Build, Beaver, Build by Sandra Markle is a book about beavers at the largest beaver dam in the world. Sandra Markle is a name that I’ve come across many times in my years of reading children’s fiction. I have reviewed two of her scientific mystery books on this site: The Case of the Vanishing Little

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I think that We Just Had a Baby by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Amelie Graux, is an appropriate book to kick off the new year since I did just have a baby. Actually, my baby was born a few weeks early, in early October of 2015, and she is now already 3 months old. Time

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My son and I enjoyed 999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura dn Yasunari Murakami (May 2011) when we read it years ago, so I was excited to see the two sequels to it in our local library. 999 Frogs Wake Up (North South, 2013) is a fitting read for the beginning of spring. As the frogs

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Socks (1973) is not a Beverly Cleary book I ever discovered as a child, but I love it! It’s a simple story told from the perspective of a cat named Socks, beginning with his first day of true consciousness: the day he would be sold by the boy and girl who had taken care of

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The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014) is my new favorite “expecting a baby” book for kids. Although it is full of nonsense as a a soon-to-be-big brother is told all sorts of whoppers about where a baby comes from, it is in fact a no-nonsense book for parents interested in opening

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My daughter, Strawberry, is 13 months old now, and she is entering a fun age of reading. She loves books, she loves reading, and she loves eating, ripping, and tearing apart any book-like item that comes near her! The combination means there are lots of reading times with the book just out of her reach.

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Chloe, Instead by Micah Player (Chronicle Books, 2012) is a sibling book: an elder sister in annoyed by young Chloe, who is always making things difficult. When the sisters find a way to work together, with Chloe dancing to her sister’s music, the older sister appreciates her far more and is glad for Chloe. This was

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