Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone (Almost Astronauts, The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) brings her nonfiction expertise to picture books. In Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? Stone tells the fascinating story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school and practice as a doctor. I’m not normally a huge fan of nonfiction picture books, but Stone’s narrative isn’t too long, and it flows like a bedtime story. She leaves the extra facts and specific details for her author’s note, and keeps the text appropriately simple.

Even if I didn’t love the text, I would buy this book based on the illustrations alone. Two-time Caldecott Honor winner, Marjorie Priceman brings the text to life with bright and whimsical illustrations. This book is the perfect introduction to nonfiction for the 3-6 year old crowd.

— Erin

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Price; Henry Holt & Company; $16.99

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Orangutans Are Ticklish by Steve Grubman

Orangutans Are Ticklish: Fun Facts From an Animal Photographer, Steve Grubman with Jill Davis, Schwartz & Wade Books, Ages 3-9

Where does a grizzly bear get his name? Does a hippo’s yawn really mean he’s sleepy? How smart is a chimpanzee? What’s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? All the answers to these questions are combined with beautiful photographs of animals to create a truly fun survey of some favorite animal friends.

Steve Grubman’s photography is the star of the show here. Giraffes and tigers leap off the page, with candid portrait-style shots that bring the wild to life! Jill Davis’ descriptions combine factual information with a conversational tone that appeals to little ones and older readers alike. This is a wonderful book to read in one sitting or to divide up into several interactive storytimes!

Hooray for books!

–Miss Megan

Orangutans Are Ticklish: Fun Facts From an Animal Photographer, Steve Grubman with Jill Davis, Schwartz & Wade Books, Ages 3-9