Answering the demand for more contemporary stories for children,  the award-winning team of Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson conveys the dreams, wishes and everyday antics of a young child of immigrants in Carmela Full of Wishes. The story is set in a migrant community steeped in Mexican culture.  It is Carmela’s birthday and… Read More


A couple of years ago I was introduced to the work of award-winning dementia educator, Jennifer Brush, and her use of the Montessori approach with people living with dementia. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, Jennifer focuses first on what individuals with dementia can do. I was excited to learn from her work that reading… Read More


There’s a lot to unpack about diversity in children’s books. While there are many wonderful stories that celebrate the diversity of human experience; in 2018 there is still a disproportion of books with white protagonists, a tendency to tell a “single story” about marginalized groups, a distortion of historical facts, and a need for authenticity… Read More


The impact of story in children’s lives is powerful. Children learn how to experience the world through story. They form ideas about themselves and other people and their relationships. They learn to dream of possible futures. The books we read with our children can set the path for their own self-worth as well as how… Read More


British author/illustrator, Emily Gravett, adds a measure of intrigue, and a dash of humor to her deliciously simple, perfectly fun picture book, Orange Pear Apple Bear. With just the four words in the title (plus one), and expressive, yet uncluttered illustrations, this read-aloud is sure to take a prominent spot in any toddler book basket.… Read More


Most of us will never see firsthand the precious Arctic habitat of polar bears, or the ocean depths that are home to the blue whale. Our adult connection to the wildness of these extreme environments may be described as tenuous. But for children, wildness is the stuff of favorite story books and imaginative play. The… Read More


We’ve all seen a cat . . . right? But author/illustrator, Brendan Wenzel, cleverly reminds us in his latest picture book that “seeing” is personal. They All Saw a Cat  follows the same cat making its way through its neighborhood. “The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws …” The cat… Read More


Selecting literature for the classroom is an important part of preparing the environment. The books that you choose should reflect your students’ needs and interests, while supporting the curriculum.  However, navigating the world of children’s books to reach classroom goals can be daunting. In support of 21st century readers, classroom libraries must reflect a variety… Read More


“Finding the ‘Hook’: Montessori Strategies to Support Concentration”, Columbia, MD… Read More


Maybe Something Beautiful How Art Transformed a Neighborhood By F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell Illustrated by Rafael López This truly beautiful picture book is a triumphant celebration of collaboration and the transformative power of art. It is based on the true story of Rafael and Candice López and the birth of San Diego’s Urban… Read More