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Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Salina Yoon, author and illustrator of Penguin’s Big Adventure

Next up in my Asian American Children’s Author Blog Series, is the talented author/illustrator Salina Yoon. Salina Yoon has created numerous picture books and novelty board books, and even has some beginner readers in the works. Her delightful and vibrant … Continue reading

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Mommy Read it Again: FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM followup

So last week on the blog, I reviewed Friends for Freedom, but unlike with my other picture book reviews, you may have noticed that I didn’t include a reaction from my kids. This was because I hadn’t read it to them. I … Continue reading

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Picture Book Review: Kayla the Great and the Magic Red Dress by Stephanie Davis

Kayla the Great and The Magic Red Dress by Stephanie Davis; Illustrated by Robert Paul, Jr. Kayla the Great and the Magic Red Dress is about a little girl named Kayla and what happens when she loses her favorite red … Continue reading

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Mommy Read it Again: Apple Pip Princess by Jane Ray

The Apple-Pip Princess by  Jane Ray Intricate illustrations combine with a gentle, earth-friendly storyline in this fairytale picture book. I took this home from the library, figuring my Pre-K Monkey would be drawn to the pink cover and “Princess” title, and … Continue reading

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Preschooler Favorites: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Zita the Spacegirl is a graphic novel for younger readers about a young girl named Zita who discovers an asteroid with a big red button. Despite her friend Jonah’s warnings, Zita pushes the big … Continue reading

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Mommy Read it Again: The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat Preschooler Monkey found spotted this book at the library just as we were about to leave and had to take it home. My arms were already full of books, but she … Continue reading

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Mommy Read it Again: I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité

I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité (Author), Baba Wagué Diakité (Illustrator) I stumbled across this book at the library while browsing and was drawn in by the hilarious and cute title. The story is about what happened … Continue reading

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Preschooler Favorites: Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

Zombelina by Kristyn Crow (Author), Molly Idle (Illustrator) Since it’s Friday the 13th, I thought I’d share this recent favorite. Preschooler Monkey is obsessed with this rhyming picture book about a zombie ballerina. We read this book practically every day after … Continue reading

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Picture Book Recommendation: Grandma and the Great Gourd by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters This is a retelling of a traditional folktale about a crafty grandma who uses a giant gourd to outwit the wild jungle animals who … Continue reading

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Princess Book Recommendation: The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

The Princess Knight  by Cornelia Funke  (Author), Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator) I chose this book after looking for some alternative princess stories for my princess-obsessed pre-schooler monkey. Princess Violetta has grown up with several older brothers and when she is unable to match them in … Continue reading

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