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Blond by Frank Ocean

I like Frank Ocean. And by like, I mean I really enjoyed his debut album, Channel Orange. By no means would I call myself his biggest fan. I wasn’t anxiously awaiting new music. I certainly didn’t feel teased or tormented by the news that his sophomore album was on the horizon. I didn’t jump to purchase it and listen when …

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It’s rare that I can look back at a weekend and say it was perfect from start to finish. However, this past weekend was indeed perfect and filled with lots of laughter, love and friendship. I was in Los Angeles to celebrate the wedding of a very dear friend. Friday was my 36th birthday. I’m grateful to my high school …

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#31 - 365 days in picture books

#31: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson If You Plant a Seed is a simply written and cutely illustrated story that teaches children the importance of sharing. Using his exemplary artistic skills, Nelson paints a story of what happens when we sow seeds of selfishness and unkindness versus seeds of kindness and generosity. Ultimately, we learn that sharing with …

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#30 - 365 days of picture books

#30: Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder, illustrator Good Morning Yoga, the follow-up to Good Night Yoga is a simple story with accompanying yoga poses designed to help transition children into their day by harnessing their energy towards positive goals. The illustrations are colorful and diverse thus many children can see themselves in …

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#29 - 365 days of picture books

#29: Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver and Jean Claude, illustrator Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies is the story of Adelaide, who brings a bear to school as her reading buddy. At first, her teacher is apprehensive, but Adelaide expertly makes a case for why bears make good reading buddies. She notes how bears like a variety …

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#28 - 365 days of picture books

#28: Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson Too Many Carrots is a cute story of Rabbit who hoards carrots to the point that his hole is too full of them for him to sleep in. As he looks for a new place to stay, he comes across Tortoise whose shell he cracks trying to stuff himself and his carrots inside. …

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#27- 365 days of picture books

#26: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael López, illustrator Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music is one of the most beautiful picture books I’ve ever seen. López’ illustrations leap off the page and give new meaning to the word vibrant. The illustrations paired with Engle’s free verse bring alive this story inspired by Millo Castro Zaldarriaga experience. …

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26 - 365 days of picture books

#26: We Just Had A Baby by Stephen Krensky and Amélie Graux, illustrator We Just Had A Baby is the tale of a child getting a new sibling and being uncertain about how to handle it. In this case, an unnamed boy gets an unnamed baby sister. At first, he’s apprehensive about her, taking note of her every move. Like all infants, she …

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#25 - 365 days of picture books

#25: The Moon is Going to Addy’s House by Ida Pearle I found The Moon is Going to Addy’s House more an artistic accomplishment than an enjoyable story. After a play date, the moon follows Addy and her family home on their long drive providing light and companionship on their drive. I wish there would have been more text to compliment the …

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#23 - 365 days of picture books

#24: Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean Pendziwol and Isabelle Arsenault In honor of this weekend’s blizzard, I read Once Upon a Northern Night, a lullaby about the beauty of northern winter nights. With delicate illustrations and rhyming verse, Once Upon a Northern Night describes with careful attention to detail, the snow, trees, night animals and stars that light …

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