Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Environmental Issues


You may have seen the cute pictures of penguins wearing sweaters–but did you know why they were wearing them? Debut author Marikka Tamura answers this question in this colorful, kid-friendly book that is told simply and charmingly…When the penguins become coated in an oil spill, many Big Boots arrive. The humans want to help the cold, greasy penguins, so they knit sweaters to keep them warm. The Big Boots mean well, but . . . penguins don’t wear sweaters! So after a good, soapy scrub, the penguins dive back into the deep blue sea, happily dressed only in their own penguin feathers. Continue reading


Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Nature, Good neighbors, Kindness


A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind. With an old wheelbarrow full of young trees, she journeys up the steep hill to add a little green to the man’s life, and to protect the house from the howling wind. From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and whimsical illustrator Lee White comes a delightfully simple, lyrical story about the important role trees play in our lives, and caring for the world in which we live. Continue reading

The Forever Tree – Tereasa Surratt

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Environment, Animals, Community


The animals and humans always knew their tree was special. The trunk was the best place to host championship bingo tournaments, and the branches were perfect for swinging in the shade! But when the tree gets sick, neighbors new and old will have to join forces if they have any chance of saving their treetop home. A touching tale based on the true story of one special tree, and the community that brought it back to life. Continue reading