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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Arabella: A sailboat, a storm, and a grandfather’s love

Arabella: A sailboat, a storm, and a grandfather’s love

Arabella is a rare thing in picture books: it is a genuinely exciting story. The main character, a boy named Matthew, impulsively takes his grandfather’s sailboat out after a storm. But he doesn’t read the weather right. Away from the shore, the high winds and...
Did You Hear: A Story About Gossip

Did You Hear: A Story About Gossip

I have to be honest with you: I have mixed feelings about Did You Hear? A Story About Gossip by Frank J. Sileo. Dr. Sileo is a psychologist in New Jersey who works with children, teens, and families and who writes picture books on topics such as Crohn’s disease,...
The Zero Dads Club: A Father’s Day story for kids without dads

The Zero Dads Club: A Father’s Day story for kids without dads

Father’s Day can be hard for children who don’t have a father. At school, there may be crafts and projects celebrating fathers. And those are wonderful! But not for the children who feel left out. If the teacher’s plan doesn’t include the kids who don’t have a dad,...
Love is in the Hair: Memories and stories and love

Love is in the Hair: Memories and stories and love

Some of the sweetest picture books I’ve ever read are about a little one waiting for the arrival of a new sibling. These books help a child know what to expect when the new baby arrives. In the books, they learn that new babies don’t talk and they don’t play. They...
Maybe God Is Like That Too: A book to help young children see God

Maybe God Is Like That Too: A book to help young children see God

Jennifer Grant knows how young children think. That’s something most of us forget. But Grant remembers. And in her book, Maybe God Is Like That Too, she explains who God is, and what God is like, in a way that will make sense to young children. Young children are not...
When Charley Met Emma: A social story about disability

When Charley Met Emma: A social story about disability

It took me a while to figure out why I like When Charley Met Emma so much. At first glance, it’s everything I don’t like in a picture book. But I love it! Seriously. It’s a delightful book. It took me a long while to figure out why it’s so delightful. Let’s start with...

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