Children’s picture books cultivate early love of reading, creatively imparting real life lessons.

“There’s nothing more wonderful than the sparkle in a child's eye when reading a picture book,” says Rita Lorraine Hubbard, New York Journal of Books reviewer, children’s book author, Lee & Low Publishers 2012 New Voices Award Winner.
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Jan. 28, 2013 - PRLog -- Rita Lorraine Hubbard was a special educator for 20+ years with an advanced degree in School Psychology. She recognizes the value of picture books while understanding how the search for one may be daunting. Many adults are unable to judge which will be best for their child.

An expert in this arena, Ms. Hubbard knows what appeals to children and can clearly identify those titles that effectively speak to a child, appealing to his/her interests, fears and overall life experiences in a visually creatively and imaginative package.

According to Ms. Hubbard, “The best children’s books are original, humorous, and full of characters that connect with readers to make their worlds seem more interesting and alive.”

Reviewer Hubbard covers new titles regularly. In January New York Journal of Books featured these picture book standouts. She cheered Author Jed Henry’s effort in Cheer Up, Mouse! ( to help kids learn to express emotions, “Young children often have a hard time expressing their emotions, so finding a book like Cheer Up, Mouse! might be just what the doctor ordered."

Ms. Hubbard also recommended Spoonful by Benoit Marchon citing the author’s clear message that is helpful to parents and caregivers, “Parents have been known to employ myriad tricks to get their infants to eat, but author Benoit Marchon’s new board book Spoonful may make those tricks a thing of the past.”

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