It's never too early to introduce kids to iconic art. These new books feature an interactive collection starring Andy Warhol, bold Roy Lichtenstein's pop art, and first concepts with Henri Matisse.
"Andy Warhol Coloring Book" from Mudpuppy Publishing; 32 pages.
With clean white backgrounds and a bold banana standing out on the cover, this ...Read more
These absorbing middle grade reads have a timeless, almost old-fashioned appeal, with stories sure to be classics. And with Newbery award winners in the mix, this lineup gets 5 stars.
"The Boy on the Porch" by Sharon Creech; HarperCollins; 151 pages; $16.99.
Just seeing the name Sharon Creech cemented to me how good this little book would be...Read more
It's nearly summertime and therefore long car and plane trips to Grandma's house are on the horizon. These new, innovative activity books will keep children occupied without any electronics.
"Fill-me-in" by Moose Allain; Big Picture Press/Candlewick Press; 98 pages; $16.99.
Full of intricate black line drawings with fun, colorful prompts ...Read more
Kids hear more than enough four-letter words and dumbed down "adult" lyrics through car radios and in stores; they don't need more of it on their own time. These made-for-children CDs are smart, appropriate, fun and entertaining.
"I Believe in Little Things" from Diana Panton; Little Things; $16.
Oozing elegance and swinging soul, Canadian ...Read more
April is National Poetry Month and a great time to introduce rhyming wordplay to young readers. Here are some worthy new collections.
"When Green Becomes Tomatoes" by Julie Fogliano; pictures by Julie Morstad; Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press; 54 pages; $19.
This charming book begins when spring does, March 20, with a snow-covered tree and ...Read more
The perfect toddler tale is not only entertaining enough for parents and kids but also offers some help within -- encouragement for potty training, a lesson in giving up the binky, an introduction to Mama's growing belly. These small books broach those topics and more.
"I Use the Potty" by Maria van Lieshout; Chronicle Books; 24 pages; $9.99....Read more
April is National Poetry Month, a smart time to remind young readers of the joys and creative expression involved in poetry. One book is a unique group of poems about the power of music; the others are zesty rhyming tales for youngsters. These make incredible introductions to poetry.
"Jazz Day: The Making of Famous Photography" by Roxanne ...Read more
Who says bunnies and chicks have to be only celebrated in March and April? These adorable and funny tales make great read-aloud books any time of year.
"That's Not Bunny!" by Chris Barton; pictures by Colin Jack; Disney/Hyperion; 40 pages; $16.99.
Just like Wile E. Coyote, shifty Hawk swoops down unexpectedly to try to snag his prey -- not a...Read more
Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual FamilyKatherine Agranovich
When Katherine hypnotizes her daughter Jessica to pass a math quiz, the teenager reports seeing two angels who give her sage advice. With that, the gates of consciousness fly open and the realm of spirit bursts through, propelling the Agranovich clan on a rollercoaster ride full of mystical ...
Picture books for very young children are plentiful, but are they all worth your time? Most are, but these are especially fun, vivid and action-packed, and one contains a very important message.
"I am Bear" by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz; Candlewick Press; 38 pages; $15.99.
There aren't that many children's books starring bare purple ...Read more