Read This! Two Friends

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D.C.’s Presidential Primary is tomorrow, so this seems the perfect time to share Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins. The book tells of Anthony and Douglass’s fight for rights, including voting rights – and also their friendship and planning over tea and cake. Sean Qualls & Selina Aliko (who also collaborated on The Case for Loving) are responsible for the great mixed media illustrations. A preschool-appropriate introduction to two very important Americans!

Read This! Two Friends

Read This! Maybe Something Beautiful

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A beautifully illustrated tale written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell of a girl who loves to paint and how she inspires (and works with) a muralist to transform her grey neighborhood. Rafael Lopez’s bright and cheerful colors show a diverse neighborhood coming together to create art. Fun and uplifting read!

Read This! Maybe Something Beautiful

Read This! Every Day Birds

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This book is like a beginner’s field guide to birding. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater writes simple rhyming characteristics for twenty different North American birds, which pair beautifully with Dylan Metrano’s cut paper illustrations. I *love* cut paper illustrations, so this book was a winner from the start – and maybe we’ll get a little better at identifying the birds in our area!

Read This! Every Day Birds

Read This! Shoe-la-la!

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This is the book for the moment at our house. Perhaps you have a similarly fancy kid? One in love with glitz, glamour and SHOES?! If so, this rhyming tale by Karen Beaumont, paired with LeUyen Pham’s always fabulous illustrations is a winner. Nothing too brilliant here, but a fun, well-illustrated book for the dress-up set. Frances can basically recite the whole thing to us at this point!

Read This! Shoe-la-la!

Read This! Picture a Tree

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With Arbor Day coming up this Friday, now is a great time to pick up Barbara Reid’s Picture a Tree. Throughout the four seasons, trees play many roles (home to birds and animals, shade on a sunny day) and look many different ways (skeletons in winter, riotous color in spring). Reid’s plasticine illustrations feature a diverse array of trees and people alike. I love them.

Read This! Picture a Tree

Read This! Octopus Alone

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Octopus lives in a busy corner of the ocean. From her cave, she sees all sorts of maritime hustle and bustle. When three seahorses come to visit, Octopus starts to feel a little overwhelmed. She escapes and ventures forth until she finds a quiet, unoccupied cave to rest in for a while. When she’s ready, she returns to the hustle and bustle, happy to see her friends again. I love Divya Srinivasan’s illustrations of a colorful, underwater world. But more than that, I love this non-moralistic tale of an introvert’s need for some alone time and the joy of visiting with friends. Balance.

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Read This! Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

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This was a perfect chapter book for my mostly picture book reader. Pictures on almost every page, but still a long, engaging tale to be read a few chapters at a time. Harriet Hamsterbone is not your average princess. Cursed by the wicked fairy Ratshade to prick her finger and fall asleep on her twelfth birthday, she figures out this makes her invincible before then (curses really like to keep you alive until they can do their thing), and sets off to fight ogres and dive off of cliffs. A fun twist on Sleeping Beauty with an empowered, awesome (hamster) princess.

Read This! Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible