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Monday, July 17, 2023

Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading by Megan Dowd Lambert

Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading

Megan Dowd Lambert; Illustrated by Mia Saine

Imagine! Published by Charlesbridge. 2023

You might know Megan Dowd Lambert from reading her essays in The Horn Book Magazine or from her work at the Eric Carle Museum where she developed The Whole Book Approach storytime with her book, Reading Picture Books With to Children.

In Book Bonding, a collection of twenty-one essays, Lamber, a white mother of seven children in a blended, multiracial, queer, adoptive family, shares how she used books to bond with your children. 

The essays are personal, and engaging. Lambert fills each essay with book titles that, from her descriptions, readers cannot wait to read or re-read.

The colorful illustrations by Saine add a playfulness to the book.

Forward by Roger Sutton, an afterword by one of Megan’s children, and a list of the titles mentioned in the essays. 

There really is something for everyone. 

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