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MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN’S AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR SOPHIE BLACKALL

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN’S AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR SOPHIE BLACKALL

Sophie Blackall has illustrated over 30 books and won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 2016 for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. Her latest book, Hello Lighthouse is very special and I predict will win many awards. The story of a lighthouse keeper and his family, this book (also written by Sophie) is almost a search and find that I’m sure children will find something new every time they open the book. 

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BOOK REVIEW: GEORGE BY ALEX GINO

BOOK REVIEW: GEORGE BY ALEX GINO

Thanks to the internet, television and books, there is a greater opportunity to learn more about subjects like gender identity issues in children. Many picture books are available for children 4-8 years old including Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, Princess Boy, Jacob’s New Dress and I Am Jazz. There is also a TV show about transgender teen Jazz Jennings.  Plus numerous middle grade novels for 8-12 year-olds, and young adult novels for 12 and older.

I finally had an opportunity to read a middle grade novel that has been on my TBR (to be read) pile for awhile now. Not every parent will want their child reading this or any book about gender identity issues. But for those who are open to it, I feel that the story is appropriate for the 8-12 year-old range.

BOOK REVIEW: SMALL THINGS BY MEL TREGONNING

BOOK REVIEW: SMALL THINGS BY MEL TREGONNING

According to parenting and teaching educator Barbara Coloroso, childhood anxiety is an issue facing an alarming number of youth today. The subject is hit head-on in Small Things, an amazing and emotional new wordless graphic picture book for ages 8-12, by Australian artist Mel Tregonning.