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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Just Ask: A picture book by Sonya Sotomayor

Just Ask: A picture book by Sonya Sotomayor

You may have seen some of the buzz around Just Ask! And you might be wondering whether author and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor can write a picture book. The answer is, yes, she can. Just Ask! is not a perfect picture book. But it’s a good one. And it’s...
Should children read during Liturgy?

Should children read during Liturgy?

Pros, Cons, and Considerations from Amber Metz Many young families bring books for their children to read during Liturgy. Let’s face it, Liturgy is long, and it can make our lives easier as parents. Or does it? Will bringing books enrich our children’s spiritual lives...
Sweety: A naked mole rat with orthodontic headgear

Sweety: A naked mole rat with orthodontic headgear

The moment I saw the weird little girl on the cover of Sweety, I knew I had to have it. I didn’t know what the story was about, and I didn’t know what kind of a creature Sweety was. It didn’t matter. I could see that she was wearing orthodontic headgear. And that was...
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,...

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