A Book by the Brook — Another Way to Climb a Tree

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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Lulu, an adventurous redhead who gets chicken pox, finds a clever way to climb a tree while staying inside her bedroom in Another Way to Climb a Tree, by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Hadley Hooper, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Book Press, 2017. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Not Quite Narwhal

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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Little Kelp isn’t like the other narwhals, being short-tusked and a weaker-swimmer, but eventually he finds land-narwhals just like him. I won’t spoil the revelation in Not Quite NARWHAL written and illustrated by Jessie Sima, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017. Kelp has to figure out how to reconcile fitting somewhere new while still longing to be home.

Notes: A great picture book for anyone who’s just a little different than the others. Isn’t that all of us? Have a magical week!

A Book by the Brook — BunnyBear

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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For all the people whose inner sense of self won’t be tamed into a category just to make others happy, comes a wonderful new picture book, BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Carmen Saldaña, Albert Whitman & Company, 2017. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Things To Do

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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Don’t read this new book unless you like imagining being things you’re not, like birds, honeybees, acorns and snails. If you do like the idea of rousing roosters like the dawn, dazzling the night like the moon or polka-dotting sidewalks like rain, then you will love Things to Do, by Elaine Magliaro, illustrated by Catia Chien, Chronicle Books, 2016. Continue reading

A Book By the Brook — Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

— William Shakespeare

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A redhead, a dragon, kung fu-performing bats, and a flying bookshelf won my heart in Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell, illustrated by Katie Harnett, Thames & Hudson, 2017. Continue reading