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    Even Superheroes Have Bad Days (A Book Review)

    Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker, illustrated by Eda Kaban
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    Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
    Format: Hardcover
    Age Range: 3 – 9 years old
    Grade Level: Preschool – 3
    Pages: 40
    Available for Sale: September 6, 2016

    Synopsis
    All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

    Reflection
    Oh, what a fun book this is!  The fun starts as soon as you open up the book and see the beautifully illustrated endpapers which introduces the dynamic cast of superhero characters: Beastie, Zing, Thrash, Laserman, Magnifique, Screecher, Typhoon and Icky.  Next, the whimsical rhyming text of the book starts off:

    “When Superheroes don’t get their way,
    when they’re sad, when they’re mad, when they’ve had a bad day . . .
    . . . they COULD super-tantrum, they COULD but they DON’T,
    because REAL Superheroes just WOULDN’T—they WON’T!”

    It then goes on to talk about all the things superheroes could do when they have bad days.  Finally, the book concludes by telling kids how superheroes cope when they experience an occasional “bad day”.

    “And using their talents as true heroes should,
    they battle the urge to do harm (though they could).
    They acknowledge their sorrow, their anger, their pain,
    as they wait for their super-emotions to wane.”

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    In addition to the rhyming text, my kids love looking at all of the action taking place in each illustration.  They get a kick out of the superheros causing (potential) destruction all around town like the superhero shown kicking over the fire hydrant on the first page.  They laugh out loud every single time.  I think the illustrations are so well thought out, colorful and detailed.  I also appreciate the illustrator using a diverse set of superhero characters including a mixture of males and females in all different shapes and sizes.

    Overall, I think this book does a wonderful job teaching little readers it’s okay to show their emotions like: frowning, sighing, throwing tantrums and crying.  Also, I think parents will appreciate the fact that this book can be used to help children understand their feelings and what it means to have a “bad day”.  In addition, parents can use this book as an opportunity to teach their children how to cope with stress and handle situations that are less than ideal in their eyes. These are important skills they will need as adults.  Check out this fun book out with your little superheroes!

    About the Author
    Shelly Becker is the author of Mine! Mine! Mine! which has appeared on several lists showcasing the best books that teaches the concept of “sharing”.  Shelly has also written more than 15 children’s novelty books for Tormont, and sold stories and poems to Highlights for Children and Hopscotch for Girls magazine.  She lives in Montreal, Canada.

    About the Illustrator
    Eda Kaban has done work that can be seen in galleries throughout California in a variety of publications.  Her illustrations have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, and 3X3.  She was born and raised in Turkey and lives in San Francisco, CA.

    Your turn:
    How do you help your children cope when they have “bad days”?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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    Rice & Rocks Book Review + A Giveaway!

    BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children’s book written by Sandra L. Richards and illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks. The tour will run from August 23 – September 13, 2016. collages7_orig


    About the Book

    rice-rocks-by-sandra-l-richards Title: Rice & Rocksl | Author: Sandra L. Richards | Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | Publication Date: August 23, 2016 Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32 amazon2 Book Description: Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like ‘rice and rocks’ and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.  Take a look inside the book…

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    Review
    Being Jamaican-American I can totally relate to the way Giovanni feels in this book.  Back in the 1980’s it wasn’t “cool” to be Jamaican or Jamaican-American for that matter.  Although I was born in America, my mother was not.  She had a very thick and distinct Jamaican accent.  I remember sometimes asking my mom to keep quiet in public in attempts to save face and stray from being different because I was scared her accent would embarrass me.  Kids would often use the term “fresh-off the boat” when referring to my mother.  Sometimes it felt like I was trapped between two worlds.

    Like Giovanni, I also have some embarrassing childhood food memories.  Even today, I’m sure many multicultural children still have food-related insecurities while growing up, like awkwardness about using chopsticks and the custom of eating all parts of the animal — chicken feet, fish eyes and pig head.

    I loved when Giovanni’s auntie takes him on a magical journey and all the discoveries that Giovanni makes.  I love the look of wonder in his eyes!  He realizes that some of his friends also eat rice and beans as a traditional dish.  What a revelation!

    Overall, we enjoyed this book for several different reasons.  The kids seemed to like pointing to the pictures of Jasper the parrot and little Giovanni.  I appreciate the fact that it was relatable as well as all of the detail included in the warm illustrations and the overall message of this book.  It teaches kids to understand they don’t have to apologize for the scent of their food or the way it looks.  In addition, I think this book does a great job teaching children about feelings, imagination, acceptance, and respecting other cultures and their traditions.

    About the Author: Sandra L. Richards

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    Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

    Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

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    About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

    megan-sullivan Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at www.357meg.com.

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    Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

    Giveaway ends: September 13, 11:59 pm, 2016

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    Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Sandra L. Richards and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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    Daddy Do My Hair? Beth’s Twists (A Book Review)

    Daddy Do My Hair? Beth’s Twists by Tola Okogwu, illustrated by Rahima Begum

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    Publisher: Florence Elizabeth Publishing Limited
    Available for Sale: October 2016
    Pages: 36
    UK & US Pre-orders available now!  Learn more

    Synopsis
    It’s Sunday evening and dinner is over.
    Beth is excited and heads to the sofa.
    Daddy is there with a smile and a chair,
    “Daddy,” she asks, “will you please do my hair?”

    Join Daddy and Beth on a wonderful hair adventure in this heart-warming story, which celebrates the unique and special relationship between a father and child. The perfect rhyming picture book read for every family, this is a book to be shared time and time again. This is the first book in the ‘Daddy Do My Hair?’ series.

    Reflection

    I love seeing dads style their daughters’ hair or paint their nails.  I don’t think my dad, in my entire life, ever even tried to do my hair let alone paint my nails.  With the popularity of the recent Pantene Superbowl ad and countless videos on the Internet, I think it’s refreshing to see so many dads who are stepping up to the plate to take on the task of doing their daughters’ hair.  Society has always made it seem like girls’ hairstyles can only be crafted by mothers, grandmothers, and sisters.

    In this adorable rhyming book, Daddy Do My Hair? Beth’s Twists, Beth and her dad go on a Sunday evening hair adventure.  First dad asks Beth how he wants her to style her hair.  Beth decides she wants to have her hair twisted.  Dad is shown parting Beth’s hair gently with his fingers before he starts twisting.  Beth and her dad talk, giggle, tell stories and sing songs the entire time.  When the style is finished Beth inspects her daddy’s work and a huge smile spreads across her face.  In the end, Beth is pleased with the end result and can’t wait to go to school to show off her new hairstyle to her friends and let them know her daddy did it.  I love how Beth was involved in the process by choosing her own hair accessories and the style.  I also enjoyed seeing the father give Beth his undivided attention while he styled her hair.

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    I think this book is such a cute testament to the relationship between fathers and daughters which captures the importance of fatherhood perfectly.  Not everyone is blessed with parents or dads who are active.  Let’s face it, for many dads, doing hair isn’t as easy as most moms make it look. From basic pony tails to buns to complex braids, there’s a lot to learn.  With a plethora of products, accessories and styles available, it’s easy for dads to get caught up in complicated styles that leave their daughters’ looking more chaotic than cute.  However, I think Beth’s dad does a great job making his daughters’ hair look fierce and stylish.  He gets an A+ for both effort and style.  Way to go, Dad!

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    Overall, we enjoyed this book because it goes beyond the hair and shows the special bond between a father and his daughter.  Beth’s dad shows her that she’s worth his investment and reinforces in her heart that she is important, beautiful and unique.

    Learn more about the Daddy Do My Hair book series!
    To order a copy of the book click here. (For both UK and non-UK residents)

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    19 Unique Friendship Picture Books for Kids!

    As September rolls through our lives, we find ourselves slipping into that back-to-school mentality: back-to-school means new clothes, new school supplies, and most importantly, new friends. Even as adults we get butterflies thinking about meeting new people, so it’s tough to imagine placing our kids in that position of needing to make new friends and coming out of their shells in new environments.

    Friendships, of course, come in all different shapes and sizes, and there’s no better medium for exploring these unique friendships than picture books. The people we meet during our lives can be transformative and life-altering, and finding the people we want to spend our time with is always a process unique to the individual. (Written by Mel @spiky_penelope on Instagram)

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    Here’s the round-up of Unique Friendship stories shared throughout August from the Kid Lit Picks Book Club on Instagram and quotes from individual reviews.

    Leo, A Ghost Story, by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson (shared by ME @readingisourthing)

    “…friends come in many shapes and sizes. Well, they can cross through dimensions, too.”

    Life Without Nico, by Andrea Maturana and Francisco Javier Olea (shared by @spiky_penelope)

    “…honest and authentic, and it tackles a common issue in such a fresh and beautiful way.”

    The Sandwich Swap, by Rania Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio and Tricia Tus (shared by @ilovebooksandicannotlie)

    “…a great book to use to discuss accepting each other’s differences and cultural diversity! Pick this one up!”

    The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown (shared by @afriendlyaffair)

    “This wild Robot causes the reader to consider that it isn’t a beating heart that gives us life. It is our friends, our loves, our ability to learn, adapt, to be both WILD and refined.”

    Sophie’s Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf (shared by @the.book.report)

    “Sophie finds the most amazing squash at the farmers market. Her parents plan to have it for dinner, but Sophie isn’t hearing anything of it!”

    The Cloudspotter, by Tom McLaughlin (shared by @homegrownreader)

    “…a gentle reminder that we don’t need to do everything alone and though friendship can be uncertain, it can also be its own reward.”

    Lucy and Company, by Marianne Dubuc (shared by @book.nerd.mommy)

    “This adorable picture book is a sweet tribute to childhood and friendships. It is three short stories about Lucy and her friends as they enjoy three special little adventures.”

    Hole and Hill Are Best Friends by Kyle Mewburn and Vasanti Unka (shared by @hereweeread)

    “Hill likes being a hill, and Hole likes being a hole, but sometimes they wonder what it would be like to switch places.”

    Unlike Other Monsters, by Audrey Vernick and Colin Jack (shared by @astoryaday)

    “This is a wonderful book about finding new friends, standing up for those friends, and what it means to be a friend.”

    The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton (shared by @chickadee.lit)

    “The book’s illustrations help children understand the invisibility metaphor; Brian is first depicted in grays and gradually becomes more colorful as his friendships grow.”

    Duck & Goose, by Tad Hills (shared by @happily.ever.elephants)

    “If everyone could learn to cooperate like Duck and Goose, this world would no doubt be a much lovelier place.”

    Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers (shared by @bookbairn)

    “…a fabulous story about friendship and how all things that are lost don’t always need to be returned to be found.”

    Harry and Walter, by Kathy Stinson and Qin Leng (shared by @bookbloom)

    “Decades dissolve, as once again their friendship is rekindled.”

    Imaginary Fred, by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers (shared by @howifeelaboutbooks)

    “The book is touching and – fair warning – the end might make you tear up.”

    Wilfred, by Ryan T. Higgins (shared by @smallysbookshelf)

    “This adorable story teaches a lesson in empathy, friendship, and the cost of greed.”

    Same, but Little Bit Diff’rent, by Kylie Dunstan (shared by @fee_loves_)

    Two friends “compare with wonder their differences in lifestyle, culture and traditions but they also find much of those differences contain just as many commonalities.”

    The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty, by Beatrice Alemagna (shared by @ohcreativeday)

    “Beatrice Alemagna can do no wrong in my books. One of my class spelling groups is named after her, in fact.”

    Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School, by David Mackintosh (shared by @alittlebookhabit)

    “This is a really interesting book. It’s really stylish and appealing to look at. The layouts are inventive and there are lots of fine details so that you can spot something new each time you read it.”

    Goodnight Already, by Jory John and Benji Davies (shared by @childrensbooksgalore)

    “Bear just wants to go to sleep, but Duck has other plans!”

    @kidlitpicks is an Instagram book club. Its members are avid readers, and love children’s literature. Each month we share recommendations linked to a chosen theme. We want you to get involved. Follow @kidlitpicks on Instagram. You’ll find the monthly theme in our profile. Have a favorite children’s book that falls under this theme? Post a pic and review, and tag it with #kidlitpicks.

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    Puffy: People Whose Hair Defies Gravity (A Book Review)

    Puffy: People Whose Hair Defies Gravity by Aya de León
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    Synopsis
    This is a children’s book of text and photographs featuring kids, teens, adults, and families with naturally puffy hair. Writer/performer/educator Aya de León put out a call for photos. Individuals and families from far and wide submitted pictures that reflect the pride, wonder, and delight that so many people feel in having hair that defies gravity. We live in a world that works to subdue the natural exuberance of children in a myriad of ways, and this includes attempts to subdue their hair. The Puffy Hair Project is a celebration of the authentic, untamed self as expressed through our hair. The selection of photos primarily reflects people of the African diaspora, and it includes people of Asian, Latina/Latino, Arab, and Jewish heritage, as well. It is designed to provide puffy-haired kids with positive images, and to provide all of us with an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful diversity of our world. The text is inspired by the simple yet memorable style of Dr. Seuss: “Puffy here. Puffy there. Yay! I love my puffy hair.”

    Reflection
    I love the idea behind the Puffy Hair Project!  This book celebrates naturally kinky and curly hair and allows little readers to see positive images of people who look like them.  I’m so happy with the paradigm shift that has taken place over the past few years.  It allowed me to abandon the chemicals, love the natural hair I was born with, and cross over to “team natural”.  In addition, it allowed me to pass on the pride and love I have for my hair onto my two children.

    The shift also sparked a movement that encouraged authors like Aya de León to write books about natural hair.  I think it’s important for parents and caregivers to read books like this one with children in order to have open and honest discussions about the unspoken beauty standards that are imposed on young girls (and boys).

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    I love the catchy repetitive text that’s featured throughout: “Puffy here.  Puffy there.  Yay!  I love my puffy hair.”  The photographs are beautiful and showcase little girls, boys, men and women of different skin tones sporting their natural hair.  While most of the images in the book are of African-Americans, the book also features Jewish, Latina, Arab and Asian people with puffy hair, as well as many different types of families and people with disabilities.  The last few pictures show little sleepyheads who are fast asleep making it a cute book to read for a bedtime story.  My kids love reciting the rhyming text along with me as I read it aloud with them.  A short and sweet story that celebrates diversity and teaches children the importance of loving themselves just the way they are.

    About the Author
    Aya de León is a children’s book author, writer/performer for adults working in poetry, fiction, and hip hop theater.  Her work has received acclaim in the Village Voice, Washington Post, SF Chronicle, and has been featured on Def Poetry, in Essence Magazine, and various anthologies and journals.  For more information about Aya please visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

    Your turn:  Have you read this book yet?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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    Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist (A Book Review)

    Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
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    Publisher: Charlesbridge
    Age Range: 6 – 9 years
    Grade Level: 1 – 4
    Hardcover: 32 pages
    Available for Sale: September 6, 2016 Pre-order here!

    Synopsis
    Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan’s space-age lounge music–popular in the fifties and sixties–has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh’s fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel’s spirit to life.

    Reflection
    I just love a good children’s non-fiction biography book! Especially when I learn something completely new that I never knew before. Have you ever heard of Juan Garcia Esquivel? I hadn’t either until I read this book with the kids.  Juan who later became known simply as Esquivel! (with an exclamation point), the king of space-age pop, was born in Tampico, Mexico in 1918. He loved music and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds.

    A self-taught player (he learned how to play the piano on his own), composer, and arranger, he to be proved a musical prodigy, and was soon leading the station orchestra. Esquivel! also became a pioneer in the innovative style of space-age music popular in the 1950s and ’60s. This unique style of music  is full of brilliant, bizarre, and exciting sounds, which are particularly striking to ears.  It’s a mixture of Latin, jazz, instruments and human voices combined.

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    During his career, Esquivel! became popular in both Mexico and the United States, and he wrote many songs for TV shows and movies. He passed away in 2002, but even today he remains an inspiration to artists in many fields from musicians to animators to filmmakers who appreciate his originality and imagination.

    Recommended for children ages 6 – 9, but it makes an informative and fun read aloud for younger kids too – you may just have to break it up into a couple of reading sessions like we did. The illustrations are bright and cheerful – they really complement the story well as the characters are dressed in outfits from the 50’s and 60’s era.

    I think the kids favorite thing about this book is repeating all the unique musical sounds like: “rah-rah-rah-ree”, “blop-bleep-bleep-blop” and “squiddle diddy squee”!  It would have been fun to have all of the different musical sounds on CD to accompany this book as I’m sure our little musical rendition was way off key!  My favorite thing about this book was learning about someone completely new (and lesser known) from a diverse background.  We don’t see too many books about successful Mexicans so this was a real treat for me to read.

    The back matter contains both an author’s and illustrator’s note as well as a list of additional resources.  Highly recommended for music lovers as well as Mexican or Mexican-American children to allow them to see themselves represented in a book.  I think many little readers will be inspired by Esquivel! to follow their dreams just like he did.

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

    Your turn: Do you think your little readers will enjoy this book?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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    7 Artful Alphabet Books for Design Lovers

    Alphabet books are the staples of many baby and toddler home libraries.  Often they become the most beloved and chewed-up ones too.  My kids are huge fans of a good alphabet book and so am I. Although the kids are getting older, I believe alphabet books have much more to offer children than just teaching them their ABC’s.  In fact, I think alphabet books can be very beneficial even after the preschool years.  Today, ABC books offer a variety of forms and context for readers of all ages, abilities, and serve multiple purposes.

    For example, alphabet books may have rhymes, or feature other sound properties such as alliteration; be based upon popular children’s characters; be artistic, where the illustrator or photographer has taken liberties with the shape and form of the letters; or be contextual, providing information about a particular subject.

    7 Artful Alphabet Booksfor Design Lovers
    Recently, alphabet books have certainly gone to a whole new level.  Have you noticed?  And while there’s usually really not much you can say about ABC books, I think these seven books are definitely the exception.  I think the text and illustrations in all of these books work together nicely.  Some of them challenge readers to carefully observe how the letters are created, what they look like, or to look for hidden items that may even inspire creativity of their own.  I hope you’ll agree and enjoy these books as much as we do especially if your little reader is a lover of illustration, design or art.

    The following were chosen with the following criteria in mind: beautiful illustrations, compelling content, and high interest level.

    ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky by Benedikt Gross
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    Discover the alphabet from a bird’s-eye view!
    Geographer and designer duo Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee have taken the alphabet to new heights—literally! Using satellite imagery and computer technology, the pair has discovered “accidental letters” all over the world: in roads, rivers, buildings, lakes, and more. Take a journey around the Earth in 26 letters with this special book.  I’ll be reviewing this book on the blog in more detail soon!

    An Artist’s Alphabet by Norman Messenger
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    At first glance, this elegant alphabet book—showcasing both upper- and lowercase letters—seems to follow a familiar formula. There’s an acrobat standing atop a horse to form a big letter A and another curled under herself to make a small one. There’s a colony of beetles attached to the leaves they’ve munched, creating a big and a small letter B. But then comes the letter C, made of sea waves evoking the artist Hokusai. Or a lowercase I in the form of a pen that has left an ink smudge, or two kingly beasts that create the letter K. And what of the many letters, equally fantastical and fascinating, whose associations are left to the viewers’ imaginations? Ingenious and intriguing, beautiful and full of stunning detail, this is an alphabet book sure to invite many repeat explorations.

    ABC Dream by Kim Krans
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    This stunning and innovative alphabet picture book will dazzle little ones and engage the adults who share it with them! Each page is dedicated to a letter, and clever alliterations are packed into each ink-and-watercolor spread. Be on the lookout for the beautiful companion book 123 Dream coming out in September 2016!

    AB See by Elizabeth Doyle
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    Hidden in each graphic letter are tiny troves of ABC treasures waiting to be found by sharp-eyed readers. Can you find the apple, arrow, and armor in the letter A? Or the bear, banjo, and bike buried in the letter B? Read along in this unique alphabet board book that asks audiences to A B See beyond the ABCs.

    Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes by Sara Gillingham
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    This stunning visual reference is an introduction to maritime communication through nautical flags, along with Morse code, the phonetic alphabet, and semaphore signaling.
    Today’s system of international maritime signal flags was developed in the 19th century, and is still used for communication between ships, or between ship and shore. Each flag, boldly colored for visual distinction at sea, stands for a letter as well as a phrase relevant to seafaring. The resulting code is both beautiful and functional, inviting readers to code and decode messages of their own!

    Daytime Visions: An Alphabet by Isol

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    A many-layered alphabet book from an international star of the children’s book world, Daytime Visions is graphically strong and intelligent in its exploration of words and situations. Whether it’s a kiwi who returns to a boy’s shoulder or a little duck who can’t sleep, the visions here are relatable to children and rich with possibility.

    The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin
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    Presents the hand shape for each letter of the American manual alphabet accompanied by an object whose name begins with that letter. The hands portrayed represent different ages, genders, and skin color.  Inspired by a deaf person, this alphabet book celebrates the expressiveness of sign with lyrical clarity and creativity.  The art is eloquent and elegant, and the hands are all different – male and female, large and small.

    Your turn:  What about you? What are your favorite alphabet books? Feel free to share in the comments!

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