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Welcome to Books to Hoot About! the children's book review blog from InfoSoup librarians and users!

Author: JonArno Lawson

What a beautiful picture book! This is a book with  no words but who needs words when the illustrations move this story along so well? A young girl and her father walk the streets of a busy city and while the father is preoccupied on this cell phone, the girl picks flowers (and weeds) that she finds here and there. As the walk progresses, the girl notices things and her kindness and compassion shine through when she decides to share her flowers. Older preschoolers and early elementary aged children will love pondering the action in this book. A story beautifully told.

Author: Jen Bryant

This book is 2015 Caldicott Honor Book and it's not hard to see why. This is the story of Peter Roget, the man who gave us Roget's Thesaurus. This book has helped generations find just the right word when necessary and the story of Roget's life from a little boy through adulthood is a sweet one. The illustrations include watercolor, collage and lists all arranged cleverly on the pages. How does someone come to write a Thesaurus? By being fascinated with lists as a child. Roget chose the greek word for "treasure house" for a title for his book and it fits. This book will delight any young artits or wordsmiths and grown ups will learn a few things too. Especially Latin.

Author: Ame Dyckman

The Bunny family takes in a new member and it's a baby wolf! Mama and Papa Bunny think baby Wolfie is so cute but Dot Bunny is on high alert and sounds the "He's Going to Eat Us All Up" alarm often. Life is full of surprises though and no one is more surprised than Dot when he learns how much he loves Wolfie. This book is illustrated with simple, but vibrant drawings and interpret the text is very amusing ways. Preschoolers up to 1st grade will love this book.

Author: Sean Taylor

This picture book is perfect for Kindergarten-2nd grade classes. Hoot Owl thinks he is so smart and eventually he is. Kind of. This is a picture book that all ages will enjoy. The illustrations are bold against the black night sky and Hoot Owl's and the other animal's facial expressions are priceless.


Author: Michelle Robinson

The absurdness of  bathing a wooly mammoth makes this a very funny book! The child attempts steps one to ten, very fun!

Author: Lauren Stringer

This book was such a great find! It celebrates the little joys of winter and incorporates a few fun comparisons to summer.

Author: Bob Raczka

This book has beautiful pictures of the activities of winter, inside and outside. Toward the end is a cute reference to the groundhog and the joy felt with the news that there is still six more weeks of winter!

Author: Eileen Browne

I have been using the big book version of this book at story times all week. It is a lovely story set in Kenya. Handa is making a fruit basket to share with her friend. (These mid-winter months are the perfect time to cherish fruit!). Handa is able to balance the basket of 7 fruits on her head as she walks to a nearby village to visit her friend. Along the way, enterprising animals snatch fruit off her basket until there are none. No fear, a happy surprise happens to fill up the basket with fruit that is altogether different than the original choices. This book is wonderful for developing vocabulary and chronology.