Wish I had the time to write reviews of all the book I’ve enjoyed.

I have also reviewed books in support of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks and Multicultural Children’s Books campaigns by creating ”pairs” of books that include diverse content with books that do not in order to show how universal themes are reflected among different cultures. These picture book reviews are located on my Perfect Picture Book Pairs  page on this website and on Facebook.


Like a River: A Civil War Novel by Kathy Cannon Wiechman, Calkins Creek (April 2015), Middle Grade Novel

Sugar, written by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown, 2013), Middle Grade Novel


The Ring Bearer by Floyd Cooper overcoming fear, anxiety, dealing with change, love, weddings, blended family, Philomel Books, 2017, ages 3-7

Pug Meets Pig, written by: Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated  by:  Joyce Wan, sharing, kindness, adapting to change, acceptance, friendship, Beach Lane Books 2016, ages 2-6

Miss Paul and the President  by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Nancy Zhang,  Activism, Right to vote, Women’s suffrage, US history, Knopf Books for Young Readers September 2016

The Girl with a Parrot on her Head written/illustrated by Daisy Hirst, Coping with loss, anger, fear, anxiety, friendship, Candlewick 2016, ages 2- 5

I YAM A DONKEY, story, pictures, and bad grammar, by  Cece Bell, wordplay, grammar, dialogue, humor, Clarion Books 2015, ages 4-8

The Littlest Streetcar by Vernon Smith, Self-Concept, Self-esteem, New Orleans, Louisiana, Streetcars & Trains, Transportation, Pelican Publishing, ages 3-5

Ask Me by Bernard Waber, illustrated by Suzy Lee, HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 14, 2015), ages: 4-7, parent-child relationship, father-daughter bonding, curiosity, patience, wonder

I AM A BEAR  by Jean-François Dumont, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, English Edition 2015 Originally published in France under the title Je Suis un Ours by Kaléidoscore, 2010 Ages 4-8
Themes/Topics: homelessness, poverty, compassion, kindness, friendship, hope

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Don Tate, Eerdman, April 1, 2015
Themes/Topics: US History, Reconstruction, Civil Rights, Mississippi politics, racism, slavery, perseverance, hope, courage, inspiration

A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water across the World by Christine Ieronimo, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, Walker Childrens, May 2014, picture book

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Viking Books for Young Readers (March 2010), picture book

Betty Bunny Loves Easter by Michael B. KaplanDial Books February 2015, Picture Book, Easter holiday


One Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families  by Emily Jenkins, Schwartz & Wade, January 2015, Picture Book, historical fiction

New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer Holiday House, January 2015, Picture Book, Fiction


Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, Chronicle Books, August 2013, Picture Book, Fiction


The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett, Simon & Schuster,  April 2014, Picture book, Fiction


The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, Picture book, Fiction


Nobody by Liz Rosenberg, Roaring Brook Press, May 2010, Picture book, Fiction


Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan, Chronicle Books, June 2012, Picture book, Fiction


Ghosts for Breakfast Stanley Todd Teraski  Lee & Low Books, 2002, Picture Book, Fiction


Shy Mama’s Halloween, by Anne Broyles, Tillbury House Publishers, August 1, 2000, Picture book, Fiction


It’s a Book! by Lane Smith, Roaring Book Press, August 17, 2010, Picture book, Fiction


Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong, HMH Books for Young Readers; 2006, Picture book, Fiction


Arturo and the Navidad Birds by Anne Broyles, Pelican Publishing, 2013, Picture book, Fiction


Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki, Illustrated by Stéphanie Jorisch, Kids Can Press,  2003, Fiction, ages 3-Themes/Topics: celebrating individuality, determination, cultural awareness, tolerance, acceptance


Elijah’s Door: A Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss Holiday House, February 2012, Picture book, Fiction


Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story of the Underground RailroadEllen Levine, Scholastic Press, January 2007, Picture book, Historical Fiction


Later Tartan Gator by Lorraine Johnston, published by Mascot Books, April 2013, Picture book, Fiction







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