This Orq. (He cave boy.)

This Orq. (He Cave Boy.)  by David Elliott, illustrated by Lori Nichols Meet Orq.  He cave boy.  Meet Woma.  He woolly mammoth.  Orq *love* Woma.  But when Orq decides to keep Woma as a new pet, his mother has a few complaints, not the least of which is the (literally) mammoth-sized dung heaps Woma leaves inside […]

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Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by S.D. Schindler When most people (kids and adults) think of Benjamin Franklin, they picture something close to what you might see on the $100 bill.   Like this:             Or this:     […]

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Gaston

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson Gaston has always been the odd one out in his little doggy family.  If his siblings are teacups, he is a teapot.  They yip, and he RUFFs! They tippy-toe, and he races, WHOA!  Gaston tries his hardest to be what he should, and his mother, Mrs. Poodle, loves […]

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Help! We Need a Title!

Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet This picture book finds a collection of roughly drawn characters (one of them is actually a stick figure) playing on a page that looks like it is out of a sketch book or story outline, when the reader (you) interrupts them.  The fairy princess, the pig, a snake, […]

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Josephine

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson The story of the African-American vaudeville dancer and comedienne Josephine Baker is one of a bright, beautiful and energetic performer, but also one of the ugly history of racial prejudice in the United States.  Baker’s love of the stage led her from the slums of St. Louis […]

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