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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 →

#whatsyourgift – Leo’s Gift

Recently I was given the opportunity to review Leo's Gift, by Susan Blackaby and Joellyn Cicciarelli, through the Kid Lit Exchange. The book moved me in a number of ways. I am a sucker for books about music, but also, since I freelance for OutreachNC, a magazine that often covers topics about caring for those... Continue Reading →

The Not-So-Faraway Adventure

There is a special place in my heart for books that champion the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild. There is much to be learned by having a special bond between generations. The relationship between parent and child can be difficult at times, and often the grandparent is able to have a very special... Continue Reading →

Navigating Life with Anna Hibiscus

"Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa."   So starts every Anna Hibiscus book. These books, written by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobia, tell the story of young Anna Hibiscus as she tries to maneuver through some of life's challenges. They take place in Africa, but really they could be anywhere. They are a... Continue Reading →

for the love of grandma and a good museum

As I mentioned in my last post, there was recently a blog sharing event about picture books that I completely enjoyed. I'm still trying to make my way through all of the outstanding entries. Carrie Gelson of There is a Book for That posted a great list of books that showed connections across generations. I really enjoyed that... Continue Reading →

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