What I’ve Been Reading (June 2015)

I attended the fantastic Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University in June where I got the opportunity to hear some amazing authors and illustrators speak. Many of this month’s recommended books come from the conference. Happy reading!

Babies and Toddlers (0-2 years) & Preschool (3-5 years):

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I participated in the Picture Book Pitch event on twitter today! Pitch your picture book for agents and editors to read and if they favorite your tweet, you can submit to them. What a fun idea!

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What I’ve Been Reading (May 2015)

Here are my recommended children’s books that I read in May.

Babies and Toddlers (0-2 years) & Preschool (3-5 years):

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What I’ve Been Reading (April 2015)

Of the children’s books I read in April, these are the ones I’d recommend. Happy reading!

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What I’ve Been Reading (March 2015)

Of the books I read in March, here are the ones I recommend. I recently read The Very Quiet Cricket and Giraffes Can’t Dance at my school’s “Stories Under the Stars” night, where the students show-up in their jammies and listen to teachers read stories. Even though Eric Carle’s cricket book is recommended for younger ones, those elementary school kids “oohed” and “ahhed” at the end when the cricket starts chirping!

Babies and Toddlers (0-2 years) & Preschool (3-5 years):


Preschool (3-5 years):

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Preschool (3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):

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Early Elementary (5-8 years):


Early Elementary (5-8 years) & Middle Grades (8-12 years):


Middle Grades (8-12 years):

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

This is the week to celebrate the brilliant, the kooky, the stupendous, the inspiring, the one-and-only…
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I kicked off the party by reading from The Lorax over the
morning announcements at the elementary school where I teach.


 Here is one of my favorite quotes from The Lorax:

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I’ll be reading a different Dr. Seuss book to my kids each night this week. How will you be celebrating?

Have a magical, fun-filled, Seussical week!

What I’ve Been Reading (February 2015)


Here are some fantastic children’s books I’ve read this month. I found the gem The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, on the shelf of a tiny little bookstore in Middleburg, VA. Several of them are from TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best children’s books of all time.  Enjoy!

Preschool (3-5 years):

Preschool (3-5 years) and Early Elementary (5-8 years):


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Middle Grades (8-12 years):


Middle Grades (8-12 years) and Young Adult (12+ years):