St. Patrick's Day Picture Books

Sunday, March 11, 2018

When it comes to St. Patrick's Day we love celebrating with a gathering of friends for a traditional meal that includes corned beef, soda bread, and an assortment of other sides. Wearing green is a given and I might dye the milk if I remember to. But that's about the extent of our celebrations.

After years of searching I have really only discovered a couple worthwhile St. Patrick's Day picture books. It's not that I have anything against leprechauns, it's just that a lot of those books feel gimmicky and poorly written. And while Green by Laura Vacarro Seeger isn't technically about the holiday it is an award winner that features various shades of green across the spectrum. Meanwhile, St. Patrick's Day in the Morning is definitely one to read on or before March 17th and some day we'll finally add This Is Ireland to our home library.

Two New Valentines Picture Books

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A look at love and not love and all the subtle, or rather very deliberate, omissions we take when making a move. Especially when it involves young love. My favorite spread involves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Guaranteed you’re sure to find both the images and text a heartwarming combination. This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Lucy Ruth. Published by Chronicle Books.
"It was a cold, dark night, perfect for scaring, but Fran had something else on his mind." Armed with pink paper, scissors, and glue Fran worked on an unusual looking shape. While his friends tried to guess what it was, Bunny informed everyone he was making a heart and that Valentine's Day was right around the corner. But that meant, GULP, that Fran must be in love. Gross! As his friends talked about how mushy and yucky love was, Fran felt flustered, so he escaped to the roof where he could think. Spotting his beloved a distance off, Fran realized that love is more than a paper heart, it’s a feeling it your real heart, even if it sometimes feels a little funny. A welcome new picture book perfect for Valentine's Day. Valensteins by Ethan Long. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

See nine other Valentines books here

LOVE: a picture book

Friday, January 19, 2018

We see glimpses of love from the moment we are born and it weaves throughout our entire life. Punctuating seemingly mundane moments and magnifying the momentous ones. Love can captivate our senses and color our relationships. With luminous illustrations and thoughtful text, LOVE is more than a celebration of its namesake, it is a rich narrative carrying us through beautiful phases of what it means to be alive. Recommended for ages 4+.

For a simple love related craft simply punch out various shades of paper hearts and sew them together on your sewing machine. Be sure to swap out the needle for a new one once your heart bunting is complete.

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LOVE by Matt de la Pena (@mattdelapena) and illustrated by Loren Long. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (@penguinkids).

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