If your young children enjoy hearing and reading stories about animals who talk, walk, or go on a journey, then this month’s Kid Lit round-up is perfect for them. This month we’re featuring stories about animal adventures.
Megan Owlet doesn’t want to play basketball, learn karate, or practice the violin. Every day she goes and cheers her brothers on as they take part in their own activities, but one morning she wakes up and realizes she’s bored! It’s time for Megan to find something of her own to do. After an unsuccessful brainstorming session with her animal friends, Megan stumbles upon a dance studio, and with an excited screech she begins to dream big dreams of whirls and twirls. Dancing is trickier than Megan expected, but with a little help from her brothers, Megan can do anything!
This is a story about love, support, and family. It also teaches children to pursue their own dreams and to be brave in making them happen! The book features beautiful watercolor illustrations which make it even more endearing.
The suggested age range for this book is 3-5 years old.
Whether you’re at the beach or hiding inside on a rainy day; whether you’re having tea with a friend or reading a book by yourself; whether you’re happy and bouncing or grumpy or sick, it’s always nice to have an always there bear. He can play with you, cuddle you, and snuggle you to sleep. He likes birthdays and trampolines and sand castles and puddles. It doesn’t matter if you’re tired or sulky or shy or scared—you’ll never be lonely with your bear by your side. He will keep you company, he will cheer you on, and he will even make you feel braver. He always understands you, and most importantly, he promises to love you, forever and always, no matter what.
This is a quiet, gentle, soothing book, wonderful for comforting little ones or preparing them for peaceful sleep. It’s a reassuring and heartwarming story of unconditional love and companionship throughout experiences of all kinds. Gareth Llewhellin’s sweet illustrations complement the text, and Trudi Granger’s story works magic with its simplicity.
The suggested age range for this book is 2 – 5 year old.
When brother and sister Joel and Olivia sit down to dinner, with two of their favorite dinosaurs, Olivia can’t help but point out that her dinosaur is better. Olivia’s dinosaur can play the trumpet while riding her bike, and her house is in the shape of a rabbit. Her dinosaur can make her own jam, and she even eats electric eels. But Joel’s dinosaur can swim like a shark, and his teeth sometimes glow in the dark. And he’s really good at jumping and sliding on his knees, he has x-ray vision, and he’s not afraid of bees. Of course, with so many impressive qualities, it’s hard to say which dinosaur is really better, but things get even trickier when a third dinosaur joins them at the dinner table. What could be more fearsome than a dinosaur that once ate a volcano and wears slippers the color of rainbows?
This is a wonderfully funny, imaginative story with loosely rhyming text that’s mixed with vibrant illustrations are perfectly matched to this new take on a dinosaur story. It’s a dinosaur battle like you’ve never seen before – and it certainly gets lots of giggles during story time.
The suggested age range for this book is 3 – 5 years old.
Crow, Pig, and Beaver are taking a nice stroll in the woods when they come across a red hat sitting in a puddle. Whose hat is it? What mysterious circumstances could have brought it to this very puddle? Crow thinks that Bear lost the hat when he fell into a giant hole. Perhaps Bear is holding his breath underground, waiting to be saved! Beaver thinks he’s got a better idea. Maybe Turtle, who was wearing the hat, was snatched up and made into yummy turtle soup by a crazed snowman! Can Pig come up with a logical explanation so that the friends can be rid of all these hogwash ideas?
It’s a true mystery book for the pre-school set. The two guys behind this book are both former animators at Walt Disney Studios and now both are supervising animators at DreamWorks, which is clear in their illustrations, which look like cartoon stills. The illustrations though are hilarious and with a dark color palate, which complement the “mystery” of this book.
The suggested age range for this book is 3 – 6 years old.
Splish! Splash! Sploosh! A little girl is about to discover the wonders of mixing colors. With the sound of paint splatter, a bright blue elephant named EleBooyah enters the scene. She wants to help paint, too, and pretty soon the girl and her elephant are playing with all the colors of the rainbow. What do blue and yellow make? A funky green frog! And red and blue? An enormous purple octopus king! What other creatures are waiting for the splatter of paint on a brush to join the raucous painting party?
This book has a fresh and modern art-style to it – kind of like high-end graffiti art – which gives the story a sense of energy, motion, fun and excitement. I like Esperanza’s use of rhythm in his verses and that the paint makes all sorts of fun sounds and the instruments send out colored sound waves.
The suggested age range for this book is 3 – 6 years old.
Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface yet we have explored less than 5% of their waters. Curious Critters: Marine is a child’s snorkel, fin and mask to explore the fascinating world of marine wildlife. The book features breathtakingly detailed photographs of 20 aquatic creatures such as the Roseate Spoonbill, the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab, a Blue Lobster, Upside Down Jellyfish and a Pencil Urchin along with offbeat accounts of the animal’s lives which can be poems, songs and first-person monologues.
This is the third book in the series, but the first one we’ve seen and based on this book – we’re getting the other two. The photographs are simply amazing – both vivid and striking, they will hold any child’s (or adult’s!) interest.
The suggested age range for this book is 3 and up.
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