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Pebbles and the Biggest Number

Joey Benun, illustrated by Laura Watson

The Biggest Number, 48 pages, (hardcover) $17.99, 9781737818601
(Reviewed: January, 2023)

Colorful, approachable illustrations of friendly characters and a focus on fun facts help this picture book transcend its theme about numbers to one about discovering the world around you.

Pebbles is a butterfly who enjoys counting the flowers in his garden, but one day he begins to wonder what other numbers might be out there. […]

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On Reindeer Watch

Nikki Mask

Xlibris, 24 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781669827825
(Reviewed: January, 2023)

A young girl and her brother celebrate Christmas with decorations, cookie baking, and their own special preparations for a late-night vigil in the picture book On Reindeer Watch.

Christmas Eve has finally arrived, and two siblings are ready for their favorite Christmas tradition: the Reindeer Watch. The children, addressing readers, share their recipe for reindeer […]

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Languages of India for Kids

Dhruv Gami

Dhruv Gami, 42 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9798986287003
(Reviewed: December, 2022)

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 […]

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Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush: Sagebrush and the Never Summer Mountains

Joni Franks

Xlibris, 38 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781669822592
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

In Joni Franks’ seventh book of the Corky Tails series, the tailless dog Sagebrush and her friends go on a mission to save a village.

The Shuns, a group of tiny people living in the woods, are faced with the interruption of their village’s water source, the result of a landslide in the mountains that […]

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Mary Magdalene: a Disciple, Friend and Companion of Jesus. A Story for Girls

Bonnie Ring

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(Reviewed: November, 2022)

A retold Bible story for children, illustrated with a variety of classic paintings, Mary Magdalene chronicles Jesus’s baptism, rise to prominence, and subsequent death, paying special attention to the women who followed and supported him.

The book opens in Nazareth, with a young Jesus being revealed as the son of God upon his baptism. He […]

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Sailing the Milky Way: A Passport to the Unimagined

Eileen Ferriter

Outskirts Press, 24 pages, (hardcover) $27.95, 9781977247087
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Eileen Ferriter’s Sailing the Milky Way is a picture book that follows a dragonfly on a trip through the cosmos.

The book begins with a young boy in bed. “Before you tuck me in,” he says, “can you tell me the story of Yuri once more?” The narrator then informs readers that “The loving parents […]

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Desert Friends: Travels with the Pack

Linda Harkey, illustrated by Mike Minick

ArchwayPublishing, 42 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781665721868
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Offering a heavy helping of desert ecology with a dash of drama, Desert Friends is an informative picture book for young readers who enjoy learning about wild animals.

Desert Friends opens by introducing readers to a roadrunner and a Gambel’s quail, two friends in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert who love to race each other. Readers learn […]

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Klippe the Viking

Bjorn Fyrre, illustrated by Ankitha Kini

Boogamedia, 60 pages, (hardcover) $19.99, 9780648816027
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

A young Viking girl who struggles to keep up with her schoolmates in class finds friendship and hope in the picture book Klippe the Viking.

Frustrated by her learning problems, Klippe is approached by Kanin, another little girl. Kanin says that she, too, has problems with school and they decide to work together to overcome […]

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Elvia and the Gift of Passion: Tales by Moons-Light Series

Ruthy Ballard

WhipSmart Books, 357 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9780997853216
(Reviewed: October, 2022)

In Ballard’s third book in the Tales by Moons-light series, a ten-year-old girl who feels imprisoned by overprotective parents longs for adventure.

On a wildlife safari trip her mother won, Elvia sneaks away, is chased by a lion, and escapes into an outhouse. There, she’s pulled through a space-time tunnel and lands on a distant […]

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Fairies and Dragons

Nancy Benson

AuthorHouse, 34 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781665539890
(Reviewed: September, 2022)

A young dragon just learning to fly discovers the land of fairies in Nancy Benson’s picture book Fairies and Dragons.

Hunter, a dragon sent out by his father to practice flying, finds himself tired and stranded in territory he doesn’t recognize. Luckily, Hunter meets a group of fairies, including young Sylvie, who comfort Hunter and […]

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