought to my attention by my darling 4 year old niece. As she tromped down the stairs to our reading corner at grandma’s house, carrying an armful of books, she sat down beside me, shuffled th...

This bedtime (or anytime) book is a perfect lap reader for little ones and has been read hundreds of times in my home to the little people I love. The rhyming verse is so memorable that after a few reads little’s and big’s alike will have it memorized. The illustrations done by Caroline Jayne Church feature recycled paper backgrounds and a pre-k little boy along his partner-in-crime, a teddy bear. This book makes a wonderful baby s...

An interesting mute little girl with long snowy white braids is the newest addition to the curious troupe of orphaned children at Oddfellow’s Orphanage. Oddfellow, a distant relative of a viciously notorious pirate Bluebird, made it his life’s mission to create a family for himself by taking in cast off children. This gentle read includes nostalgic scenes from just about everyone’s magical childhood imaginations, including pl...

We all have grumpy days. Even the grooviest of cats can come down with a ho-hum case of the blue cat blues. In this uplifting story, Pete, Grumpy Toad, Wise Old Owl and their gang of critter pals show us how to notice the good in every day. There is magic in looking on the bright side and a small change in perspective can turn almost anything around. Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and can’t find your own cool blue sunglasse...

This dreamy bedtime story is gorgeously illustrated by Alison Jay using an oil paint and crackle finish technique showing a little boy’s adventures exploring the peaceful country side after dark. While the illustrations are gorgeous, the verse is not to be ignored, as Carolyn Curtis displays her talent with using fresh uncommon language while making it rhyme elegantly. This book invites the reader to enjoy the moon as a nighttime compani...

Sure to become a classic, Emily’s gentle singsong rhyme delivers a sweet reminder that we can all be quite wonderful. Her charming illustrations pull the reader in and invite them to explore their imaginations and appreciate individuality. The Wonderful Things You Will be by Emily Winfield Martin encourages bravery, cleverness and kindness in children.  To the adult reader, it serves as a reminder of our past playful aspirations and nudg...

How to Eat Fried Worms, first published in 1973, is Thomas Rockwell’s most popular middle reader for good reason. The main character, Billy, accepts a wager from his friend Alan that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. They shake on the terms and the hilarity ensues. Alan doesn’t want to have to pay up but Billy refuses to concede – after all, when he wins that $50 bet, he’ll be able to buy his very own motorbike! W...

Freckle Juice is a Judy Blume classic, originally written in 1971. This book humorously tackles the downside of wishing to be different just to make life a little easier. The main character, Andrew Marcus, wants freckles more than anything and his least favorite classmate, Sharon, sees a way to take advantage of it. Sharon convinces Andrew to buy her top secret recipe for a sure fire, freckle-inducing-potion. Only after chugging the home made ...

Children's picture book reviews.
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Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlberg Picture Book Review
Activities , Classic , Fiction , Picture Books / May 3, 2017

As a kid, Each Peach Pear Plum was one of the first picture books that I read in Kindergarten. It was a favorite of mine at the time, but for some reason it isn’t particularly memorable in my internal catalog of awesome children’s picture books.  BUT, each time I happen to pass by a copy at the library my heart does a little leap for joy as I am reminded “Oh yeah, this one!” I’m pretty confident that Eac...

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10/10
No Matter What by Debi Gliori Book Review
Animals , Classic , Fiction , Humorous , Picture Books / April 17, 2017

No Matter What written by Debi Gliori is the very FIRST picture book on this blog to receive a 10/10 rating. I make it a habit to review books that I read and loved as a child, or that I have discovered with my children however this book was first brought to my attention by my darling 4 year old niece. As she tromped down the stairs to our reading corner at grandma’s house, carrying an armful of books, she sat down beside me, s...

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8/10
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak Book Review
Animals , Classic , Fiction , Humorous , Picture Books / April 17, 2017

This bedtime (or anytime) book is a perfect lap reader for little ones and has been read hundreds of times in my home to the little people I love. The rhyming verse is so memorable that after a few reads little’s and big’s alike will have it memorized. The illustrations done by Caroline Jayne Church feature recycled paper backgrounds and a pre-k little boy along his partner-in-crime, a teddy bear. This book makes a wonder...

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7/10
Oddfellow’s Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin Book Review

An interesting mute little girl with long snowy white braids is the newest addition to the curious troupe of orphaned children at Oddfellow’s Orphanage. Oddfellow, a distant relative of a viciously notorious pirate Bluebird, made it his life’s mission to create a family for himself by taking in cast off children. This gentle read includes nostalgic scenes from just about everyone’s magical childhood imaginations, in...

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8/10
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly & James Dean Book Review

We all have grumpy days. Even the grooviest of cats can come down with a ho-hum case of the blue cat blues. In this uplifting story, Pete, Grumpy Toad, Wise Old Owl and their gang of critter pals show us how to notice the good in every day. There is magic in looking on the bright side and a small change in perspective can turn almost anything around. Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and can’t find your own cool blue...

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9/10
I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis Book Review
Concepts , Fiction , Picture Books / April 14, 2017

This dreamy bedtime story is gorgeously illustrated by Alison Jay using an oil paint and crackle finish technique showing a little boy’s adventures exploring the peaceful country side after dark. While the illustrations are gorgeous, the verse is not to be ignored, as Carolyn Curtis displays her talent with using fresh uncommon language while making it rhyme elegantly. This book invites the reader to enjoy the moon as a nightti...

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8/10
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin Book Review
Classic , Fiction , Picture Books / April 14, 2017

Sure to become a classic, Emily’s gentle singsong rhyme delivers a sweet reminder that we can all be quite wonderful. Her charming illustrations pull the reader in and invite them to explore their imaginations and appreciate individuality. The Wonderful Things You Will be by Emily Winfield Martin encourages bravery, cleverness and kindness in children.  To the adult reader, it serves as a reminder of our past playful aspiration...

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7/10
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Classic , Fiction , Humorous , Middle Grade / April 8, 2017

How to Eat Fried Worms, first published in 1973, is Thomas Rockwell’s most popular middle reader for good reason. The main character, Billy, accepts a wager from his friend Alan that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. They shake on the terms and the hilarity ensues. Alan doesn’t want to have to pay up but Billy refuses to concede – after all, when he wins that $50 bet, he’ll be able to buy his very own mo...

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6/10
Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom
Early Readers , Fiction , Humorous / April 8, 2017

Freckle Juice is a Judy Blume classic, originally written in 1971. This book humorously tackles the downside of wishing to be different just to make life a little easier. The main character, Andrew Marcus, wants freckles more than anything and his least favorite classmate, Sharon, sees a way to take advantage of it. Sharon convinces Andrew to buy her top secret recipe for a sure fire, freckle-inducing-potion. Only after chugging the ...