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Picture Book Personals (13)

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Picture Book Personals

Man in uniform seeks canine partner to tour schools and teach safety tips.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

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Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

The Giving Tree

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Too easy?

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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This handy guide has everything you need to track, catch, and tame your very own pet truck.

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It’s Nanette’s first trip to get the baguette. With all the distractions in her way, she just might forget.

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When a fat cat arrives at Cornelius Van Ploof’s front door looking for a home, Cornelius’s perfect life gets turned upside down.

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A boy and his grandmother host a gathering in their small cabin in the middle of winter, where everyone is welcome and the soup pot is bottomless.

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Twin sisters take a bicycle ride through the forest, stopping for tea, sandwiches, and a woodland concert.

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Pete the cat and his friends have fun baking cupcakes for a party until some of them go missing.

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Little penguins dress up warm and have fun in the snow.

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Little Miss Bear refuses to go to sleep when winter comes because she will miss the stars, the moon, and the rolling hills.

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Each year, for as long as the forest has stood, a contest is held for the bears of the wood.

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It is December, and there are many things for the family to do around the farm to get it ready for winter.

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Mr. Panda is making something, and all of his animal friends are interested–but only Penguin is willing to wait to see what it is.

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An alphabet book with tons of examples for each letter on each page.

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The littlest family goes wandering in the woods and just when they think they are lost, they find their way home again.

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Cat thinks Duck should stop meowing and act like a duck.

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Ella’s afraid of the dark and misses the bright, sunny daytime.

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Princess Cassandra wants a frog for a pet, but every frog she kisses turns into a prince.

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Toddlers crawl, play and walk as they help the reader learn to count to ten.

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Heidi always wants to play hide-and-seek because she is good at it, but sometimes her friends want to play something different.

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Matisse is a little girl in a big world, until her baby brother is born and she discovers she is not so little, after all.

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Boss Baby used to be in charge, but that was before he got an even bossier baby sister.

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A group of happy green peas celebrates the special holidays of each month, and the passing seasons.

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Five little ducks go out Monday, through the woods and far away.

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Lots of black and white animals sport attire in various colors. Fun book of colors!

Picture Book Personals (12)

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Tree seeks little boy to climb trunk, swing from branches, eat apples, play in shade, and make happy.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

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Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.


And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

The Little House

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That was a tough one!

Books make the #1 best gifts!

Norah Colvin

The love of reading is gift

I am notorious for gifting books. I’ve written about this before in Guess what you’re getting for Christmas and other posts. It would not surprise me if you are also a notorious gifter of books. Perhaps that could be our super power: The Book Gifters!

Reading is empowering. A book is a gift that continues to give, long after the occasion has past. It’s effects cannot always be measured.

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In this post, I suggest some books you may like to purchase for special people in your life. And why not treat yourself with one or two as well?

Most, but not all, are fairly recent releases. A few are long-time favourites.

Most, but not all, are written by people I know personally or through blogging. You might recognise their names from comments on other of my blog posts. A few are long-time favourites written by people who inspire me.

I…

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Big Bob likes trucks and throwing balls, Little Bob prefers dolls and bracelets. Can they be friends?

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Inspired by the true story of how the first international flight was in a balloon across the English Channel.

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Sophia knits a special hat for her elderly neighbor Mrs. Goldman.

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This book wants to be the happiest book ever, but what’s up with the frowny frog?

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A reluctant mother to four young geese, grumpy Bruce the bear loses his temper when he migrates home in the spring to find three mice have turned his home into a hotel.

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Fox really wants to win the jumping contest and take home the trophy, but he’s not a very good jumper. So he comes up with a clever scheme.

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Real cowboys are gentle, patient, and creative as they move hundreds of cattle, make camp, and dream under the stars.

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Grumpy Pug Man is having a terrible day. But when he’s offered three wishes by an overly eager fairy, what he wishes for is a bit unexpected.

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Every story needs a character and that character needs a problem to solve, so why not an octopus who wants to build a spaceship.

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A determined mouse makes his way up, up, up to the palace tower to find out if the cat is a friend or a foe.

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An increasingly frustrated narrator tries to put a stop to all the silliness in what is supposed to be a serious book.

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As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder.

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Nino’s little sisters get in on the wrestling action.

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The little bears are ready to go sledding, but their sled is too small to carry them all.

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A little girl named Lizzie meets an old man and his dog at the park, but she is afraid of dogs.

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If you give a mouse a brownie, he’s going to ask for some ice cream, and then a spoon, and then…

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With winter on the way and no money for new clothes, Mama stitches a coat for her little girl from a donated box of rags.

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If snowflakes tasted like oatmeal, honey, cocoa, gingerbread, or fruitcake, would you do what this child does?

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Mother and father trucks show their youngsters how to build in this variation on the classic “Over in the Meadow”.

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An ode to snow–how it forms, how it changes, and how it transforms everything it covers. Simply lovely!

Picture Book Personals (11)

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Small house seeks hill covered with daisies and apple trees.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

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Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.


And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Easy peasy!

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In my position as a technical processing assistant at the DeWitt Community Library, I catalog a lot of new picture books. Unfortunately, I cannot review them all, but I do try to read them all. Below are a few I’ve cataloged recently.

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On Christmas Eve, Santa looks everywhere for his special Christmas underwear with no luck. Will he have to wear shamrock long johns instead?

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Clark the Shark spends too much time trying to figure out who his Secret Santa is and not enough time being a good Secret Santa himself.

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A young boy named Alec and his grandfather lend their giant spruce tree to the city for the Christmas celebration.

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Santa is moving too quickly to see who actually lives in each house he visits. Will it be a Christmas disaster?

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Exquisitely illustrated version of The Nutcracker ballet with a surprise at the end.

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Clementine is a teeny-tiny girl who lives with her average-sized family. It’s mostly fun being the smallest, but Christmas can be tricky.

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Celebrates the joyful season of Christmas and the story of the nativity, told through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant.

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When the Gingerbread Baby hears about the Christmas Festival, he wants to rush down to the village with his band.

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Greta likes to tell her younger sister Gracie everything she knows, especially about Santa.

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Santa has stopped believing in a boy named Harold.

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Maple and Willow love trees and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree.

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A retelling of Margaret Wise Brown’s book of the same name, (originally published in 1952) that tells the story of Jesus’s birth, with new illustrations by Anna Dewdney.

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Penguin discovers holiday magic in the most unexpected places.

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It’s Christmas Eve at the Babymouse house, and all is well, or is it?

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Hannah Greyweather’s life is changed when she finds a magic wish-granting boot in the forest outside her home.

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One windy Christmas Eve, a present tumbles out of Santa’s sleigh. Santa doesn’t notice, but four little animal friends do.

 

 

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One by one, from field and forest, the animals make their way to the barn. But the shy little fox has nothing to offer. So sweet and gorgeously illustrated.

 

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Late one night, Slipper the cat awakens to find a furry-booted man in her home and, like any curious cat would, climbs into his big red sack. Beautiful!

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Emma is trying to go to sleep, but the animals in her wallpaper are making too much noise.

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Gideon wants to be a hero and get his picture in the paper, but first he must figure out just what a hero is.

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Ollie the pig dreams of flight, and enlists his human friend Jack to help him build wings.

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Little Frog’s first autumn is filled with scary reds, golds, oranges, and purples.

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This book is an ode to that magical time in autumn when the leaves turn yellow.

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When Emma is asked to be the flower girl in her cousin’s wedding, nothing is quite how she expected.

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Imagine you were leaving for a new country, and could bring along only what would fit in a small suitcase. What would you choose to take with you?

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A boy brings along a teacup filled with earth as he leaves his home and sets off to a new home across the sea.

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A young boy is fascinated by the dot on his mother’s forehead and wants one of his own.

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Young Stella loves books so much they take over the farm house, so her pa builds her-her own library.

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Henry’s best friend Leo is accidentally lost and no one in Henry’s family believes Leo is real enough to find his way home.

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When Ruben picks up a hundred-dollar bill dropped by a neighbor, he’s excited to think he can finally buy a bike like his friend Sergio’s.

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Follow the dino-racers as they speed down the track or across the desert.

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The remote for Ben’s new fire truck isn’t working properly and causes complete chaos.

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A small child wishes for a snow day that brings silence and peace to a too-busy world.

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Little Frog does not want to grow up, and he gives his father all sorts of reasons why being small is best.

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A little girl visits her grandfather in a nursing home where he is suffering from memory loss.

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A counting book that leads readers through a day in the life of a construction worker building with bricks.

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Tiny speedcar racer, Max, goes on the imagined adventure of a lifetime after cleaning his room.

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A young pet owner knows lots about his dog, except what he dreams about. Super cute!

 

Kids Ask The Best Questions!

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I love answering questions asked by kids about my book! Recently, I was interviewed by several enthusiastic second graders from Redwood Elementary School in Fort Bragg, California. The interview has been posted to Jeanette Stickel’s blog SpeakWell, ReadWell. Jeanette is a licensed speech-language pathologist who works closely with these students. SpeakWell, ReadWell is a speech therapy and kid-lit blog that explores language, literacy, and literature, and I’m honored to be featured there. Thank you, Jeanette and kids!🙂

To read the interview, click HERE.

If you are a teacher, librarian, or parent, and have kids who’d like to ask me questions about my book, The Peddler’s Bed, or about being an author, please contact me by clicking HERE. I’m more than happy to answer!

Picture Book Personals (10)

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Crayon wielding boy seeks directions to bedroom window.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

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Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.


And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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