Odd Dog Out, by Rob Biddulph


"Someone on this street is dancing to a different beat. When they fly high...this dog flies low. When they say "Kick!"...this dog says "Throw!" It's very sad (cue violin) but this small dog does not fit in."

Colorful, expressive illustrations combine with rollicking rhyme to make the perfect read aloud! I loved how Dog leaves his home to find dogs who are like him and eventually returns home because he learns that his differences are what makes him special. This story helps helps kids embrace their differences, and embrace others who are different. This is the kind of message that resonates for all ages.

What books have you read recently about embracing differences?

20/20 Vision Picture Book GIVEAWAY!



Art by Jeannette Bradley

"Lizzie was in a hurry. A big hurry. The kind of hurry she couldn't hold back."

Lizzie Demands a Seat, by Beth Anderson and E. B. Lewis is the kind of book that every child should read. Beth Anderson deftly shows Elizabeth Jenning's inspirational story! This is the kind of book that will teach kids about discrimination, courage, and the power one person has to make a difference in the world.



"You're never too old to learn." Mary Walker

This inspiring book tells the story Mary Walker who learned to read at the age of 116 years old! Rita Lorraine Hubbard does an incredible job of sharing Mary's story with expert word choice. Her words, paired with Oge Mora's stunning illustrations make this book a powerful work of art. This is a beautiful, inspiring, and heart warming story of persistence and hope.


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BLUE SPOT, by Griselda Sastrawinata

"Well, Mama, then it started raining blueberries! Luckily, I had an umbrella. The blueberry rain created lots of puddles that turned into blueberry jam.  I had to walk ove it on stilts."

In BLUE SPOT, sparkling illustrations combine with imaginative text to create a fantastical journey totally relatable to any child.  I love how Daisy tells a story that is creative and fun, but in the end tells the true story so her Mama understands why she has a blue spot on her dress.  This is the kind of book that will delight young readers!

Three NEW Read Alouds

I just read three hilarious and heartwarming newly released picture books.  

1. CAN U SAVE THE DAY?

"The letter B stuck out his tongue and bragged, 'Our group is #1'!"


Offended, A said, 'You'll regret when all the vowels are done, I bet."

CAN U SAVE THE DAY? by Shannon Stocker and Tom Disbury, is a clever alphabet book where the vowels get disgruntled and leave, causing chaos with all of the animal sounds.

"So E took off. Things went awry, and all the horse could say was 'Nigh!" the birs sang 'twt' instead of tweet, and the sheep just 'blt' instead of bleat."

Super fun read aloud and great teaching tool for consonants and vowels and letters in general!


2. BRUCE'S BIG STORM

"Bruce was a bear who did not neighbors.  Neighbors were loud.  They were always interrupting... and pestering.  Worse still, neighbors lived all over Bruce's neighborhood."


BRUCE'S BIG STORM, by Ryan T. Higgins is another hilarious and heartwarming installment of the Mother Bruce series.  I love curmudgeonly Bruce! And I love how he hates things but always helps the other animals in the end.  Filled with comical and expressive illustrations, this book is the kind of read aloud that kids will want to read over and over again.

3. I LOVE GLAM- MA!

"But what is it that really makes a Glam-MA so glamorous? 
YOU.
Because you're the one who made her a Glam-MA in the first place...and nothing is more glamorous than that."


I LOVE GLAM- MA!, by Samantha Berger and Sujean Rim is a lovely celebration of energetic and fun Grandmas.  I LOVE the title, the clever text and stunning and creative and the illustrations.   The pages of this book show all types of activities a grandma can do from building forts or making capes.  Super fun text for a grandmother to read with their grandchildren!


What new picture books have you smiling?