Picture Book Review: Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

I’m a sucker for cute covers.  I mean, who isn’t?  It doesn’t matter if it’s a six year old kindergartener walking among the stacks in my library or if it’s a forty-four year old man (me!) walking through Barnes and Noble, readers are drawn to books initially due to the cover art.  I have a…

Picture Book Review: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Every six months or so I find a book to share with my students in every grade level, from the littlest kindergarteners to the biggest fifth graders.  It has to be a funny book with compelling characters, each with a unique voice.  A few months ago I came across The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors…

Three Awesome STEM Picture Books to Inspire Young Minds

I have grown to adore picture books over the last three years.  Not only do they give us beautiful, compact stories, they also put thoughtful works of art in the hands of children.  Except for science fiction works, it’s difficult to find books that fit the increasing emphasis of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and…

World Read Aloud Day- February 16, 2017

Read alouds are my absolute favorite.  Ask any of my kids what they love to do most in the media center and I guarantee you they’ll say it is listening to me read aloud.  I promise I’m not tooting my own horn.  All of us have strengths we bring to the table no matter our…

The Top 6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids

It may come as quite a shock to some, but far too many children start school without ever having a book read aloud to them.  I always assumed that the read-aloud was a right of passage for little ones and parents.  My mother read to me voraciously from the time I was born.  Not only did…

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…