As I mentioned last week, April and May were pretty unusual months for our family between home sale, vacation, and serious family illness. So I’m finally trying to inch my way back into a workable blogging routine. YAY, I made it to the second week! 😂 Outside of a planned vacation to Glacier National Park later this month, I’m looking forward to keeping up with this community again and adding more titles to my growing list!
Since today is Monday, I’m participate in a weekly #IMWAYR meme. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday to share what you’ve been reading!
This week I’m focusing on picture books I’ve read in recent weeks. Hopefully you’ll find something of interest to add to your reading list.
Hello Ninja. Hello, Georgie
N. D. Wilson
Forrest Dickison, illustrator
September 29, 2020
Cute addition to the Hello Ninja series! This time, the rather shy Ninja decides to make a new Ninja friend. Because “danger is more fun with two” and “when two ninjas stick together there is no storm they cannot weather.” The artist used Photoshop to create the digital illustrations for this book.
Awww, precious new book following the theme of Dear Girl and Dear Boy. This one focuses on the traits of babies, such as being curious, knocking down walls (blocks), and taking baby steps. The digital images showcase the innocence and curiosity in bright, bold colors and I love the diversity showcased in the many characters.
Stephanie Laberis, illustrator
September 15, 2020
Is it too early for a Christmas book? Nawww. In this cute picture book, the Postmaster, Buck Growlersson, discovers a letter at the Peppermint Post that was misplaced AFTER Santa left the North Pole. So he gathers his crew and hops on Santa’s backup sleigh in hopes of catching him before he lands in the little girl’s town. Will they make it there in time? I suppose you’d better read the book for the sweet ending.
I Don’t Want to be Quiet!
Laura Ellen Anderson
March 5, 2020
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
What a wonderfully empathetic picture book about the needs of children to stay busy and making lots of noise. In a gentle way, this story shows the possibility of making tons of noises in our heads during reading (while remaining quiet on the outside). The artwork is bright and colorful on slick and shiny pages. I can see this one making the rounds in kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms, everywhere!
Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator
September 22, 2020
Escape Goat is a cute little picture book where the Farmer family keeps locking up the goat so that he will stop making messes of their lives. In the end, they discover that not everything can be blamed on their goat. It’s important to take the blame when you’re the one at fault. In the end, everyone confesses to something they did. And that night, Mr. Farmer doesn’t even shut the gate to goat’s bed. Awww… The artist used ink and watercolor to create the illustrations for this book.
Sun Flower Lion
September 22, 2020
In only yellow, white, and shades of gray, this precious early chapter book invites the reader to imagine a lion playing on a hill, warming in the sun, and snuggling with his family. It would be fun to take this book and apply it to a nature walk or by looking for things in the clouds.
Llama Llama Loose Tooth Drama
JT Morrow, illustrator
November 17, 2020
Viking Books for Young Readers
In nice BIG print, this adorable rhyming picture book is all about Llama Llama trying to get a loose tooth out. However, while tooth brushing before bedtime, they discover the tooth is missing. That kicks off a whole house search for the tooth, to no avail. The ending felt very open-ended as Llama Llama writes a note to the tooth fairy about what happened and then falls asleep. That’s it? There will be lots of questions from young readers, but I suppose this gives the readers a chance to write their own ending. The artwork for this book was created with oil paint, colored pencil, and oil pastel on primed canvas.
To Be Read:
I am just finishing up Thrive, the third book in the Overthrow series by Kenneth Oppel and I hope to get back to The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth, edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson.