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The Journey

This is the story of a young child and her family, who leave their home by the sea in search of a safe place. When war reaches its dark hands into their city and their family, the child and her family set off on a journey. The children pack all their things, and hide...

Maybe Something Beautiful

(SO... this may be our favorite book of all time. Kind of like, if you could put our dream for ELLA into a book and have it made by one of our favorite illustrators of all time??? YES TO ALL OF THIS!) In a dull, grey city, there lives a little girl named Mira, who is...

ELLApicks: Books that Celebrate Black History Part II

Here are some more great books that help our children celebrate and love their own skin & respect and appreciate others. Check out these stories of some of the most amazing artists, musicians, dancers, community leaders-- people-- our world has ever known....

ELLApicks: Books that Celebrate Black History

We're always on the lookout for great books that help our children celebrate and love their own skin & respect and appreciate others. This list here? These are a few of our favorites-- books we keep on our shelves all year round, and that we are constantly pulling out...

Illustrator Spotlight: Rafael Lopez

Illustrator Spotlight: Rafael Lopez

One of our favorite illustrators of all time, Rafael Lopez creates the most colorful & celebratory illustrations. His heart for community and coming together across all barriers comes out in his sweet diverse characters playing together in all his books. The...

ELLApicks: Books about Music History

ELLApicks: Books about Music History

Beautiful books that tell the stories of some of the greatest musicians of all time? Yes please. We want our children to engage with these musicians' stories as they listen to music and as they begin to write their own life-stories. We try to find a good range of...

ELLApicks: Books for Teaching Creativity

As an art teacher, I'm always looking for picture books that I can usse to teach lessons, great jumping-off points into projects or discussion. These books here are ones that I love and that teach some of the foundational attitudes and postures of creativity. Here are...

ELLApicks: Books about Art History

ELLApicks: Books about Art History

As an art teacher, I'm also always on the lookout for great books about art history, and I LOVE artist biographies. These are one of my favorite ways to introduce students to artists, and to begin a project based off of an artist's work. I try to find a good range of...

ELLApicks: Our Favorite Bilingual Books!

ELLApicks: Our Favorite Bilingual Books!

Whether because of our cultural backgrounds & mixes or just because of our friendships, all of us in the ELLA family want to raise our kids bilingual (English/Spanish). (I mean, at least their first two languages 😉 We're always on the hunt for great bilingual books...