20 Perfect First Lines of Famous Poems

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Santiago Stays

Santiago Stays

 Santiago is an extremely stubborn petite French bulldog. When his young owner asks him to go for a walk, Santiago refuses to move from his spot. Even when he is offered various incentives, such as a toy, or his favorite foods, Santiago will not budge from his place on the carpet. Finally, the boy becomes [...]

For Thanksgiving: 5 Great Kids’ Books on Kindness & Gratitude

For Thanksgiving: 5 Great Kids’ Books on Kindness & Gratitude

Children often need to be reminded of the importance of kindness and gratitude, especially as the holidays approach and their focus is on getting instead of giving. Fortunately, Thanksgiving provides us with an opportunity to emphasize giving thanks and acts of gratitude. With an extra day or so to spend together as a family, it’s [...]

The I’m Not Scared Book

The I’m Not Scared Book

The I’m Not Scared Book Written and Illustrated by Todd Parr Little, Brown and Company. 2011. 32 pages Hardcover ($11) ISBN 978-0-316-0-8445-1 Ages 3-6 Parr uses his typical bright rainbow colors with chunky simple drawings that show quirky characters that children will relate to when he discusses the different kinds of things that may scare [...]

I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me

I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me

I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me By Sandra L. Pinkney • Photographs by Myles C. Pinkney. Little, Brown and Company • 2013 • 28 pages. Board Book ($6.99) ISBN 978-0-31623385-9. Ages 3-6 This little book packs a lot of punch! Close up photographs of kids and families who look like theirs will help young [...]

Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/ Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual

Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/ Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual

In this follow up to Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (Children’s Press), Marisol MacDonald “combines” many different things at once: with a Peruvian mom and an American dad, her dark skin contrasts with her bright orange hair; she puts orange juice in her cereal instead of milk; wears green stripes with red flowers; [...]

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred By Samantha R. Vamos • Illustrated by Rafael López Charlesbridge • 2011 • 32 pages Paperback ($8.95) ISBN: 978-1-58089-243-8 Ages 4-8 The farm maiden makes the best arroz con leche! In this award-winning story, newly available in paperback, children observe the preparation of the traditional dish as they [...]

Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moon By Maya Soetoro-Ng ● Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Candlewick Press ● 2011 ● 48 pages Hardcover ($19.99) ISBN 978-0-7636-4570-0 Ages 4-8 Inspired by her mother’s love of giving and helping others, Maya Soetoro-Ng wrote this book in her honor after her own daughter started asking questions about the grandmother she never [...]

Niño Wrestles the World

Niño Wrestles the World

Niño Wrestles the World Written and Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Roaring Brook Press ● 2013 ● 40 pages Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN 978-1596436046 Ages 4-8  In her latest offering, multiple award-winning author/illustrator Yuyi Morales tells the story of a “Niño” who likes to “wrestle” with the evils of the world. He is tricky, he is sly, [...]

What Can You Do with a Paleta?/¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?

What Can You Do with a Paleta?/¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?

What Can You Do with a Paleta?/¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta? By Carmen Tafolla • Illustrated by Magaly Morales Tricycle Press • 2009 • 32 pages Hardcover ($14.99) ISBN: 978-1582462219 Ages 3-7 Bold bursts of color make this story of summer-time, popsicles and learning explode off the page. This lesson-filled book begins and ends [...]

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina By Monica Brown. Illustrated by Sara Palacios Translated by Adriana Domínguez Children’s Book Press • 2011 • 32 pages Hardcover ($17.95) ISBN: 978-0892392353 Ages 4-8 This delightful book is a welcomed celebration of uniqueness when peer pressure demands conformity! Author Brown draws from her own biography to create [...]