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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Classic Children's Books and Some Sweet New Ones, too

My grandnephew Ciauss' third birthday party is this Sunday.  He's a wild one, and I'm a self-appointed gate keeper of Children's Literature.  Oh sure, he has a busy mother and a retired grandma to help, but I'm going to introduce him to some classic children's books and some of my favorites that are written nowadays.

Last year I gave him "You Can't Take the Dinosaur Home," by fellow GAP author Mary Esparza-Vela -- including the three space tot dolls (my review in Archives July 15, 2013), and "How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night," by Jane Yolen --and yes a bunch of stuffed dinosaurs, too.  (My review in Archives: March 12, 2014)