• Children's Books,  Picture Books

    Ferdinand

    This next story is one that holds a special place in my heart and in my home. We have been reading The Story of Ferdinand to Finn since he was about three and he was his own special Ferdinand. Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s timeless classic, The Story of Ferdinand has been moving audiences for nearly a century and does not look to be going out of style any time soon.  Its message of diversity in the community through acceptance is one that children are most receptive to. Because Ferdinand is a bull, his story is an interesting mix of fantastical and historical elements, taking place during bullfighting season, a major element of…

  • Children's Books,  Picture Books

    The Colors of Us

    This is one of the first books that made up my son’s library and we started reading it to him at a very young age. It actually was one of my own mom’s books from when she taught preschool before he was even born (hence her name on the cover). In this story, a young girl named Lena makes sense of her own skin and thus her world by learning to mix paint colors to match that of the skin colors of herself, her mother, and the friends and people in her community. This is an example of an outsider as an author and the importance of doing so carefully…

  • Board Books,  Children's Books,  Picture Books

    Beverly Blacksheep’s Navajo Baby Boardbooks

    I had a bit of a break there due to the end of my semester. I can officially say I am done with my first year as a MLIS student! Both semesters started out pretty “okay” but then at the end they both hit pretty hard. I know what I want to do still; that hasn’t changed. It’s been challenging, but I feel awakened to the needs of the book world overall, starting with our most impressionable citizens… the wee ones. I’m not always the “best” with little kids; don’t think of me as some kind of child whisperer. But I definitely see them as being the most desperate and…

  • Children's Books,  Picture Books

    The Paper Bag Princess

    Being that I named my blog after this book, there is no more appropriate book to start with than The Paper Bag Princess. This is a story of a princess named, Elizabeth, who as far as one knows, has everything a girl could ever want, including the life of a beautiful princess in a high castle, expensive dresses at her disposal, and being betrothed to the handsome prince, Ronald. That is— until the fire-breathing dragon burns down her castle and everything in it, taking Prince Ronald captive and essentially everything else she has ever known about her way of life. This is a book that holds special meaning for me to my…