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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. Skyscrapers by Rachel Field

The Flatiron Building in NCY, home to publisher MacMillan and their many imprints! Skyscrapers Do skyscrapers ever grow tired       Of holding themselves up high?        Do they ever shiver on frosty nights     With their tops against the sky? Do they feel lonely sometimes,         Because they have grown so tall?              Do they ever wish they could just lie down And never

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2. What's in Your Purse? by Abigail Samoun, illustrated by Nathalie Dion

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - WHAT'S IN YOUR PURSE -->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 --> There are so many reasons why What's in Your Purse?, written by Abigail Samoun and illustrated by Nathalie Dion, is a fantastic new book that kids will

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3. Little Pear Tree by Rachel Williams, illustrated by jenny bowers

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - LITTLE PEAR TREE -->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 --> Yet another beautiful, out of the ordinary book from Big Picture Press. Little Pear Tree is an oversized board book with 25 flaps to lift with creatures to

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4. Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - STELLA'S STARLINER -->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 --> Rosemary Wells's world is one that I like to visit whenever I get the chance. Wells is a gifted author of children's novels, especially historical fiction, but

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5. Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Steinberg, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, 183 pages, RL 3

  <!-- START INTERCHANGE - LIKE CARROT JUICE ON A CUPCAKE -->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 --> With Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake, Julie Sternberg once again demonstrates her gifts in capturing (expertly and succinctly) the emotional lives

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6. THINGY THINGS: Crabby Crab and Cowy Cow by Chris Raschka

Back in 2000 Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka published eight Thingy Thing books that eventually went out of print in 2006. Now abrams appleseed has revived the series and plans to publish four new Thingy Things books! Raschka originally conceived the series for his son, now a college freshman, when he was three. As Cecily Kaiser, publishing director of abrams appleseed, and the person

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7. Jumping Jack by Germano Zullo and Albertine

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - JUMPING JACK -->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 --> Germano Zullo and Albertine are the duo who created Little Bird and Line 135 and now the very funny, kind of weird Jumping Jack. Jumping Jack and Roger Trotter are

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8. Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

I wish that I could have found more images to share with you from Have You Seen My Dragon, the superb new picture book from Steve Light, but you should really buy it and see for yourself anyway! As you can tell by what I do have to share of Light's artwork, he has a style that is reminiscent of another time, specifically the late 1960s and early 1970s. Read my review of Light's last picture

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9. Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - TAP TAP BOOM BOOM -->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);} In Tap Tap BOOM BOOM, Elizabeth Bluemle's jazzy, jangly text is matched perfectly with  G. Brian Karas's exuberant illustrations. A combination of gouache and pencil drawings and

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10. Digger Dog by William Bee, illustrated by Cecilia Johansson

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - DIGGER DOG -->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);} Digger Dog is the newest picture book from William Bee, marvelously illustrated by Cecilia Johansson and perfect for the littlest listeners.  Digger Dog loves to dig, especially

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11. Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS -->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 --> Tyrannousaurus Wrecks by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen with great illustrations by Zachariah Ohara is an awesomely colorful, dinosaur filled wreck of a book. Well

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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - MATILDA'S CAT -->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);} A longtime fan of Emily Gravett, this is only my third review of her books. While Gravett is a master of interactive narratives like The Rabbit Problem, Meerkat Mail, Little Mouse's Big

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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. 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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24. Peek-a ZOO! and Daddy Wrong Legs by Nina Laden

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - PEEK A ZOO -->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 --> <!-- START INTERCHANGE - DADDY WRONG LEGS -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/

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25. 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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