Picture Books

I share a picture book review about once a week. And sometimes I share a list of books that I think you might be looking for. For a quick look at titles, topics, and lists, check the index.

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Moon Watchers: A story about prayer, fasting, and good deeds

Moon Watchers: A story about prayer, fasting, and good deeds

First things first. In Moon Watchers, Reza Jalali tells the story of a Muslim family’s observance of Ramadan. I’m not Muslim, of course. So why am I reviewing a book about a Muslim family? I’m reviewing Moon Watchers because it is a story about a little...
Facing the dragons of hate

Facing the dragons of hate

I never know how to respond when there are horrors in the news. I’m a picture book author. What can I say about a terrorist attack in New Zealand? I am sure that Mister Rogers would have known what to say. He wouldn’t have tried to hide the horrors from the children....
Easter picture books for a child’s Lenten journey

Easter picture books for a child’s Lenten journey

Pascha is coming! And before Pascha, there will be Lent. So you’re planning meals to use up the meat and cheese in your refrigerator. You’re stocking up on tofu and beans. You’re looking forward to the longer services and Lenten melodies. All of...
Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

Home: A picture book built with love and dreams

If your kids like the I Spy books, or Where’s Waldo, they are going to love Carson Ellis’s Home. If anything, Home is more interesting and more intriguing than any of the other books in the “can you find it” genre, because Ellis doesn’t tell you what’s going on in the...
The Adventure of Father Evangelos: A snowy story for Christmas

The Adventure of Father Evangelos: A snowy story for Christmas

If you can find a copy of The Adventure of Father Evangelos, it may be just the book to put under the tree for a little one. It’s a bright, happy, colorful book, full of snow-covered evergreen trees and helpful animals. And the adventure all happens on one Christmas...
A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

If you have a sensory kid, a child who with sensory processing differences, your child may struggle with behavioral expectations at church. You may have worried that your child would have a complete and total meltdown at church. Your child may have actually had a...

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