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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 »

Book Bites: December 2013

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Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, hand-picks the best reading selections for kids. Picture Books (prek-k) Tap The Magic Tree by Christie Matheson Celebrate the changing of seasons with this interactive book for the youngest of hands.  Readers are encouraged to shake, tap, and flip this smartly illustrated book.     Real Santa Our favorite Christmas book ... Read More »

Book Bites: November 2013

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Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, hand-picks the best reading selections for kids. Young Picture Books Mr Tiger Goes Wild written and illustrated by Peter Brown Mr. Tiger lives an orderly life in town with his friends, animals dressed in Victorian attire, just as he is. He suddenly decides to walk on all fours instead of two ... Read More »

Book Bites: October 2013

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Toddler (Ages 1-3)
 Count The Monkeys by Mac Barnett & Kevin Cornell Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.     Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson A bear invites all of the animals to follow him through the trees, on tiptoe, to see a special surprise.       ... Read More »

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