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little lit book series: women's history month

We’ve been looking forward to March for some time now.  It’s Women's History Month and we’re sharing books about extraordinary women today on #littlelitbookseries.

"Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?"  Jane Austen needs no introduction.  She "had a gift for social observation and a sharp eye for human folly."  Her significant contributions shaped the literary landscape of her time—and beyond—and she paved the way for other women writers.  This absolutely lovely illustrated biography about her gives us details about her life and the world she lived in.

Be sure to seek out the other books in this series about other women with exceptional talents in their fields: Virginia Woolf, Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo.  Library of Luminaries: Jane Austen: An Illustrated Biography was written by Zena Alkayat, illustrated by Nina Cosford and published by Chronicle Books.

Stop by @littlelitbookseries for more books about extraordinary women throughout the month and see what everyone else is sharing today on Instagram by searching the hashtag #littlelitbookseries.


hooray for amanda and her alligator!

Happy Read Across America Day, all!

Today we're reading "6 1/2 surprising stories about 2 surprising friends."  Amanda and her stuffed alligator have the best of times together as best friends usually do.  But as we know, change is always upon us and frankly, it's sometimes hard.  Alligator's not keen on the new panda that Amanda brings home until his eyes open to the joy of new friendship.

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! was written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Balzer + Bray.

What's everyone reading today??


life on mars

A young astronaut travels to Mars in search of life, bearing gifts (chocolate cupcakes) for whomever or whatever he meets.  Hopeful at first, he eventually becomes disheartened after traversing Mars' beautiful but barren landscape and coming up empty-handed.  Once readers discover the surprise hidden among the illustrations, they’ll be eager to follow it until the amusing ending.  Subtle and clever humor that we’ve come to know and love from one of our favorite picture book makers Jon Agee.

Life on Mars was published by Dial Books for Young Readers.


legendary routes of the world

Through phenomenal paper engineering, Legendary Routes of the World brings to life five of the most famous passages of all time—Aéropostale, the Rhum Route, the Silk Road, Route 66 and the 1969 lunar expedition.  Aéropostale, employing the celebrated pilot-writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was the first French company to deliver mail via airplane.  Consider this comparison—32 million letters were transported in the year 1931 and now during the course of an average day, people send over 200 billion email.  Click here for a peek into this impressive book.

Legendary Routes of the World was created by Sarah Tavernier and Alexander Verhille and published by Little Gestalten.


the curious case of the missing mammoth

Oscar is looking high and low for Timothy’s brother Teddy, a little wooly mammoth on the lam.  His search takes him to a museum, where Teddy has slipped in.  It’s a night of sleuthing, a few magical encounters and exploration of history, science, artwork, artifacts and oddities that Oscar won’t soon forget (and neither will readers).  Curious, clever and inviting.  Predicting that this will be widely requested to be read aloud at our house this week.

The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth was written by Ellie Hattie, illustrated by Karl James Mountford and published by Little Tiger Books.