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Latest Review

Just Read!

Author: Lori Degman

Illustrator: Victoria Tentler-Krylov

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4+

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 2019

Text rating: 10/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Summary: There are so many things to read and places and ways to do so. This book explores the ways a young bookworm fills his days with reading.


Review: Just Read! is a great story for book lovers of all ages. Kids that love to read will find recognition in these pages. Kids that don’t love to read might find a little inspiration to do so. This lovely rhyming story shows the joy and wonder of reading. The illustrations are beautiful, exploring the full colorful world both in and outside of books. It is such a fun, inclusive story, featuring readers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The story even includes a young blind girl reading braille. Reading is for everyone! This is a great read aloud book with the little ones or one for young readers to enjoy on their own.


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May 2019 Reviews

Under My Hijab

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Author: Hena Khan

Illustrator: Aaliya Jaleel

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019 

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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When Sadness is at Your Door

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Author: Eva Eland

Illustrator: Eva Eland

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-7 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: January 2019

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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In a Minute, Mama Bear

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Author: Rachel Bright

Illustrator: Rachel Bright

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 2-5 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019 

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 6/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Angry Cookie

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Author: Laura Dockrill

Illustrator: Maria Karipidou

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-7 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 2019

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 8/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 9/10


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Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep

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Author: Eric Barclay

Illustrator: Eric Barclay

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-8 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 8/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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The Remember Balloons

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Author: Jessie Oliveros

Illustrator: Dana Wulfekotte

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 5-9 years

Pages: 48

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 2018

Text rating: 10/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 5/10 


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April 2019 Reviews

Dream Flights on Arctic Nights

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Author: Brooke Hartman

Illustrator: Evon Zerbetz

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 5-7 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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The Rabbit Listened

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Author: Cori Doerrfeld

Illustrator: Cori Doerrfeld

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-5 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2018

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10 


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We Don't Eat Our Classmates

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Author: Ryan T. Higgins

Illustrator: Ryan T. Higgins

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 48

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2018

Text rating: 10/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Pink Is For Boys

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Author: Robb Pearlman

Illustrator: Eda Kaban

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2018

Text rating: 7/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Neck & Neck

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Author: Elise Parsley

Illustrator: Elise Parsley

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2018

Text rating: 7/10

Illustration rating: 8/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Loving Hands

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Author: Tony Johnston

Illustrator: Amy June Bates

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-6 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: December 2018

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 6/10


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