Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015, $16.99, ages: 0-3
Genre: fiction, picture book, bears, camels, moles,
by Chloe Howard, illustrated by Deborah Melmon
Ages 2+, ALL AGES
Genre: picture book fiction, animals, self-esteem, disability, humor, love, friendship, growing, kindness, consideration, inspiration, encouragement, tackling fears, bullies, imperfections,
EXACTLY WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW!
I love this picture book so much I immediately bought two as gifts, one for my daughter’s high school graduation, and one as a new baby gift. Simply put, I think every person who picks up this book can’t help but love it, because everyone EVERYONE can see themselves in one of the animal characters. Not only does the book promote kindness, it teaches kids to recognize feelings and emotions, it promotes self-esteem, and also breaks down bigger concepts into simple language, like bravery. “Stand beautiful,” is says, “Be true to who you are! And stand up for others. That’s standing beautiful.”
A young girl starts out on a walk and visits friends while making new ones and spreading a message of being proud of who you are, from the inside out. From the first giraffe through a wide variety of animal characters and boys and girls, including a young boy in a wheelchair. And the author knows from experience how sometimes it’s hard to stand proud of who we are. Chloe Howard was born with a foot deformity that required five major operations by the time she was fifteen. Through her hardships, she is now on a mission to empower people of all ages to embrace their uniqueness and boldly face their beautiful selves. Visit standbeautiful.me for more information about Chloe and her message.
By Tolya L. Thompson
Illustrated by Terence Gaylor
Savor Publishing, $16.95
Genre: picture book, food allergies, diversity, multicultural kidlit, adult interest, homeschooling
By Emma Chichester Clark
Nancy Paulson Books, 2015, $16.99
Genre: picture books, dogs, pets, love
Holiday House, $16.95
Picture book, Fiction, Ages Pre-K to 6
Ever since she was a little “squirt,” Gert loved to play in dirt, including eating it! One day while snacking on mud in the rain, Gert grows roots! When Hollywood goes haywire over Gert’s earthy transformation, her parents come to her aid. Rollicking rhyme and running commentary made by earthworms add to the humor.
by Rebecca Van Slyke, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Doubleday, $10.99, Picture book, Fiction, Mother-Daughter stories, Mother’s Day Gift, Kindergarten, School, Ages 3-7
How do moms become, well, Moms? They go to Mom School of course, where they learn essentials like how to grocery shop without losing children, how to read stories, and how to build the best forts. Whimsical illustrations perfectly depict this fun at motherhood from the point of view of a young daughter, inserting her mother into her kindergarten school day.
How Cars Work explains ten mechanisms found in all cars and explores their everyday uses. The interactive book and kit allows children to understand each system by building it themselves! The mechanisms discussed include wheels, gear box, steering, exhaust valve, pistons, accelerator pedal, suspension, and more. -Brianna B.
By Randy Cecil
Candlewick press, 2016, $19.99
Genre: children’s fiction, dogs, picture book
Adrian Simcox Does Not Have A Horse
by Marcy Campbell
Illustrated by Corrina Luyken
Dial Books $13.32
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A new picture book that made my heart melt upon reading a lovely, simply told story that every young reader understands, no matter what side of the monkey bars you’re on. Shows kindness, empathy, imagination, understanding, service, and forgiveness, and don’t judge based on appearances. The illustrations perfectly complement the story, in such a way that even the youngest of readers will understand what is happening. The story is short and simple, allowing readers to view or think about how another may feel as a result of someone's words from facial expressions and body language. The reconciliation occurs in a seamless, non-preachy way, as the characters reach out in a completely realistic way to resolve their differences, and apologize, even if in a non-traditional way. This deeply moving story has a satisfying ending, and readers are able to view how sometimes friends fight and being angry and upset is okay. And friends make up, too. With themes of kindness, empathy, compassion, and of course, never judge a book by its cover. #MustRead#HolidayGifts #BookGifts #TeachersGifts #KidLit #PictureBooks#Kindness #Empathy #Forgiveness #MarcyCampbell #Corinna #Dial, #KimChildress #GirlsLife #ChildressInk #BookReviews #kquinn Marcy Campbell Books Katie Quinne
Unique and fun way to introduce a new baby to an older sibling. Lift the flaps and see under Mommy's shirt as the new baby grows. Great illustrations. Perfect gift for siblings and new babies.
By Gail Carson Levine, illustrated by Scott Nash
My kids and I read this many MANY times, and its humor and twist on the familiar tale doesn't get old!
By Andrew Knapp
Quirk Books, 14.95
Nonfiction picture book, dog lovers, photography lovers, find the dog Momo in each scene, ages 2-7
by Ann Bonwill, illustrated by Stephen Gammell
Holiday House, $16.95
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Workman Publishing, $16.95
Novelty song and picture book, music CD, 12 songs
Featuring some of today's most recognized music artists, Frog Trouble is sure to be a hit! An accompanying songbook uses illustrations to tell the story of each song, while the written lyrics lets listeners sing along to songs such as "Trucks," "Broken Piano," "When Pigs Fly," and, of course, "Frog Trouble."
Written and illustrated by Mike Lemanski
Big Picture Press, $17.99
Novelty picture book, historical nonfiction, ages 5+
As the title suggests, one hundred ionic designs from all sorts of vehicles are featured in this fold-out book. Within its colorful pages unfolds a comparative history of the various forms of transportation.
Filled with explanations on the key points of aerodynamics as well as instructions and materials for crafting five different airplane models, Flying Machines is informative and hands-on. Readers can build paper airplanes, more complex propeller-powered machines, then use the tips to fly like an ace.
By Nick Arnold, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
Novelty, nonfiction, picture book for older children, ages 9-13
By Nick Arnold, illustrated by Allan Sanders
Running Press Kids, $19.95
Novelty nonfiction picture book,cars, novelty, high-interest, historical nonfiction, ages 5+
Written and illustrated by Elly MacKay
Running Press Kids, $16.95
Poetry, rhyming fiction, bedtime stories, newborn+
A simple, rhyming, bedtime story, beautifully illustrated by the creator of If You Hold a Seed. The sun is setting as three children chase their shadows through trees, down the garden path, and then say goodnight, only to be greeted again by their shadows at first morning's light.
By Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey
Novelty nonfiction, lift-the-flap, ages 4-8
by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Matt Mahurin
Poetry, fractured fairy tales, ages 6+
By viewing classic fairy tales from a new perspective, Jane Yolen and Rebecca Dotlich have crafted enchanting and surprising poems about the stories and characters you thought you knew so well.
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