Little People, BIG DREAMS

When I first saw the series Little People, BIG DREAMS on Netgalley.com, I wasn't all that interested as I thought that the books looked like they were aimed towards really young children. I was wrong. Today I finally downloaded one of them and was quite impressed by the content. Haven't heard of them? You should … Continue reading Little People, BIG DREAMS

What is Hip-Hop?

It's nonfiction Wednesday so I'm presenting What is Hip-Hop by Eric Morse with amazing art and claymation by Anny Yi. Thank you to #KidLitExchange for a review copy of this book, I'm not sure I ever would have heard about it without them. In What is Hip-Hop, Morse gives a history lesson, in rhyme, about … Continue reading What is Hip-Hop?

Renato and the Lion

Renato loved his home in Florence, Italy. He loved the people there. And the food there. But he especially loved the art there. It was everywhere. This is how Barbara DiLorenzo begins her beautiful book, Renato and the Lion. Through beautiful watercolor images, DiLorenzo brings Florence, Italy to life. This gorgeous book sends us back … Continue reading Renato and the Lion

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

It's Wednesday which means it is time for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge hosted by Alyson Beecher at KidLitFrenzy. I love the idea of trying to focus on at least one nonfiction picture book a week here, though I don't always manage to stay on focus. But a new year, a new goal, right? For … Continue reading Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

Let the Museum come to Life with Mr. Owliver

I love being able to talk to my daughters about art and share a love of viewing art. We don't have a lot of access to museums where we live, so I have to supplement with books and through their amazing art program at school. To engage kids in art, you have to make it … Continue reading Let the Museum come to Life with Mr. Owliver

The Power of The Storyteller

"There is a unique kind of magic that comes from hearing a story told. With only the power of a voice, an entire world can be created. Suddenly, the audience becomes the hero, the villain, or the magic djinn commanding the desert sand storm." So says Evan Turk in the author's note to his book … Continue reading The Power of The Storyteller

Pondering Paintings and Painters with Pepette

I've written in the past about books that help children consider and discover the great artists of our past and present. Recently I came across the endearing book "Painting Pepette," by Linda Ravin Lodding, and its manner of introducing artists made me smile. In this book, beautifully illustrated by Claire Fletcher, young Josette Bobette and … Continue reading Pondering Paintings and Painters with Pepette