Category: children’s books

Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Children are exposed to patterns in math, in reading, in science and history early in their formal educations. It develops good thinking skills and encourages visual intelligence. Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature written and…

A Nonfiction Picture Book-Otters Love to Play

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall Otters Love to Play written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Meilo So is a picture book about—you guessed—those adorable little clowns of water ways, otters. It was published in 2016 by Candlewick Press. The…

Nonfiction Picture Book-Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? was written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published it in 2014. The ISBN is 978-0-544-10580-5. I don’t like writing reviews when a book…

A Mammal Is an Animal-Nonfiction Picture Book

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall Lizzie Rockwell did a rocking job with the picture book A Mammal Is an Animal in my opinion. Holiday House published this entertaining and informative picture book in 2018. The ISBN is 978-0-8234-3670-5. Rockwell balances…

A Chicken Followed Me Home!-Nonfiction Picture Book

Another Nonfiction Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall School has resumed or is about to resume for millions of American students. So, for a few weeks we’ll focus on nonfiction picture books. For a while the books we look at  will be about…

Hedy’s Journey – a Nonfiction Picture Book Review

A nonfiction picture book review from Jean Matthew Hall Hedy’s Journey is a historical nonfiction picture book based on the memoirs of a Holocaust survivor as shared with her daughter, Michelle Bison, the author. It was illustrated by El primo Ramớn. It was published…

Between the Lines-Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall In the spirit of back-to-school I’ll be sharing reviews about several nonfiction picture books over the next few weeks. They’re not only wonderful for kids to read at home for pleasure, but great tools for…

The Blue Whale – a Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. It’s that wonderful time of year again—school restarts after summer break. I love it! I peruse the aisles of department stores admiring the shiny new school supplies. I haven’t taught school for fourteen years, but…

Picture Book Review-A Rock Can Be

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. A Rock Can Be… written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija was published in 2015 by Millbrook Press (of Lerner Publishing Group). Salis presents very basic information about rocks in a matter-of-fact way….

Picture Book Review-Ocean Meets Sky

  Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Ocean Meets Sky was written and illustrated by The Fan Brothers. It was published by Simon % Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2018. This book is home to some incredible art. Really! Just like…

Picture Book Review-Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

Another picture book (almost) review by Jean Matthew Hall Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars is a nonfiction picture book plus more.  It was written by Christiane Kump Tibbits and illustrated by Linda Garrow. It was published by Northwords Press in 1996. Sadly Northwords Press…

Picture Book Review–Hot City

Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. The picture book Hot City by Barbara Joosse was published in 2004 by Philomel. It was illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. In the summer many of us turn our thoughts toward beaches, pools, parks and lakeside…

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