• Bear Came Along
    Adventure,  Beautiful,  Being Yourself,  Friendship,  Hilarious,  Kindness,  Silly Fun

    Ten New Favorites!

    Niko Draws a Feeling Niko Draws a Feeling Written by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Simone Shin This story is an example of how amazingly different some people feel, and see, and hear, our world. Some are even lucky enough to be able to express these experiences visually. Niko is one. I relate to Niko SO much. My experiences are very abstract, but SO strong. The pieces Niko makes are true to him. Immovable. The hard work of a robin’s nest, a ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck. They are what they are and he shares that. Not many others understand, but finally Niko finds someone who does. And that is…

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    Monster & Mouse Go Camping

    Written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jared Chapman Mouse wants to take Monster Camping. He sums is up perfectly.“You walk in the woods. You sleep in a tent. You tell spooky stories.” Mouse said. “It sounds scary.” said Monster. Eventually Monster is convinced, they pack up, and head out. They find a pretty stream, the right trail and a perfect camping spot. After some hiccups and the arrival of night, the optimistic Mouse starts to feel not so confident. But as good friends do, they help each other out and find a way to have the best time ever camping. Yay friendship!

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    Zola’s Elephant

    Written by Randall de Sève, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski Zola has got to have an elephant right? With that GIANT moving box, it’s got to be for an elephant. There is also a lot of thumping going on over at Zola’s house. It’s got to be her elephant. Elephants eat toast and get bubbly baths too you know. That’s why the running water and smell of toast. Of course, that must mean Zola is too busy to play with anyone else but her elephant. Right? There simply isn’t room for anyone. Or, maybe Zola doesn’t have an elephant? Oh no! I almost blew the whole thing! Borrow this super sweet…

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    Friendship,  Kindness

    Iver & Ellsworth

    Written by Casey Robinson, illustrated by Melissa Larson Ellsworth is a rooftop bear! Iver works in the building Ellsworth sits on. Iver also checks on Ellsworth everyday. Ellsworth has an unbreakable bond with Iver. He is the perfect friend and helper. He keeps Ellsworth in tip-top shape. Cleans him up, checks his ropes and also keeps him company. In return, Ellsworth loves to keep Iver company too. Iver likes to talk to Ellsworth. He points out that everyone else is always in such a rush, but not he & Ellsworth. They get to sit still and watch sunsets. They keep each other company, just sitting and watching together, as the…

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    Being Yourself,  Friendship,  Kindness

    Bear & Wolf

    by Daniel Salmieri This is a beautiful book. Holding on to the present, being in the moment, that is getting harder and harder. These friends do it so well. Getting to meet them as they meet each other is perfect. They enjoy walking together, just being together, and then needing to go their separate ways. They know, they will meet again, and it will be just as they need it to be. These moments are gorgeous too. There is a light texture, unique perspectives and perfect light. Just gorgeous. The whites of winter are reflected with cool colors, then, a burst of pinks and oranges. You can feel the cool…

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    Friendship,  Silly Fun

    Poe Won’t Go

    Written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora In Prickly Valley there’s a Poe, that’s an elephant, that won’t go. Poe is right “smack-dab in the middle of the only road in town”. Prickly Valley citizens are honking at him, tickling him, booing him, and begging him to move. Poe won’t budge. A surprising little person named Marigold decides to listen carefully to Poe- after all, she can understand elephant. Turns out, Poe is waiting for something… This is a funny and cute read for anyone. I really liked how it only took one person to do something different to solve the problem.