Review: Good Night Unicorns by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper

I love this little board book. Good Night Unicorns goes throughout the day with, you guessed it, unicorns. The pictures are bright and engaging enough for Little Brother. There’s just the right amount of words for Middle Brother. Especially in this very weird time, it’s a soothing book for the little ones in your life. […]

Review: The Big Bang Book by Asa Stahl

For those of you looking for a book on the universe for toddlers (you know who you are), I have located one for you. I was a bit hesitant about this, but they really have distilled the story of the universe into a book fit for a two-and-a-half-year-old in The Big Bang Book. The writing […]

Review: Little Monster Trucks Go by Doug Cenko

If you’re looking for a fun rhyming picture book that’s the right length for short attention spans, Little Monster Trucks Go is the book for you. This one comes out April 7th, but it’s worth the preorder. Middle Brother and I sat down for storytime last night and he immediately started asking what the trucks […]

Review: Everyone’s Awake by Colin Meloy

I picked Everyone’s Awake up for storytime for the first time tonight, and Middle Brother made me read it three times in a row, so I’d say it’s a pretty great picture book. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching. They’re also unusual. There was a whole lot of pointing and “What’s that?” happening. I always […]

Review: Baby Loves Political Science: Democracy! by Ruth Spiro

I love these kinds of books and, more importantly, so does my toddler. Don’t get me wrong, we also enjoy the cutesy traditional bedtime stories, but Middle Brother already enjoys something meatier. The Baby Loves series, in case you’re not familiar, is board books with age-appropriate education. This particular one, obviously, is about democracy. The […]

Review: Cicada by Shaun Tan

I have mixed feelings about Cicada. It’s beautifully illustrated, I feel like it has an important message about human existence, and yet it’s pretty depressing for a children’s book. Cicada starts with an insect working at a human job but being treated as sub-human. He can’t afford a home, so he lives in the company […]

Review: Red by Jed Alexander

I realized it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a children’s book. We’re in that fun phase where Middle Brother wants the same books over and over, so it’s been a while since I’ve read a new one. Red actually isn’t new. We’ve had it four a year or more. We enjoyed it for a […]

Texas Book Festival

When Big Brother was Only Brother, we started going to the Texas Book Festival in Austin. He was 11 when I discovered it, so we went for the weekend and hung out at YA panels all day. My non-reader would actually read if he heard the author talk about the book. We went a couple […]

Review: Where’s Buddha by Marisa Aragon Ware

You guys, I’m a bookseller, and that means I’m picking up books all the time: new books I happen to check in at my store, used books I see on the shelf, ARCs and finished copies at conferences. I’m also a book tourist, so I stop by independent bookstores whenever I travel and buy at […]