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Book Bites: April 2014

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Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, and her staff hand-pick the best reading selections for kids. Baby/Toddler Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead  (Dial Books, 2014)  Sprout wants to help her mother around the house.  She likes to clean and take care of baby sister.  She can’t help it if she is just a little too young ... Read More »

Book Bites: March 2014

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Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, and her staff hand-pick the best reading selections for kids. Read More »

Book Bites: February 2014

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Young Picture Books Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond This small but sweet board book is just right for baby’s first Valentine (and really for the rest of the year as well).  All the animals are giving hugs, which gives us the perfect excuse to hug our own little one.        Love Monster by Rachel Bright Who ... Read More »

Book Bites: January 2014

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Young Picture Books Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes We are thrilled that this Henkes title is now available to read to those children who need something sturdier to hold when reading over and over again. Little White Rabbit goes exploring his world in a way that only Henkes can do in his distinctive, gentle style.   On My Leaf ... Read More »

Book Bites: December 2013

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Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, hand-picks the best reading selections for kids. Picture Books (prek-k) Tap The Magic Tree by Christie Matheson Celebrate the changing of seasons with this interactive book for the youngest of hands.  Readers are encouraged to shake, tap, and flip this smartly illustrated book.     Real Santa Our favorite Christmas book ... Read More »

Book Bites: November 2013

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Valerie Koehler, owner of Houston’s beloved Blue Willow Bookshop, hand-picks the best reading selections for kids. Young Picture Books Mr Tiger Goes Wild written and illustrated by Peter Brown Mr. Tiger lives an orderly life in town with his friends, animals dressed in Victorian attire, just as he is. He suddenly decides to walk on all fours instead of two ... Read More »

Book Bites: October 2013

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Toddler (Ages 1-3)
 Count The Monkeys by Mac Barnett & Kevin Cornell Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.     Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson A bear invites all of the animals to follow him through the trees, on tiptoe, to see a special surprise.       ... Read More »

Book Bites – September 2013

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Toddlers (Ages 1-3) Little Owl Lost                        by Chris Haughton While his mother is away finding food, a newborn  owl  falls out of his nest and anxiously tries to find her, receiving help from various forest animals.     Boom! Boom! Boom! by Jamie Swenson, illustrated by David Walker On ... Read More »

Summer Reading Favorites

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Picture Books (Pre K-K) ZooZical by Judy Sierra, pictures by Marc Brown When the winter doldrums arrive at the zoo, a very small hippo and a young kangaroo decide to stage a “ZooZical,” a show to display their singing, dancing, acrobatic, and other talents to the people of Springfield.       How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan, ... Read More »

Book Bites – July 2013

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Toddlers (Ages 1-3) Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier A hungry bear discovers that bees are not terrible monsters who never share their honey.           Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson, Pictures by Stephen Savage A little polar bear cub ventures out of her den for the first time on a cold, bright morning and meets ... Read More »

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