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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

Christmas Cookie Day!

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Christmas Cookie Day ! by author Tara Knudson and illustrator Pauline Stewert

Age Range: preschool – grade 2

Publisher:  Zonderkidz

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

In this rhyming board book,  a bear and cub teach readers how to make holiday cookies. Great book to read to a children’s cooking group or to enjoy at home or school with youngsters. Illustrations show details associated with  the text so  children learn words related to baking cookies. This book comes with a Christmas Cookie Day recipe.

 

 

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Women Make Their Mark

The books below are some recent (2016-2018) compilations of women who move people to make a difference.

Little Leaders Visionary 2

Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison

Age Range: 8 – 11 years

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Dream Big, Little One 2

Dream Big, Little One (Board Book) by Vashti Harrison

Age Range: 2 – 4 years

Publisher: LB Kids

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

Girls Think of Everything 2

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by author Catherine Thimmesh and illustrator Melissa Sweet

Age Range: 10 – 12 years

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Publication Date:  October 9, 2018     

She Persisted Around the World 2

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by author Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Shaking Things Up 2

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by author Susan Hood and a variety of illustrators 

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Poems with illustrations by a variety of artists

Hidden Figures 2

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Little Leaders 2

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Age Range: 8 – 11 years

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: December 5, 2017

Women Who Dared 2

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels by author Linda Skeers and illustrator Livi Gosling

Age Range: 8 – 14 years

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Women in Sports 2

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky

Age Range: Grades 4 and up

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Publication Date: July 18, 2017

She Persisted 2

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by author Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Philomel Books

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Women in Science 2

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Age Range: Grades 4 and up

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

William’s Winter Nap

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William’s Winter Nap by author Linda Ashman and illustrator Chuck Groenink

Age Range: 2 – 5 years

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

On a cold winter’s night, several animals seek shelter at William’s home as he tries to sleep. The last animal to arrive is larger than any of the other critters and they hesitate to accept him. This rhyming picture book grabs and maintains readers and listeners attentions as they wait to see which animal will arrive next. The illustrator accurately displays moods of the characters. A satisfying and heartwarming story.

Through the Forest in Fall by Anne Passchier

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Through the Forest in Fall by Anne Passchier 

Ave Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

In this board book, children peek through the see-through opening and see the animal that will be read about next. The story begins with an owl asking a squirrel about food he will eat when the weather gets cold. Next, squirrel asks birds about their winter preparation. Readers briefly learn about three woodland animals’ winter routines. A good introduction to how animals survive in the winter for preschool children and for children learning to read. There are only eight pages to read. Including the front and back covers give this book a total of ten pages. The information isn’t overwhelming. Colors are bright. Great book to couple with an activity.