December 13, 2022

Languages of India for Kids

Enhanced by vibrant illustrations, this picture book introduces children to a few common phrases in each of the many languages of India.

On the book’s first page, an illustrated map shows the official language in each region of India, written in both English and the native script. The facing page explains that “India is a […]


September 3, 2021

The Antarctic Warms Up: Children Saving Our Planet Series

Carol Sutters’ The Antarctic Warms Up is part of a series aiming to show young readers the impact of climate change.

The picture book features a mother watching a documentary about the Antarctic with her children. She narrates the bulk of the book, including scientific explanations, however, making the documentary premise superfluous.

The book starts […]


August 30, 2021

The Coronavirus and Saving the Planet: Children Saving Our Planet Series

British children Tom and Kate share what they’ve learned about COVID-19 and the environment in Carol Sutters’ picture book The Coronavirus and Saving the Planet.

During the pandemic, Tom and Kate’s school is closed and they are learning remotely. One of their lessons is about COVID-19 and its origins, transmission and effects. Information is delivered […]


December 7, 2020

Who’s Yawning Now?

In this nonfiction picture book, young readers learn about different animals through an unusual lens: yawning.

Thirty-two animals are depicted in Who’s Yawning Now?, a book designed for both early and more advanced readers. The author includes popular species (impala, hippopotamus, etc.), as well as those less familiar (Tenrec of Madagascar). Each animal comes with […]


October 12, 2020

I Am Different Just Like You!

In this lovingly produced book, Rebecca DalMolin aptly demonstrates that children with Down syndrome, like her daughter Adella, are just like the rest of us in so many ways.

“My name is Adella and I have Down syndrome,” the story begins. Adella then uses the idea of building a snowman to explain what Down syndrome […]


May 25, 2020

The Little Lion with the Big Roar!

Elisabeth Brown’s picture book The Little Lion with the Big Roar! is based on the real-life experiences of the author’s transgender daughter, Jennifer.

Dillion, a male lion cub has feelings he’s trying to understand. He doesn’t like chasing or wrestling with the other male cubs and spends much of his time playing alone. When he […]


January 6, 2020

The Life of Gus

The Life of Gus: The Dog with the Big Head is a heartwarming true story in chapter book format about a Houston street dog who eventually finds happiness with a loving family.

After being abandoned by his young owner, Timmy, Gus learns to fend for himself on the streets of Houston. While searching for food […]


April 28, 2018

Sip, Pick, and Pack…How Pollinators Help Plants Make Seeds

The biology of plants, seeds, and pollination is expertly and beautifully explained in Polly W. Cheney’s picture book Sip, Pick, and Pack… How Pollinators Help Plants Make Seeds.

Most children understand that plants make seeds that grow into new plants, and that bees and other creatures are somehow helpful to the process. But here, the […]


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