Ladybug Girl

Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis Dial Books for Young Readers, 2008 40 pages I have a confession to make: I'm a book snob. I usually avoid bestsellers like the plague. This is partly due to experience. When I have tried to read John Grisham, Tom Clancy, or the like, I've found them … Continue reading Ladybug Girl

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams by Alexandra Wallner Holiday House, 2001 32 pages Grade-school lessons about the women's movement are pretty limited in scope. They tend to focus on the women's suffrage campaigns of the late 1800s and early 1900s, then skip ahead to the '60s and '70s and the battle over the ERA. As a result, young … Continue reading Abigail Adams


Jessica by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books, 1989 24 pages Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite author-illustrators for children. His perceptive, sometimes sly and snarky heroes and heroines are among the most engaging characters in picture book land. And his lovely little jewel-like illustrations beautifully capture the simultaneous limitations and limitlessness of a child's world, … Continue reading Jessica