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Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

Move over doggy and kitty books (unless you’re a book about a cat that wants to be a bunny), adorable bunny books are in abundance and multiplying all of the time. Whether you’re looking for an Easter basket filler, a simply sweet tale or something classic like The Velveteen Rabbit, we’ve got you covered—and twice on the “Velveteen” front.

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My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book | Book Review

This unique and charming alphabet book uses rhymes and fact snippets to introduce Chinese words to a pre-schooler. The words are written in Pinyin, a sound system using Roman letters to write Chinese sounds. Words introduced are significant in Chinese culture, but relatable in any culture.

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Best Selling Picture Books | April 2014

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Picture Books | April 2014

Spring is here, the season of regeneration that brings plenty of flowers with nectar which worker bees gather and convert into honey. The Children’s Book Review’s best selling picture book for this month is full of information on the wonderful and very much under-appreciated honeybees, The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci.

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The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran, by Rita Jahanforuz | Book Review

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran, by Rita Jahanforuz | Book Review

Set in Tehran, Iran, this quite original tale is a reminder that story themes are universal. At times it has the feel of Cinderella with a cultural twist. Other times, it is reminiscent of Charles Perrault’s tale of the kindly sister and the bad-tempered sister, whose deeds have different outcomes.

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5 Picture Books to Help Build Depth in Emotional Intelligence and Wellness

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
5 Picture Books to Help Build Depth in Emotional Intelligence and Wellness

When a child experiences big feelings or emotions, it can be confusing, deflating, and sometimes scary for parents and the child. The 5 books listed here can help parents and children talk about and navigate the sometimes windy road of emotions.

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LEGO Building: 5 Kid-Approved LEGO Books

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
LEGO Building: 5 Kid-Approved LEGO Books

All the excitement surrounding The LEGO Movie sparked a renewed interest in the venerable building toys at my house. The following books that include all kinds of tips, ideas and techniques to re-purpose existing LEGO pieces for all sorts of fantastic creations.

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Lola’s Fandango, by Anna Witte | Book Review

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lola’s Fandango, by Anna Witte | Book Review

This is a charming book in so many ways, and definitely fun for a family to enjoy together. It will appeal to readers ages 5 to 8, who like stories about Spanish culture, stories about sisters, and surprising revelations about parents.

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Ned & Rosco, by Robin Robinson | Dedicated Review

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ned & Rosco, by Robin Robinson | Dedicated Review

Ned is a book-smart turtle with a very introspective way of thinking. As Rosco cartwheels onto the scene singing a song, Ned’s long awaited moment of serenity is shattered and so begins the story’s true tale of accepting differences and finding a balance between learning and living.

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Beyond the Moongate: True Stories of 1920s China, by Elizabeth Quan | Book Review

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Beyond the Moongate: True Stories of 1920s China, by Elizabeth Quan | Book Review

Quan’s watercolor paintings bring each anecdote to life in brilliant jewel tones and with quirky humor. This is a beautiful book for families to share and for individual readers to revisit.

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Deborah Underwood & Claudia Rueda Discuss “Here Comes the Easter Cat”

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Deborah Underwood & Claudia Rueda Discuss “Here Comes the Easter Cat”

It’s rare that an author and illustrator get to work closely together while creating a picture book—this makes it very fun to get a peek into a conversation between a picture book duo that have been paired together by an editor and live in two different countries. In the case of the adorable Here Comes the Easter Cat, bestselling author Deborah Underwood wanted to know how award-winning illustrator Claudia Rueda managed to capture both Cat’s crankiness and his sweetness.

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