Posts by Monica C. (36)

Lamb — yes, lamb! That’s the start of the popular 19th century nursery rhyme about a girl named Mary and her faithful little lamb... It’s a rhyme, it’s a song (by Paul… continue reading

By Monica C.   June 11, 2018   

Nonconforming picture books challenge stereotypes: in these books, boys and girls act and behave in a way that feels right to them rather than by conforming to expectations or conventional… continue reading

By Monica C.   June 4, 2018   

We’ve all been there... Days when something goes wrong and we feel down in the dumps or maybe it someone else is having a hard time. When someone we care for is having a bad day, how can we… continue reading

By Monica C.   May 21, 2018   

We all have our favorites when it comes to picture books, and for me, one of my top ten picture books of all time is Leaves by David Ezra Stein . It is such perfect book – one very young… continue reading

By Monica C.   April 5, 2018   

Author/illustrator Maria Van Lieshout has a series of books aptly called Big Kid Power . Drawing from her own experience as a mother, the books are meant to help caregivers and children reach… continue reading

By Monica C.   March 19, 2018   

I was so excited when I heard the announcement that Matthew Cordell had won the 2018 Caldecott Medal for Wolf in the Snow . While not a retelling of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood , the… continue reading

By Monica C.   February 20, 2018   

When I go for a walk or ride on a bus through the city streets as night begins to fall, I can’t help but look at windows. As I pass each townhouse or apartment, I get a glimpse of a… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 18, 2018   

And we're back, for a new Picture Book Hightlighs , a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a new picture book that has been ordered for all agencies. Years ago, we wrote a blog post… continue reading

By Monica C.   October 26, 2017   

Can you believe it? Summer is almost over! For some people (I'll admit it, me!) it can be hard to say goodbye to summer. But there is something that makes it easier: all the fall colors. I… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 21, 2017   

I have always been fascinated by wild animals. We are not alone in this world – we have always shared it with animals: big and small, domesticated and wild. We are surrounded by life… continue reading

By Monica C.   August 3, 2017   

The Fourth of July is America's biggest holiday – there are parades, music, picnics, parties, AND fireworks! We are a nation of immigrants and on this day we all come together to… continue reading

By Monica C.   July 3, 2017    1

Looking for a book that will help get kids moving? We have a good one for you! Our new selection for Picture Books Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new… continue reading

By Monica C.   June 20, 2017   

Reading a book can be a very tactile experience: holding the book in your hands or lap, turning the pages, feeling the paper, pouring over the art and text. With electronic readers, one can carry… continue reading

By Monica C.   May 9, 2017   

Farming in the city? Well, yes! And it is happening right here in Philadelphia: in community gardens, parks, backyards, and plots. There is Farm Philly , a program by Philadelphia’s Parks… continue reading

By Monica C.   April 18, 2017   

City living can be noisy. And sometimes, neighbors can keep you up at night. For our next Picture Book Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book… continue reading

By Monica C.   March 13, 2017   

Philadelphia is home to the nation’s first Mint facility , and it is here that the largest number of U.S. pennies is manufactured. Pretty cool, right? Which links nicely with our next… continue reading

By Monica C.   February 17, 2017    2

What does it mean to be beautiful? Our next pick for Picture Book Highlights —a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book that has been ordered for all our… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 10, 2017   

Wow, 2016 just flew by!  We are now at the cusp of a brand new year, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a picture book? Our selection for this month's Picture Book… continue reading

By Monica C.   December 22, 2016   

We are back with a new Picture Book Highlights , the series where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all of our libraries . This time it’s Owl Sees Owl ,… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 15, 2016   

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and is always a good time to remind ourselves to be grateful. Expressing appreciation for what we have, noticing the small and big things in our lives that are… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 10, 2016