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

A Book by the Brook — William Carlos Williams

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

— William Shakespeare

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So much depends on the poetry of William Carlos Williams. Without his poetry, how many American poets would still use the formal language of Whitman? Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Meet My Family!

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

— William Shakespeare

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Meet my Family! has adorable baby animals comparing notes on families. A raccoon kit grows up with a single-mom but a titi monkey hangs out with his dad. Swans have both parents and sea turtles have none. Laysan albatross chicks have two moms and chinstrap penguin chicks have two dads. Any kind of family unit you can imagine is normal to someone. Laura Purdie Salas wrote each animal baby a poem, and Stephanie Fizer Coleman brought them to life with her art.  Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Don’t Ask a Dinosaur

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

— William Shakespeare

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This light romp from Deborah Bruss and Matt Forest Esenwine has loads of laughs as dinos try wrapping presents and baking cakes in Don’t Ask a Dinosaur. The text has loads of those tough dino names, all with dots to separate the syllables into pronounceable snack-sizes. And it scans smoothly and rhymes! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Plus, Louie Chin did a wonderful job bringing the dinos to vivid but not-too-scary life. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Read! Read! Read!

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

— William Shakespeare

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From its cover image of a book as a flying carpet to “stories/ that fly like birds”, Read! Read! Read! uplifts and envigorates. Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater dance happily beside Ryan O’Rourke’s illustrations, and my favorite is the happy child disappearing into a magazine with actual magic! Really! Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — A Different Pond

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

— William Shakespeare

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If you’re related to or friends with someone who immigrated (moved to your country) or emigrated (left your country), you’ll love this powerful and resonate picture book about a Vietnamese immigrant. Despite working two jobs, he wakes his son long before dawn. They fish for the family’s food. The dark sky has “faint stars like freckles.” Continue reading

A BOOK BY THE BROOK – HIDDEN CITY

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For those who like to be in on the newest news, you should check out the book trailer for a brand new poetry collection. Hidden parks and irrepressible dandelions put down tap roots and grow up wild in Sarah Grace Tuttle‘s Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2018. Continue reading

A Book by the Brook — Cinderella Around the World

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

— William Shakespeare

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For all my fairy tale lovers (and to beat the March doldrums), I’ve scooped together various flavors of International Cinderellas, an ice cream sundae of humor and romance, for kids of all ages:

In the style of radio’s heyday, there’s a wonderful theatrical version accompanied by Rossini opera music (produced by Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media). Continue reading