Stacey Loscalzo

Oct 22

A Most Anticipated Picture Book and more

by Stacey



Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and John Klassen. This is one of the most anticipated children’s books that I remember in a long time. It makes sense seeing as this duo was responsible for the amazing Extra Yarn and Jon Klassen is responsible for two of the most debated children’s books I know, I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat. Sam and Dave is good. It is better when read with multiple children who can discuss it and it is better when read more than once. I missed something pretty important on my first reading! 20380941

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop tells the story of a little girl and her animal friends who unknowingly (at first) create a library in their forest. It is a sweet story about the power of books and reading.


Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison tells the story of a little pooch who realizes that there is extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary.


Please, Louise by Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison is a story told is gorgeous Morrison prose about the magic of the library. It is truly a love beautiful love story that every librarian and library lover should read.


There Bears in a Boat by David Soman. I love the illustrations in this book. I was feeling so-so about the story (not really loving that the bears lived on the beach) until I read that the book has been described as The Three Bears meets Where The Wild Things Are. Now I think it is pretty great.


  1. Kristen says:

    My daughter received Three Bears in a Boat for her birthday and we just read it last night for the first time. Really sweet story. Definitely want to check out the first book — love Jon Klassen! But honestly all of these sounds like such gems. Thanks!

  2. Stacey says:

    So funny that you just wore Three Bears in a Boat! And let me know what you think of the Klassen book. I have slightly mixed feelings… 

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