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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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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Review: Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delaroix

Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delaroix is a story that makes readers imagine coming home from a beach vacation as a young child, filled with longing for sun-packed days and endless sandcastles. Away from the water, our wistful protagonists—an adorable brother and sister—are clearly disappointed that the trip has ended.  These two are craving more of their sandy playtime. With minds still reeling with gold and blue beach hues, our little duo decides to plant their leftover sand. Watering these unique sand seeds with their imagination, the children watch and skip along as umbrellas, pinwheels, and ice cream grow. Eventually calm and sated, they head to bed. Although ideas like waves of laughter painted with ocean surf might be more abstract to younger children, Grains of Sand is a beautifully written and illustrated book that evokes nostalgia in all ages—including myself. The sweet, simple concept of bringing home the beach…

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