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Picture Books You’ll Like

June 23, 2022

Here are a few of the books I’ve enjoyed during the month of June. See what you think.

Viking in Love

Stig is a Viking who is afraid of the sea. One day, he sees Ingrid, a fearless Viking with the sweetest voice he’s ever heard. Before he can say anything, the sea sweeps her away. Stig is in love. He writes a mushy love note to Ingrid and waits, and waits, and waits on the beach to see her. When he finally sees her, she’s too far away. He tries everything to reach her, but nothing works. There is only one thing left to do – venture into the sea. GASP! He finds a floaty and begins his journey to his love. It does not go well. Will Stig and Ingrid end up together? You’ll have to read this book about love, persistence, and overcoming fears to find out. 

Knight Owl

The day he is born, Owl knows he wants to become a knight – brave and clever. When knights begin disappearing from the castle, Owl applies to Knight School and is accepted. He is a good student, but because of his size, he has difficulty with his sword and shield. He graduates and is assigned to the Knight Night Watch. Other knights tend to fall asleep, but not Owl. He is perfect for the job. All goes well until he comes beak to snout with a hungry dragon who is looking for a snack. Being not only brave but clever, Owl outwits the dragon. Knights stop disappearing from the castle, and Owl is happy at his Knight Owl post with Dragon as his friend. This is a sweet book about following your dreams. 

Wild for Winnie

Winnie is not an ordinary classmate. She doesn’t quite fit in. Winnie does things that might be considered inappropriate in class. The teacher understands and suggests that the class give her a chance. For one week, the teacher guides the class with activities that help make Winnie feel more comfortable during the day. By the end of the week, everyone sees Winnie and their world a bit differently. Back matter has calming activities that can help kids who have difficulty settling down. Kudos to teachers who have the patience and wisdom to help all children fit in.

A Good Place

A bee, ladybug, beetle, and dragonfly are looking for a good place to live. They try and try, but they can’t find that special place. When they think they’ll never find a home, a butterfly surprises them with a perfect place. Vibrant colorful scenes add to the fun of this book.

Milk and Juice A Recycling Romance

Juice and Milk fall in love while in the refrigerator. But when Juice is empty, Juice ends up at the recycling center and is devastated. Juice keeps getting recycled into different bottles all while looking for Milk. True love is gone and Juice is in despair. After being recycled for a final time, who does Juice find? Milk! Juice and Milk are as close as ever. They have been recycled into a park bench – never to be parted again. A fun book about recycling with back matter to go along with it. 

Look for more delightful picture books next week.

More Great Picture Books

June 9, 2022

If you go to your local library and take a good look at the children’s books available, you’ll find a treasure trove of delightful books to browse through. Here are three more that caught my eye.

Somewhere in the Bayou

In this humorous tale of a tail starring four friends, curiosity and wrong assumptions by the opossum, the squirrel, and the rabbit lead them to regret their decisions as they try to cross a river. The mouse, on the other hand, takes a different approach to the dilemma that proves to be a “lifesaver” with an unexpected ending.

Snail Crossing

A sweet and funny story of a snail who is “cabbage bound.” A truck, a troop of ants, and a crow are obstacles in Snail’s journey to cross a road to get a cabbage. When Snail gets turned around and ends up back where he began, the ants come to the rescue. Snail’s kindness to the pushy ants is repaid when the ants carry the cabbage across the road to Snail. This is a story of persistence, kindness, and new friends.

Some Daddies

Carol Gordon Ekster shows how special daddies are in her book, Some Daddies. She introduces different types of daddies. There are daddies that wear suits, daddies that wear uniforms, and daddies that wear comfy clothes. There are daddies that have beards, daddies that sing to you at bedtime, and daddies that hug you. As the author says, “Every daddy is different.” This book is a beautiful celebration of the diversity of daddies that extols all the things that make daddies special to the children who love them. If you’re looking for a perfect gift for Dad on Father’s Day, Some Daddies might be the one.

2022 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review

January 28, 2022

My Sister, Daisy is written by Adria Karlsson and illustrated by Linus Curci, Capstone Editions, 2021.

This is a heartfelt book about gender identity. From the time his younger brother is born, the two boys are friends. They immediately bond. They play together, laugh together, and share activities. The summer after the younger brother finishes kindergarten, there is an unexpected change. The younger brother declares he is a girl. The older brother knows his brother likes to wear dresses, play with girls, and have long hair, but that doesn’t make him a girl. The older brother asks his brother again. “Are you sure you’re a girl?” The younger brother answers, “I know who I am, and I know I’m a girl.” Mom and Dad agree they may have been wrong about the younger sibling being a boy. They begin calling her Daisy, the name she prefers and using the pronouns she and her. The older brother is confused and scared the close friendship the two had will be lost. He talks to his Dad who reassures him everything will be okay. The family has open discussions that offer support for one another. They meet other families who have two moms or two dads and families that have a transgender child. The older brother has days when he is angry and frustrated with the way things are, but with the help of his parents, he gradually learns to accept Daisy, not as his brother, but as his sister. She’s someone he loves. Someone to play with, laugh with, and share activities. Daisy is someone who will always be his best friend.

Why I like this book:

Based on a true story, this book is an honest look at a young child who believes inside his boy body he is a girl. The text is written with a clarity that is easily understood. Along with the text, the bright and colorful illustrations display the special bond between the two siblings in a loving family atmosphere. Readers see how the family interacts with one another to support and create a close family unit as they work together to adjust to the change. The author’s note is written with tenderness and compassion from someone who has lived the experience. This book is a valuable resource to have available.

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January 27, 2022

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My Favorite September Picture Book Choices

October 7, 2021

Below are some of the books I read during the month of September that piqued my interest.

Beatrice Was a Tree written and illustrated by Joyce Hesselberth, Greenwillow Books, 2021

Not wanting to go to bed, Beatrice stays outside. She imagines herself to be a tree that changes during the four seasons. She stretches her branches, feels the warmth of the sun, provides homes for animals, sheds her leaves, and, after a snowy winter, she blossoms once again. The magic of imagination is broken when Mom calls, “Beatrice, Bed! Now!” This book is filled with whimsical illustrations and lyrical text that will delight readers who appreciate nature. 

Mel Fell written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor, Balzer + Bray, 2021

I love this book because of its unique format. It’s not your usual book as you follow Mel who wants to learn to fly. But before she flies…”Mel fell.” Readers follow Mel as she falls down, down, down past the critters in the tree who try to help her. Mel and the book take a turn (literally) as she plunges into the water. Make sure you follow the directions on how to turn the book to find out if Mel ever learns to fly. This book is sure to entertain readers!

Are You a Cheeseburger? written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo, Katherine Tegen Books, 2021

Grub, a raccoon, and Seed, a seed, meet in a garbage can. Grub is convinced if Seed grows, cheeseburgers will blossom. Grub plants Seed and the two spend every night talking to each other and describing what is going on above ground and below ground. When Seed finally sprouts, they celebrate. Grub makes sure to water Seed every day as he longs for the promise of delicious cheeseburgers that will soon appear. But when Seed blossoms as a flower – not a cheeseburger plant – Grub is quiet. What is he thinking? You’ll have to read the book to find out. I love the uniqueness of this delicious book and the unusual friendship that evolves.

Mucky Truck written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Elisa Ferro, Henry Holt and Co., 2021

Kids will love this rollicking story about a little truck, a crane, a digger, and a forklift that get stuck in the muck until the firetruck comes to get them out. Onomatopoeia and rhymes will keep kids engaged along with an unexpected messy ending.

The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round written by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and illustrated by Lorian Tu, Orchard Books, 2021

This is a delightful story of a Chinese family coming together to prepare for their evening dinner. Readers will have fun joining in with the rhythmic text that goes along with the familiar song, “The Wheels on the Bus.” 

The Longest Storm written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, mineditionUS, 2021

Stuck in their house with no place to go, a single father and his children slowly learn how to reconnect with one another to become a supportive family unit once again. A definite must-read!

Norman Didn’t Do it! written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins, Disney-Hyperion, 2021

A humorous picture book about learning to share your best friend with others and accepting new friends.

Bright Star written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, Neal Porter Books, 2021

A beautifully illustrated book about love, honor, and respect.

If any of these books are of interest to you and your family, make sure to check them out and enjoy!

Winner to the Giveaway and Shark Week!

July 15, 2021

The winner of Janie Reinart’s beautiful book, When Water Makes Mud:  A Story of Refugee Children is…

Janet Celek!

Congratulations, Janet!

It’s Shark Week!

Chomp! Sink your teeth into these books!

Sharks for Kids by David McGuire, Rockridge Press, 2020

So Cool! Sharks by Crispin Boyer, National Geographic Kids, 2019

The Ultimate Book of Sharks by Brian Skerry, National Geographic for Kids, 2018

Sharks: Teeth to Tail written by Jaye Garnett and illustrated by Beatrice Tinarelli, Cottage Door Press, 2021

Shark Lady written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, Sourcebooks Explore, 2017

PB Review: When Water Makes Mud

June 24, 2021

When Water Makes Mud: A Story of Refugee Children written by Janie Reinart and illustrated by Morgan Taylor, Blue Whale Press, 2021

This is a beautiful book about two young girls who are in a refugee camp They arrived there with nothing but their dreams. The older sister sees the sadness in her little sister. So, she picks up a stick to make something from nothing. She uses it to draw pictures from home. The little sister smiles, but happiness fades quickly. The older sister continues to find things to cheer up her sister – pebbles to make a puzzle, a bag to make a balloon… Each time, the little sister is happy, but then sadness takes its place. Until…water makes mud. The older sister sculpts a doll out of the mud. The mud baby becomes a precious toy for the little sister. As the days pass the two add more mud toys and dream. Janie Reinart’s lyrical text and Morgan Taylor’s captivating illustrations will evoke emotions that will melt your heart.

The publisher’s profits from the sale of this book are being donated to UNICEF. I highly recommend adding this book to your home library.

Picture Books I Enjoyed Reading

June 3, 2021

These are a few of the books I picked up at my local library that I found enjoyable. Do any of these interest you?

Find Fergus written and illustrated by Mike Boldt, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2020

Fergus is a silly bear. He doesn’t know where to find a good place to hide. He hides behind a skinny tree. He hides in a crowd of bunnies. He hides among elephants and moose. With a little practice, Fergus finally finds a perfect place to hide. Can you find Fergus?

Avacado Asks: What Am I? written and illustrated by Momoko Abe, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2021

When a little girl at a grocery store asks if an avocado is a fruit or a vegetable, Avocado suddenly doesn’t know where he belongs in the store. Is he a fruit? A Vegetable? An herb, a fish, cheese, egg…? He is feeling lost and lonely until Tomato helps Avocado understand the many things he is good at being. Avocado and Tomato agree being themselves is good enough!

Zonia’s Rain Forest written and illustrated by Juana Martinez Neal, Candlewick, 2021

This beautifully illustrated book is about a young Asháninka girl who lives in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest. She happily greets her animal friends each day until the day she sees something she has never seen before. Trees in the rain forest are being cut down. The little girl knows the forest needs help, and she vows to protect it. This book is a call to action to help save the Amazon rain forest.

Mars! Earthlings Welcome written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Stevie Lewis, Henry Holt and Co., 2021

Stacy McAnulty has added another delightful book to her universe series. This time readers learn about Mars. This kid-friendly book is filled with wordplay, humor, and lots of information. How about a trip to Mars?

DOWN UNDER THE PIER: A Perfect Summer Picture Book

June 11, 2020

Pier

Down Under the Pier begins with four children at an amusement park that overlooks the ocean. There’s a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, carousel, games, cotton candy, and a day filled with fun. But as the day moves into the evening and money has been spent, there is another adventure to be discovered. At low tide, there is a magical world down under the pier. No money required. It’s a world of sand, sea spray, waves, and a treasure trove of ocean creatures. Mussels, barnacles, sea stars, and anemones cling to the pilings of the pier. In the shallow waters of low tide are tiny crabs, seashells, kelp, and seaweed. Nell Cross Beckerman weaves a lyrical story about a day at an oceanside amusement park and the natural beauty and wonder of the ocean found down under the pier. Readers will delight in Rachell Sumpter’s colorful illustrations particularly those under the pier. This is the perfect summer book to be enjoyed by all!

Brown Sugar Babe – A Delicious Picture Book

May 14, 2020

sugar

Brown Sugar Babe is written by Charlotte Watson Sherman and illustrated by Akem, Boyds Mills Press, 2020.

This is a beautiful story of a small child who doesn’t like the color of her brown skin. “I’m pink.” She declares. The lyrical text flows throughout the story as the child’s mother tries to convince her “brown sugar babe” to embrace all the wonderful attributes of the color brown. The author, Charlotte Watson Sherman, uses a variety of techniques to tell her story. Metaphors  “…your hair, a crown of brown curls…” Comparisons:  “Brown is silent—  a raisin crinkling in the sun…” Rhyme:  “Bubbling brown sugar babe, honeyed and bright as marmalade.” Akem‘s magical illustrations are lush with rich earth tones of brown, yellow, red, and orange in double-page spreads.  Brown Sugar Babe is a delicious story of a mother’s love and a child’s acceptance that makes for a tasty read aloud to be shared again and again.

 

 

 


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