D is for Dress-Up

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D is for Dress-Up by Maria Carluccio

Age Range: 5 – 6 years

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

This ABC’s of what we wear picture book tackles items that children are familiar with like glasses and mittens. It also introduces children to unfamiliar words such as ensemble and  x-stitch. Illustrations are large, textured, vibrant and diverse. This book could generate discussions about a variety of topics.

Socks for Mr. Wolf

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Socks for Mr. Wolf by Tatyana Feeney

Age Range: 5 – 6 years

Publisher: O’Brien Press

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

In this picture book, Mr. Wolf loves his new socks. After he wears a hole in one sock, he tries to find ways to fix it. He comes up with a few ideas but the best  idea is when he befriends another animal. My Book Eyes loves the large font size. Great book for children learning to read. Illustrations are adorable as the reader follows Mr. Wolf  around Ireland on his sock adventure.

 

Glo Goes Shopping


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Glo Goes Shopping by author Cheryl Willis Hudson and illustrator Cathy Johnson

Age  Range: 3 and Up

Publisher: Just Us Books Inc

Publication Date: October 1, 1999

Glo needs to buy a gift for her friend Nandi. She goes to the mall with her mom and explores different items in a variety of stores. Remembering that the gift should be practical and fun allows Glo to buy the perfect gifts for her friend. This book could lead to a discussion about merchandise sold in different stores and buying things for other people. Vibrant illustrations against white backgrounds.

 

Giant Dance Party

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Giant Dance Party by author Betsy  Bird and illustrator Brandon Dorman

Age Range: 4-8 years

Publisher:  Greenwillow Books

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

A precocious youngster named Lexy decides to give up dancing and become a dance teacher in this picture book. While she loves to dance, her stage fright prevents her from showing her talent when on stage in recitals. Being a dance teacher would allow her to enjoy dance without dancing on stage. She advertises for clients but nobody enrolls. Just as she is about to ditch her dance teacher dream,  five blue furry giants appear and ask for lessons. At first  Lexy is apprehensive but they persuade her to  take them on as dance students. Each one learns a different dance. The day comes when Lexy’s students are ready for a recital. Once they are on stage, a problem that Lexy is all too familiar with attacks the giants. Thank goodness Lexy knows exactly what to do! My Book Eyes likes Lexy’s problem solving. The illustrations of the giants are adorable.

 

 

L is for Love: A Heartfelt Alphabet

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L is for Love: A Heartfelt Alphabet by author/illustrator Greg Paprocki

Age Range:  toddler and up

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Publication Date: December 4, 2018

In this alphabet board book, words and illustrations represent deeds  linked to care and connection throughout all 26  letters. Important lessons learned in few words. Illustrations are vibrant and diverse. Wonderful gift for any age.

 

 

 

 

Pizza at Sally’s

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Pizza at Sally’s by author/illustrator Monica Wellington

Age Range: 3 years – 7 years

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 1, 2006

In this picture book,  the  audience learns  to make a scrumptious cheese pizza in Sally’s pizza store. Sally gathers tomatoes in a community garden, receives delivered bags of milled flour and purchases cheese at a neighboring store. This business owner shows readers that her ingredients come from a variety of places. Anticipation displayed on customers’ faces will have viewers also wanting to go to Sally’s for a slice. Many action verbs sprinkle this story as Sally creates her pizza pies. Illustrations are striking and easy to understand. At the end of this book there is a recipe for making pizza.

 

Flower Girl Butterflies

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Flower Girl Butterflies by author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard and illustrator Christiane Kromer

Age Range: Preschool – Grade 2

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publication Date: March 30, 2004

Aunt Robin bestows upon young Sarah, the flower girl position. Sarah is exhilarated as she picks out her dress yet is concerned about events that could ruin her opportunity in this picture book. My Book Eyes found it pleasing to read about a child character that is fretful about herself yet mature enough to give up her room to guests, console the ring bearer at rehearsal, help others get dressed on  the wedding day, give herself a pep talk and have fun too.  Illustrations of the whole wedding experience are well depicted and conjure up memories of what it is like to participate in  or attend a wedding with its routines and family members.

Dough Knights and Dragons

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Dough Knights and Dragons by author Dee Leone and illustrator George Ermos

Ave Range: 5 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

When a knight stumbles upon a dragon’s cooking supplies, a friendship brews. Except, aren’t dragon’s suppose to devour knights and knights suppose to slay dragons? As a competition that expects  them to destroy each other draws near, one deep fried disaster sparks a witty idea. What begins as an activity shared by two, changes policy in Magical Kingdom in this rhyming picture book. Appetizing story. Gourmet illustrations.

 

Astronaut Annie

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Astronaut Annie by author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Nicole Tadgell

Age Range:  4 – 7 years

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

With Career Day approaching,  Annie keeps her career a secret from her family but gives each relative a clue about the profession she will represent. In return, each family member gives Annie something she can use on Career Day. In this picture book, readers also  briefly learn about various careers that have occupied Annie’s family’s lives. My Book Eyes marveled at the clever way Annie discloses her career. The book adds information about four female astronauts called Women in Space at the end of the story. Following that are facts about the moon to further pique interest on a page called The Magnificent Moon. Illustrations and photographs match excellently with this story.