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Books to Share in February

These books are always good but particularly fun to share in February. They focus on friendship (Valentine), time and just plain fun. I also try to list lesser known books rather than all the well known titles.

(P) = picturebook

Valentine Hearts: Holiday Poetry by by Lee Bennett Hopkins and JoAnn Adinolfi (poetry)

It’s About Time, Pascale Estellon (nonfiction)

PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year by Virginia Loh-Hagan (P)

A World of Kindness by Editors and Illustrators of Pajama Press (P)

Maggie’s Chopsticks by Alan Woo (P)

Sterling, Best Dog Ever by Cassie, Aidan (P)

Meet Viola Desmond by MacLeod, Elizabeth (nonfiction)

The Word Collector by Reynolds, Peter H.

Red Is Best by Stinson, Kathy

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff 

Love the Baby by Layne, Steven L.

Nut and Bolt by Cock, Nicole DeClerc

The Giving Tree by Silverstein, Shel

Zoom by Banyai, Istvan

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool by James Dean

The Other Author Arthur by Fitch, Sheree (early reader)

Goodnight, Sweet Pig by Bailey, Linda (poetry)

Effie by Allinson, Beverley

Hooray For Diffendoofer Day! by Seuss, Dr.

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Cleary, Beverly

Whoever You Are by Fox, Mem

Koala Lou by Fox, Mem

And finally a review of a wonderful new picturebook coming out in April 2020: The Word For Friend by Aidan Cassie is the story of a little kid, no wait, it’s a little pangolin – who moves to a new country. She likes trying new foods and seeing new sights but when she gets to her new school, she does not speak the language. How do you make friends if you can’t understand them? This is a lovely story of making friends, trying new things and learning about the world. The fictional story is accompanied by nonfiction information on esperanto, a world language as well as information on pangolins.


January Books!


Any book can be read at any time. But some books are particularly suited for a certain time of year. Here are my recommendations, both picturebooks (P) and novels (N), for January. For my selections I focused on the weather, on new beginnings and just books that felt like… well, January books:

  • I Stood Upon A Mountain, Aileen Fisher (P)
      • The Boy Who Walked Bacwards by Ben Sures (P)  (http://www.bensures.com/book-publication/)
  • January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco (P)
  • No Fixed Address by Nielsen, Susin (N)
  • The Lost Words by Macfarlane, Robert (P)
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett (P)
  • One Year in Coal Harbor, Horvath, Polly (N)
  • An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston (P)
  • Today Is the Day by Walters, Eric (P)
  • If Kids Ruled the World by Bailey, Linda  (P)
  • Something Else by Cave, Kathryn (P)
  • Countdown by Mikaelson, Ben (N)
  • Something From Nothing by Gilman, Phoebe (P)
  • It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Prelutsky, Jack (poetry)
  • Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails by Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk (P)
  • Nightjohn by Paulsen, Gary (N)
  • The Wednesday Surprise by Bunting, Eve (P)
  • Sleepy Bears by Fox, Mem (P)
  • Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt by Barbara Smucker (P)

Stay tuned for lists for each month as well as for global and nonfiction themes.