Hey Library Friends! It's me, Kathy from Youth Services at Morrisson-Reeves Library, on the lookout for great books to share with you from our collection. It's almost April and even though I know you are all anxious to get outside and do all kinds of active things, you are still readers and look forward to your books each and every day! Or almost....I may have been talking about myself!
Anyway we are very busy planning a great summer for you all but in the meantime, heres some books you might enjoy.
For the preschool group, this next book will become a favorite. Its called Don't Push the Button by Bill Cotter. It's colorful and bright with simple words but the best part is the way kids interact with the story as they read it. They will howl with laughter over this one and want it read over and over....(whoops, Mom and Dad, is that a good thing??)
Another preschool book for your little ones is Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya. It's the fairly standard telling of the classic story but it is interspersed with lots of Spanish substituted for English. It is a great opportunity for children to learn another language in a more casual manner. We have a a lot of people moving into our area who are Hispanic or of Hispanic descent so this may also be a book that gives a nod to their culture also. I could see two little children reading it together and learning each others language in a natural and fun way.
If you're apprehensive about your child's interest in graphic novels, here is a good one to start with. It's exciting without some of the "gross" factors you see in some others . It has lots of action, it's easy to follow and would be great for an older child who might still be developing good reading skills. This is the first one from a series of 7 or 8...or maybe more!
If you enjoy stories about medieval times and history, you will love The Inquisitors Tale by Adam Gidwitz. I loved it! (maybe I'm a little prejudiced because my son's name is Adam?? naaaah) It is told through a variety of narrators similar to The Canterbury Tales which keeps it interesting and the point of view varied. There's lots of stuff about religion and the difference between Christianity and Judaism, so older kids might enjoy that! But what really makes this book are the characters and your growing interest and compassion for them. As you get to know them and their unique quirks, you see them bond together and help each other AND you watch them appreciate each other for exactly who they are ! Cool, huh?
This may be my favorite book of all...Pax by Sara Pennypacker. I love animals as many of us do.So I chose this book on the recomendation of a colleague and I wasn't disappointed. There is so much in this book that it is hard to narrow down the key points but from the very beginning, you are introduced to the love between a human and an animal that can last over anything else. A pet fox named Pax is separated from his boy who he has lived with all his life and they each strive to return to each other. During this time, they each learn valuble lessons from others and are changed by the world but their love never falters and they will always carry that with them. I feel happy and tearful even while I'm writing this. Plan on reading this one soon.
Thanks for reading my scratchings! Until next time, keep reading!