Picture Book Review: The Dress and the Girl

Many families have reached out to me this year for recommendations of books featuring immigration stories. In the current anti-immigrant climate, families are looking for stories that help immigrants and refugee children see themselves in books. They are also looking...

Review: Little Man, Little Man, by James Baldwin

This week marks the republication of James Baldwin's one and only children's book LITTLE MAN, LITTLE MAN. Originally published in 1976, Duke University Press is bringing LITTLE MAN, LITTLE MAN to a new generation of readers this year. We received a free review copy...

5 life changing powers of books + Turning Pages book review

What's so special about books? A new picture book by Sonia Sotomayor explores this question, walking the reader through the books that have shaped her from childhood through her early years as a Supreme Court Associate Justice. TURNING PAGES is a unique autobiography...

Picture Book Review: I Hate My Cats (A Love Story)

We have a new favorite picture book! I HATE MY CATS (A LOVE STORY) by Davide Cali and Anna Pirolli is hilarious and oh-so-relatable for kids and adults. We received a free review copy from the publisher. All opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links,...

5 Things that Are Making Us Happy in August

Sometimes it's the little things in life that keep us going! August has been an exhausting month, but it's been full of vacation, family time, and prepping for a new school year. All good things! Here are 5 things that are making us happy this month. This post...

New Summer and Fall 2018 Picture Books!

We have been on vacation for several weeks, so I have a giant stack of picture books to share with you today. Here are a bunch of summer and fall 2018 picture books that you'll want to pick up quick! Thanks to the publishers for the review copy of many of these books....

New nonfiction picture books for your shelves in 2018

Thanks to the Kid Lit ExchangeĀ and publishers for the review copies of these books. As always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that Lu and Bean Read may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) on products...

Middle Grade Review: Where the Watermelons Grow

Happy book birthday to WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW by debut author Cindy Baldwin! This book reaches the world today and middle grade fans are lucky to have it. Thanks to the publisher for the free review copy. All opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate...

Our favorite early readers and chapter books

The most common request I get from parents is for recommendations of interesting early readers and illustrated chapter books. Parents are looking for books to guide their kids through that window when they think they are too big for picture books (They aren't! Keep...

Read Around the World: The House That Lou Built

I reviewed THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT as a member of the Kid Lit Exchange book review network in January 2018. Now that the book is published, I'm thrilled to share it again as part of the Multicultural Kids Blogs' Read Around the World Summer Series. It's such a great...

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