Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your Children’s book reviews – #PictureBooks with Jennie Fitzkee

Welcome to the new series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books

Recently Jennie Fitzkee shared part one of her recommended books from the summer and I am sharing some of the books that she featured along with her reviews.  The mother lode of great children’s books and I will share more over coming weeks.


My Summer of Books Part 1 by Jennie Fitzkee

My summer has been filled with reading children’s books, from new picture books to books for older children, and classics. Every one has been satisfying and thrilling, yet in different ways. Some books are funny, some are filled with history, some teach important lessons in a subtle way. On and on. I will tell you about these terrific books.

Part 1: picture books.


Together We Grow by Susan Vaught: Amazon USand: Amazon UK

The gorgeous illustrations by Kelly Murphy bring to life the story of a barn full of animals during a thunderstorm. A fox and her kits look for shelter, but they are predators to the animals in the barn. Can the animals welcome a fox for the night? The rhyming text is sparse yet rich in language. The opening words are, “Lightning gash! Windy lash!” I love this book!


Be Quiet! and We Will Rock Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

For lovers of the Mother Bruce books, these two new Ryan Higgins books do not disappoint. The humor is engaging and never lets up in Be Quiet! The storyline in We Will Rock Our Classmates is a classic for children; worry and self doubt combined with bravery.


Billions of Bricks, a Counting Book About Building by Kurt Cyrus: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

Where, oh where was this book when I was a child? This is math, a counting book about building with bricks. It brings counting and numbers to life. “Two four six. Ten twenty thirty. Mix mix mix. Arches pillars walls and cellars. Twenty forty sixty eighty.” These are some of the words in the story that combines rhyming, counting, bricklaying and architecture. A must read book for children.


One Little Bag, An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

The delightful pencil drawings, with the brown bag as the only color, are perfect illustrations for the story of a brown bag, over generations. The wordless book begins with illustrations of a forest and the cutting of trees and a paper mill before the story even begins. What a build-up. No words are needed in this story. It begins with a boy and his brown lunch bag. It stays with him from family adventures to college, to meeting his love, and so much more, It circles life and death, love and new beginnings. This book is proof that a picture is worth a thousand words.

©Jennie Fitzkee.

Some wonderful books for you to choose from and I will share part two and three in a few weeks time.. My thanks to Jennie for her lovely reviews.

About Jennie Fitzkee

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It’s the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That’s what I write about.

I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease’s bestselling book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.

Connect to Jennie – Blog: Jennie Fitzkee – Facebook: Jennie Fitzkee – Twitter: @jlfatgcs

My thanks to Jennie for permitting me to share her children’s reviews and I know she would love your feedback. thanks Sally.






I think you get the idea of how this works and it would be great if you could help promote children’s books by sharing your reviews with us.. just put the link to one or two in the comments and if I need more information from you I will ask you to email me..

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

46 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your Children’s book reviews – #PictureBooks with Jennie Fitzkee

  1. What a gem Jennie is! I can’t imagine any parent or grandparent not wanting their child in her class. Check out her YouTube channel if you haven’t seen it. I enjoy listening to her read because it’s clear that she gets as much joy from reading as the children.

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