Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez (ages 5-8)
This fun retelling of Hansel and Gretel is full of ninja moves and smart chickens. The rhyming stanzas are done well and the book flows very well. I enjoyed that the parents were alive and needing rescuing. I need to check out the other books in the series.
The Sound of All Things by Myron Uhlberg (ages 6-8)
In this story, a young boy visits Coney Island with his parents, who are both deaf. He father asks him to describe the sound of everything, but it’s very difficult because he doesn’t know enough words. He gets a book of poetry from the library to help him. I enjoyed this tale. It explains deafness and compassion.
Henry Wants More! by Linda Ashman (ages 3-6)
Little Henry wants more of everything. His family is exhuasted from throwing him up in the air over and over, playing the same song on the piano, pulling him in the wagon up and down the street, etc. It’s really cute and so accurate. Toddlers have so much energy! This is a fun read for older siblings and parents.
Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty (ages 3-8)
If you read this book without the pictures, it’s a very different story. It affirms all of the stereotypes about girls needing to be beautiful and wear makeup and look perfect. But with the pictures, we see a different way to define beautiful. Girls having fun, being smart, and playing sports. This book is wonderful.
Little Red by Bethan Woollvin (ages 3-6)
This retelling of Little Red Riding Hood is pretty gruesome. I think the grandmother is actually eaten, but Little Red outsmarts the wolf and he gets it in the end. The illustrations are fun with only little red being in color (red of course).
Dear Dragon by Josh Funk (ages 4-8)
This book is so cute. A little boy and a dragon are assigned as penpals in school, but they don’t know what creature the other is. They write letters back and forth, and you can see what the reader is imagining and what the writer meant. It’s really funny. There’s a picnic at the end, and when they finally meet they are confused but happy. It’s a good read.
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon (ages 3-6)
Dennis is a mime. He doesn’t say anything; he just acts things out. His miming puts Dennis on the outside of a wall with his classmates. One day he finds a friend who is happy to play along with his imaginary games.
Let’s Play by Herve Tullet (ages 2-4)
This fully interactive book will have little ones giggly for sure. They have to tap, press, following the line, and do a lot of other fun things to make the yellow ball move while reading this book. It’s very creative and really fun. I kind of wish my son was young enough to still enjoy a book like this one.
I’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail (ages 3-6)
In this story the little girl is not sweet and nice, she’s not quiet or clean. She’s messy and fast and likes to have fun being herself. When people mistake her for a boy, she’s not afraid to yell, “I’m a girl!” It’s a good message I guess, but I found it a little confusing. Some of the statements about boys were rather stereotypical and a little mean.
Little One by Jo Weaver (ages 3-5)
In this story a mother bear shows her cub (Little One) all about the world in the forest when they emerge from their den after the winter. It’s a cute mother-child story. I could see it being given as a gift to parents of any age. At the end, they have to go back into their den for winter again. It’s short and sweet.
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers (ages 3-6)
A little girl helps illustrate the wonders of the imagination and the importance of books and stories. The words of classic literature help to make up the pictures on each of the pages, and they books tied in with the text on that page. It’s a great concept and was very well executed.
Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer (ages 4-6)
A twist on Mary Had a Little Lamb, this Mary brings glamour to her school. She loves to accessorize and helps her new classmates, teachers, etc. learn to do the same. But when recess comes, how will they play with all of those extra items? Not to worry, they shed their unnecessary items and learn that sometimes less is more. I didn’t love this one. I’m a minimalist, but I’m sure a lot of young girls will love this story.
Which of these books have you read?
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