Alice B. McGinty

Alice B. McGinty

Alice B. McGinty | Summer 2019 reading suggestions

Summer is library time. I had been hearing great things about both of these new books and was excited to find them at the Champaign Public Library.

Alice B. McGinty | Offer children a fun way to learn

A recent trip to the Champaign Public Library led me to these two new picture books, each offering a rollicking fun time.

Alice B. McGinty | Spring-reading ideas for little ones

I am happy to review three new picture books in today's column.

For anyone planning summer camping activities, this book is just right: "Don't Feed the Bear" (2018, Sterling Children's Books, written by Kathleen Doherty, illustrated by Chip Wass, ages 3-7).

Bear loves the "grub" that campers leave him in the woods — leftover mac and cheese, meatball stew and more.

Alice B. McGinty | Fresh crop of books put our tall friends in spotlight

Outdoors, things are growing — and wonderful new books are growing, too!

"Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth (2018, Charlesbridge, written by Carrie Pearson, illustrated by Susan Swan, ages 4-9) tells the true story of survival — and more than 1,200 years of growth — of a special tree in California's Redwood National Park.

Alice B. McGinty | Two stories that capture nature's wonder

As we head into spring, here are two lovely new picture books that capture a sense of wonder in their own unique ways.

"Sometimes Rain" (2018, Beach Lane Books, written by Meg Fleming, illustrated by Diana Sudyka, ages 1-5) blends lyrical language, just the right details and breathtaking watercolor paintings to bring nature's wonder and beauty to life for children.

Alice B. McGinty | Two picture books deserving of accolades

Excitement over the recent American Library Association Awards is still in the air, and here are two more noteworthy picture books that received honors.

Receiving a Caldecott Honor was "Alma and How She Got Her Name" (2018, Candlewick Press, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, ages 3-8).

Alice B. McGinty | Learn all about running a lighthouse

There has been excitement buzzing in the children's book industry since the American Library Association recently announced its 2019 Youth Media Awards.

Alice B. McGinty | More stories that earned acclaim in 2018

Before we slide too far into the new year, and before the American Library Association announces its 2019 awards later this month, I will highlight two more 2018 picture books that earned much acclaim.

Included in Publisher's Weekly's Best of 2018 books was "Dreamers" (2018, Neal Porter Books, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, ages 4-8).

Alice B. McGinty | Two of the best stories from 2018

At the end of each year, review journals take stock of the year in books and generate listings of the best. Included in Publisher's Weekly's "Best of 2018" picture books are these two gems, not only beautifully written, but with wisdom to share.

Alice B. McGinty | Picture books celebrate wintertime, Hanukkah

This weekend, we are not only fully immersed in wintertime, but many are also finishing observing eight days of Hanukkah. Here are two wonderful new picture books to help celebrate each occasion!