Category Archive: Picture Books

How does your Garden Grow?

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When my kids were younger I tried every trick in the book to get them to eat their vegetables. One of my strategies was to give them each a garden plot in which… Continue reading

The Little Things in Life

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Maybe you thought this would be about watching a beautiful sunset, sipping hot chocolate on a cold day, or any number of other “little things” we enjoy in life. Actually, I am being… Continue reading

Books of Few Words

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For those of you curious about what librarians at Mackin do all day, wonder no more! In this post I’ll give you a behind the scenes look and share a few books related… Continue reading

Review : What’s New? The Zoo! : A Zippy History of Zoos

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Since we live about six miles from the Minnesota Zoo, we often had a family membership there when my boys were little. When Alex, my older son, was a preschooler, we usually visited… Continue reading

Review: All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

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Once again I’ve come across a picture book that proves to be both informative as well as enjoyable. I’d heard of Juneteenth but never understand the historical significance of the celebration. All Different… Continue reading

Review: The Scraps Book

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The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert. 9781442435711. March 2014. Gr. 1-4 I’ve already confessed my particular affinity for memoirs, and what could be better than a memoir that… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Nancy Carlson

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Last week at this time I was sitting on the floor with a group of kindergarteners, including my daughter, listening to Nancy Carlson talk about her books. She was visiting to share First… Continue reading

Picture Books: A-B-C and 1-2-3

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Alphabet books and counting books are some of my favorite picture books, and I’m often surprised that books about such simple elements can get so elaborate. R Is for Robot : A Noisy… Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

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In honor of upcoming Mother’s Day, I’ve selected 3 new picture books illustrating the joys and sorrows of motherhood. A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World by Christine Leronimo… Continue reading

Tough History Topics for Children

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Children are curious and sometimes they overhear or come across a picture or article that shows an event in the past or present that may be scary to the child. It can be difficult to… Continue reading