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Book Bites: October 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Book Bites: March 2014

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Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, and her staff hand-pick the best reading selections for kids. Read More »

Book Bites: February 2014

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Young Picture Books Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond This small but sweet board book is just right for baby’s first Valentine (and really for the rest of the year as well).  All the animals are giving hugs, which gives us the perfect excuse to hug our own little one.        Love Monster by Rachel Bright Who ... Read More »

Book Bites: January 2014

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Young Picture Books Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes We are thrilled that this Henkes title is now available to read to those children who need something sturdier to hold when reading over and over again. Little White Rabbit goes exploring his world in a way that only Henkes can do in his distinctive, gentle style.   On My Leaf ... Read More »

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