June 18, 2024

Tito’s Coconut Tree

A rhyming picture book about a young crab who learns home isn’t a place but a feeling, Tito’s Coconut Tree helps ground young readers in the joy of being with those you love.

Tito narrates the story, proudly introducing his mom and dad and telling readers about their home beneath a coconut tree. He loves […]


June 11, 2024

Zany: The Saddest Little Donkey, An Original Australian Story

A donkey who feels inferior compared to her pony friend finally has her moment in the sun in this children’s picture book.

Zany, a little gray donkey, and Selwyn, a Welsh Mountain pony, share a paddock. Zany admires Selwyn’s beauty, as do the human visitors who sometimes stop along the road for a closer look. […]


June 11, 2024

Adventures of Willie the Westie

A dog named Willie meets a turtle, horse, buffalo, and armadillo in the picture book Adventures of Willie the Westie.

Willie the Westie lives in Michigan, where he meets a turtle. “Willie didn’t know what end was the front because the turtle hid his head and tail inside his shell,” writes author Phil Ferretti. Soon, […]


May 28, 2024

Joe Learns to Listen

In this rhyming story, a chatty boy makes a new best friend with a dog who loves his company, even if others find his monologue overwhelming.

Joe cannot stop talking. Even his parents tire of it, and his teacher is sometimes so frustrated “she could scream.” His parents decide that the solution isn’t to tell […]


April 30, 2024

The Ball at the Circus

In Jennifer Corcoran and Jennifer M. Perkins’ picture book, The Ball at the Circus, a ringmaster and a group of daring circus animals stand atop each other to create a whimsical, wobbly tower.

The fun starts with a single, colorful, striped circus ball. “This is the ball at the circus,” reads the text. On the […]


February 27, 2024

Final Video Game

In Craig Speakes’s science fiction novel, a 13-year-old boy must save humanity by stopping a powerful AI figure gone rogue.

Razer, an evil trickster from a popular video game, has infiltrated the world’s vital infrastructure: disabling communication systems, closing banks, and interrupting power. Dressed in a black cape and white skull mask, Razer starts appearing […]


February 21, 2024

Mr. Mouthful and the the Monkeynappers

When a man who doesn’t know the meaning of brevity finds his pet monkey rescued from thieves by a group of children, he’s left nearly speechless.

Mr. Mouthful, described as “our favorite fancy-pants,” uses long and sometimes unconventional words that lead to gaps in understanding for those around him. He also happens to have a […]


February 20, 2024

The Songbird: An Unlikely Song

The tale of Adam, Eve, and God’s promise to mankind is seen through the eyes of a songbird in Cherie Smith’s picture book The Songbird: An Unlikely Song.

On the fifth day of creation, “The Most High God” creates the birds. All creatures are made to be extraordinary in different ways, the book states, and […]


February 6, 2024

There’s a Gong in My Fishbowl

Mischievous monkeys introduce an unexpected element to their animal orchestra in the children’s picture book There’s a Gong in My Fishbowl.

Members of the animal orchestra arrive to rehearse, along with their conductor, a crow who soon barks out orders: “Clarinet! Oboe! And you, too, Miss Flute!/ I’d sure like to hear all your very […]


January 30, 2024

Molly Meadow’s Christmas Wish

A story about a girl who loves Christmas and finds the true meaning of the season, Molly Meadow’s Christmas Wish encourages readers to reflect on what makes the holiday special.

Molly loves all the Christmas trappings: the tree, decorations, cookies and presents. But she’s also a reflective girl who wants to learn more about how […]