Archive for January, 2009

Welcome, Precious

Friday, January 30th, 2009
by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Grimes poetic salutation to a newborn child instantly seizes the reader with its universal resonance. Collier’s vibrant illustrations add to the feeling of bounty and joy a new mother and father feel in introducing their child to the wonder and beauty of the world. Recommended for ages 0-3.


Monday, January 26th, 2009
by Kristine O’Connell George , illustrated by Maggie Smith
This delightful book captures the joy a young boy feels when receives his very first book. The rhyming text and glowing pictures provide a happy glimpse into a toddler’s foundational literary experience. (My 11-month old, who already loves to read, can’t get enough of this book!) Recommended for ages 1-3.

What a Family!

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
This unique book offers a fun introduction to the complexities of extended family relationships. Keeping it simple, Isadora emphasizes physical characteristics shared by different family members to show how they are related. Large, dynamic, and humorous pictures invite readers to look and compare the family in the book with their own. A family tree, complete with pictures, is included on the end papers. Recommended for ages 3-10.

Mama, I’ll Give You the World

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
by Roni Schotter, illustrated by S. Saelig Gallagher
In Walter’s World of Beauty, Luisa spends her time after school watching her mother work cutting and coloring hair. As her mother’s birthday approaches, Luisa plans a special surprise party for her, inviting all of her mother’s friends and recreating a scene from a photograph where her mother was dancing and happy. For one speical night, Luisa gives her mother the world. Recommended for ages 4-8.