• 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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    Being Yourself,  Kindness

    I Need a Hug

    by Aaron Blabey This is a super short, sweet, and simple book. What I have to say just happens to mirror that- super short, sweet and simple. The animals are TOTALLY CUTE. Especially Hedgehog. Just look at him. Just a hug, that’s all he needs, simple. A hug. But only one animal is willing. That’s okay though, it only takes one. It turns out, they are perfect for each other. It’s written in a quick rhyme that works perfectly. It reminds me of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back and Jen Betton’s Hedgehog Needs a Hug. Just perfect.

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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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    Beautiful,  Friendship,  Kindness

    Star in the Jar

    Written by Sam Hay, illustrated by Sarah Massini Little ones are natural treasure hunters, it’s everywhere to them. They are closer to it than we adults are, physically and mentally. It fills their pockets and their imaginations. This little boy finds a very special treasure. His sister and he think it could be someone else’s treasure, so they ask around. When they found no one they know lost it, he kept it. He loved it, played with it, took it in a jar everywhere he went. At night, it got bright, but started to look sad. He looked up at the sky and saw it! A message from the stars.…

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    Kindness,  Silly Fun


    by Christian Robinson Another world, another universe, another perspective, another cat. This wordless picture book is just amazing. Curiosity sent the cat, and the kiddo, into another place, where there is another way of seeing everything. Think of the sight of Relativity by M. C. Escher (the upside down stairs, I used to call them as a kid) combined with the other-worldliness of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, illustrated with the color and simplicity of Christian Robinson (who illustrated Last Stop on Market Street). The surprise of what happens next, the fun of adventure and the kindness shown in this book are just spot on. I LOVE this book. It’s going…