Big Bunny – Rowboat Watkins

See the source imageBig Bunny by Rowboat Watkins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: March 20th, 2018
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Storytelling, Creativity


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From the curious mind of Rowboat Watkins comes a ginormously imaginative story that is as funny as it is philosophical. How big is Big Bunny? And how will this story end? Delightfully meta and humorously subversive, Big Bunny will take its place as the next go-to story about stories. Continue reading

Little Red Reading Hood

35659034Little Red Reading Hood by Lucy Rowland

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: January 25th, 2018
Publisher: Macmillan
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Fairytale Retelling, Books about Books, Magic


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Little Red Reading Hood LOVES reading books and making up stories of her own. When she meets a cunning wolf while on her way to the library, he convinces her to stray from the path and read for a little while. But hasn’t she read this in a story before? Perhaps it’s time she came up with a new ending . . .

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Interstellar Cinderella

22875394Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Fairytale Retelling, Feminism, Cinderella, Kindness


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With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball–but when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

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The Golden Glow – Benjamin Flouw

The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Journey, Nature, Kindness


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Fox loves nature. There’s nothing he enjoys more than reading about and picking flowers. One evening he comes across a rare specimen in his old botany book — the golden glow, a plant from the Wellhidden family, found only in the mountains . . . a plant that has yet to be described. Fascinated, Fox decides to set off on a quest in search of the mysterious Golden Glow. He packs his knapsack, a map, a compass, a flashlight, a sleeping bag and other items for his hike. Along the way Fox observes many different kinds of trees and plants. He also encounters woodland friends who help him make it to the summit of the mountain. But when Fox eventually stumbles upon the object of his quest, he makes a surprising decision. Continue reading

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

39319227A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: March 18th, 2018
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, LGBT, Marriage, Love, Voting, Community


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Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon’s life is about to change forever… With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different. Continue reading

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Biography, Fashion, Art


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A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by the award-winning team who created Julia, Child. Continue reading

The Pink Umbrella – Amélie Callot

The Pink Umbrella by Amelie CallotThe Pink Umbrella by Amélie Callot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Friendship, Kindness, Mood


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When it’s bright outside, Adele is the heart of her community, greeting everyone who comes into her cafe with arms wide open. But when it rains, she can’t help but stay at home inside, under the covers. Because Adele takes such good care of her friends and customers, one of them decides to take care of her too, and piece by piece leaves her little gifts that help her find the joy in a gray, rainy day.  Continue reading

Claudia & Moth – Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Claudia & Moth by Jennifer Hansen RolliClaudia & Moth by Jennifer Hansen Rolli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: Viking BFYR
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Art, Imagination, Seasons & Animals


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A small girl with a passion for nature turns to her new passion for art as the seasons turn colder. Claudia loves butterflies. Blue ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones with dots. And since she can’t take them home, she paints them in all their beautiful colors. But when winter comes, there are no more butterflies to paint…until she finds a little moth. Suddenly, Claudia sees winter in a whole new light. Continue reading

The Pink Hat – Andrew Joyner

The Pink Hat by Andrew Joyner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: December 2017
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Women’s March, Humor


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Here is a clever story that follows the journey of a pink hat that is swiped out of a knitting basket by a pesky kitten, blown into a tree by a strong wind, and used as a cozy blanket for a new baby, then finally makes its way onto the head of a young girl marching for women’s equality. Inspired by the 5 million people (many of them children) in 82 countries who participated in the 2017 Women’s March, Andrew Joyner has given us a book that celebrates girls and women and equal rights for all! Continue reading

The Little Pioneer – Adam Hancher

The Little Pioneer by Adam Hancher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Doubleday BFYR
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Journey, Adventure


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Children of all ages will be captivated by one brave girl’s adventures come to life as she relates the challenges, excitement, and dangers of the American frontier. Filled with drama and gorgeous, evocative illustrations, this first-person tale is a testament to the determination, solidarity, and courage of the early pioneers, each chasing their own American Dream. Continue reading