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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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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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Happy by Mies Van Hout | Book Review

| March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Happy by Mies Van Hout | Book Review

Happy presents a cheerful introduction to emotions through the portraits of some very colorful and expressive fish that seem to be swimming in the depths of the dark sea.

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Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea | Book Review

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea | Book Review

A beautifully illustrated, sarcastic tale of interspecies rivalry and friendship.

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Quincy the Horse by Camille Matthews | Dedicated Review

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Quincy the Horse by Camille Matthews | Dedicated Review

Quincy and Buck is the third stand-alone story in the “Quincy the Horse” series. Quincy is a beautiful red American Quarter Horse with a long white blaze on his nose. He’s gentle and sweet, but a little on the nervous side—especially when his owner, Cam, takes him on his first trail ride in the desert where “ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN!”

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Valentine’s Day Books: 8 New Picture Books to Love

| February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
Valentine’s Day Books: 8 New Picture Books to Love

Beyond Jack Prelutsky’s must have poetry book for early readers and classrooms (It’s Valentine’s Day), the 8 picture books listed here are not just Valentine’s Day Books, they are melt-you-heart-all-year-round stories to be savored and cherished.

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Schneider Family Book Award | 2014

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Schneider Family Book Award | 2014

The Schneider Family Book Award is given to books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, announced by the American Library Association.

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Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson| Book Trailer

| January 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson| Book Trailer

From Kadir Nelson, winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, comes a transcendent picture book, Baby Bear, in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown about a lost little bear searching for home.

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Five Family Favorites with Carole P. Roman | Baby Shower Ideas

| January 15, 2014 | 4 Comments
Five Family Favorites with Carole P. Roman | Baby Shower Ideas

Besides buying something from the registry, I always send new parents a bunch of books to begin a child’s library.

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