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Kids Read With IBC | Wild About Books, by Judy Sierra

Are you up to reading a book about a wrong turn, a moving library, a zoo, and animals who become authors? If so, Wild About Books by Judy Sierra with pictures by Marc Brown is the book for you! This was another gift for Jumping Bean from a family I babysat for in California, who lovingly gifted us some of their favorite books. My little man loves to read and this book is a winner in his eyes! This book is such an easy and fun read; with rhymes and an easy to follow cadence it is sure to...

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Book Review | Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

Earlier this year I posted about loving re-imagined fairy tales; now unfortunately that particular book wasn’t one that I would re-read. I decided I needed to let you know about one that I have read over and over again to the point of needing to buy a new copy as my paperback is about to fall apart – Ella Enchanted. It was published in 1997 and I have had my copy since about 1999. I am positive it is something that I bought at a middle school scholastic book fair – do they still have those? Ella is cursed...

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Author Overview | Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

When Whitney, our fearless leader, gave us contributors a few ideas for this month to write on and asked for pitches I immediately wanted to cover Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Lucky me, I got the go ahead! You might remember I reviewed The Lorax back in August. I grew up with a love for Dr. Seuss and the zaniness that his style captured and I figured it would be an amazing opportunity to read more about him. I decided to read three different biographies to get an idea of who he was and how he ended up where he did....

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Kids Read With IBC | Four Feet, Two Sandals, by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed

We can’t help but be inundated with political news as America embraces or dreads our new president. This past week there was a temporary ban on refugees entering the country, creating confusion at the airports, isolating people from their families, and prompting a near immediate lawsuit from the ACLU.  We have refugees who are wondering where they are going to be safe or if they will forever be in limbo. As this has made a huge media splash, we need to remember that we have lots of little eyes looking to us to lead them through understanding this situation. I don’t...

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Kids Read With IBC | Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

There have been a lot of inflammatory commentary this last year and specifically the last few months; which inspired me to go back to an old favorite, Walk Two Moons. Sometimes it helps to read a book where the main character is going through a period of grief and figuring out life, where the story is an easy narrative to read with a story within a story. The story follows Salamanaca (Sal) Tree Hiddle and two adventures she is living; a road trip with her grandparents and life with her friends in the city of Euclid, OH. Sal is...

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Kids Read With IBC | Island-Style Alphabet, by Tammy Yee

How exciting is it when we have friends who better our lives by introducing new books to us? One of the presents I received for Jumping Bean is Island-Style Alphabet. My boss happens to be from Hawaii and actually gave us two books with Hawaiian culture knitted through them. The other is Baby’s First 1-2-3 in Hawai’i by Greg Ellis which is one of Jumping Bean’s current favorite books to read. This book includes references to the Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Hawaiian cultures that are a part of modern day Hawaii. Each page is beautifully illustrated with a...

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