There is a reason why the Madeline books–timeless stories of a little girl in convent school in Paris, her experiences and adventures–have been international favourites for more than half a century. Find out all over again with your kids why these were probably favourites of your own childhood! Read the rest of this entry »
Age Range: Preschool & Up
The adventures of the incomparably imaginative Olivia, diva-in-training, include some subtle artistic surprises that will expand your kids’ horizons without their even realizing it.
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In Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch we are presented with the disconcerting notion of what life would have been like in the household of this painter of notoriously peculiar works of art, if the bizarre creatures in his paintings were quite real—and living in his home—rather than just figments of his slightly skewed imagination. Read the rest of this entry »
“Elephants don’t watch TV, and they certainly don’t eat chocolate chip cookies.”
I’m not a fan of preachy books, or those that revolve around teaching kids a lesson, but I do have a soft spot for a great story that encourages the sort of character traits that reinforce independent thinking, creativity, and imagination. What Elephant? is one of those stories. Read the rest of this entry »
Once upon a time there was a little boy whose name was Salvador, though everyone called him Salvi.
Dali and the Path of Dreams, much like James Warhola’s Uncle Andy’s, is remarkable in its ability to convey complex ideas about an artist and his art to very young children. Read the rest of this entry »
Mend-It McGregor, everyone called him, because he could mend most anything that needed mending, they said, from fishing rods and fairy wands to top hats and rubber ducks.
Inventor Hector McGregor leads the sort of life we can all envy. He loves his work, has a wonderful family and a happy home, and spends his time making life easier and happier for others with his fixing skills and ingenious inventions. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a fabulous story about inspiration, curiosity, and trying new things.
It is the story of Dodsworth, a lazy mole who gets by in life doing as little as possible. Dodsworth is not necessarily unhappy, but isn’t particularly happy either. He just sort of . . . is. Read the rest of this entry »
John Lithgow may be most familiar to adults as a comedian and television and movie actor, but as far as I’m concerned, his greatest talent lies in his amazing stories for children, Micawber being an excellent example. Read the rest of this entry »
As Carnival of the Animals opens, little Oliver Pendleton Percy the Third is creeping away from a class outing to New York City’s Natural History Museum, only to fall asleep behind one of the exhibits. Read the rest of this entry »
It is difficult to categorize Miri and the Magic Door. It is not text-heavy, yet the vocabulary and concepts are suitably advanced for a slightly older audience than that of the standard picture book. The rhyme scheme is neither smooth nor consistent, but rather than jolting the reader, it has a certain emphatic and percussive rhythm that lends itself remarkably well to being read aloud. Read the rest of this entry »