Category Archives: Picture books

Awesome Picture Book: Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark

It’s time for another Awesome Picture Book post! This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the subject of this post: Emma Chichester Clark. Minty and Tink surprised and delighted me when I first discovered it (here is my review of that book), … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich

At one point, our Great Dane had to wear an Elizabethan collar (one of those ridiculous-looking cones that you put on your dog when they have an injury that they can’t stop licking). I remember her bumbling around the house, knocking into … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: Please, Mr Panda by Steve Antony

There are certain storytime themes that are always big hits, in our library and in countless others. I realized after our family storytime last week that while bear storytimes are popular and used fairly often, there is one bear in particular … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book : The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

I’m a big fan of Ashley Spires: her quirky, adorable illustrations perfectly match her multi-faceted, amusing, and relatable characters. Her new picture book, The Most Magnificent Thing, is an ode to perseverance and resilience, and it’s as sweet and fun as her plethora … Continue reading

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Valerie’s Most Anticipated for 2015

At the start of every year, I try to scope out the upcoming books that I am most excited about. Last year, I eagerly waited for Just One Year, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and Death by Toilet Paper, and all of … Continue reading

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Critical Favourites: “Best Of” 2014 in P, J, and YA

“Best Of” lists are some of my favourite things this time of year. I will inevitably read a great book too late to add it to my own yearly list (it just happened with Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future). … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

It has taken me a little while to post about The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak, a recent picture book which I used in storytime a few weeks ago. I had to really put together my thoughts because I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Books for Older Readers

We often post reviews of fantastic picture books that are perfect for sharing with your little readers – books that rhyme and are catchy read-alouds that are fun additions to storytime. However, there are also some great picture books that can … Continue reading

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Awesome Picture Book: Splat! Starring the Vole Brothers, by Roslyn Schwartz

The Vole Brothers are enjoying a leisurely stroll, when…SPLAT! A pigeon leaves a very unpleasant surprise on one of their heads. I wasn’t yet familiar with Roslyn Schwartz’s illustrious Vole Brothers, but I have found a new favourite! This is the … Continue reading

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Favourite: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

I have a soft spot for monster stories, and find myself gravitating toward monster-themed storytimes as often as I can. Some monster books are the perfect way to be silly and to turn the scary monster into something nonthreatening and even … Continue reading

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