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1. #822 – Chuck and Woodchuck by Cece Bell

Chuck and Woodchuck Written & Illustrated by Cece Bell Candlewick Press    3/08/2016 978-0-7636-7524-0 32 pages    Ages 4—8 “When Caroline’s classmate Chuck brings a woodchuck to show-and-tell, Woodchuck is so funny, their teacher says he can come to school every day! Woodchuck is friendly to everyone, but he’s especially sweet to Caroline. He gives her Chuck’s hat …

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2. #821 – Olga da Polga by Michael Bond & Catherine Rayner

Olga da Polga Written by Michael Bond Illustrated by Catherine Rayner Kane Miller    10/01/2015 978-1-61067-433-1 176 pages    Ages 6+ “With a head full of stories and a nose for adventure, Olga da Polga is also quite a handful. And when she moves into the Sawdust family’s garden, life for Noel the cat, Fangio …

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3. #820 – Greatest Guru in All the World by Jojo Wood

Today is Take Your Child to the Library Day! Get out those library cards at get thy self and children (don’t have any, borrow one or more from a mom needing a break), and get to the library. Check out the new books, the old books, storyhour, and everything else your local library offers. Today’s …

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4. #819 – A Baby’s Guide to Surviving DAD by Benjamin Bird & Tiago Americo

A Baby’s Guide to Surviving Dad Series:  Baby Survival Guides Written by Benjamin Bird Illustrated by Tiago Americo Capstone Young Readers    2/01/2016 978-1-62370-610-4 24 pages    6″ X 7″    Ages 0—3 . “HELLO, BABY. “The whole life thing is pretty new to you, right? Luckily, you have a dad. Unluckily, he’s new to the …

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5. #818 – The Daring Prince Dashing by Marilou T. Reeder & Karl West

The Daring Prince Dashing Written by Marilou T. Reeder Illustrated by Karl West Sky Pony Press    11/03/2015 978-1-63450-161-6 32 pages     Ages 3—6 “PRINCE DASHING IS DARING AND WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO FIND A NEW FRIEND! “Prince Dashing bathes with crocodiles, eats while dangling upside down from the tallest trees, and toasts …

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6. #817 – Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist by Julie Anne Grasso

Frankie Dupont And The High Seas Heist SERIES: Frankie Dupont Mystery Series, Bk. #4 Written by Julie Anne Grasso Illustrated by Alexander Avellino Released  7/03/2015 978-0-9943216-0-2 132 pages      Ages 8—12 “Frankie Dupont seems to catch odd-ball cases in the most unlikely places. You would think he would be used to it by now. …

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7. #816 – The New Small Person by Lauren Child

The New Small Person Written and Illustrated by Lauren Child Candlewick Press    2/10/2015 978-0-7636-7810-4 32 pages    Ages 4—8 “Elmore Green started life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was his. But then one day a new small person came along, …

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8. #815 – The Night Parade by Johnny DePalma & Kyle Brown

This week has been busy, moving furniture around two rooms, setting up new televisions and sound. It was all more than I thought it would entail. Despite what is left to accomplish, KLR will be back on track come Monday (4-5 reviews / M-F). I am looking for bloggers interested in joining a book blog …

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9. #813-14 What was it Like, Mr. Emperor & Bowls of Happiness from The China Institute in America

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day. In celebration of differences, Kid Lit Reviews has two books on Chinese culture, life, and its emperors from the China Institute in America. These books (currently a set of 4), are written to share the Chinese way of life, and its history, with children around the world. What Was It …

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10. #812 – Too Many Carrots by Kay Hudson

Too Many Carrots Written & Illustrated by Katy Hudson Capstone    2/1/2016 978-1-62370-638-8 32 pages    Ages 3—5 “Rabbit loves carrots. In fact, he loves them so much that they are crowing him out of his cozy burrow. When his friends offer help, Rabbit happily accepts. But will too many carrots cause too much trouble …

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11. #811 – The Big Book of Hugs by Nick Ortner, Alison Taylor, & Michelle Polizzi

Yesterday, was National Hug Day (and Squirrel Appreciation Day, so I hope you hugged a squirrel). Yesterday was also The Big Book of Hugs release day, which could not have been a better choice. I am pleased to bring you a bear occupation I had known little about. Okay, I knew nothing about it, but …

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12. #810 – Squirrel Me Timbers by Louise Pigott

January 21st is officially Squirrel Appreciation Day. To mark this solemn occasion, Kid Lit Reviews is pleased to bring you a feisty little squirrel destined to become a pirate. I just could not pass up telling you about Sammy on his special day. Actually, Sammy’s special day will be April 1 (no fooling), when his …

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13. #809-Ten Zany Birds by Sherry Ellis & Charu Jain

Ten Zany Birds Written by Sherry Ellis Illustrated by Charu Jain Createspace     5/16/2015 978-1-49740458-4 42 pages      Ages 3—5 Ten zany birds, singing in a tree, dance at a party, happy as can be. Five with stripes, fours with spots, one with purple polka dots. “When ten little birds get together, it’s …

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14. #807-8 – Belly Laugh Jokes for Kids – Belly Laugh Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids by Sky Pony Press & Bethany Straker

Belly Laugh Jokes for Kids Belly Laugh Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids Written or Collected by Sky Pony Editors Illustrated by Bethany Straker Sky Pony Press     10/20/2015 978-1-63450-156-9 / 978-1-63220-437-0 138 (both)    Ages 5+ Why is it a bad idea to tell an egg a joke? “Because it might crack-up!” Knock, Knock “Who’s …

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15. #806 – Claude, a Dog of the Sixties by Katherine L. Holmes

Congratulations to the 2015 Newbery Medal: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson. Last Stop on Market Street is also a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2015 and a Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of 2015.  To read an interesting piece on why the this year’s Newbery Medal is …

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16. A Picture Book for Newbery! (REJOICE!)

Originally posted on Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):
If you’re seeking to understand the significance of yesterday’s Newbery Medal being awarded to a picture book, grab a cuppa and settle in. Photo courtesy of author Carter Higgins from AlltheWonders. Five years ago, The New York Times published an article that caused consternation among picture book…

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17. #805 – The Good Dog by Todd Kessler & Jennifer Gray Olson

The Good Dog Series: The Good Dog, #1 Written by Todd Kessler Illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson Coralstone Press      10/26/2015 978-0-9898085-0-7 96 pages     Ages 3—10 “When little Ricky Lee finds a puppy on the side of the road, he takes him home and names him Tako. Ricky’s parents say that they …

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18. #804 – The Story of Diva and Flea from Mo Willems & Tony DiTerlizzi

The Story of Diva and Flea “As Told” by Mo Willems “As Shown” by Tony DiTerlizzi Hyperion Books for Children    10/13/ 2015 978-1-4847-2284-8 80 pages      Ages 6—8 “Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery. For as long as …

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19. Comment on Merry Christmas 2015 by Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews

Right back at you, Mike. I cannot wait to read what you post next year. And I sure could use another “doodle.” Maybe a cat to go with my dog. :lol:


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20. Comment on Merry Christmas 2015 by Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews

Ah, the Magical Forest. I bet it is snowed in by now. I know you have a funky car battery to help you get moving, but what do the fairies and trolls have? And Snarls? Oh, I forgot, he has flames. Hope you enjoyed your holiday break. Aloha!


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21. Comment on Merry Christmas 2015 by Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews

Thank you, Susanna. I am going to try to involve myself more with your site. I love the mini “contests.” You run a terrific site.


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22. #800 – The Inventor’s Secret by Suzanne Slade & Jennifer Black Reinhardt

The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford Written by Suzanne Slade Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt Charlesbridge Publishing    9/08/2015 978-01-58089-667-2 32 pages   Ages 7—12 “Thomas was curious about electricity—invisible energy that flowed and stopped, sizzled and popped. “Henry was curious about engines—machines that chugged and purred, hiccupped and whirred. “When Thomas …

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23. #79XX – Can’t Catch Calico by Elliot Carlson & Kevin McHugh

Can’t Catch Calico Written by Elliot Carlson Illustrations by Kevin McHugh Createspace      7/31/2015 978-1-51709663-2 28 pages        Ages 4—8 “Can’t Catch Calico is a richly illustrated southern tale geared towards kids with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities. In this first episode, our protagonist finds himself in a pretty serious pickle. But …

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24. #802 – A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen & Chris Riddell

A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young Written by Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Riddell Candlewick Press    9/22/2015 978-0-7636-8116-6 74 pages     Ages 3—7 “Mo’s in a muddle She slipped in a puddle Mommy gives Mo A great big cuddle.” “Michael Rosen’s joyful new collection of poems bounces right off the page …

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25. #803 – The 5 Minute Brain Workout for Kids by Kim Chamberlin & Jon

The Five-Minute Brain Workout for Kids: 365 Amazing, Fabulous, and Fun Word Puzzles Written by Kim Chamberlin Illustrated by Jon Chamberlin Sky Pony Press 11/17/2015 978-1-63450-159-0 416 pages Ages 7+ “A PUZZLE A DAY KEEPS THE BRAIN FARTS AWAY” “Get ready to give your brain a full workout each day . . . you’ll find …

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