Book Bites

  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: April 2018

Valerie Kohler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshop, hand picks books to foster the love of reading in children of all ages. For more of…
  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: March 2018

Toddler: Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, February 2018) When a little girl refuses to sleep in her own bed, she concocts…
  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: February 2018

Baby/Toddler: Say Hello by Rachel Isadora (Penguin Young Readers, May 2017) One of baby’s first words is hello. We teach them to say hello and goodbye. This is a…
  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: January 2018

Blue Willow Bookshop owner Valerie Koehler recommends 30 classic children’s books that belong in every family library.   The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats…
  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: December 2017

Baby: I Know Numbers by Taro Gomi (Chronicle Books, October 2017) The inimitable Taro Gomi (Everyone Poops) illustrates everyday scenes in which people use numbers to go…

Book Bites: November 2017

Baby/Toddler: Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny & Mike by Cynthia Rylant (Beach Lane Books, October 2017) Who can resist the words PLOP, FAB, GLUNK and more?…

Book Bites: October 2017

For this issue, Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshop, hand picks books to help young readers understand and cope with storms, tragedy, and…
  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: September 2017

Baby/Toddler: La Princesa and The Pea by Susan Middleton Elya (Putnam Books For Young Readers, September 2017) Here’s an utterly delightful twist on the fairy…
  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: August 2017

Baby/Toddler: Adrift by Jessica Olien (Harper Collins, January 2017) This is the tale of two polar bears, Karl and Hazel; one is outgoing and one…
  • Book Bites ·

Book Bites: July 2017

Baby/Toddler:   Blue Ethel by by Jennifer Back Reinhardt (Farrar Strauss Giroux/Macmillan Childrens Books , May 2017​) Ethel is an old, fat, black and white cat who’s…