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As a lover of children's literature, mother and bookseller of 13 years, I want to put good books into kid's hands. I share my philosophy on what makes a book good as well as book reviews and lists of great books for every reading taste and ability with a focus on new readers. I also highlight some wonderful books that are not always on the shelf at bookstores, but might be at your library and can definitely be ordered. All books mentioned are available in paperback unless noted.
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1. Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - SNUGGLE THE BABY -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} Sara Gillingham is yet another designer and art director who continues to bring her talents to the happily expanding world of quality board books. Her most most recent work as an

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2. You Are My Baby - Ocean and You Are My Baby - Garden by Lorena Siminovich

Last year Julie Bosman wrote an article for the New York Times about big changes for the humble, previously overlooked board book. Bosman, who noted that the board book was "once designed to be chewed as much as read," quoted Ginee Seo, children's publishing director at Chronicle Books on the changes. Seo noted that we are "in this era of mass good design for everybody. You're seeing good

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3. Greetings from Somewhere : The Mystery of the Gold Coin AND Greetings from Somewhere: The Mystery of the Mosaic, by Harper Paris and illustrated by Marcos Calo, 166 pp, RL 2

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - GREETINGS FROM SOMEWHERE THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLD COIN -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} First, The Kingdom of Wrenly, a fantastic new Bridge Chapter Book series with the rare (for this reading level) traditional fantasy setting and

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4. Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out and Read, Published in conjunction with The Academy of American Poets, Selected by Bruno Navasky

POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY is APRIL 24, 2014! Visit poets.org for printable, pocket sized poems and other fantastic poetry related items or click here! I fell in love with Poem in you Pocket: 200 Poems to Read and Carry, published in conjunction with The Academy of American Poets and selected by Elaine Bleakney, last April. Maybe this year I will be able to bring myself to

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5. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - FIREFLY JULY A YEAR OF VERY SHORT POEMS -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is a perfect poetry book, for

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6. The Armadillo, poem and artwork by Douglas Florian

The Armadillo The armadillo As a pillow Would really be swell Except For the fact That it comes in a shell. -Douglas Florian

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7. Fog by Carl Sandburg

Fog The fog comes in on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. -Carl Sandburg (photo found at five non blondes)

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8. Caminar by Skila Brown, 193 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - CAMINAR -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} There is something about verse novels that seems to make them an ideal medium for telling difficult, tragic, horrible stories. The abuse that the military government in Guatemala imposed on its

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9. Peek-a ZOO! and Daddy Wrong Legs by Nina Laden

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10. Watermelons by Charles Simic

Watermelons Green Buddhas On the fruit stand We eat the smile  And spit out the teeth. Charles Simic Painting by Justin Clayton at Daily Paintings Included in the book: Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets: 100 Poems to Rip Out and Read,

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11. May the Stars Drip Down, written by Jeremy Chatelain and illustrated by Nikki McClure

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - MAY THE STARS DRIP DOWN -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> May the Stars Drip Down is the newest book by paper-cut illustrator Nikki McClure, written by Jeremy Chatelain, the driving force between the indie rock

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12. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, 418 pp, RL: TEEN

I have heard so much about Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and wanted to read and review it since it came out in 201. And now I finally have - just in time for the release of Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the third book in the Declaration Trilogy. Reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a bit like following a trail of breadcrumbs through a tunnel - you don't know

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13. The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson, 386 pp, RL 4

The Mark of the Dragonfly is the debut middle grade novel by Jaleigh Johnson, a gamer whose previous work has been tie-in novels set in the Forgotten Realms fiction line. The fantastic jacket art for The Mark of the Dragonfly is by Nigel Quarless. The Mark of the Dragonfly has to be one of the best middle grade fantasy novels I  have read in quite a while, even more so because Johnson

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14. Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett

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15. The Kingdom of Wrenly, Book 1 - The Lost Stone, by Jordan Quinn, illustrated by Robert McPhillips, 128 pp, RL 2

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - THE KINGDOM OF WRENLY BOOK 1 THE LOST STONE -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> The Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn, illustrated by Robert Mc Phillips, is a new series that is a great addition to the new field

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16. APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!

2014 National Poetry Month Poster from POETS.org, designed by Chip Kidd National Poetry Month has crept up on me this year and I am unprepared. Actually, I'm not unprepared, I just have other things prepared... I started celebrating on my blog in 2009, posting a poem-a-day and reviews of books of poetry for kids. In recent years, I have added reviews of verse novels for all reading

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17. The Notebook of Doom: Subject - Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables by Troy Cummings, 90 pp, RL 2

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM CHOMP OF THE MAN EATING VEGETABLES -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings is part of a new line of books (seven series and counting) from Scholastic 

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18. Breathe by Scott Magoon

I have been a fan of Scott Magoon's illustrations for several years now and I was excited by the title of his newest book, Breathe, and especially by the fact that he is both author and illustrator. When I finally had the book in my hands I had to take a moment to breathe myself. Breathe has to be the loveliest, most peaceful, beautiful, quiet book I have read in quite a while. It is also a

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19. Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret AND Heidi Hecklebeck Casts a Spell, by Wanda Coven, illustrated by Priscilla Burris, 118 pp, RL 1.5

The Heidi Heckelbeck chapter book series debuted in 2012 with Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret and is now ten books strong, with two more due out in 2014. Written by Wanda Coven and illustrated by Priscilla Burris, this sereis is ideal for emerging readers ready to step up from leveled readers but not quite ready to tackle traditional chapter books like the Magic Tree House and Junie B Jones.

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20. The Masterpiece Adventures, Book 1: The Miniature World of Marvin and James, by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, 112 pp, RL 1.5

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21. Two Ways to Win TOON BOOKS! CONTESTS END MARCH 30!!!

TWO TIPPY AND THE NIGHT PARADE  CONTESTS @ TOON BOOKS!! In February, I reviewed the fantastic new book from TOON, Tippy and the Night Parade by Lilli Carré. You can read my review here. But, you don't have to had read Tippy and the Night Parade to enter either of these contests! FOLLOW THIS LINK TO ENTER BOTH CONTESTS! Contest #1 Tippy wakes up in the morning to find her

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22. The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka, 110 pp, RL 1.5

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23. Chickenhare by Chris Grine, 157 pp, RL 3

Chickenhare by Chris Grine was published by Scholastic's Graphix imprint in 2013. It was originally published, in black and white, by Dark Horse Comics in 2006, with Book 2, Fire in the Hole, which you can preview here, coming out in 2008. A third book, Fish & Grymps, was planned but never published.  I'm pretty sure I would have instantly loved Chickenhare in its original form, but the

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24. Zoom! Zoom! Sounds of Things That Go in the City by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Tad Carpenter

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - ZOOM ZOOM -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> Zoom! Zoom! Sounds of Things That Go in the City is the newest book from the prolific children's book author Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Tad Carpenter, acclaimed

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25. The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff, 430 pp, RL TEEN

The Undertaking of Lily Chen is the newest graphic novel from Danica Novgorodoff, artist, writer, graphic designer, horse wrangler and marathon runner. While The Undertaking of Lily Chen is visually stunning, the brief excerpt from an article in The Economist from 2007 that inspired this book is equally stunning. The article detailed "ghost marriages," a strange custom started in the year

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