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ONE HUG

ONE HUG

ONE HUG. Written by Katrina Moore. Illustrated by Julia Woolf. Katherine Tegen Books. Ages newborn-4. $14.99. “One hug, two hugs, sometimes three, Hugging makes us family!” Written in short rhyming verses, this delightful book is perfect for family hugging. It shows many ways hugs can happen, even hugs from the family pet: “Some hugs nuzzle...

February 25, 2020February 25, 2020
The Love Letter

The Love Letter

THE LOVE LETTER. Written by Anika Aldamuy Denise. Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Harper. Ages 4-8. $17.99. One snowy day, Hedgehog just can’t help feeling prickly. Then he finds something on the snowy ground. It is a love letter! Suddenly Hedgehog feels cheerful. He has a pleasant time with his friends Bunny and Squirrel, but...

January 29, 2020January 29, 2020
Sammy Claws, the Christmas Cat

Sammy Claws, the Christmas Cat

SAMMY CLAWS, THE CHRISTMAS CAT. Written by Lucy Rowland. Illustrated by Paula Bowles. Harper. $10.99. This is a fun book for the holidays written in rhyme that follows the rhyme scheme of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It is the story of Santa Claus’s cat, Sammy Claws. Sammy “liked nothing better than having a SNOOZE…in...

December 19, 2019January 29, 2020
The Word Pirates

The Word Pirates

THE WORD PIRATES. Written by Susan Cooper and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Holiday House. $18.99. Susan Cooper is a Newbery Medalist and author of The Dark is Rising series. She is also a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement from the Young Adult Services Library Association. In this funny pirate spoof,...

November 25, 2019November 25, 2019
ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

ROAR LIKE A DANDELION by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Harper. $17.99. Ruth Krauss was the beloved author of many children’s classics, including The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Roar Like a Dandelion was not previously published. It is an...

October 30, 2019October 30, 2019
The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

THE SCARECROW. Written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by the Fan Brothers. Harper. $18.99. “Autumn sunshine. Haystacks rolled. Scarecrow guards the fields of gold.” Ferry uses terse verse to tell this story of a lonely scarecrow who has done his job a little too well. Through the seasons, the animals stay away from him in...

September 26, 2019September 26, 2019
The Farmer

The Farmer

THE FARMER. Written and illustrated by Ximo Abadia. Holiday House. $17.99. Ximo Abadia is a Spanish author and illustrator of children’s books, graphic novels, and comics. This simple book features a joyous farmer as he goes about his chores to bring forth a new crop. Dressed in a black top hat, a blue and white...

August 22, 2019August 22, 2019
Music for Mister Moon

Music for Mister Moon

MUSIC FOR MISTER MOON. Written by Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Neal Porter Books. $18.99. Harriet Henry loves to play her cello, but not for audiences. Just the thought makes her hot and sweaty. Instead, she imagines her room into a cozy house with a table, chair, fireplace, and her teacup—a perfect...

July 29, 2019July 29, 2019
BIG CAT

BIG CAT

BIG CAT. Written and illustrated by Emma Lazell. Pavilion. $16.95. A little girl and her grandmother are busy looking for Grandma’s lost glasses when a new cat arrives on the scene. Grandma, who can’t see without her glasses, thinks the new cat is “the cutest, prettiest, most handsome kitty cat,” not realizing that the cat...

June 20, 2019June 20, 2019
Sea Glass Summer

Sea Glass Summer

SEE GLASS SUMMER. Written by Michelle Houts. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick Press. $16.99. This lovely collaboration of illustration and text opens with a boy named Thomas staying with his grandmother at her island cottage. Grandmother gives Thomas a magnifying glass that used to belong to his grandfather. Together, they scour the shore looking closely...

May 22, 2019May 22, 2019
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