Literacy tips

Charlotte turns one today and in celebration, the books you see this week feature my very favorite picture book characters of all time.  World?  Please meet Stella and Sam, a pair of realistic, creative, dynamic, and fanciful siblings that no child’s →MORE...

I originally wanted to wait to feature this book until late summer, sometime after Donald and I had put Charlotte in her little ruffle-bottom swimsuit and taken her to the beach and snapped five billion photographs. But do you see how →MORE...

When I first read Mama Panya’s Pancakes (written by Mary and Rich Chamberlin and illustrated by Julia Cairns), the boy in the tale, Adika, really made an impression on me.  He is irresistibly endearing. I knew immediately that I would tell →MORE...

Emily and Alex: Plain and Fancy (written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Barroux) is an introduction to opposites.  The main characters are a set of adorable fraternal twins who show off their many differences throughout the book.  When one wears →MORE...

The Paper Bag Princess (written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko) is brilliant.  It tells the story of a strong-willed, courageous, and feisty princess named Elizabeth.  After a dragon destroys her castle, burns her clothes, and kidnaps her fiancé, →MORE...