Kids’ Books About Sharing: Stop Being a HedgeHOG, Eugene!

If you are looking for sweet and colorful kids’ books about sharing, Ashlyn Anstee’s Hedgehog will truly hog the spotlight. What could be more adorable than a grumpy, most-likely only child hedgehog? Before I get trolled, I suggest this character description lovingly and half-jokingly as an only child myself.   A Story About A Hedge Hog (Spelled Correctly, I Promise)   With winter fast approaching, the backyard garden animals are hustling to find indoor homes. Our protagonist, Eugene the Hedgehog, is fortunately safe and warm in the garden hedges. Below him and to his dismay, grasshopper also has secured digs. Librarian confession here: I Goggled “what is the habitat of a hedgehog.” I care about accurate representation. Boo my English and History double major. Hedgehogs do live in the hedges, obviously. With Eugene nestled in for the season with his apple pie on the stove and cute “Home is where…

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Looking For Great Children’s Books About Disabilities: Check Out Charlie and Frog

Looking for a middle grade children’s detective book with strong male and female characters plus an in tune multicultural edge?  Just released, Charlie and Frog, written by Karen Kane, is one of many strong children’s books about disabilities. This Disney-Hyperion title will inspire and encourage young readers alike to listen with their hearts and embrace everyone in their community. Paired with a suspenseful mystery, follow along with Frog and Charlie as they help to save their older friend Aggie from two scary villains. What secret is Aggie keeping and why do these cinnamon gum-chewing ruffians want it so badly? It All Begins In A Murder Mystery Obsessed Little Town To say that Charlie’s parents are neglectful is a bit of an understatement. Two bathing suits in tow, they leave Charlie in small town, Castle-on-the-Hudson, with his equally apathetic and television-addicted grandparents. What is so important to the Ticklers that they’d…

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Best Children’s Picturebooks That You Can’t Live Without

From carrots that are terrified of being devoured by fluffy bunnies to a famished owl looking for a treat, there are just some children’s picturebooks that you can’t live without. These are the types of stories that parents, teachers, and librarians can ham up for kids while trying oh so hard to wear a game face.  The best children’s picturebooks that I continue to love:   How did I find these titles? A few years back, when I working on my MLIS, I facilitated school-age storytime for k-5th graders at a public library. Because of the diverse age of the children served, I always looked for engaging books meant for everyone. In my system, we usually transformed children’s books into full-blown theatrical skits, puppets and all. After five recent years in the libraries, these are my top three favorite picturebooks: Best Children’s Picturebooks #1:  Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise The One…

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