Ode to the Mother of Fiction Picture Books

Can I be honest? I’m still in a little bit of shock. I still pinch myself. Fiction Picture Books Chair for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Wow. Cybils + Fiction Picture Books = MotherReader I’ll just put it out there – MotherReader (aka Pam Coughlan) is a rock star.  Oh, let me count the ways … 10. Pam is the mom of two girls. GIRLS ROCK. 9. She is a children’s librarian. My dream job. 8. Pam taught me how to “blog” kidlit and do it right. Any failures of execution are completely my own. 7. I can always count on Festivus to make me feel better. You should try it. 6. She spearheaded Kidlitosphere Central, aka the … Read more

Rock On! Punk Farm by Jarrett K. Krosoczka a #TBT Book Review

One of the very first books my (then) Kindergartner brought home from the school library was Punk Farm by Jarrett K. Krosoczka. What a sweet beginning to her elementary career. So, to celebrate all the young students (and their parents) sharing the joys of the school library, we’ve pulled up this early favorite for this week’s Throwback Thursday book review.  Punk Farm written and illustrated by Jarrett K. Krosoczka Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005 Tonight’s the B-I-G night. Sheep, Cow, Goat, Chicken, and Pig, aka the band Punk Farm, has their big rock concert for all of the other animals. In the middle of their last practice, Cow hears footsteps in the farmhouse. Oh, no! Farmer Joe is supposed … Read more

#TBT Reviews: Ivy and Bean series

It was a happy day when we discovered Ivy and Bean in our house! We’ve read nearly every book in the series, with reviews on The Reading Tub for The Ghost That Had to Go and Ivy and Bean Make the Rules.  I don’t know that I’ll ever get any more reviews written – but I’d love to make sure readers find out more about as many of the books in the Ivy and Bean series as possible. So p-l-e-a-s-e add your review link to our collection! Ivy and Bean (series) written by Annie Barrows illustrated by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2006 to 2014 from Ivy and Bean Make the Rules: Bean’s older sister Nancy is going to Girl Power … Read more