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Social Media Acronyms and Abbreviations

Social media acronyms and abbreviations were researched and gathered into this “PG-13” list by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.  Learn some of the most common social media acronyms and abbreviations used in the computer culture.

Warning: There is some mild profanity, sexual content, and crudeness.

Symbols and Numbers

  • !–I have a question
  • (U)–Arms around you, hug for you
  • *$–Starbucks
  • ,!!!–Talk to the hand
  • /R/–Requesting
  • 02–My two cents or your two cents
  • 10Q–Thank you
  • 121–One to one
  • 123–I agree
  • 1337–Elite
  • 142n8ly–Unfortunately
  • 143–I love you
  • 1432–I love you too
  • 14AA41–One for all, all for one
  • 182–I hate you
  • 187–Murder/homicide
  • 1daful–wonderful
  • 2–to, too, two
  • 20–location
  • 24/7–Twenty-four seven/ all of the time
  • 2b–To be
  • 2B or not 2B–To be or not to be
  • 2b2–To be at
  • 2BZ4UQT–Too busy for you, Cutey
  • 2d4–To die for
  • 2day–Today
  • 2GTB4G–Too good to be forgotten
  • 2G2BT–Too good to be true
  • 2more–Tomorrow
  • 2QT–Too cute
  • 2U2–To you too
  • 303–Mom
  • 4–For, four
  • 403–Deny access to
  • 404–I haven’t a clue
  • 411–Information
  • 420–Marijuana
  • 459–I love you
  • 4AO–For adults only
  • 4COL–For crying out loud
  • 4e–Forever
  • 4EAE–Forever and ever
  • 4eva–Forever
  • 4ever–Forever
  • 4FS–For F— sake
  • 4NR–Foreigner
  • 4Q–F— You
  • 511–Too much information
  • 5FS–Five Finger salute
  • 747–Let’s fly
  • 775–Kiss me
  • 831–I love you
  • 86–Get rid of
  • 88–Hugs and kisses
  • 8t–It
  • 9–Parent is watching
  • 99–Parent is no longer watching
  • 996–Work 9 am-9pm, 6 days a week
  • ::poof::–I’m gone
  • <3–heart
  • =–Reply
  • ?–I have a question
  • @–At
  • @TEOTD–At the end of the day


  • A/N–Author’s note
  • A2D–Agree to disagree
  • A3–Anytime, anyplace, anywhere
  • AAAAA–American Association Against Acronym Abuse
  • AAF–As a friend or always and forever
  • AAK–Asleep at keyboard
  • AAMOF–As a matter of fact
  • AAMOI–As a matter of interest
  • AAP–Always a pleasure(as in you’re welcome)
  • AAR–At any rate
  • AAR8–At any rate
  • AAS–Alive and smiling
  • AATK–Always at the keyboard
  • AAYF–As always, your friend
  • AB–A** Backwards
  • ab/abt–About
  • ABH–Anywhere but here
  • ABITHAD–Another blithering idiot thinks he’s a doctor
  • ABT2–About to
  • ACC–Actually
  • ACD–Alt Control Delete
  • ACK–Acknowledgement
  • ACORN–A completely obsessive really nutty person
  • ADAD–Another day; another dollar
  • ADBB–All done bye bye
  • ADIH–Another day in h—
  • ADIP–Another day in paradise
  • AEAP–As early as possible
  • AF–As f*ck
  • AFAGAY–A friend as good as you
  • AFAIC–As far as I’m concerned
  • AFAICT–As far as I can tell
  • AFAIK – As far as I know
  • AFAIR–As far as I remember
  • AFC–Away from computer
  • AFK–Away from keyboard
  • AFPOE–A fresh pair of eyes
  • AIMB–As I mentioned before
  • AIMP–Always in my prayers
  • AISI–As I see it
  • AITR–Adult in the room
  • AKA–Also known as
  • ALAP–As late as possible
  • ALCON–all concerned
  • ALOL–Actually laughing out loud
  • ALOTBSOL–Always look on the bright side of life
  • ALW–Ain’t life wonderful
  • AMA – Ask me anything
  • AMAP–As many(or much) as possible
  • AMBW–All my best wishes
  • AML–All my love
  • API – Application programming interface.
  • ASAP–As soon as possible
  • AWC–After while, crocodile
  • AWHFY–Are we having fun yet?
  • AWOL–Absent without leave
  • ax–Across
  • AYMM–Are you my mother? (sarcastically)
  • AYOR–At your own risk
  • AYSOS–Are you stupid or something?
  • AYTMTB–And you’re telling me this because


  • b/c, bc–Because
  • B@U–Back at you
  • B2B–Business-to-business
  • B2C–Business-to-consumer
  • B4–Before
  • B4N–Bye for now
  • BAE–Before anyone else
  • BAK–Back at keyboard
  • BAU–Business as usual
  • BBBG–Bye bye be good
  • BBIAS–Be back in a sec
  • BFF–Best Friends Forever
  • BG–Be good
  • BGBC–Be glad be cheerful
  • BGF–Best girlfriend
  • BI5–Back in five
  • BIBI–Bye bye
  • BIO–Bring it on
  • BION–Believe it or not
  • BIZ–Business
  • BKA–Better known as
  • BL–Belly laughing
  • BON–Believe it or not
  • BR–Bathroom
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BRO–Be right over
  • BSOD–Blue screen of death
  • BTAIM— Be that as it may
  • BTD–Bored to death
  • BTDT–Been there done that
  • BTFLDY–Beautiful day
  • BTN–Better than nothing
  • BTS–Behind the scenes
  • BTTE–Brothers to the end
  • BTW— By the way
  • BUMP–Bring up my post
  • BW–Best wishes
  • BWL–Bursting with Laughter
  • BWTM–But wait, there’s more
  • BYAM–Between you and me
  • BYOB–Bring your own bottle(or beer)
  • BYOD–Bring your own device
  • BYTME–Better you than me
  • BZ–busy


  • CAAC–Cool as a cucumber
  • CAS–Crack a smile
  • CBB–Can’t be bothered
  • CBM–Covered by Medicare
  • CBT–Computer based training or cognitive behavioral therapy
  • CC–Carbon Copy
  • CD–Compact disc
  • CM–Call me
  • CMB–Call me back
  • CMIW–Correct me if I’m wrong
  • CS–Career suicide
  • CSL–Can’t Stop Laughing
  • CMGR–Community Manager
  • CMS–Content Management System
  • CMV–Change My View
  • CPC–Cost Per Click
  • CSL–Can’t stop laughing
  • CT–Can’t talk or text
  • CTA–Call-To-Action
  • CTO–Check this out
  • CU–See you
  • CUL–See you later
  • CUZ–Because
  • CWOT–Complete waste of time
  • CX – Customer experience
  • CY–Calm yourself
  • CYE–Check your email
  • CYT–See you tomorrow


  • D8–Date
  • DAE–Does anyone else…?
  • DBMIB–Don’t bother me; I’m busy
  • DDAS–Don’t do anything stupid
  • DDG–Drop dead gorgeous
  • def–Definitely
  • dem–Them
  • DFTBA–Don’t forget to be awesome
  • DHYB–Don’t hold your breath
  • DIET–Do I eat today
  • DIKU–Do I know you?
  • ditto–Same here
  • DIY–Do it yourself
  • DJM–Don’t judge me
  • DK–Don’t know
  • DKDC–Don’t know don’t care
  • DLTM–Don’t lie to me
  • DM–Direct message
  • DNBL8–Do not be late
  • DNF–Did not find
  • DOS–Dad over shoulder
  • DP–Domestic partner
  • DPUP–Don’t poop your pants
  • DQMOT–Don’t quote me on this
  • DTRT–Do the right thing
  • dunno–I don’t know
  • DUR–Do you remember
  • DWH–During work hours
  • DYHAB–Do you have a boyfriend?
  • DYHAG–Do you have a girlfriend?
  • DYK – Did you know…?


  • E123–Easy as one, two, three
  • EE–Employee
  • ELI5 – Explain like I’m five
  • EM–Excuse me
  • EMA–Email address
  • EMBM–Early morning business meeting
  • EMI–Excuse my ignorance
  • EML–Email me later
  • ESP-– Email service provider
  • EVRE1–Every one
  • EYD–Enjoy your day
  • EZ–Easy


  • F–Friend
  • F/U–Follow up
  • F2F–Face to Face
  • FAQ–Frequently asked questions
  • FAV–Favorite
  • FAWC–For anyone who cares
  • FB –- Facebook
  • FBF  Flashback Friday
  • FBO –Facebook official
  • FCOL–For crying out loud
  • FF –Follow Friday; also frequent flyer
  • FFA–Free for all
  • FIL–Father-in-law
  • FIMH–Forever in My Heart
  • Fit–outfit
  • FITYMI–Fake it til you make it
  • FLOTUS–First Lady of the United States
  • FMOT–Follow me on Twitter
  • FOMO –Fear of missing out
  • FR–For real
  • FS–For sale
  • FSBO–for sale by owner
  • FTBL–Football
  • FTBOMH–From the bottom of my heart
  • FTE–Full time employee
  • FTFY –-Fixed that for you
  • FTTB–For the time being
  • FUTAB–Feet up, take a break
  • FTL–for the loss
  • FTW –-For the win
  • FWD–Forward
  • FWIW–For what it’s worth
  • FYC–For your consideration
  • FYEO–For your eyes only
  • FYI –- For your information


  • G2G or GTG –-Got to go
  • G4I–Go for it
  • G8–Great
  • G9–Genius
  • GA –-Google Analytics
  • GAHOY–Get a hold of yourself
  • GF–Girlfriend
  • GFN–Gone for now
  • GG –-Good game
  • GJ–Good job
  • GL–Good luck
  • GMTA–Great minds think alike
  • GN–Good night
  • GOAT–Greatest of all time
  • GOI–Get over it
  • GRAS–Generally recognized as safe
  • GRATZ–Congratulations
  • GRWM–Get ready with me
  • GTG–Got to go
  • GTR –Got to run


  • H&K–Hugs and kisses
  • hahaha–Laughing
  • HAND–Have a nice day
  • HBD – Happy birthday
  • Hi 5–High five
  • HIFW – How I feel when…
  • HMB – Hit me back
  • HMU – Hit me up
  • Howru–How are you?
  • HR–Human resources
  • HT or H/T –-Hat tip. Used for acknowledging, appreciating or thanking other users.
  • HTH — Here to help or happy to help
  • HTML–Hyper text markup language


  • i h8 it-I hate it
  • IAM–In a meeting
  • IANAD–I am not a doctor
  • IANAL–I am not a lawyer
  • IBTD–I beg to differ
  • ICBW–I could be wrong
  • ICO-911–In case of emergency
  • ICW–I can’t wait
  • ICWUM–I see what you mean
  • ICYMI — In case you missed it
  • IDC — I don’t care
  • IDGI–I don’t get it
  • IDK– I don’t know
  • IDST–I didn’t say that
  • IDTS–I don’t think so
  • IFYP–I feel your pain
  • IG –Instagram
  • IFYP–I feel your pain
  • IHNC–I have no clue
  • IHU–I hear you
  • IIRC–If I remember correctly
  • IJ–Inside joke
  • IKR — I know, right?
  • ILU–I love you
  • ILY –- I love you
  • IM–Instant message
  • IMHO — In my humble opinion
  • IMI–I mean it
  • IMO — In my opinion
  • IMS–I am sorry
  • IMU–I miss you
  • IRL — In real life
  • ISO–In search of
  • ISP–Internet service provider
  • IT–Information technology
  • IYKWIM–If you know what I mean
  • IYKYK–If you know, you know


  • J4F–Just for fun
  • JIC–Just in case
  • JK — Just kidding
  • JOMO–Joy of missing out
  • JS–Just saying
  • JTM– Just the messenger
  • JSYK–Just so you know


  • KBD–Keyboard
  • KCCO–Keep calm & carry on
  • kewl–cool
  • KIA–Killed in action
  • KISS–Keep it simple, stupid
  • KIT–Keep in touch
  • KITY–Keep it to yourself
  • KK–Okay or kiss kiss
  • KPC–Keeping parents clueless


  • L8–Late
  • L@U–Laughing at you
  • LG–Life’s good
  • LGBTQ–Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+
  • LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP–Lesbian, gay, genderqueer, bisexual, demisexual, transgender, transsexual, twospirit, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, allies, pansexual, polyamorous
  • LHK–Love hugs kisses
  • LHM–Lord have mercy
  • LI–LinkedIn
  • LIG–Life is good or let it go
  • LMAO — Laughing my a** off
  • LMK— Let me know
  • LMS— Like my status
  • LOK–Lots of kisses
  • LOL— Laughing out loud
  • LOLz–Laughing out loud sarcastically
  • LOML–Love of my life
  • LUMU–Love you miss you
  • LYLAB–Love you like a brother
  • LYLAS–Love you like a sister


  • M02–My two cents
  • meh–whatever, who cares
  • MEJR–My eyes just rolled
  • MFC–Meet for coffee
  • MFW– My face when…
  • MIA–Missing in action
  • MIL–Mother-in-law
  • MIRL–Meet in real life
  • MOV–My own views
  • MRW–My reaction when
  • MSG–Message
  • MT–Modified tweet
  • MU–Miss you
  • MTFBWY— May the Force be with you
  • MYOB–Mind your own business


  • NAGI–Not a good idea
  • NATO–No action, talk only
  • NAVY–Never gain volunteer yourself
  • NB–Not bad
  • NBD— No big deal
  • ne1–Anyone
  • Ne2H–Need to have
  • NIMBY–Not in my back yard
  • NIMJD–Not in my job description
  • NM— Not much
  • NME–Enemy
  • NMP–Not my problem
  • NMU–Not much, you?
  • NMY–Nice meeting you
  • NP–No problem
  • NSFL–Not safe for life
  • NSFWNot safe for work
  • NTH–Nice to have
  • NVM— Never mind
  • NW–No way
  • NWR–Not work related
  • NWT–New with tags
  • NYT–Name your trade


  • OAN–On another note
  • OAO–Over and out
  • OBO–Or best offer
  • Obvs–Obviously
  • OC–Original content
  • OH– Overheard
  • OK–Okay
  • OMDB–Over my dead body
  • OMG–Oh, my God!
  • OMW— On my way
  • ONNA–Oh no, not again
  • ONUD–Oh no you didn’t
  • OOAK–One of a kind
  • OOO–Out of the office
  • OOS–Out of stock
  • OOTD— Outfit of the day
  • OP– Original post
  • OST–On second thought
  • OTC–Over the counter
  • OTL–Out to lunch
  • ORLY–Oh, really?!


  • P2P–Person to person, or peer to peer
  • P911–Parent alert
  • PA–Parent alert
  • PAH–Parent at home
  • PAW–parents are watching
  • PC–Personal computer or politically correct
  • PD–Public domain
  • PDQ–Pretty darn quick
  • PBB–Parent behind back
  • PIF–Paid in full
  • PIN–Pinterest
  • PITR–Parent in the room
  • Pls–Please
  • PM–Private message
  • POA–Plan of action
  • POMS–Parent over my shoulder
  • POTD–Photo of the day
  • POV–Point of view
  • POW–Prisoner of war
  • PPC–Pay per click
  • PPL – People
  • PR–Public relations or PageRank
  • PRT–Please retweet
  • PS–Post script
  • PSA–Public service announcement
  • PTB–Please text back
  • PU–That stinks
  • PV— Page views


  • Q&A–Question and answer
  • Q4u–Question for you
  • QOTD–Quote of the day
  • QQ–Crying or quick question
  • QYB–Quit your bitching


  • R&R–Rest and relaxation
  • RBTL–Read between the lines
  • RC–Remote control
  • RDV–Reader’s Digest version
  • RIP–Rest in peace
  • RL–Real life
  • RLRT–Real life retweet
  • RN–Right now
  • RNN–Reply not necessary
  • ROFL— Rolling on the floor laughing
  • ROFLMAO— Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
  • ROI–Return on investment
  • RSS–Really simple syndication or rich site summary
  • RSVP–Respondez S’il Vous Plait
  • RT–Retweet or real time
  • RTD–Real-time data
  • RUOK–Are you OK?
  • RUS–Are you serious?


  • S/N–Serial number
  • S2U–Same to you
  • SaaS–software as a service
  • SALT–Same as last time
  • SANM–Starting a new message
  • SB–Stand by
  • SC–Snapchat or stay cool
  • SCOTUS–Supreme court of the United States
  • sec–Wait a second
  • SEM–Search engine marketing
  • SEO–search engine optimization
  • SERP–search engine results page
  • SETE–Smiling ear to ear
  • SFW— Safe for work
  • SGTM–Sounds good to me
  • SH–Sh** happens
  • shhh-Quiet
  • SHID–Slap head in disgust
  • SIL–Sister-in-law
  • SIN–Stop it now
  • SIT–Stay in touch
  • SM–Social media
  • SMART–specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely
  • SMB–Small and medium-sized business
  • SMH— Shaking my head
  • SMM–Social media marketing
  • SMO–Social media optimization
  • SMP–Social media platform
  • SO–Significant other
  • SOB–Son of a b*tch
  • SOH–Sense of humor
  • SOHO–Small office home office
  • SoLoMo–Social, Local, Mobile
  • SOML–Story of my life
  • SOV–Share of voice
  • Squad–group of friends
  • SRSLY–Seriously
  • SSDD–Same stuff, different day
  • SU–Shut up
  • sub–What’s up
  • Sus–Suspicious or sketchy
  • SWAK–Sealed with a kiss


  • T&C–Terms and conditions
  • t+–Think positive
  • t2go–Time to go
  • T2UL–Talk to you later
  • T4P–Thanks for posting
  • TA–Thanks again
  • TAM–Thanks a million
  • TBA–To be announced
  • TBC–To be continued
  • TBD–To be decided or determined
  • TBH– To be honest
  • TBBH— To be brutally honest
  • TBT— Throwback Thursday
  • TBYB–Try before you buy
  • TC–Take care
  • TCOB–Taking care of business
  • TCOY–Take care of yourself
  • TEAM–Together everyone achieves more
  • TFTF–Thanks for the follow
  • TFW– That feeling when…
  • TGIF— Thank God it’s Friday
  • Thx–Thanks
  • TIA–Thanks in advance
  • TIL— Today I learned…
  • TIME–Tears in my eyes
  • TL;DR– Too long; didn’t read
  • TMB–Tweet me back
  • TMI— Too much information
  • TNO–Tell no one
  • TOM–Tomorrow
  • TNTL–Trying not to laugh
  • TOON–Cartoon
  • TOY–Thinking of you
  • TOS–Terms of service
  • TT–TikTok
  • TTKU–Try to keep up
  • TTTT–To tell the truth
  • TTUL–Talk to you later
  • TTYL–Talk to you later
  • TTYN–Talk to you never
  • TTYS–Talk to you soon
  • TW–Twitter
  • Txt–Text
  • TY–Thank you
  • TYVM–Thank you very much


  • UFN–Until further notice
  • UGC–User generated content
  • UI–user interface
  • UR2K–You are too kind
  • URL–Uniform resource locator
  • UV–Unique visitor
  • UX–User experience


  • VBD–Very big deal
  • VFM–Value for money
  • VGN–Vegan or vegetarian
  • VIM–Very important member
  • VIP–Very important person
  • VM–Voice mail
  • VOD–Video on demand
  • VWD–Very well done


  • w/–With
  • WAD–Without a doubt
  • WADR–With all due respect
  • WAI–What an idiot
  • WAY–Where are you?
  • WAYD–What are you doing?
  • WBU– What about you?
  • WDYM–What do you mean?
  • WE–Whatever
  • WFH— Working from home
  • WIP–Work in progress
  • WKYP–Will keep you posted
  • WOM–Word of mouth
  • WOTD–Word of the day
  • WTF–What the f—?
  • WTH–What the hay?, What the heck?, or What the h*ll?
  • WTPA–Where’s the party at?
  • WUWH–Wish you were here
  • WUZUP–What’s up?
  • WYA–Where you at?
  • WYP–What’s your problem?
  • WYRN–What your real name?
  • WYWH–Wish you were here


  • X–Times
  • X-I-10–Exciting
  • XAXA–Ha Ha
  • XOXO–Hugs and kisses
  • XX–Kiss kiss


  • Y–Why? or yes
  • YA–Yet another
  • Yas or Yaaas–yes; overly excited
  • YATI–You’re a total idiot
  • YB–You b*itch
  • YDKM–You don’t know me
  • YGBK–You gotta be kidding
  • YGM–You got ma
  • YGTBK–You’ve got to be kidding
  • YGTR–You got that right
  • YIU–Yes, I understand
  • YNK–You never know
  • YKWIM–You know what I mean
  • YOLO— You only live once
  • YOYO–You’re on your own
  • YSK–You should know
  • YT–YouTube
  • YW–You’re welcome


  • Z–Said
  • zerg–To gang up on someone
  • ZZZ–sleeping, tired, bored

Bookmarks–Eleven Unique Bookmarks

Bookmarks are recommended are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.

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Bookmark is a metal feather with a butterfly charm and dried flower inside a little bulb

Metal Feather Bookmark with Pendant

The feathers and butterflies are available in two colors–silver or golden feather. The pendants have several different flowers inside. Handmade.

For more details, click here.

I am unboxing my purchase:

Magnetic bookmarks of various ocean theme colors

Magnetic Bookmarks

These are magnetic bookmarks that clip together from one side of the page to the next. There are three different designs. The photo is multi ocean. One can pick 15 or 30 bookmarks.

I had a cat that kept pulling my bookmarks out of books but did not with magnetic ones.

For more details, click here.

Flower bookmarks with a good variety of flowers and plants

Flower Bookmarks

There are 30. Printed only on one side. Made of cardstock. Not laminated.

I bought these for my mom who is a garden lover.

For more details, click here.

Funny black cat bookmarks stretched out to look like they are holding onto the top of the page

Black Cat Bookmarks

These are in a set of ten. Plastic. Not too thick or too thin.

I plan to enclose mine in this year’s Halloween cards.

For more details, click here.

Outus 4 Pieces Wood Bookmarks are vintage style with pretty designs on four different bookmarks with a bead tassle.

Outus 4 Pieces Wood Bookmarks

These wood bookmarks come in several different styles. The one seen here is called vintage style. Each bookmark has a different color and design. There is a bead or tassel with each one. Thin enough to use between the pages of a book.

Available here.

I am unboxing my purchase:

Four acrylics with dried flowers with a tassel.

Dried Flower Resin Bookmarks

There are four. Dried flowers inside resin. Tassel. Handmade. A bit thicker than a regular bookmark.

They work for me to use in the magazines and larger books. Very pretty when the sun shines them.

For more details, click here.

Embroidered corner bookmark

Hand Embroidered Corner Bookmark

This is made of felt with a thick cardstock as the backing; not as thick as cardboard. Pick the letter you want and the season. The one in the photo is spring. Embroidered.

For more details, click here.

I am unboxing my purchase:

wooden bookmark with aztect design

Wooden Bookmark–Made in the USA

This is wooden bookmark with four design choices. Personalization is available. Handmade. This is the Aztec design.

For more details, click here.

yellow elastic bookmark with pointer on a book

Elastic Bookmark-Made in Italy

An elastic with a pointer to help keep your place. Different colors available. Be aware that some of the colors are differently priced.

I had some students use these to help them focus on the line while they were reading. I did not get returned library books that were damaged from this type of bookmark although I think it worked better with hardbacks; depending on the sturdiness of the book’s binding and how stretchy the elastic could get from use.

Available here.

funny green plastic bookworm wrapped around the pages of the corner of a book's page

Wally the Bookworm

The worm is made of plastic. Comes in various colors. About four inches.

I did receive one of these from a student as a gift. Very cute.

Available here.

two elastic bookmarks with a tree of life pendant

Tree of Life Elastic Bookmarks

These come in a pair. There are several choices with crystals beaded as the leaves of the tree.

I would recommend using these to keep your place in a diary, planner, affirmation/prayer a day book, or another book with a hardback cover.

Available here.

2023 Children's Books · Children's Book Recommendations

Mother-Themed Children’s Books

Mother-Theme children’s book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.

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Mother-Themed children’s books can be shared throughout the year, not only on Mother’s Day or as a baby shower gift for an expecting mother. Young readers like to cuddle and read with their moms all year long.

Board Books

Cover of ABCs of Love for Mom with mother and baby animals

ABCs of Love for Mom (Books of Kindness)

by Patricia Hegarty (Author), Summer Macon (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Rodale Kids. 2023, Baby-3. Board Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0593651926.

Brief summary: A rhyming alphabet book board book teaching the ABCs as well as the correlating social and emotional words that Moms share and do with their children.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

This book is one of the “Books of Kindness” series. Learn more here.

Cover for Mommy's Kisses and Cuddles with a mother holding her child

Mommy’s Kisses and Cuddles 

by Linda Ashman (Author), Jane Massey (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Cartwheel Books. 2023. 3-5 years old. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1338359770.

Brief summary: A calming rhyming book with moms and their children sharing the different parts of the day.

Please note: This books is a cross between a board book and a picture book with heavier cardstock paper but not cardboard. The size is 7.32 x 0.39 x 8.03 inches.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

You may be interested in “Daddy’s Hugs and Snuggles” from this author. Learn more here.

Cover for Amazing Moms with a mother rabbit holding her baby rabbis

Amazing Moms 

by Alison Brown (Author). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Silver Dolphin Books. 2023. Baby-2. Board Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1667203928.

Brief summary: Cute animal moms interact with love and support to their babies, all with rhythm and rhyme.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Cover for She is Mama. A mother is holding her child with a rainbow behind them in a garden of flowers

She Is Mama 

by Mackenzie Porter (Author), Heather Brockman Lee (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Little Simon. 2023. Baby-2. Board Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1665926980.

Brief summary: Mothers care for their children in various activities and are always there. This book is in rhyme.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Picture Books

Cover of If You Were the Moon, My Love with a purple moon in a quarter crescent

If You Were the Moon, My Love

By Alina Loux (author & illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Ken-Ken Books. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover. ISBN: 979-8-9865279-4-9.

Brief summary: This gentle rhyming and rhythmic lullaby of unconditional love for a parent to a child will give your little one sweet dreams.

Each stanza is a single illustration that extends across both pages with calm, eye-pleasing colors. At the same time, the four-line stanzas have an ABCB rhyming pattern that is soothing to the ears.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

* I received a complimentary digital copy of this picture book for an honest review.

Cover for Sari-Sari- Summers with lola and her granddaughter, Nora in front of the store

Sari-Sari Summers 

by Lynnor Bontigao (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Candlewick. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1536226140.

Brief summary: Nora is old enough this summer to help her lola, her grandmother, in the sari-sari store in the Philippines. The granddaughter cleans all of the shelves that hold various items in the little store.

A heat wave comes, and all the customers stay home from the hot sun. Lola has an idea to bring back business.

Traditional text as well as speech bubbles. Recipe on the back page. Several two-page spreads.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

Cover for Milko with a boy hugging a bunch of pink with monarch butterflies around him


by Samuel Narh & Freda Narh (Author), Alisa Knatko (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Chasing A Spider Publishing . 2023. Grades 1-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1734789720.

Brief summary: Milko misses his mother, who has gone to Ethiopia for a year instead of being home with them in Bolivia. His sister, Abena, cries too, but Papa cannot console them. No one does it like Mama.

Milko counts down the days. Will she ever return?

I recommend this to school counselors/librarians/teachers, and parents who are away for jobs/military deployment/social work.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Cover for One Day of the bacck of a mother holding a baby over her shoulder whose face we see

One Day 

by Joanna Ho (Author), Faith Pray (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž HarperCollins. 2023. Baby-2nd Grade. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0063056923.

Brief summary: A mother cradles her infant son and dreams and shares all the wonderful ways her boy will be as he grows up.

Beautiful two-paged spread illustrations.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Cover of Because I'm Your Mom with a Monster mom with two horns holding her baby monster up in the air

Because I’m Your Mom 

by Ahmet Zappa (Author), Dan Santat (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0316338219.

Brief summary: A monster mom tells her child all the fun and silly things they can share together, no matter how outrageous they may seem.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

If you enjoy this book, you may be interested in reading Because I’m Your Dad.

Cover of Miss Irwin with a pastel image similar to Impressionism style of a woman and a little boy who is holding up a brown bag to her

Miss Irwin 

by Allen Say (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Scholastic Press. 2023. Grades PreK-3. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1338300406.

Brief summary: Andy notices his grandmother’s front door is open and stops by to let her know. He discovers his mother is watering the roses. Andy goes inside the kitchen to keep his Grandma company. He notices a white box and takes it to her, wondering what is inside.

His grandmother believes she is his kindergarten teacher, Miss Irwin. Andy plays along, remembering that his mother told him his grandmother was struggling with her memory. He learns about a boy named Willie and what is inside the box.

Allen Say certainly captured Alzheimer’s with a compassionate story all can understand. The illustrations of the images are not seen clearly and symbolize blurred memories.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Cover of Mommy Time of a mother holding a baby boy and the older sister outside in flowers

Mommy Time 

by Monique James-Duncan (Author), Ebony Glenn (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Candlewick. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1536212266.

Brief summary: A stay-at-home mom spends time with her boy as the father and sister are away. The daughter is collected from school, and now the two children share mommy time.

The book is about a day in the mom’s life and the time she spends with her children.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

2023 Children's Books · Children's Book Recommendations

Earth Day and Earth Picture Books

Earth Day and Earth picture book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.

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Earth and Earth Day covers

Earth Day Picture Books

Cover of the picture book The Day the River Caught Fire with three children looking at the river on fire

The Day the River Caught Fire: How the Cuyahoga River Exploded and Ignited the Earth Day Movement

by Barry Wittenstein (Author), Jessie Hartland (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books . 2023. Grades 2-5. Hardcover Narrative Nonfiction Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1534480834.

Brief summary:  In the summer of 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire from the sparks of a train railcar falling into the water. It was not the first time the river caught on fire.

Young readers will learn about how the river became so polluted and what happened to change the pollution from continuously building.

Back pages include sections: Author’s Note, Environmental Time Line, Clean Water Act, To Learn More, and a Bibliography.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

The picture book cover of Black Beach with Sam holding a picket sign saying "Save our planet." Marine animal life are with her while the oil rig is spilling oil onto the water

Black Beach: A Community, an Oil Spill, and the Origin of Earth Day 

by Shaunna & John Stith (Author), Maribel Lechuga (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž little bee books . 2023. Grades K-4. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1499813043.

 Brief summary: Sam is in class in Santa Barbara when she sees her teacher look outside the window after the principal whispers to her and wonders why. Her parents explain to her about Union Oil causing an oil spill near where they live. The family walks to their favorite beach to find that the beach and ocean are black with oil. The town tries to clean the oil from the beach and help the animals covered with it.

A national day was created from this disaster and organized to celebrate and protest the environment which still exists today called Earth Day, April 22, 1970.

There are several sections in the back of the book: Author’s Note, Selected Bibliography, Timeline, Earth Day Today, Earth Day Every Day, and How to Become an Environmental Activist.

Teachers and homeschooling parents could share this book as a supplement in addition with Earth Day activities.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Earth and World Picture Books

Picture book cover of Stillwater and Koo Save the World with a grown panda and a Panda cub walking on the globe of the earth while carrying red umbrellas

Stillwater and Koo Save the World (A Stillwater and Friends Book) 

by Jon J Muth (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Scholastic Press . 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1338812312.

Brief summary: Koo wakes up and wants to save the world, and his uncle suggests cleaning his room first. Throughout the day, the uncle and nephew do small and thoughtful acts. Koo shares his feelings of wanting to save the world and learns how to make a difference in their world through acts of kindness.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

Cover of the picture book titled No World Too Big with three children holding up a globe of the earth

No World Too Big: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change

by Lindsay H. Metcalf (Author), Jeanette Bradley (Author, Illustrator), Keila V. Dawson (Author). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Charlesbridge. 2023. 2-5 grade. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1623543136.

Brief summary: Twelve poems written by children worldwide promoting global activisms. A paragraph explains what each child is doing and how the reader can help. 

Back pages include sections: From Me…, To We…, Glossary, Poetry Forms, and About the Poets.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Picture book cover of Cool Green with a grandfather carrying his granddaughter on his shoulder while walking in a forest

Cool Green: Amazing, Remarkable Trees 

by Lulu Delacre (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Candlewick. 2023. PreK -2. Hardcover Nonfiction Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1536220407.

Brief summary: A landscaper teaches his granddaughter why he loves trees. Each tree is described in a poem.

Back pages include sections: A Note From the Author-Illustrator, Why Trees?, Cool Facts About the Trees in This Book, For Further Exploration, and A Bibliography.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

Cover of the picture book title The Tree and the River with a lone tree on the banks of a river

The Tree and the River 

by Aaron Becker (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Candlewick. 2023. PreK-5. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1536223293.

Brief summary: This wordless picture book begins with a tree growing on the banks of a river. It observes humans throughout the many decades changing with the seasons and years that have gone by.

Aaron Becker brilliantly captures the Mother Nature vs. humankind aspect through these detailed and thought-provoking illustrations.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Picture book cover of Flipflopi with a boy and his father building a boat with the community in the background collect plastic out of the ocean.

Flipflopi: How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean 

by Linda Ravin Lodding (Author), Dipesh Pabari (Author), Michael Machira Mwangi (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Beaming Books. 2023. K-3. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1506486406.

Brief summary: Juma walks with his grandfather to go fishing on the beach and is met with all sorts of plastic trash and thousands of flip-flops. The community comes together and gathers all of the endless plastic waste and melts it to make a dhow boat.

This is based a on a true story which is explained in the back pages along with sections: Ocean Pollution, How Dan You Help?, and Glossary.

What a “make lemonade out of lemons” story!

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Cover of Climate Warriors showing various photos of the different scientist with a green background.

Climate Warriors: Fourteen Scientists and Fourteen Ways We Can Save Our Planet

by Laura Gehl (Author). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Millbrook Press. 2023. Grades 3-8. Hardcover Nonfiction. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1728460406.

Brief summary: There is an introduction to define climate change before each of the fourteen scientists’ chapter. There are a variety of different scientists who explains ways they are working and studying to help the Earth. Each section concludes with recommendations from the scientist and what we can do.

The book ends with ideas of how we all can be a climate warrior.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

The picture book cover of The World and Everything In It with bits and piece of the illustrations inside all around the title such as a dog, cloud, kitten, and so on

The World and Everything in It

by Kevin Henkes (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Greenwillow Books. 2023. PreK-1. Hardcover Picture Book.ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0063245648.

Brief summary: This book shares what is around us in the world: big, small, and between. The soft and calming illustrations are done with brown ink and watercolor paint, demonstrating the size differences.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

The picture book cover of You Are My Pride with a large sailboat on the blue ocean

You Are My Pride: A Love Letter from Your Motherland 

by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), E. B. Lewis (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Astra Young Readers. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1635923872.

Brief summary: This touching poem, illustrated with large two-page illustrations done in watercolors, is a lovely letter from Mother Nature telling her human children how much she has loved them since the beginning of their creation on Earth.

Back pages briefly explain the Developments in Early Human Evolution.

Educators–this would be a great supplement to use with the different viewpoints unit of study.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

2023 Children's Books · Children's Book Recommendations

New Picture Books About Library Books

Library book picture book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.

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Cover of picture book, This is a Story, of a girl book hugging a book.

This Is a Story 

by John Schu (Author), Lauren Castillo (Illustrator). Publisher: β€Ž Candlewick. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1536204520.

Brief summary: The title page begins this story with a girl receiving a library card from her father.

One word on a page of a book from a shelf waits in a library. A little girl walks to the library with her father and younger sibling. She goes into the children’s section carrying a seahorse kite, where a librarian helps her narrow her search from many of the books to the perfect one–a sea horse library book. She begins to read. Other readers in the area are reading books we all know and love that are connected to our hearts and imagination.

The little girl has found her special library book and now helps her younger brother find his. She uses her library card to check out.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Continue reading for more details and buying options on this book’s Amazon page.

If you enjoy this book, you may like John Schu’s This is a School.

Cover of picture book, This Book is my Best Friend with two children in a library both pulling in opposite directions of a book

This Book Is My Best Friend 

by Robin Robinson (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1665906814.

Brief summary: Two best friends, Sunny and Aarush, want to check out the same library book, Factory Friends, but there is only one copy. They each try to persuade the other why the book is their best friend and needs it more. Having failed at trying to book talk each other into other books to check out instead, they realize how to share the library book.

I recommend this book to school librarians who have students fighting over a book, as I have had many times in my school libraries. (They did not always share, so I had a big die on my desk. The one who rolled the highest number could read it first).

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

Continue reading for more details and buying options on this book’s Amazon page.

Cover of Palace of Books with author and illustrator, Patricia Polacco as a girl looking at the Willard Library

Palace of Books 

by Patricia Polacco (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 2023. PreK-5. Hardcover Picture Book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1534451315.

Brief summary: As a girl, Patricia Polacco’s family moves from Union City to Battle Creek, Michigan. It is hard for her to adjust from living in a rural area.

One day she walks home from school, taking a different route, and discovers a stately building with giant pillars along the front with many steps leading up to a porch. It is the Willard Library and full of books for people to borrow. Mrs. Creavy, a librarian, helps Patricia find bird books and even shares the notable books of John James Audubon, full of watercolors of birds.

Soon, Patricia paints birds and shares them with her class. This sparks an Audubon bird club at Fremont Elementary School for the next sixty years.

I will always recommend a book by Patricia Polacco, as she is one of the best storytellers and illustrators in the USA. I was honored to have her as a guest author for our elementary school. I will always cherish having lunch with this legendary author and illustrator that day in our little elementary library.

Rating: 5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Continue reading for more details and buying options on this book’s Amazon page.

The Library Fish Learns to Read (The Library Fish Books) 

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli  (Author), Gladys Jose  (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. PreK-2. 2023. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1534477070.

Brief summary: Library Fish lives in a bowl on the librarian’s desk, Mr. Hughes, where she watches the students check books in and out of the public library. One day, she is listening to Mr. Hughes tell a story about a dog learning how to read and is inspired that she, too, would like to learn to read.

After the librarian says good night, Library Fish gets out of her bowl (with special accommodations) and begins to teach herself the ABCs. Each night she practices until she can read books.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

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2023 Children's Books · Children's Book Recommendations

Ten New Easter, Spring, and Passover Picture Books

recommended by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian

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The picture book cover of Happy Easter From the Crayons with a red, purple, and green crayon inside of an Easter basket

Happy Easter from the Crayons 

by Drew Daywalt  (Author), Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Philomel Books. 2023. PreK-1. Hardcover.

Brief summary: The crayons prepare for Easter by making various shapes to paste onto an egg. This small picture book(5.88 x 0.36 x 7.13 inches) could fit inside an Easter basket.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

The picture book cover of Easter with a chocolate bunny and colored eggs instide of a basket

Easter (Happy Holidays! series) 

by Rebecca Sabelko (Author). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Bellwether Media. 2022. K-1. Early reader. Nonfiction paperback. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1648348532.

Brief summary: This early reader nonfiction chapter book has nonfiction text features explaining what Easter is and how it is celebrated. A site word chart is at the beginning.
This smaller hardcover book(5.22 x 0.07 x 8.59 inches) could fit nicely in an Easter basket.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

The picture book cover of Easter Eggs and Matzo Balls with a boy looking outside a window and seeing a white rabbit hiding Easter eggs in the garden

Easter Eggs and Matzo Balls 

by Janie Emaus  (Author), Bryan Langdo (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Sky Pony. 2023. PreK-1. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1510769229.

Brief summary: Michael texts the Easter Bunny to let him know that he has a new stepsister, Anna, who celebrates Passover but wants to make sure she gets something special in the Golden Egg since both holidays were at the same time. Both siblings hunt for the Easter Egg and Afikoman bag needed to celebrate the holiday.

The back includes a chicken soup recipe and a matzo balls recipe. There is a glossary of Passover and Easter terms.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

The picture book cover of Passover with a family standing around the table saying a prayer with religious food on the table for the holiday like Matza

Passover: A Celebration of Freedom (Big Golden Book) 

by Bonnie Bader  (Author), Joanie Stone (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Golden Books. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0593563885.

Brief summary: This narrative nonfiction story explains why Passover is celebrated by retelling the freedom of the Israelites led by Moses, the Ten Plagues, and the Red Sea’s parting. Young readers learn about the food and the symbolism of the Passover Seder.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

The picture book cover of Pick a Perfect Egg with cute little yellow checks and baby birds and eggs all done in pastel water colors

Pick a Perfect Egg 

by Patricia Toht  (Author), Jarvis (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Candlewick. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1536228472.

Brief summary: This beautiful digitally illustrated rhyming story begins with a mother and daughter going to the country farmer to pick out their eggs to decorate for Easter. They use natural coloring from plants as well as dye tablets to color their eggs. The two decorate with care and then go to a festive egg hunt the next day.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

The picture book cover of Pete the Cat and the Easter Basket Bandit with Pete the Cat holding up Easter eggs in his paws while the Easter bunny is in the background; eggs allover the ground and in a tree

Pete the Cat and the Easter Basket Bandit

by James Dean  (Author, Illustrator), Kimberly Dean (Author). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž HarperFestival. 2023. PreK–2. Paperback. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0062868374.

Brief summary: Poor Pete wakes up on Easter morning and finds that his Easter basket is missing. He follows a trail of jellybeans to a friend’s house who has not seen it. Pete the Cat follows more candy trails, all leading to various friends. Who has his basket?

Includes a poster in the front, stickers, and Easter cards. Cute book for a child’s Easter basket.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Board book cover of Happy Easter, Little Bunny with a cute real brown bunny and watercolored flowers and leaves and Easter eggs

Happy Easter, Little Bunny (Baby Animal Tales) 

by Amanda Wood  (Author), Vikki Chu (Illustrator), Bec Winnel (Photographer). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Harry N. Abrams. 2023. Baby-Prek. Board book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1419766640.

Brief summary: Bunny and Mouse wake up on Easter Morning looking for eggs until a Fox appears causing them to go back in Bunny’s burrow where there is a beautiful surprise. The first board book in the Baby Animal Tales series.

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

Board book cover of I'm a Little Bunny with three bunnies sitting on grass with bees, butterflies and flowers near them

I’m a Little Bunny

by Hannah Eliot  (Author), Liz Brizzi (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Little Simon. 2023. Baby-toddler. Board book. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1665927024.

Brief summary: Bunnies and friends discover Spring all around them. This story can be sung to “I’m a Little Teapot!”

For more details or to buy, click here.

Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

The picture book cover of Sister Spring with Spring shaped like a girl with beautiful flowers all over her while she is floating through the sky touching flowers to bloom

Sister Spring

by James Christopher Carroll (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Creative Editions . 2023. K-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1568463841.

Brief summary: A young woman, Sister Spring, comes up from inside the earth and brings the daffodils, the rain, peepers, and all of the spring elements of Nature. A beautifully illustrated picture book with spring colors.

Teachers could include this book when studying personification.

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Rating: 4.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

The picture book cover of Don't Touch That Flower with a squirrel and little blue bird in the forest

Don’t Touch That Flower!

by Alice Hemming  (Author), Nicola Slater (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1728271361.

Brief summary: Squirrel wakes to the sounds of birds and bees and realizes it is spring. The informative blue bird helps the squirrel learn the proper way to care for the yellow wildflower he mistakenly claims to be his own.

“Our Flowers” section in the back explaining about the wildflower.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

2023 Children's Books · Children's Book Recommendations

Grandparent Picture Book Recommendations–Spring 2023

Grandparent picture book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.

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cartoon of grandparents and grandchildren

I’m always on the lookout for picture books with grandparents and grandchildren relationships and have been pleased to see five brand-new ones in our public library. I hope there are more to come this year.

Grandparent picture book cover of Mama Shamsi at the bazaar with her granddaughter clinging to her.

Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar 

by Mojdeh Hassani  (Author), Samira Iravani (Author), Maya Fidawi (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Dial Books. 2023. K-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0593110614.

Brief summary: Samira is a bit nervous about going to the bazaar with her grandmother for the first time to buy groceries. She repeatedly asks Mama Shamsi to hide in her chador, but the woman wisely resists using humor to soothe her granddaughter’s fear.

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Rating: 4/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Grandparent picture book of a grandson standing with his grandfather behind him

At the Drop of a Cat 

by Γ‰lise Fontenaille (Author), Violeta LΓ³piz (Illustrator), Karin Snelson  (Translator), Emilie Robert Wong (Translator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Enchanted Lion Books. 2023. K-3. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1592703821.

Brief summary: A grandson visits his Grandpa Luis every Wednesday and Sunday. His grandpa is not only a talented artist but can make anything grow, creating the beautiful garden where they spend their days. The six-year-old is learning to read and write and tells us that his Grandpa does not know how as he was an immigrant from Spain to France who had to work in the fields as a child.

This is a French translation and captures the two kindred spirits. I like the mixed-up idioms and how the grandson narrates how he is getting to know Grandpa Luis.

For more details or to buy, click here (in ENGLISH).

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

For more details or to buy, click here (in FRENCH).

Grandparent picture book of Abuela's Super Capa of the abuela and her grandson in capes flying in the air high fiving one another

Abuela’s Super Capa 

by Ana Siqueira  (Author), Elisa Chavarri  (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž HarperCollins. 2023. K-3. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-0063113657.

Brief summary: Luis and his abuela have fun every Saturday going around the neighborhood being superheroes. One Saturday, she does not visit. Luis learns that his abuela is very sick in the hospital. She comes to stay with them as she recovers. Although Luis is saddened that his abuela is unable to be as active, he tries to come up with a way to have fun and realizes his sister, Isabel, can be his new sidekick and fight and do adventures together in their capes. 

There is a glossary of the Spanish words used in the book.

For more details or to buy, click here(in ENGLISH).

Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

For more details or to buy, click here in SPANISH.

The sun's rays coming down through the trees onto the road a the child runds to a grandparent

In Every Life 

by Marla Frazee  (Author, Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Beach Lane Books. 2023. PreK-2. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1665912488.

Brief summary: The text has seven lines with seven words each(except for the last line). Each line is across the top of a two-page spread with small illustrations below, and then the next two-page spread is an illustration matching that color scheme.

The words are calm and straightforward. The stunning illustrations are done with pencil and gouache and are detailed little scenes of family members with everyday interactions. I stopped and looked at the details of each one before continuing to the following line and was glad to see that grandparents were included.

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Rating: 5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Picture book cover of a grandmother and her grandchild walking in the rain

Together with You

by Patricia Toht  (Author), Jarvis  (Illustrator). Publisher ‏ : β€Ž Candlewick. 2023. PreK-1. Hardcover. ISBN-13 ‏ : β€Ž 978-1536223514.

Brief summary: A grandmother and her grandchild put on rain gear to play in Spring’s rain. Summer arrives with them cooling off from the hot sun. Autumn brings the wind they need to fly a kite and enjoy the falling leaves. Winter comes with them getting cozy and watching the snow from inside. Each season is spent with one another.

The seasonal color schemes go in hand with this gentle and calming book that blends from one season to the next.

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Rating: 4.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

2023 Children's Books · Children's Book Recommendations

St. Patrick’s Day Board Books for Your Wee Ones

St. Patrick’s Day board book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian πŸ“šβ€οΈ

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A leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day dressed in green and wearing a little green hat. Rainbow connecting the trees. A pot of gold. Fairy's mushroom circle. Shamrocks

The Littlest Leprechaun (Littlest Series)

by Brandi Dougherty  (Author), Michelle Todd (Illustrator). Publisher: β€Ž Cartwheel Books. 2022. PreK-K. Paperback with stickers. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-1338796698

Brief summary–Although Liam is the smallest leprechaun in his family, he is still able to help with the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Peppa the pig is dressed in a green outfit with shamrock's across the cover to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves St. Patrick’s Day 

by Scholastic (Author), EOne (Illustrator). Publisher: Scholastic Inc. 2022. PreK-K. Paperback. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-1338794342

Brief summary: Peppa and family go to Ireland for an Irish dancing festival. The fact sheet in the back explains more about the St. Patrick’s Day celebration than the actual story. Great for Peppa the Pig booklovers or the hit show on Nick Jr.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Yellow puppy dressed in a green vest and hat holding a four leafed clover with the background of a giant shamrock; ready for St. Patrick's Day

Spot’s Lucky Day 

by Eric Hill  (Author& Illustrator). Publisher: β€Ž Warne. 2022. Baby-toddler. Board book. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-0241529775

Brief summary: The sweet and cute puppy, Spot, has a St. Patrick’s Day party and dresses up as a leprechaun. The book is shaped like a shamrock.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Thing One and Thing Two holding a black pot full of gold. Shamrocks all over the cover.

Thing One, Thing Two and the Leprechaun (Dr. Seuss’s Things Board Books)

by Dr. Seuss(Author). Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers. 2022. Baby-toddler. Board book. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-0593484951

Brief summary: Thing One and Thing Two chase a leprechaun through a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Rhyming book.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Boy with a four leafed clover holding it over his sun where the sun is shining upon it.

Baby Loves Photosynthesis on St. Patrick’s Day! (Baby Loves Science) 

by Ruth Spiro  (Author), Irene Chan  (Illustrator). Publisher: Charlesbridge. 2022. Baby-toddler. Board book. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-1623543075

Brief summary: Baby is told that the reason the clovers are green is because of photosynthesis. Advance vocabulary is used with charts to help explain the parts of the clover. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the story with bright and happy illustrations. Comprehension may be best for older readers(PreK-2), but a baby or toddler could still enjoy the story.

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Rating: 3.5/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—1/2

A rainbow over two shamrocks that are smiling

You Shamrock My World: A Sweet and Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Board Book for Babies and Toddlers (Punderland) 

by Rose Rossner  (Author), Ela Smietanka (Illustrator). Publisher: β€Ž Sourcebooks Wonderland. 2022. Baby-toddler. Board book. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-1728256337

Brief summary: This book is done with pairs of characters using various St. Patrick’s Day symbols in cute rhyming puns. Colorful.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Mickey dressed in a green top hat with a large shamrock in his hand

Disney Baby My First St. Patrick’s Day

by Disney Books (Author), Jerrod Maruyama (Illustrator). Publisher: β€Ž Disney Press. 2022. Baby-toddler. Board book(touch and feel). ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-1368069137

Brief summary: Baby is introduced to various St. Patrick Day symbols with the help of various Walt Disney characters. Some touch and feel objects.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Smiling leprechauns with red hair dressed green

Five Little Leprechauns 

by Jeffrey Burton  (Author), Tommy Doyle (Illustrator). Publisher: β€Ž Little Simon. 2022. Baby-toddler. Board book. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-1665910835

Brief summary: This is a variant of the “Five Little Monkeys” story and with the same fun rhyme and rhythm. “Five little leprechauns hiding in the clover.
One leaped up and then fell over.

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—

Three leprechauns standing around a large cauldron full of gold coins

This Is the Way the Leprechauns Play

by Arlo Finsy (Author), Yuyi Chen (Illustrator). Publisher: β€Ž Random House Books for Young Readers. 2022. Baby-toddler. Board book. ISBN-13: β€Ž 978-0593482681

Brief summary: The lyrical and rhyming text of the leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day is sung to “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush.”

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Rating: 3/5 πŸ“—πŸ“—πŸ“—