Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Pena and Christian Robinson

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Pena and Christian Robinson

The cover of “Last Stop on Market Street” is filled with medallions for awards and it is no wonder. I’ve incorporated this book into many language lessons since it was published and kids love it as do I. CJ is leaving church with his Nana for a bus ride in the rain to...
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colon

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colon

Often parents ask me for suggestions for good biographies for their early elementary aged girls. Add the STEM trend for girls and “Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea” is a great pick for daughters to be inspired by female scientist Marie Tharp. Written from Tharp’s...
Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport

This extraordinary true story takes kids across the world to the rubble and trash of one of the largest garbage dumps in the capital city of Paraguay. Ada and sister Noelia grew up in this town “made of trash,” watching the recyclers claw through the...
Leaps and Bounce by Susan Hood and Matthew Cordell

Leaps and Bounce by Susan Hood and Matthew Cordell

“Leaps and Bounce” accurately describes the rhyme, rhythm and illustrations in this bouncy, joyful tale of growing up to be a frog!  Spotted round eggs explode into cute goggly eyed tadpoles and four-footed friends, described by Susan Hood in her lyrical...
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

As a speech language pathologist, I look at books from a little different angle. Of course it needs a great story line, but I am looking for rich vocabulary, interesting language and illustrations that could tell the story by themselves sometimes–because that is...
Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert

Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert

This simple rhyming text is joined by Ehlert’s signature vibrant, collage illustrations of “rain fish” who appear in streams of water after a rain storm. Kids loved identifying the collection of debris and found objects that made up the fish, calling...