Princess Truly is I Am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt, illustrated by Amariah Rauscher

Princess Truly is I Am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt, illustrated by Amariah Rauscher

In this delightful and inspirational picture book, young readers meet Truly, a multifaceted girl with interests galore.  She loves playing rock music, can build tall towers, imagines that she has magical superhero powers, and that is just the first few pages.  Truly loves art, science, sports, and adventure, and emerges as a versatile character kids […]


Boo!, written and illustrated by Ben Newman

Boo!, written and illustrated by Ben Newman

Those seeking a great interactive story to share with young children will find one with Ben Newman’s rollicking Boo!.  Wow, what a triumph of book design this is.  With bold shapes and sharp colors and striking typography, Ben Newman’s Boo! is an artfully conceived romp in which, one by one, an animal brags about being […]


Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

I loved this story with its dual parts: one about Rafael Rosales growing up in the Dominican Republic and the other about Maya living in the Twin cities caring about bees and native grasses. I loved how their lives were never supposed to intersect but then — they did, in an amazing, charming, challenging way! […]


Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

This inspirational picture book beautifully addresses something most everyone can relate to:  the fear of performing in public.  The girl at the center of the story will be singing her very first solo in the Sunday church choir, and to say she has butterflies in her stomach is an understatement.  After she overhears two mean […]


I’m a Big Brother Now by Katura J. Hudson, illustrated by Sylvia L. Walker

I’m a Big Brother Now by Katura J. Hudson, illustrated by Sylvia L. Walker

In this loving, emotionally direct new sibling book, Sylvia L. Walker’s warm watercolors introduce young readers to a charming boy who cannot wait to take on his exciting new role as big brother.  This helpful, resourceful little guy helps even before the baby is born:  talking to his mommy’s tummy, painting the baby’s room, and […]


Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Fans of slice-of-life graphic novels (like Roller Girl, Sisters, Smile, and Sunny Side Up) will be clamoring for this book, if they aren’t already. Invisible Emmie is a dual narrative, highlighting the middle school experiences of two very different girls. Meet Emmie, a shy, girl who prefers to be invisible to her peers, and popular […]


Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

This beautiful picture book celebrates the natural world and all its wonder, and brings together two incredible talents:  Newbery winning author Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott honor winner, the illustrator Brendan Wenzel.  Rylant’s spare, poetic and meaningful text has an inspirational bent to it, confidently asking young readers to find a connection between the animals on the page […]


Anna Hibiscus – Books 5 – 8 – by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus – Books 5 – 8 – by Atinuke

Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus!; Go Well, Anna Hibiscus!; Love from Anna Hibiscus!; You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus! all by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobia Do you know Anna Hibiscus? Through her enthusiasm, you are introduced to “Africa, amazing Africa,” the wisdom of Anna’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and the escapades of her younger twin brothers, Double and […]


Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

“Do you have what it takes to be the Greatest Chef in the Galaxy?” Step aside “Great British Bake Off” and “Top Chef,” there’s a new show in town and it airs in Space. Okay, so it doesn’t actually exist beyond the pages of author and illustrator Natalie Riess’ new book, Space Battle Lunchtime, Volume […]


Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Martin (2017)

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Martin (2017)

This is a biography for kids about one of America’s most innovative classically trained chefs who sells his creative food (Korean tacos!) in a food truck or in storefronts in the distressed areas of Los Angeles. His food is a dramatic mix of Korean and America fast food. The thing that makes this book blockbuster […]