Kids’ Book Corner: Fresh Books for Spring

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BY JO PERRY New books and classic stories bloom this month for young and emerging readers. Chicks! by Sandra Horning with detailed illustrations by Jon Goodel is a satisfying look at the life-cycle of the chicken for emerging readers.  … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: The Boxcar Children — A Beloved Classic Returns

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BY JO PERRY Seventy years ago a Connecticut schoolteacher wrote a story to entertain her first grade students. Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children was the story of four brave and resourceful orphans who, before they are united … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Mom & Me Books

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BY JO PERRY What better way to share the love on Mother’s Day than by reading with children? I’ve chosen books that will inspire memorable mom & me projects: Visiting farmers’ markets, knitting, baking and sandwich making. For those of … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: Books Full of Fun and Surprise for Spring

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BY JO PERRY Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens April should be silly and full of surprises—just like these books: Children 3 and up will admire Larf, Ashley Spires’s solitary, shy, vegetarian … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Reading Wild

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BY JO PERRY “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~Albert Einstein Have you noticed? Nature is disappearing from children’s picture books: A recent study of illustrated award-winning children’s books … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Holiday Books (and Bookshelves)

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BY JO PERRY “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” ~ Anna Quindlen This month I give you books that will bring joy this holiday season, books … [Read more...]

Books for Kids (and the Adults who Love Them) a Family Story, a Sweet Tale and Black Magic for October

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BY JO PERRY Each family has its own important story. All The Way To America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino introduces readers 5 to 9 years old the author/illustrator’s own history. Yaccarino begins his … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: Meet California’s Special Penguin, Pierre and a Whale Named Grayson

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BY JO PERRY During hot weather,  the next best thing to getting wet is reading a story about swimming. Pierre the Penguin, A True Story by Jean Marzullo and illustrator Laura Regan introduces children to Pierre, an African penguin who lives in San … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: BOO-ks for October; Plus New Feature: Kids' Book Reviews

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BY JO PERRY It’s time for books that send shivers up spines: I’m Looking for a Monster by Timothy Young is a lighthearted pull-the-tab, open-the-flap, turn-the-wheel celebration of friendly monsters as young readers accompany a boy on a search … [Read more...]