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Book bites: April 2015


Toddler Grasshopper And The Ants by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 2015) Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney returns to Aesop’s fables to tell the story of the Grasshopper and the Ants. Grasshopper cannot understand why the ants will not join him in playing throughout the seasons, and when winter comes, he has nothing set aside. Stunning illustrations ... Read More »

Book Bites: March 2015


Toddler Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony (Scholastic Books, January 2015) Listen closely to the answers to Mr. Panda’s question about who wants doughnuts.  The colorful illustrations will attract the attention of the youngest of readers.  There’s a lesson on manners in here which is subtle but oh so true.   Emerging Readers The Princess In Black by Shannon Hale ... Read More »

Book Bites: December 2014


Toddler: My First Library (Penguin Books, November 2014) What toddler doesn’t need his or her own library? This adorable slip case holds three classic children’s books in the size and sturdiness that little hands need. Good Night Gorilla is a modern classic, The Little Engine That Could is a true classic, and, for the first time in sturdy board edition, ... Read More »

Book Bites: October 2014


Toddler: Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli (Abrams, August 2014) After the success of Alphablock last year, artist Franceschelli follows up with Countablock, a feast for the eyes of all ages. Made out of hardy card stock, this number book will have your baby turning the pages over and over.  You can read it as a lesson in numbers or a lesson ... Read More »

Book Bites: September 2014


Toddlers: Underwater Doggies Colors by Seth Casteel (Little Brown Kids, August 2014) Who doesn’t smile every time they see the underwater doggies photos of Seth Casteel? Now even the littlest of dog lovers can learn their colors and numbers while enjoying those zany dogs.   A Library Book For Bear by Bonnie Becker (August 2014) Bear is rather curmudgeonly. That’s ... Read More »

Book Bites: August 2014


Baby/Toddler: Pout-Pout Fish Goes To School by Deborah Deisen (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2014) Pout Pout Fish is an unhappy but lovable character from two previous picture books. Now it’s time to go to fish school. Every child has apprehensions about nursery school; share this book early so when the time comes to go to school, your child will remember ... Read More »

Book Bites: July 2014


Baby/Toddler Hooray For Hat by Brian Won (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June 2014) All the grumpy animals are transformed when each receives a fun hat. We all know toddlers can be grumpy and this charmer will perk the little ones up with a smile.     Indestructibles (Workman Publishing) The perfect baby gift that should be given in multiples is the ... Read More »

Book Bites: June 2014


Toddlers The Crayon: A Colorful Tale of Friendship by Simon Rickerty Red and Blue have new red and blue crayons. What fun! Until… oops! It’s broken! Now what will happen to Red and Blue and their friendship when Red’s crayon breaks and Blue walks away with Purple?  You must read on to see what true friendship looks like. For friends ... Read More »

Book Bites: May 2014


Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, and her staff hand-pick the best reading selections for kids. Baby/Toddler How To Cheer Dad Up by Fred Koehler (Dail Books, April 2014, $16.99) Our energetic young elephant notices that his dad is down so he goes to great lengths to “cheer him up.”  The lively illustrations tell the real story. ... Read More »

Book Bites: April 2014


Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, and her staff hand-pick the best reading selections for kids. Baby/Toddler Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead  (Dial Books, 2014)  Sprout wants to help her mother around the house.  She likes to clean and take care of baby sister.  She can’t help it if she is just a little too young ... Read More »