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5 New Family Picture Books We’re Loving

We’ve been cracking up at many new family- and friendship-related picture books lately. We highly recommend all of these, and they incorporate various family relationships (sibling, grandparents, adoption) and a WHOLE LOT of fun. Check these out at your library or local bookstore first!

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora – When the Bunny family finds baby Wolfie on their doorstep, Mom and Dad are smitten, but Dot is skeptical. How will they keep Wolfie from eating THEM ALL UP? But when Wolfie is threatened, Dot finds out how strong their sibling bond is. Adorable, hilarious, and the text and illustrations both add unique components to the story.

Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach – This recently-released picture book is seriously excellent. We LOVE it, and have reread it multiple times just in the few weeks it’s been out. The story structure is perfect, and readers will fall in love with Ed and relate with Ed’s struggle to feel like he fits in such an excellent family. The illustrator puts so much wonderful emotion into Ed’s expressions. A perfect family read!

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins – At very first read, I thought this book was just cute, but with further rereads, this book is so clever and the illustrations are SUPERB. My kids giggle and “aww” at this story over and over again. (Look for the sequel, Hotel Bruce, this fall!)

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson – Oh, this book. It’s beautifully written with descriptive language and just-right questions from CJ and responses from Nana about how different people live differently and how we can show love to all. Beautiful and totally worthy of the Newbery Award it won!

Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley

Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley – This fun picture book includes all the storied exaggeration we love from imaginative play. The illustrations combine vibrant colors along with a muted technique to show what’s imagined and what’s real. It ends up being a sweet story of sister togetherness. A fun read!

What family-oriented picture books is your family loving lately?

Disclosure: I am sharing about these books on my own accord and because we LOVE them, and we think you might love them too! All opinions expressed are my own.

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Picture Book Biographies Instagram Series {undergodsmightyhand.com}

28 Awesome Picture Book Biographies

Back in February, I did an Instagram series of 28 mini-reviews of picture book biographies. I loved reading for that series and sharing those books, and I’m finally getting to list all of the books in one place here!

Picture books are an awesome medium for biographies because they can inform, encourage, tell an amazingly relatable story, and inspire all in 1500 words or less (and usually 1000 words or less). They’re useful for people/social studies in classrooms/homeschool, as well as introductions to special events or topics. Plus, most are written uniquely or beautifully and can be great mentor texts for kid writers and grown-up writers!

Read below for the title/author/illustrator for each book, plus a link to my mini-review on Instagram for each book.

Picture Book Biographies Instagram Series {undergodsmightyhand.com}

28 Awesome Picture Book Biographies

Basketball Belles by Sue Macy, illustrated by Matt Collins

Basketball Belles by Sue Macy, illustrated by Matt Collins (Holiday House, 2011) – My mini-review

Before John was a Jazz Giant - Carole Boston Weatherford, Sean Qualls

Before John was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls (Henry Holt, 2008) – My mini-review

Eleanor, Quiet No More - Doreen Rappaport, Gary Kelley

Eleanor, Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Gary Kelley (Disney-Hyperion, 2009) – My mini-review

Wilma Unlimited - Kathleen Krull, David Diaz

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2000) – My mini-review

Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! - Jonah Winter, Kevin Hawkes

Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Arthur A. Levine books, 2012) – My mini-review

Nelson Mandela - Kadir Nelson

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson (Katherine Tegen Books, 2013) – My mini-review

Ben Franklin's Big Splash - Barb Rosenstock, S.D. Schindler

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by S.D. Schindler (Calkins Creek, 2014) – My mini-review

When Marian Sang - Pam Munoz Ryan, Brian Selznick

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic, 2002) – My mini-review

Rosa - Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Henry Holt, 2007) – My mini-review

On a Beam of Light - Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky

On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky (Chronicle, 2013) – My mini-review

The Noisy Paint Box - Barb Rosenstock, Mary GrandPre

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré (Knopf, 2014) – My mini-review

The Tree Lady - H. Joseph Hopkins, Jill McElmurry

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013) – My mini-review

The Boy Who Loved Math - Deborah Heiligman, LeUyen Pham

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Roaring Book Press, 2013) – My mini-review

Words Set Me Free - Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon and Schuster, 2012) – My mini-review

The Iridescence of Birds - Patricia MacLachlan, Hadley Hooper

The Iridescence of Birds: A Story about Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper (Roaring Book Press, 2014) – My mini-review

The Camping Trip that Changed America - Barb Rosenstock, Mordicai Gerstein

The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein (Dial, 2014) – My mini-review

Queen of the Falls - Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg (HMH Books, 2011) – My mini-review

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library - Barb Rosenstock, John O'Brien

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by John O’Brien (Calkins Creek, 2013) – My mini-review

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise - Jan Pinborough, Debby Atwell

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough, illustrated by Debby Atwell (HMH Books, 2013) – My mini-review

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? - Tanya Lee Stone, Marjorie Priceman

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (Henry Holt, 2013) – My mini-review

When the Beat was Born - Laban Carrick Hill, Theodore Taylor III

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III (Roaring Book Press, 2013) – My mini-review

The Right Word - Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet

The Right Word by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Eerdmans, 2014) – My mini-review

Mama Miti - Donna Jo Napoli, Kadir Nelson

Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon and Schuster, 2010) – My mini-review

Seeds of Change - Jen Cullerton Johnson, Sonia Lynn Sadler

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler (Lee and Low, 2010) – My mini-review

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride - Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Disney, 2009) – My mini-review

Manfish - Jennifer Berne, Eric Puybaret

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Eric Puybaret (Chronicle, 2008) – My mini-review

The Streak - Barb Rosenstock, Terry Widener

The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Terry Widener (Calkins Creek, 2014) – My mini-review

Emmanuel's Dream - Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls

Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls (Schwartz and Wade, 2015) – My mini-review

Even more great picture book biographies have come out since I did this series, and more are being published in the future! What are some of your family’s favorite picture book biographies?

Disclosure: I either own the books above or checked each out from our library system. I was not given any for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I am an affiliate for Amazon Associates and GrapeVine Studies. If you click on an Amazon link or a GrapeVine Studies link and then make a purchase, I receive a small commission. This does not affect your final cost at all. Thank you for supporting this blog and my family!

This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Wordless Picture Books and Kids with Special Needs

Wordless Picture Books and Kids with Special Needs

Can you teach with wordless picture books?

You bet!

Wordless Picture Books and Kids with Special Needs

Kids of all abilities can learn decoding strategies and stretch creativity through wordless picture books. Which books are your favorites? Share over at The Library Adventure today where I share 5 of my favorite wordless picture books and how they benefit typical developing children and children with special needs.

Books to help with one-to-one correspondence

Books for One-to-One Correspondence Counting

One-to-one correspondence counting is an important skill in the early learning years for a few reasons. Books to help with one-to-one correspondence

Read my post at The Library Adventure to find out why and read about five books that can motivate kids to practice this skill! While you’re there, share your favorite counting books and tips for one-to-one correspondence counting.

Using Picture Books to Prepare for a Family Trip {LibraryAdventure.com}

Prepare for a Family Trip with Picture Books

Many kids with special needs thrive on a routine. (And, really, so do many typical-developing kids…and adults!) When the routine needs to change for a family trip, it can help drastically to prepare in various ways.Using Picture Books to Prepare for a Family Trip {LibraryAdventure.com}

Of course, picture books can help with that!

Read my post at The Library Adventure today for ways that picture books help transition, understanding, and retention better before, during, and after a family trip. I’d love to hear your ideas on how you prepare for a family vacation or road trip in the comments at The Library Adventure!