“Bear Wants More”

“Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson Karma Wilson is one of those children’s book writers who’s wonderfully dependable. You know you can’t go wrong with a Karma Wilson book. “Bear Wants More” is no exception. This book is perfect for this time of year, when hibernating animals are just starting to re-enter the over-ground world. […]

“The Fox in the Dark”

“The Fox in the Dark” by Alison Green This story was made for early childhood music class! There are so many sounds to explore here that children will be focused and engaged throughout the story – and they’ll love the surprise ending! Rabbit is running home at night, away from a shadowy figure – the […]


Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee Last week I shared one of my favorite “non- denominational” holiday picture books, “Polar Bear  Night.” This one is quite different in tone, but equally lovable. The animals in “Jingle-Jingle” (the same crew featured in her earlier story, “Clip-Clop”) are wearing Santa hats, but there’s no mention of Christmas or any […]

Polar Bear Night

“Polar Bear Night” by Lauren Thompson If you’re looking for a picture book and music experience to express the joy and peace of the holiday season, “Polar Bear Night” will delight your students with its starry winter magic. This is one of my all-time favorite children’s books, although it was written fairly recently, by Lauren […]

Once Upon a Monday: “All for Pie, Pie for All”

“All for Pie, Pie for All” by David Martin Am I the only one whose first thought about Thanksgiving coming up is “Pie! Yessss!” I like the Thanksgiving Day parade, and relatives coming over is good, but I’m a vegetarian, so I’m not into turkey. Nope, pie is #1 on the list, folllowed by sweet […]

Once Upon a Monday: The Three Bears

“The Three Bears” by Byron Barton I LOVE Byron Barton’s illustrations so much. They are bright, bold, childlike, and accessible to even the littlest children. Isn’t it annoying when children’s books have charming, “artistic,” illustrations but they’re incomprehensible to children? If three-year-olds can’t tell which animal is the duck, or thinks a bear is a […]

Once Upon a Monday: “Clink Clank Clunk!”

“Clink Clank Clunk!’ by Miriam Aroner There aren’t enough picture books about cars. Many young children are fascinated by cars and other vehicles (certainly as many as are interested in farm animals), but cars aren’t prominently featured in most books for young children. “Clink Clank Clunk!” gives a car its starring role, and children respond […]

Once Upon a Monday: “The Gingerbread Cowboy”

“The Gingerbread Cowboy” by Janet Squires Cowboys and cowgirls, you are in for a great time with this hilarious version of “The Gingerbread Boy.” This one has boots, a ten-gallon hat, and a  rip-roarin’ attitude.  Instead of running from farm animals, this spunky little guy runs through the desert, away from a  roadrunner, a band […]