Category Archive: Picture Books

All Dogs Go to Heaven

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I am a dog person (check out my other doggy posts here and here). No apologies, no regrets—well, except maybe for the “lived-on” look of my couch. And while I love the look… Continue reading

Ferris Wheel Day

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February 14th is not just a day for love; it’s also a day to celebrate Ferris Wheels!  This date in February marks the birthday of George Washington Ferris, engineer and designer of the… Continue reading

More Picture Books to Make You Look Closely

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Once again I can’t help but be charmed by picture books that make readers look closely at the illustrations to get the full story. Last fall I shared Sam and Dave Dig a… Continue reading

Librarian Must-Haves

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As a teacher with a limited budget and also an avid book lover, it was imperative to start out each school year with the how to treat a book speech.  My preschoolers especially… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Picture Books of 2015

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I love picture books! I loved to read them aloud when I was a primary teacher, a mother, and a daycare mom. Each year so many excellent ones are published, and it is… Continue reading

2016 Caldecott Award Hopefuls

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The Youth Media awards are early this year, and I’m just not ready! Last year I used all of January 2015 to read books that were on mock award lists. This year the… Continue reading

Fun with Fluency

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The emergent reader stage is very fun for me as a parent and as a past educator.  I enjoy watching kids as decoding becomes easier and reading begins to transition from being work into… Continue reading

The Animals Behind The Perfect Nest: A Guest Post by Catherine Friend

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The Perfect Nest is a fun read-aloud that will liven up any storytime session whether it’s with a group of kids in a classroom or library or as a one-one-one reading choice at… Continue reading

The Thrill of Being an Author: A Guest Post by Matt Tavares

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We are very excited to share this heartwarming story from Matt Tavares in the second installment of the author/illustrator guest post series on Books in Bloom.  We think you’ll really like this one!… Continue reading

Music and Literature

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Last fall, my soon-to-be kindergartener was struggling to learn all of the information she needed to know before starting school including our phone numbers, address, bus number, etc.  I quickly realized that singing the information… Continue reading