Book Review: Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

The first time I heard the term “multiculturalism” was during my undergraduate study at Appalachian State University.  Up to that point I had never given thought to bias or cultural norms. I  knew the “n-word” was bad and that racism still existed in the world, but in my own little sphere of influence I never…

Book Review: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

As a children’s librarian, I read lots of books from early readers through the Young Adult genres.  On rare occasions, I come across a book I believe is marked for greatness.  The Wild Robot is one such book.  Juxtaposing science fiction with a nature adventure story, Peter Brown creates a character that exudes more humanity than…

Elephant and Piggie Paper Bag Puppets

Mo Willems is one of my favorite children’s writers.  His latest book, Nanette’s Baguette is a song for the eyes and ears.  While Mo earned his first big break as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, kids today most recognize him as the writer and illustrator of the Elephant and Piggie series as well…