MR. SCRUFF, by Simon James, Candlewick Press

A sweetly silly story of a little boy and a dog who make an unlikely (but perhaps perfect) pair. Everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in a unique way. Polly belongs to Molly, Eric belongs to Derek, Berry belongs to Terry. But poor Mr. Scruff, alone in the rescue shelter, doesn't belong … Continue reading MR. SCRUFF, by Simon James, Candlewick Press

MR. POSEY’S NEW GLASSES, by Ted Kooser, Illustrated by Daniel Duncan, Candlewick Press

In a charming tale of an elderly man and his obliging young friend, former poet laureate Ted Kooser and newcomer Daniel Duncan invite us to look at the world with fresh eyes. Mr. Posey is feeling gloomy. Everything seems dull. Maybe he needs new glasses? Perhaps a trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop with … Continue reading MR. POSEY’S NEW GLASSES, by Ted Kooser, Illustrated by Daniel Duncan, Candlewick Press

WHEN GRANDMA GIVES YOU A LEMON TREE, by Jamie L.B. Deenihan, Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, Sterling Children’s Books

When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don’t make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree … Continue reading WHEN GRANDMA GIVES YOU A LEMON TREE, by Jamie L.B. Deenihan, Illustrated by Lorraine Rocha, Sterling Children’s Books

SOME DAYS, by Kren Kaufman Orloff, Illustrated by Ziyue Chen, Sterling Children Books

“Some days are chocolate pudding pie days. Kites up in the sky days. Jumping super high days.” This rhyming picture book—from the author of the bestselling I Wanna Iguana series and Miles of Smiles—is a moving, powerful, delightful exploration of a child’s shifting feelings.   Come along and follow a year in the life of … Continue reading SOME DAYS, by Kren Kaufman Orloff, Illustrated by Ziyue Chen, Sterling Children Books

THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD AND ME, by Toni Yuly, Candlewick Press

A bold, joyful picture book for the very young shows that the natural world is full of wonders -- and each of us is a small part of that. Like a flower in a field . . . Like a cloud in the sky . . . So am I. Just as a pebble is … Continue reading THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD AND ME, by Toni Yuly, Candlewick Press

VERY RICH, by Polly Horvath, Puffin Canada/Penguin Random House

Ten-year-old Rupert Brown comes from an ordinary family. They live in a small house in the poorest section of Steelville, Ohio, and have little money or food. So when Rupert inadvertently finds himself spending Christmas at the house of Turgid River -- the richest boy in town -- he is blown away to discover a … Continue reading VERY RICH, by Polly Horvath, Puffin Canada/Penguin Random House